Garden Spells Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.
Claire takes ingredients from her gardening to make food that affects the eater, unfortunately this makes her seem quite odd to the locals. But, its not just Claire that seems rather strange. Enter Claire's aunt Evanelle who predicts peoples needs, they may not know at the time she gives them things why they would need it but, it soon becomes clear later.
And then there is Sydney, she left Bascom (where Claire lives) many years ago but, returns after leaving a very abusive boyfriend and brings with her her six year old daughter Bay and Bascom is the one place Sydney feels safe but, he comes looking for her only Sydney is known to him as a different name.
I loved this book it kinds of has a feel of Joanne Harris novels to this so if you love her books I think you will love this the characters are brilliant and with a nice storyline beautifully told with lots of magic and a touch of humour.
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.
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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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 2 months ago by pookie
An enchanting, quirky and magical read. I liked the southern charm that came across in the story, from the homemade cooking laden with magic spells to a story of love and fate. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mystified
Wonderful story telling. A page turner from beginning to end. An easy read just like your most comfy jumper, snuggle up and enjoy what is a magical ride that leaves you wanting... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gravypea
A light read which although quite sweet/magical sometimes feels a bit like teen romance fiction, with quite a predicable narrative. Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Edwards
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. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mrs Judith Hook
I came across this book by accident and I was so glad I did. I read this and First a Frost over two days. It is pure escapism in its finest form.Published 7 months ago by Kerrie C.
I love this book - and all of Sarah Addison Allen's novels - a slice of magic and joy.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer