Sarah Addison Allen did a superb job in telling this tale. I liked the characters, loved Evanelle the most. I liked the idea of giving people somethin...moreSarah Addison Allen did a superb job in telling this tale. I liked the characters, loved Evanelle the most. I liked the idea of giving people something due to prompting and seeing how they used it. I liked the creativeness of the apple tree magic and the special "spells" the flowers of the garden surrounding it brought to the recipes Claire made, but I do have complaints. Not big ones, but ones never the less. Call me unrealistic perhaps...perhaps I will agree with you. :0)
Complaint 1- For a book drawing you in on the peculiarity of the Waverley family and their magic tree bearing prophetic fruit, edible flowers with special powers, not much is mentioned inside the story on this. A little here and there on the special flowers and recipes and a smidgen on the history of the family and how they came to be considered outsiders, but I don't think anything was really explained about the apple tree,except their owning it. How it came to be magical or of how the soil did surrounding it. How the Waverley's came to make such recipes. I understand there are things in life that simply "are" , but I still felt there should have been a little more back story on this.
Complaint 2- I will not take a way the fact the apple tree giving Mr. "Bad boyfriend" David an apple and him seeing his horrific fate (I assume a violation and demise in prison), was not clever, but it also fell a little short... for me. I don't think anyone would disagree with the fact we all could predict he would be making an appearance later on in the story, but how he did, well... again to me, it was too short, he was too easily disposed of. Yes, not all heroic events have to be epic, but this was just a tad bit too...lacking? I guess I was looking for more? Call me ridiculous, probably am, but this is my complaint. :0)
Complaint 3- Emma. Ok, we all have our insecurities. Emma had hers and Sydney antagonized it. Sydney leaves for ten years, comes back and Emma acts well...ridiculous. Nothing unrealistic about that, there are those who do this, but come on...Sydney didn't even make a move towards her man. Not one. And I know this insecurity was focused around Hunter John, her netting him with a pregnancy, the fear of him having regrets and Sydney being one of them, but still...and then to end it the way it did. I know, I'm being picky, ridiculous...but there it is.
I did enjoy this book( you believe me right? :0) Again, loved the characters, charming, great personalities. Enjoyed the authors writing style and the charm of her coming out through her writing. Creative story, liked the prophetic apples and edible flowers, the story wasn't the most original, but great stories don't always have to be so original and in reality, this story happens a lot to may, its how you tell it that makes it original and Sarah Addison Allen did just this.
Do add this book to your to read list, it does deserve a place on the shelf. Call my complaints anal ones,because they most likely are. Read for yourself, see what you think and do leave a review, authors greatly appreciate this.(less)