Book Review: Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen

Book Review - Adult Fiction - Garden Spells by Sarah Addison AllenFueled 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.

Book details:

Publisher: Bantam Books
Format: Hardcover
Publish Date: 04/08
Pages: 320

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  • LisaMay
  • Mary

    I put off reading this for a while and finally read it last year. I immediately read The Sugar Queen and now look forward to her next book which is due out sometime this year. She really has a way of putting words together that is quite magical.

  • Tricia

    I just picked this one up from the library on Saturday. I’m looking forward to it!

  • S. Krishna

    I really enjoyed this one and The Sugar Queen!

  • Andi

    Yay! I’m glad you liked it as much as Heather and I (and so many others) did. I read it on a plane, and it was the absolute perfect choice. Her magical writing reminds me so much of another favorite: Alice Hoffman.

  • Carrie K.

    This sounds really, really good – I’ve had it on my wish list for a while now. I need to make a book order soon!

  • Jeanette

    I’ve heard good thins about Sarah Addison Allen but have not picked any of her books up or even added them to my list to read. I can’t decide how appealing they sound to me. Maybe I should just get one and find out.

  • erin sheely

    This is on my TBR list, now I’m looking forward to it even more!