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Book Pick of the Month > Garden Spells | July 2017

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message 1: by Lexie (last edited Jun 30, 2017 11:55AM) (new)

Lexie (talesandteacups) | 32 comments Mod
Hey everyone!

The book pick for July will be Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.

I have read a couple of her books a few years ago and I have really enjoyed them. Her books incorporate really fun magical realism that give the books a whimsical feeling.

Here is the synopsis for the book:
"The women of the Waverley family -- whether they like it or not -- are heirs to an unusual legacy, one that grows in a fenced plot behind their Queen Anne home on Pendland Street in Bascom, North Carolina. There, an apple tree bearing fruit of magical properties looms over a garden filled with herbs and edible flowers that possess the power to affect in curious ways anyone who eats them.

For nearly a decade, 34-year-old Claire Waverley, at peace with her family inheritance, has lived in the house alone, embracing the spirit of the grandmother who raised her, ruing her mother's unfortunate destiny and seemingly unconcerned about the fate of her rebellious sister, Sydney, who freed herself long ago from their small town's constraints. Using her grandmother's mystical culinary traditions, Claire has built a successful catering business -- and a carefully controlled, utterly predictable life -- upon the family's peculiar gift for making life-altering delicacies: lilac jelly to engender humility, for instance, or rose geranium wine to call up fond memories.

Garden Spells reveals what happens when Sydney returns to Bascom with her young daughter, turning Claire's routine existence upside down. With Sydney's homecoming, the magic that the quiet caterer has measured into recipes to shape the thoughts and moods of others begins to influence Claire's own emotions in terrifying and delightful ways.

As the sisters reconnect and learn to support one another, each finds romance where she least expects it, while Sydney's child, Bay, discovers both the safe home she has longed for and her own surprising gifts. With the help of their elderly cousin Evanelle, endowed with her own uncanny skills, the Waverley women redeem the past, embrace the present, and take a joyful leap into the future"



I have a feeling that this book is going to be the perfect summer read and it is just under 300 pages so it shouldn't take too long to read it. (It may be an awesome beach read!)

If you would like to participate in the group discussion and would like to send in a video, please reply to the comments or email me at talesandteacupsbooks@gmail.com

The deadline for submissions will be July 28th.

Let me know what you think of this book and if you have suggestions for future book picks.

-Lexie


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Lexie (talesandteacups) | 32 comments Mod
4.5/5
I loved this book! It was so magical and I grew really attached to all the characters. It was a perfect blend of magical realism and mystery. The characters are really enchanting and I loved seeing how they grew and developed over the course of the book. I also loved how unique the Waverley girls were and learning about their each individual gifts.

This is by far my favourite Sarah Addison Allen book and I highly recommend it to everyone!


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