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Garden Spells
Garden Spells | Sarah Addison Allen
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 plantsfrom 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 Waverleysexcept for Claires 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, Claires quiet life is turned upside downalong 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 legacyif they are ever to feel at home in Bascomor with each other. Enchanting and heartfelt, this captivating novel is sure to cast a spell with a style all its own.
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MaureenMc
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Enjoyable and easy to read story of a Southern family with magical abilities. Difficult issues, including domestic violence, are addressed, so definitely not a fluffy book, but still hopeful.
This is another of my “50 for 50” challenge books.

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CBee
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Trying this again - had the wrong shade of green! The leaves on the left side of the cover match with #lovebird 😊 #Pantone2023 @Clwojick

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cinda.marie
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Intriguing and suspenseful with lovable characters and a small town setting, this story had family secrets, some romance and a bit of magic. I really enjoyed it. Not sure how it took me so long to notice this author, but I‘ve already bought another of her books and can‘t wait to dig in. #litsylove

wanderinglynn SAA is one of my fave authors! 2w
cinda.marie @wanderinglynn I can‘t wait to read more! Do you have a favorite of hers? 2w
wanderinglynn Garden Spells is probably my fave. But I also liked 2w
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cinda.marie @wanderinglynn Thanks, wasn‘t even aware of that one yet 😍 2w
GondorGirl I adore all of her books! Besides this one I think my favorite is 2w
cinda.marie @GondorGirl Currently reading that one! 2w
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CBee
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I did it - I finally read a Sarah Addison Allen book! And now I am firmly ensconced in her fan club because this BOOK! It was wonderful! Can‘t wait to read more of her work - this just left me with a warm fuzzy feeling ♥️ My first book of 2023 was perfect!

CBee @BookBosomed1 thank you for gifting this to me in a swap, I just LOVED it! (edited) 1mo
BookBosomed1 @CBee So glad you enjoyed it. 1mo
CBee AND this counts for #booked2023 (more than one prompt but will use for #threegenerations)! @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @alisiakae 1mo
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Cinfhen Yay!!!! That‘s fantastic!!!! 1mo
CBee @Cinfhen I meant to mention in my review - my heart about burst because the elderly character said “Cokecola” and my dad ALWAYS said it like that ♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
peaknit She is one of my favorite authors, welcome to the fan club ☺️ 1mo
Librariana Aawww! I love that your first read of 2023 gave you the warm fuzzies! Allen is an author that keeps popping up in my searches of recommendations for titles with touches of magic. I've not read anything by her, but I do hope to pick something up in the future 😁☺️😊 1mo
CBee @peaknit 😊😊 Awesome! She‘s definitely one I might not have heard about if not for Litsy! 1mo
CBee @Librariana I think you‘d enjoy this then! I have another book of hers as well that I can‘t wait to read now 1mo
Librariana @CBee Wait!! I think I have that one, too!! I think I bought it on a whim because I had seen reviews on Publishers Weekly... and I might've been the one who added it to the District's catalog! 😳😳😳 1mo
Cinfhen Awwww!! I love little quirks like that, that make a book so special ♥️ 1mo
CBee @Librariana it was a BOTM choice a few months back, too! Also - not sure how you feel about this, but I love to share books, especially ones I love, so I‘d be happy to send Garden Spells to you! Let me know 😊 1mo
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mrp27 I loved todays story. 2mo
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Bklover I love those tiny tales! 2mo
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TheSpineView I live the beach in winter. Something about the stark landscape that draws me. 2mo
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Sparklemn I'm so glad you've been sharing these. I'm on a break from all social media (except Litsy!) so it's helpful to have the links. Such a fun concept! 2mo
Texreader @Sparklemn Oh good! I‘m happy to see I‘m not the only one enjoying these. It is a lot of fun 2mo
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Bklover Those are fun! What a great idea! 2mo
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If you‘ve been seeing my posts about SAA‘s micro stories and wondering what they are, here‘s the tiny story for Day 8.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cl6GnNJPrQ1/?igshid=NDk5N2NlZjQ=

Susanita Clouds in her coffee! Now I have “You‘re So Vain” playing in my head. 2mo
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PurpleyPumpkin 😂 This was great! 2mo
rubyslippersreads And Die Hard is definitely a Christmas movie! 🤣 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“She was so Southern that she cried tears that came straight from the Mississippi, and she always smelled faintly of cottonwood and peaches.”

#Apples
#NovemberNarrative

📚🍎💫

IndoorDame Perfect for apples, and one of my favorite novels!!! ❤️💚🍎🍏 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @IndoorDame mine too!! Have you read her newest? 3mo
IndoorDame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks not yet. I‘m excited for to! 3mo
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Eggs 🥰🍎❤️ 3mo
TheBookHippie Did you read the new one?????? 🤯 I think you‘d like it. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie I have it, but haven‘t read it yet!! 3mo
TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks May need Kleenex. I think you‘ll really like it! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie I need a good cry!! 😭😭 3mo
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#OminousOctober #Day18 #Enchanting Everything about this novel is enchanting. It‘s one of my favourite witchy books, though the Waverley sisters wouldn‘t say they were witches! A magical apple tree, one sister who can enchant the food she cooks, the other who can cut your hair & change your life. Add in a small town with a cast of characters & you have enchantment✨ #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter 6pts

MidnightBookGirl That's a gorgeous cover! I have a much different cover, still lovely though. :) 4mo
Eggs Well done👏🏻👏🏻 Cover Love 💕 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty!! Love your decorations! 🖤🎃🧡 (edited) 4mo
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Aims42
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This was a good read, I will admit I wasn‘t expecting it be so sexy (it‘s not over the top or too much, I just didn‘t anticipate it) 😶‍🌫️ I‘m intrigued enough to definitely continue with “First Frost” 👍

