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Transplanted to Miami, FL, from Iowa City, IA. Trying to find a balance between reading, knitting, playing mom taxi, and enjoying the sun and sand in Miami.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

I did decide to take a short break from Jasper Fforde, and instead read Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells. I have read a couple of her other books and had enjoyed them. Garden Spells was no exception. It was a quick read, I could hardly put it down in fact. 
Garden Spells is a story about sisters Claire and Sydney. Their family has long been considered strange in their small hometown in North Carolina. Claire stayed in their hometown, happy to put down roots. She learned how to care for the family’s magical garden and incorporate the flowers and plants into food. Sydney couldn’t wait to get away from their little town and spent a wild decade traveling around the country, until becoming involved with an abusive man. Sydney was going to leave, but then discovered she was pregnant. Eventually, Sydney decided she needed to get herself and her daughter away from her abusive boyfriend, and they head back to North Carolina. 
Claire and Sydney have to learn to be sisters again, they were never very close as children. Garden Spells is a love story, and it really is fairly predictable, but an enjoyable journey. I really like the supernatural elements in Allen’s writing. They are not overt vampire, werewolf and witch things, but kind of the everyday magic that one can chalk up to good luck or even destiny. 
Garden Spells was a perfect break from Jasper Fforde, of course her books are always enjoyable. Allen writes very happy hopeful books and really manages to transport you to the setting. She describes sights, sounds, and even smells. Her description of a calming place tends to have a calming effect on the reader also. The characters in Garden Spells are interesting and well-developed. 
I’m going to give Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen, 1 bookmark.