My mom brought over a copy of Garden Spell, by Sarah Addison Allen, and said it was just a fun, happy read. She said it is a story to make you smile. It sounded like a perfect summer read to me.
Garden Spell is the story of the Waverly women in a small town. These women are “strange” as they seem to have some magical powers and are shunned by society even as they are pursued for their special gifts. The plants in their garden affect people. One Waverly sister comes home after leaving 10 years prior. She’s trying to running away with her daughter from her abusive partner. She arrives home to her sister, Clare, who is a loner and is afraid of forming strong attachments. There’s the neighbor who is pursuing Clare despite her attempts to discourage him. In addition, there’s the distant Wavely cousin who is obligated to give items to people without knowing why.
The characters in this book are very colorful. The author does a beautiful job describing the Waverly’s amazing garden and even provides a glossary at the back of the book outlining the special powers of all the plants.
While the story, itself, is nothing new, the author does put a new spin on it with all the magic. It was a fun book to read and I enjoyed all of the characters. The climax of the novel is wrapped up a little too easily, but it did fit with the tone of the book. While there are some darker issues, abusive relationships, abandonment, etc, the book does have a light feel to it. There is a little humor, and, of course, the happy ending.
I enjoyed this fun little novel and would recommend it for a light read.