April 29, 2008
April 29, 2008
In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit. In this luminous debut novel, Sarah Addison Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it.…
The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers. Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.
A successful caterer, Claire Waverley prepares dishes made with her mystical plants—from the nasturtiums that aid in keeping secrets and the pansies that make children thoughtful, to the snapdragons intended to discourage the attentions of her amorous neighbor. Meanwhile, her elderly cousin, Evanelle, is known for distributing unexpected gifts whose uses become uncannily clear. They are the last of the Waverleys—except for Claire’s rebellious sister, Sydney, who fled Bascom the moment she could, abandoning Claire, as their own mother had years before.
When Sydney suddenly returns home with a young daughter of her own, Claire’s quiet life is turned upside down—along with the protective boundary she has so carefully constructed around her heart. Together again in the house they grew up in, Sydney takes stock of all she left behind, as Claire struggles to heal the wounds of the past. And soon the sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy—if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom—or with each other.
Enchanting and heartfelt, this captivating novel is sure to cast a spell with a style all its own….
From the Hardcover edition.
Author Sarah Addison Allen crafts an engaging and magical tale in GARDEN SPELLS. The sisters Claire and Sydney Waverly have always possessed unusual powers, not to mention a magic apple tree in their backyard. Estranged for many years, the women are now trying to reconnect, and soon find themselves opening their lives up in ways they had never before imagined. Addison deftly blends romance with an entertaining dose of magical realism, making for a warm and engaging story of family and the search for true love.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Contemporary
- Publisher: Bantam Dell Pub Group
- Pages: 290
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Release Date: April 29, 2008
- Author: Sarah Addison Allen
- Online Item #: 11612536
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-1736
- ISBN: 9780553384833
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported