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Blooming magical story with excellent flavour,
This review is from: Garden Spells (Paperback)
"Garden Spells" definitely builds on the wonderful legacy of Alice Hoffman's "Practical Magic", but it has it's own flavour.
Claire lived in the Waverly house, taking care of the blooming garden and her catering business, when a man moves in next door - and he takes interest in her; and Claire's estranged sister, Sidney and her daughter Bay show up on Claire's doorstep. What follows is a tale of accepting the past, one's self, and the opportunities that arise when we least expect them.
Magic plays a role in the story in a subtle, realistic way. Sometimes it is just the gossip and superstition of a small town i.e. that family is strange, the men of that family die/marry young. It is the always blooming garden and the strange apple tree. It is knowledge of herbology and cooking. It is the belief that things happen that we cannot explain, but that the universe around us has its ideas.
This is a magical story, excellent for both a holiday by the pool or a day on the couch when it's raining.
P.S. My "only" 3 stars is due to the close resemblance to "Practical Magic".