Fueled by Heather’s (of A High and Hidden Place) enthusiasm for author Sarah Addison Allen, I picked up Garden Spells over the Christmas break. It was the perfect book to cleanse my reading palette – a charming, sweetly enjoyable read.
The book is about two sisters – Claire, the reliable, steady, rooted one, and Sydney, the prodigal sister come home after a hard young life. They learn to make room in their lives for each other, room for love and forgiveness, even room for the special gifts that are their family’s heritage. The house is as much a character in this novel, too, and of course the apple tree in the garden. All the gentle touches of Allen’s world bring something whimsical, warm, and mystical to the story. I loved how all the characters interacted, loved the somewhat intoxicating tone of the story and how I felt lulled into a sense of comfort by the end.
There are some moments of brief, strong language, and scenes of intimacy which (I will admit) made me blush. I loved this book, though, and am looking foward to reading another of Allen’s books, The Sugar Queen.
By the way, for Heather’s AWESOME review, GO HERE.
Publisher: Bantam Books
Publish Date: 04/08
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