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Got my fall decorations up and now sinking into the sofa with a blanket and my newest book 🥰 Hello, fall! 🍂🍁🎃 My mouth is watering so much with this book 😂

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Book: Garden Spells

Author: Robert Goddard, Elly Griffiths, Robert Galbraith, John Grisham, Dorothy Gilman — i couldn‘t narrow it down further…and I see that they all write in the mystery genre! 😀

Movie: Ghost, Goldfinger, Goonies

Singer/Band: Genesis

Song: Grand Illusion (Styx), Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John), Give Peace a Chance (John Lennon)

#manicmonday

CBee A lot of G authors 😊😊 5mo
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Welp. It happened and now I‘m refreshing my email every few hours to see if I have shipping notifications 😂 Her books just seem like great fall, cozy up with a blanket and a cup of coffee type of reads 🥮🍁🍂☕️ Thank you @wanderinglynn and @Karisa for the recommendation!

wanderinglynn I hope you enjoy! 5mo
Karisa Exactly! Perfect for fall. 📚🍂🍁 5mo
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wanderinglynn
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#BasicWitchSwap

🖤 Favorite Things 🖤

1. Deep blue, like the ocean
2. the ocean, citrus, sandalwood, lavender
3. So many, but I loved the tagged
4. right now, the Princess of Swords from the Celestial Tarot deck
5. my birthstone is garnet ❤️ & I also love moonstones
6. Russell Stover marshmallow in dark chocolate
7. Lavender is the one I use the most
8. Bonfires & ghost stories

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Lizpixie
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#AlphabetGame #letterG

Magical realism is one of my favourite genres & this book is at the top of my list. It‘s sweet, it‘s magical, it‘s whimsical & it has a fabulous garden that makes magical food. What else can you ask for!

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1. Magical qualities
2. Tagged, this author is a favorite. 27 days until her new book is out.🥳
@TheSpineView @Kshakal #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Oh the wait for a book!😬 6mo
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“She was so Southern that she cried tears that came straight from the Mississippi, and she always smelled faintly of cottonwood and peaches.” 🍑 🍌 🍏 🍎

Gotta love a Mississippi girl 😙🤭

#IncludesRecipes
#BookMoods

Eggs Love the tableaux! Magic in these books🍎🍏🍎 8mo
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One of my favorite writers! The Waverly family is full of Magic✨

#ByYourFavoriteAuthor #BookMoods @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

#Family #BigJuneReadathon @Clwojick

JenReadsAlot I'm so excited for her new book! 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love her books!! 💫 8mo
Clwojick ✨✨✨ 8mo
Eggs @Clwojick ⭐️⭐️ 8mo
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#sliceofsummerswap Summer Aesthetic. I love being in and near the water but I also love the greenery of my garden. @Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks ☀️😎💕 8mo
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#wondrouswednesday. Thanks @Eggs for the tag & allowing me to post late

1) I love to garden but it doesn‘t always work out every year. As a kid my parents indulged me & found me spots to try growing things. As a child, my best gardens were one year gorgeous tomato plants with a bumper crop of tomatoes, and another year a garden‘s worth of marigolds

2) veggies, but I want to expand to flowers 💐

3) tagged

What about you @freeatlast1137 ?

TheBookHippie My grandson wants marigolds this year! 9mo
Texreader @TheBookHippie They‘re super easy to grow so highly recommended for a new gardener 9mo
Eggs Thanks for joining in Karen🥰 9mo
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#wondrouswednesday

1. 😆 no. I kill the unkillable plants. Also, since college, I‘ve lived in apartments in large cities.

2. I do love to visit botanical gardens. 🌼

3. Tagged.

JenReadsAlot Great book! 9mo
wanderinglynn @JenReadsAlot yes! I love SAA‘s books. 9mo
Eggs Thanks for joining in 🪴🥰 9mo
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 9mo
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StaceGhost
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Really enjoying this novel— as the youngest in my family, I love hearing the thoughts of the older sister ❤️ I also love the garden magic! 🌷

lirahlu OMG! Garden Spells 😍 I've read it like 4 times. It's one of my all time favorites. I love how she weaves everyday magic. I want to live in her universe. 10mo
LeslieO Ooooo. I have that on my kindle. Might have to move it up on the TBR. 10mo
StaceGhost @lirahlu yes! It‘s really excellent! I have a couple books on the magic of food (real & fantastic) & I love them all 🥰 10mo
StaceGhost @LeslieO it‘s turned out to be a perfectly timed read for me— like practical magic but makes me want to garden even more haha 🪴 10mo
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1. Tulips and lilacs
2. Tagged and also the Peach Keeper
Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView #two4Tuesday
@peaknit @Kshakal @BethM

TheSpineView Lilacs are so pretty! Thanks for playing! 10mo
peaknit Lilacs smell so good, I just wish they lasted longer! 10mo
BethM My new house has TWO lilac bushes!! 10mo
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Eggs
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Enchantment in the Waverleys‘ garden✨🍎🌿

#Garden #SavvySettings @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

julieclair I loved this book! 10mo
Eggs @julieclair It‘s quite lovable!! 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this one 🍎 10mo
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Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView !

1. I love getting fresh flowers (and books of course!)

2. The tagged book was my Valentines read a few years ago- it was a swap gift- and it was soo perfect for the evening!

#TwoForTuesday 💝

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“She was so Southern that she cried tears that came straight from the Mississippi, and she always smelled faintly of cottonwood and peaches.”

Being a Mississippi girl I had to choose this quote!

#BeginsWith
#Garden

Eggs Perfect 🤩 13mo
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Eggs Perfection 🍎 13mo
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