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Garden Spells

Garden Spells

Book - 2007
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Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2007
ISBN: 9780553805482
Branch Call Number: F ALLEN-S
Characteristics: 290 p. ; 22 cm


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ArapahoeMarcia May 08, 2021

This magical novel reunited two sisters in need of love and healing. This was my first experience with this author and I look forward to reading more from them.

Jan 29, 2020

Modern Mrs Darcy
A Fun story to read, enjoyed it

Jan 09, 2020

Such a fun read- magical, whimsical.

Nov 03, 2019

Magical, whimsical and utterly delightful.

Oct 30, 2019

This book is magical - I hated for it to end. I loved the story and the characters, and I know I'll re-read it dozens of times.

ArapahoePamelaH May 15, 2019

In the Waverley garden in Bascom, North Carolina, an apple tree bearing fruit of magical properties grows over the back garden. Meanwhile, three generations of Waverley women grow into their future of magical possibilities. The first in a series and pretty wonderful.

Mar 14, 2019

Think Alice Hoffman takes a trip underneath the magnolia trees and meets up with Flannery O Connor... and you come up with this book. This book is as sweet as the honeysuckle that wafts through the night and tickles the nose and the senses of the Southern ladies sitting out on the veranda. Here is a small book that is enormous in its impact on the soul. It has a slow Southern charm, more than a hint of magic, and characters who are entwined with each other even as they push each other away. The apple tree, the garden, weave their spells around the souls that are yearning for passion and fulfillment. So tender and enchanting that every read feels like the first time.. this is about the magic of love that is found in each one of us, and the ultimate gift that life gives us, that is never too late to love ourselves and each other. Beautiful prose and magic moments throughout this dear little book.

Anyone in the mood for a light, sweet story and some magic will enjoy this book, particularly if you like Southern US literature. You really do need to be in the mood to totally suspend your disbelief, but it’s worth it. The magical apples show the eater either the very best or very worst moment of their life. And each of the women in the Waverley family have a special gift. For example, caterer Claire cooks delicious dishes using edible flowers that affect the diner’s emotions. Their distant relative, Evanelle, has perhaps the most interesting yet frustrating skill – she gets feelings that she must give people things. All kinds of things – gadgets, spare change, clothing – she can’t rest until she’s given them the item and they always end up needing it, though sometimes for strange or unwelcome reasons. I love Addison’s writing style, and I was enchanted by these Spells, by the Waverly women, and by the whole town of Bascom, North Carolina. (submitted by GH)

Aug 22, 2017

A delightful read!

SquamishLibraryStaff Mar 20, 2017

This is my go to title when I'm ready to dive into a lovely story studded with one families history and their connection to flowers and plants. Suspense, town gossip, and a magical apple tree make for great entertainment.

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Mar 29, 2011

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You think I'm going to leave?" [...] "No one I know has ever had this forever." "I think of the future all the time. All my life I've chased dreams of what could be. For the first time in my life, I've actually caught one." He kissed her again before grabbing his shirt and standing. "I'll give you one day at a time, Claire. But rememer, I'm thousands of days ahead already."

Mar 05, 2010

"She sometimes thought she was going crazy. Her first thought when she woke up was always how to get him out of her thoughts. And she would keep watch, hoping to see him next door, while plotting ways to never have to see him again. "

Mar 05, 2010

"It was like the way you wanted sunshine on Saturdays, or pancakes for breakfast. They just mad you feel good."

Mar 05, 2010

"She looked like autumn, when leaves turned and fruit ripened."

Mar 05, 2010

"She was so Southern that she cried tears that came straight from the Mississippi, and she always smelled faintly of cottonwood and peaches."

Mar 05, 2010

"To Fred, those years seemed to pass like quickly skimming a book and then finding the ending wasn't what he expected. He wished he'd paid more attention to the story."


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