- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Garden Spells Paperback – 15 May 2008
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mesmirising ( Choice magazine)
'An unusual but mesmirising read' (Choice)
A lovely tale of desire and gastronomy ( Irish Tatler )
'Definitely one to put in your suitcase this summer - a warm, sunny holiday read.' (newbooks magazine)
A magical, utterly delicious debut that will cast its charm over everyone who loved Chocolat or Fried Green Tomatoes. Be enchanted by a delicious international bestseller...See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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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Was so looking forward to reading this book after seeing so many comparisons to Practical Magic and Chocolat and even Gilmore Girls. It is nothing like that. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A light read of pure escapism. Kind of a fairy tale for grown ups. Although if you are slightly cynical and don't like fluffy reads or suspending your beliefs then avoid like the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mrs Rebecca Carter
It's mad, but I'm reading this after a back to back Stephen King marathon and I needed something lighthearted and fluffy, boy did this deliver. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Byronsstory
Ive just finished reading this beautiful book Im now a fan and off to buy every book of Sarah Addison Allen xPublished 8 months ago by Janine Wiggins
One of those books you keep sneaking away from the family to read. A magical story that feeds your inner outsider.Published 8 months ago by C.E. Medford
What an amazing find...Didnt know if I would like or not but every chapter was pure joy to read and was so easy to read the entire thing in a day and half! Read morePublished 13 months ago by pookie