Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Release Date: January 1st, 2007
“Love always hurts. That’s one thing I know you know. But it’s worth it. That’s what you don’t know. Yet.”
Claire Waverly has always been an interesting character, like most Waverly women, she possesses a special gift that sets her apart from everyone else. Holed up in her grandmother’s Queen Anne Victorian, Claire makes a living as a caterer, utilizing the flowers from her garden which carry magic that can alter the moods and emotions of the consumer.
Sydney and her young daughter Bay are running from their past which ultimately brings them back to Claire. Their return resurfaces old feelings from the past which caused Sydney to question everything about who she was and the family legacy she left behind. With the Waverly sisters reunited, things in town begin to fizzle. A romance next door for Claire and a new sense of security for Sydney and Bay brings the sisters together in ways that they never thought possible.
With the Waverly magic wafting through the air, both sisters learn how to live with their mistakes and make strides towards the new lives that they never imagined they would have.
Allen is my favorite author and this book is nothing less than fantastic. Claire and Sydney are fantastic characters who really play on their sisterly relationship. I love the magical aspect that all of Allen’s novels have, the element adds something special and makes you feel enchanted. Everything about the book is magical and I can’t praise her novels enough. I always feel at home in her books. There is something in her writing that speaks to my soul and I always finish her books with a sense of hope and love. Look for the sequel First Frost, out now!