Wednesday 9 June 2010

Review: Garden Spells

Title: Garden Spells
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Publisher: Hodder
Reading Level: Adult

Rating: 3/5

Publisher's Summary:

Welcome to Bascom, North Carolina, where it seems that everyone has a story to tell about the Waverley women. The house that`s been in the family for generations, the walled garden that mysteriously blooms year round, the rumors of dangerous loves and tragic passions. Every Waverley woman is somehow touched by magic.

Claire has always clung to the Waverleys` roots, tending the enchanted soil in the family garden from which she makes her sought-after delicacies – famed and feared for their curious effects. She has everything she thinks she needs – until one day she waked to find a stranger has moved in next door and a vine of ivy has crept into her garden . . .

Claire`s carefully tended life is about to run gloriously out of control.


I borrowed this from a friend. I loved the cover. It looked like a YA Fantasy novel. It's not. It is about a woman who makes magical food out of flowers! It is about sisters who are finding themselves again.

I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't what I was expecting at all. Which I liked. I felt part of the Waverly family. I could smell the aroma of the roses in the garden and the juicy apples from the magical apple tree on a hot summer's night.

It is a coming of age tale really. These women may be grown in size, but the soul always has room to grow. And these Waverly women have kept their hearts under lock and key for quite some time. Will they find love? Will they be ready for it?

Good book. Nice summer read. Full of magic, love, and soul searching. Let Garden Spells whisk you away into the Waverly's Magic Garden.


  1. This book sounds good, I didn't know what it was about either. Sounds nice, I liked the cover too. x

  2. I agree that cover is LOVELY. Sounds like a good read.

  3. I read this book not too long ago and loved it, it was the cover that attracted me too and I have her next book The Sugar Queen to read on my holiday. :)

  4. I have this one at home. I need to read it soon. I love this cover. Way cuter than the US version :)

  5. Wow, this sounds like such a sweet read. <3 Definitely not what I was expecting from what you've described it. You're right - the cover looks like a YA fantasy. Great review, Mary. :)

    P.S. - I love your new look of the blog. ;-)



  6. I grabbed this one in an airport and was surprised by how much I liked it. It was a sweet book that I've read a few times since then.


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