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BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from Sarah Addison Allen's First Frost and The Girl Who Chased the Moon.

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….

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    Intriguing and yummy

    Deeply enjoyed the thread of magic weaving through this tale. Fantastic story and sumptuous tickling of the senses.

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    This is one of my all-time favorite novels. Garden Spells is magical in more ways than one. While It does contain a magical element within the story, everything from the writing to the individual characters qualify as magical. I personally love the character who gave people items for seemingly no reason, and without explanation, only for the recipients to go from puzzled to amazed as the true reason for the gift is revealed. Excellent writing from an intelligent and imaginative author. Her subsequent books are awesome too and contain unexpected plot twists with a supernatural flavor.

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    Good book

    Lovely story. I wish the climax lasted longer though. It felt like anticipating something for the whole story only tobhave everything hit it's peak for only a page with a quick resolution. that seemed lack luster to me

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