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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 Claires 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, Claires 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.

Enchanting and heartfelt, this captivating novel is sure to cast a spell with a style all its own….

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In this luminous debut novel, Allen tells the story of an enchanted apple tree that bears prophetic fruit and edible flowers that are imbued with special powers--and the extraordinary people who tend it.

About the Author

Sarah Addison Allen lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where she is at work on her next novel.

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Benz1966, August 14, 2010 (view all comments by Benz1966)
I picked up GARDEN SPELLS because, after reading THE SUGAR QUEEN and THE GIRL WHO CHASED THE MOON by Sarah Addison Allen ... how could I not read the book that started it all?

This is a book about a town with people of tradition. There's the Waverly's who have special gifts; gifts that are.. extraordinary in nature. There's a family known for its men marrying older women and another family known for its women being.. well... being able to fully please their men in bed.

And then there's my favorite character - Evanelle. Evanelle's gift makes me feel so warm and fuzzy inside, imagining the possibilities of the gift and envying the brilliant thought process that brought this gift to live on the page. It was like Sarah Allen looked deep into the mind of a gal like me and found that magical spot ... that place where she could press and, in the pages of a book, give me exactly what I was looking for.

On the surface this is a love story; it deals with heavier issues such as abuse and abandonment - but with such a light and gentle touch that I never felt as if the book used those issues as a crutch to keep the reader reading. It's a story of family and friendship, of forgiveness - of each other and yourself, and a story of coming home that was completely and totally delightful and a pleasure to read.
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Gail Craven, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by Gail Craven)
Think gardening, cooking and magic. No one paints a garden word picture like Sarah.
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Caroline Bryan, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Caroline Bryan)
This book is lovely magic. Relationships clarified, healed, and strengthened by the insight provided by magic herbs, or maybe by maturing hearts, who can tell?
I re-read this book maybe 2ce a year and have also roped my book club into reading it. Every time I read it I find something new in it. On the surface it's lightweight, but -- well, maybe the magic affects the book, too!
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Product Details

Bantam Discovery
Allen, Sarah Addison
North carolina
Domestic fiction
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Bantam Discovery
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Grade Level:
6.9 x 4.1 x .9 in .35 lb

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Fiction and Poetry » Romance » Contemporary
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Product details 320 pages Bantam Books - English 9780553590326 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In this luminous debut novel, Allen tells the story of an enchanted apple tree that bears prophetic fruit and edible flowers that are imbued with special powers--and the extraordinary people who tend it.
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