Garden Spells (Waverley Family, #1)



The Women Of The Waverley Family Whether They Like It Or Not Are Heirs To An Unusual Legacy, One That Grows In A Fenced Plot Behind Their Queen Anne Home On Pendland Street In Bascom, North Carolina There, An Apple Tree Bearing Fruit Of Magical Properties Looms Over A Garden Filled With Herbs And Edible Flowers That Possess The Power To Affect In Curious Ways Anyone Who Eats Them For Nearly A Decade, 34 Year Old Claire Waverley, At Peace With Her Family Inheritance, Has Lived In The House Alone, Embracing The Spirit Of The Grandmother Who Raised Her, Ruing Her Mother S Unfortunate Destiny And Seemingly Unconcerned About The Fate Of Her Rebellious Sister, Sydney, Who Freed Herself Long Ago From Their Small Town S Constraints Using Her Grandmother S Mystical Culinary Traditions, Claire Has Built A Successful Catering Business And A Carefully Controlled, Utterly Predictable Life Upon The Family S Peculiar Gift For Making Life Altering Delicacies Lilac Jelly To Engender Humility, For Instance, Or Rose Geranium Wine To Call Up Fond Memories Garden Spells Reveals What Happens When Sydney Returns To Bascom With Her Young Daughter, Turning Claire S Routine Existence Upside Down With Sydney S Homecoming, The Magic That The Quiet Caterer Has Measured Into Recipes To Shape The Thoughts And Moods Of Others Begins To Influence Claire S Own Emotions In Terrifying And Delightful Ways As The Sisters Reconnect And Learn To Support One Another, Each Finds Romance Where She Least Expects It, While Sydney S Child, Bay, Discovers Both The Safe Home She Has Longed For And Her Own Surprising Gifts With The Help Of Their Elderly Cousin Evanelle, Endowed With Her Own Uncanny Skills, The Waverley Women Redeem The Past, Embrace The Present, And Take A Joyful Leap Into The Future.Garden Spells (Waverley Family, #1)

New York Times Bestselling novelist Sarah Addison Allen brings the full flavor of her southern upbringing to bear on her fiction a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small town sensibility.Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Allen grew up with a love of books and an appreciation of good food she credits her journa New York Times Bestselling novelist Sarah Addison Allen brings the full flavor of her southern upbringing to bear on her fiction a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small town sensibility.Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Allen grew up with a love of books and an appreciation of good food she credits her journalist father for the former and her mother, a fabulous cook, for the latter In college, she majored in literature because, as she puts it, I thought it was amazing that I could get a diploma just for reading fiction It was like being able to major in eating chocolate After graduation, Allen began writing seriously Her big break occurred in 2007 with the publication of her first mainstream novel, Garden Spells, a modern day fairy tale about an enchanted apple tree and the family of North Carolina women who tend it Booklist called Allen s accomplished debut spellbindingly charming The novel became a Barnes Noble Recommends selection, and then a New York Times Bestseller.Allen continues to serve heaping helpings of the fantastic and the familiar in fiction she describes as Southern fried magic realism Clearly, it s a recipe readers are happy to eat up as fast as she can dish it out.Her published books to date are Garden Spells 2007 , The Sugar Queen 2008 , The Girl Who Chased the Moon 2010 , The Peach Keeper 2011 and Lost Lake 2014 and First Frost 2015 From BN.com

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  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • Garden Spells (Waverley Family, #1)
  • Sarah Addison Allen
  • English
  • 14 August 2018
  • 0553805487

10 thoughts on “Garden Spells (Waverley Family, #1)

  1. says:

    Chicken soup when you re sick Chocolate when you re hormonal Lavender for your bathroom Citrus for the kitchen Pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving Peppermint at Christmas time.This book completely spoke my language that of food and how we are connected to what we serve, eat and order We may not be able to put magic into our cooking, but as a mother I know there are certain things to feed my family for certain reasons, and that can be sort of a form of magic at least to the little child in bed w Chicken soup when you re sick Chocolate when you re hormonal Lavender for your bathroom Citrus for the kitchen Pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving Peppermint at Christmas time.This book completely spoke my language that of food and how we are connected to what we serve, eat and order We may not be able to put magic into our cooking, but as a mother I know there are certain things to feed my family for certain reasons, and that can be sort of a form of magic a...

  2. says:

    Yes, this book is definitely reminsicent of Practical Magic in plotline I can t imagine anyone not thinking soa beautiful old house, two magical sisters whose mother died when they were young, one practical and a homebody, the other a wild woman with a daughter who comes back home to escape an abusive man Umsounds familiar Very.BUTThe author creates an amazing atmosphere, and the basics of the plot may be the same, but the details are entirely new and lovely The aunt Evanelle is an ...

  3. says:

    3.5 Stars I ll keep this review short, and in the spirit of this adorable story sweet Garden Spells offered the perfect magical escape I was searching for The writing was exquisite and the plot enchanting This book did sort of feel like a cross between Practical Magic and Sleeping with the Enemy, as many readers have mentioned, but it certainly offered a unique enough spin in its storytelling The element of magic was handled with care and executed to perfection not too far out there, but so 3.5 Stars I ll keep this review short, and in the spirit of this adorable story sweet Garden Spells offered the perfect magical escape I was searching for The writing was exquisite and the plot enchanting This book did sort of feel like a cross between Practical Magic and Sleeping wit...

