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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (15 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034093574X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340935743
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
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'Definitely one to put in your suitcase this summer - a warm, sunny holiday read.' (newbooks magazine)

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Although there is a darker side as part of this story as a whole it was a lovely light and fun tale of family bonds , unexpected love and a tiny bit of witchcraft !
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By Shez on 1 Feb. 2017
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Cozy, easy read but nothing really dramatic happens. Could have been so much more. Not a book to keep rereading.
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Having read 4 books in a series of spy stories containing details of many bloody and violent murders and assassinations this was just the sort of gentle anecdote that I needed. A delightful tale of a family which has magical skills and their house and garden that has its own special magical mysteries.
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Loved it so much that I finished it the day it arrived.
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By Brida TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Aug. 2007
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GARDEN SPELLS was a delightful read. It is about two sisters; Claire and Sydney Waverley. They come from Bascom, North Carolina, where everybody knows that the Waverley women have something about them. One thing is the garden to their grandmother's house: it flowers all year long and the apple tree is something of a legend; if you eat an apple from it, rumour says that you will see the most significant event of your life.
As the town caterer, Claire has stayed in the small town, taking over her grandmother's house. Her life is how she likes it with an order and a sense of control to help her feel safe.
Sydney, on the other hand, left Bascom without letting even her sister know where she was, or how she was. After ten years of staying away, Sydney finally returns to Bascom, seeking her own kind of safety within the small town.
After their arrival, Claire senses that her life is no longer as safe as before they arrived. And although Claire is able to provide a little magic and help for the other people living around her, she seems unable to claim any of that magic for herself.
But, will things change? Can they change. . ?

GARDEN SPELLS reminded me of CHOCOLAT by Joanne Harris. But, instead of the main female character using chocolate to weave magic spells for the people that came to her looking for some kind of solace in their life, here Claire makes use of the continually flowering plants from her garden.
If you suspend belief, perhaps, and allow yourself to be carried away by this wonderful piece of literature, you will be in for a magical and delightful summer read.
Recommeded to those who want a little magic in their life and best read out in your own garden.
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By Suze Lavender TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Feb. 2015
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The Waverley women have a reputation. People in Bascom both fear and admire them because they have special gifts. Claire is living in the house that has been in the family for generations. There's an unusual apple tree in the yard and both the tree and the house have their own opinions. Claire wants to be a Waverley, her magic is important to her. Her sister Sydney has always run away from it. Claire's surprised when one day she finds Sydney and her daughter on her doorstep. They haven't seen each other in years and Sydney is clearly running from something. She's come to Bascom to be safe and to build up a life for her and her daughter. Claire has lived in Bascom for many years, but she hasn't got a social life, she needs to have some fun. Fortunately there are two kind men who might be friendship material or even more than that and they each like a different sister.
The cover of this book is gorgeous and it feels like a precious gift that's there for the reader to open. That is how all Sarah Addison Allen's books feel to me. I enjoyed reading this story very much. Sydney and Claire both have issues with their past. Their mother left them with their grandmother and she never returned. While the sisters are becoming close things are slowly changing for the better. Claire's magic is in her food. I loved reading about it, it gave the book such a cozy and delicious atmosphere. Sydney has to discover her own kind of magic and it's fabulous to witness the process of finding out. Garden Spells is amazing. It's a wonderful fairytale about two great sisters who deserve so much more than what they have at the beginning of the book. I loved it and Sarah Addison Allen definitely possesses some magic of her own as she's able to write the most beautiful stories.
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This is the first Sarah Addison Allen book I read, and I have visited this book many times since I first read it, and never fails to enchant me each time (as well as increase my desire to visit the south of Allens books). Claire and Sydney are two sisters, complete opposites, with a big age gap which meant that growing up they had not been close to each other. Sydney runs away from the Waverleys - a surname which means something in the small town of Bascom. Waverley women have always been different, and magical, and each have had a small magical gift which manifests in different ways. The house they live in, and its surrounding garden has been in the family for generations and also has magical qualities meaning people trust and mistrust the Waverleys. Sydney just wanted to be normal and as a teen she was, until disaster struck and she took off, returning a decade later, running from an abusive ex, and returning to a place where all her bridges have been burnt.

This is a tale of coming home, of building bridges, of sibling rivalry and understand and of the tiniest hint of magic.

I would really recommend this to those who wish to escape to another world, and relax for a while. This book is really like taking a bubble bath - relaxing, and luxurious and you leave it feeling refreshed. This is recommended to all who like books by Addison Allen.
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