Garden Spells – A Book Review


Goodreads Synopsis: The women of the Waverley family — whether they like it or not — are heirs to an unusual legacy, one that grows in a fenced plot behind their Queen Anne home on Pendland Street in Bascom, North Carolina. There, an apple tree bearing fruit of magical properties looms over a garden filled with herbs and edible flowers that possess the power to affect in curious ways anyone who eats them.For nearly a decade, 34-year-old Claire Waverley, at peace with her family inheritance, has lived in the house alone, embracing the spirit of the grandmother who raised her, ruing her mother’s unfortunate destiny and seemingly unconcerned about the fate of her rebellious sister, Sydney, who freed herself long ago from their small town’s constraints. Using her grandmother’s mystical culinary traditions, Claire has built a successful catering business — and a carefully controlled, utterly predictable life — upon the family’s peculiar gift for making life-altering delicacies: lilac jelly to engender humility, for instance, or rose geranium wine to call up fond memories. Garden Spells reveals what happens when Sydney returns to Bascom with her young daughter, turning Claire’s routine existence upside down. With Sydney’s homecoming, the magic that the quiet caterer has measured into recipes to shape the thoughts and moods of others begins to influence Claire’s own emotions in terrifying and delightful ways.

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My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. This is one of the random titles that I had on my massive TBR list from 2011, I had completely forgotten about it. When I picked it up I thought, “Well it has an interesting premise. I hope it’s better than I think it’s going to be.”

It was folks. It was. I thought this was going to be a cliche book about family and falling in love, you know very typical chick-lit.  This book wasn’t cliche in the least. I mean I won’t say that it was completely unpredictable, but it surprised me often enough that at the end I wasn’t sure exactly how things would work out.

This story is absolutely sweet. The characters are all lovable, Claire and her amazing mouthwatering meals. Sydney and her daughter Bay. Bay was my absolute favorite, she was so adorable. The little bits of garden and kitchen magic were delightful. I liked that falling in love wasn’t a huge part of the book, although it is big for a character. The big problem to overcome was about the sisters, Claire and Sydney.  Overall I can most wholeheartedly recommend this book to you. I gave the book 4 stars on Goodreads.

Has anyone else read this book? Tell me what you thought about it. If you haven’t, you should. It was so good.


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