  4. says:

    Posted at Shelf InflictedFor generations, the Waverly family has made their home in Bascom, North Carolina Each of the Waverly women possesses a unique magic which has made them a curiosity in the town, but their oddness also keeps others at a distance Claire is a caterer who uses the enchanted herbs and flowers in her garden to prepare exquisite dishes that affect the eater s feelings Claire s aunt, Evanelle, gives odd and random gifts that she knows the recipient will need in the future He Posted at Shelf InflictedFor generations, the Waverly family has made their home in Bascom, North Carolin...

  5. says:

    So good, I read it twice There is a great sense of place for this book, the imagery is truly enchanting and visceral What I really like about the novel is how grounded in reality it is, making the magic seem entirely plausible in its subtlety The pain and drama of the characters make them three dimensional and completely relatable.I was left with only two questions 1 Is there a sequel to this 2 If not, why the hell isn t there ETA February 2015 There is a sequel Special thanks to Christi So good, I read it twice There is a great sense of place for this book, the imagery is truly enchanting and visceral What I really like about the novel is how grounded in reality it is, making the magic seem entirely plausible in its subtlety The pain and drama of the characters make them three dimensional and completely relatable.I was left with only two questions 1 Is there a sequel to this 2 If not, why the hell isn t th...

  6. says:

    3.5 StarsThe Waverleys of Bascom, North Carolina have always been considered strange by their neighbors, what with Claire s skill in whipping up delectable dishes from flowers with magical attributes, Evanelle s sudden compulsion to give mundane presents that eventually become useful in the near future, and Claire s uncanny ability to choose the hairstyle apropos for the person s situation A decade ago, Sydney ran as far away as she can from Bascom, while Claire stayed home to carry on the fami 3.5 StarsThe Waverleys of Bascom, North Carolina have always been considered strange by their neighbors, what with Claire s skill in whipping up delectable dishes from flowers with magical attributes, Evanelle s sudden compulsion to give mundane presents that eventually become useful in the near future, and Claire s uncanny ability to choose the hairstyle apropos for the person s situation A decade ago, Sydney ran as far away as she can from Bascom, while Claire stayed home to carry on the family legacy, but when Sydney returns to Bascom to lie low for a while, it will be up to Claire to show Sydney what it means to be finally ho...

  7. says:

    What I learned from this book isif an apple tree throws its apples at you, for goodness sake, pay attention already This book is lovely, magical, enchanting I sat down to read just one chapter, basically to decide whether it was worth holding onto even though it was already overdue At 2 30 a.m I finished the whole darn thing Couldn t stop myself I floated in a state of suspended reality, where time had no meaning.The basic idea of the book two sisters experienced their childhoods very What I learned from this book isif an apple tree throws its apples at you, for goodn...

  8. says:

    It is really difficult for me to find a book that suits me I love stories, and I love to read Since I don t have a lot of time to read, I have to be really picky Which means, if it hasn t grabbed my attention early on, I normally don t continue.When I saw Garden Spells on the shelves in the book store I immediately wanted to read it because of the cover, the title and the blurb I knew for sure that this was a book that I had to read.I was so excited when I sat down and opened the book Perha It is really difficult for me to find a book that suits me I love stories, and I love to read Since I don t have a lot of time to read, I have to be really picky Which means, if it hasn t ...

  9. says:

    Set in North Carolina, we explore the lives of the Waverly women and their strangeness in a community where everyone has their expectations for the long family lines native to the area The Waverley s have a garden where an enchanted apple tree grows and Claire masterfully creates foods with properties that dothan tantalize the taste buds The ideas behind this are great and this first novel for Sarah Addison Allen might be a fun summer read for someone less picky than me While I enjoyed Set in North Carolina, we explore the lives of the Waverly women and their strangeness in a community where everyone has their expectations for the long family lines native to the area The Waverley s have a garden where an enchanted apple tree grows and Claire masterfully creates foods with properties that dothan tantalize the taste buds The ideas behind this are great and this first novel for Sarah Addison Allen might be a fun summer read for someone less picky than me While I en...

  10. says:

    Sometimes you just want to read a book with a happy ending This is not a novel I would recommend to others, and yet, I enjoyed its sweetness Garden Spells is the story of Claire and Sydney Waverley, two estranged sisters in Bascom, North Carolina Claire is a gifted caterer who knows how to create special dishes, and she is surprised when Sydney and her daughter, Bay, suddenly show up on her doorstep needing a place to stay Sydney s arrival stirs up some drama among her former friends, and C Sometimes you just want to read a book with a happy ending This is not a novel I would recommend to others, and yet, I enjoyed its sweetness Garden Spells is the story of Claire and Sydney Waverley, two estranged sisters in Bascom, North Carolina Claire is a gifted caterer who knows how to create special dishes, and she is surprised when Sydney and her daughter, Bay, suddenly show up on her doorstep needing a place to stay Sydney s arrival stirs up some drama among her former friends, and Claire is finally forced to deal with some old family issues Like other Sarah Addison Allen novels, there is romance and magic Each Waverley woman has a special gift, even if they don t know it yet And they have an enchanted garden of herbs and flowers and fruit, which Claire uses to enhance her cooking.I must have been ...

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