Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Garden Spells

ISBN: 0553805487
Format: Hardcover, 304pp
Publisher: Bantam Books
Price: $20.00

If any of you receive Barnes and Noble newsletters then you have probably already seen this book. If not then I hope your seeing something new. This is the newest pick for their Recommends section that they started a few months back.

Garden Spells sounds wonderful and reminds me a little of Alice Hoffman's novels. I've added it to my list but there are so many books and so little time. So if any of you pick it up let me know how it is.

From the Publisher:

In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit. In this luminous debut novel, Sarah Addison Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it.…

The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers. Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

A successful caterer, Claire Waverley prepares dishes made with her mystical plants—from the nasturtiums that aid in keeping secrets and the pansies that make children thoughtful, to the snapdragons intended to discourage the attentions of her amorous neighbor. Meanwhile, her elderly cousin, Evanelle, is known for distributing unexpected gifts whose uses become uncannily clear. They are the last of the Waverleys—except for Claire’s rebellious sister, Sydney, who fled Bascom the moment she could, abandoning Claire, as their own mother had years before.

When Sydney suddenly returns home with a young daughter of her own, Claire’s quiet life is turned upside down—along with the protective boundary she has so carefully constructed around her heart. Together again in the house they grew up in, Sydney takes stock of all she left behind, as Claire struggles to heal the wounds of the past. And soon the sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy—if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom—or with each other.

Enchanting and heartfelt, this captivating novel is sure to cast a spell with a style all its own...


Gav's Studio said...

Hi Katie,

I'd suggest going to B&N or Borders etc and sitting down and reading the first 10 or so pages to see if you like it.

It didn't gel for me I must admit. It could have done with another draft or two...

Katie said...

I'll have to do that. Too bad, it sounded like it had come promise. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Katie said...