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LOVELY AND MAGICAL,
This review is from: Garden Spells (Paperback)
This is a lovely little book that is light and easy to read.
In a small town in North Carolina, people have their own myths and superstitions, and each family its own characteristics that pass from generation to generation. Particularly, the Waverley women are known for their magical garden where everything grows wild regardless of the season, and their special apple tree which tells the future. Each generation of Waverley women has to find a way to cope with the family's magical inheritance and the way the town treats them. Claire clings to this magic, keeps to herself, tends the garden, and although the enchanted delicacies of her catering company are very popular in the town, she lives as a recluse and doesn't let anyone in. Sydney, on the other hand, had her heart broken, trying to fit in and escape being a Waverley, so she run away after graduation and tried to become someone else. When Sydney returns with her daughter to the safety of her home, the two sisters have to understand each other, accept their uniqueness, and come to terms with their roots in order to find love and happiness.
This coming of age story is well written, with nice descriptions and well developed characters. Although the idea is very original, I found the plot a little predictable and perhaps a little underdeveloped. The descriptions were beautiful, but sadly I didn't really see, smell, and feel the garden as much as I would like. Also, I wish there were some recipes for the dishes Claire prepared with edible flowers from the magical garden, as they sound interesting, but they just don't seem real.
The book also includes a fascinating section with notes on the edible flowers "From the Waverley Kitchen Journal". In addition, there is a preview of the next book by Sarah Addison Allen, The Sugar Queen.
I don't usually judge a book by its cover, but I have to say that this one is the most beautiful book cover I have ever seen.