GARDEN SPELLS by Sarah Allen

In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit. In this luminous debut novel, Sarah Addison Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it.…

The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers. Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

A successful caterer, Claire Waverley prepares dishes made with her mystical plants—from the nasturtiums that aid in keeping secrets and the pansies that make children thoughtful, to the snapdragons intended to discourage the attentions of her amorous neighbor. Meanwhile, her elderly cousin, Evanelle, is known for distributing unexpected gifts whose uses become uncannily clear. They are the last of the Waverleys—except for Claire’s rebellious sister, Sydney, who fled Bascom the moment she could, abandoning Claire, as their own mother had years before.

When Sydney suddenly returns home with a young daughter of her own, Claire’s quiet life is turned upside down—along with the protective boundary she has so carefully constructed around her heart. Together again in the house they grew up in, Sydney takes stock of all she left behind, as Claire struggles to heal the wounds of the past. And soon the sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy—if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom—or with each other.




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Comments: This was an easy going chick-lit. I read it quickly and was a bit dazzled by all the cool descriptions and herbal/floral information. They characters were very likable and they had something to grow out of which they did (That is always fulfilling). It was a while ago that I read this one so there could be a bit more romantic elements than I remember but nothing graphic. I did enjoy this book though it is not very memorable (I had to read several descriptions in order to recall the basic plot points).


  1. Is this a clean read?

    • Theresa Pocock says

      I suppose that is subject to your idea of clean. For me, this, as far as I can recall, was pretty dang clean. I don’t remember any gratuitous sex or cursing. And there isn’t violence to speak of though there are some frightening elements. I would say you would be safe reading it. Thanks for the question!

  2. There is violence as one of the main characters is involved in an abusive relationship.

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