Monday, January 18, 2016

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

★★★ 1/2
"It was like the way you wanted sunshine on Saturdays, or pancakes for breakfast.  They just made you feel good."

For years, Claire Waverly has lived a quiet life in the town she grew up in.  She is content living alone and tending to her family's magical garden - where she grows plants that are able to chance the way people feel.  Then her younger sister Sydney shows up with her daughter and suddenly alters Clarie's quiet routines.  As the two sisters learn to live together after being apart for so many years, they learn things about themselves, each other, and the secrets of their family's past.

I have been meaning to read this book for years now and finally found sometime to read it now that the sequel, First Frost came out a few months ago.  This was definatly a ligher read, which a nice contract to book I have read lately.  The writing was ok and the story pretty predictable, but I enjoyed the plot and the characters.  I loved how the Waverley sisters find each other later if life and are able to develop a family - despite their many differences and troubled past.  And it had the perfect amount of realism to be magical, but also (mostly) believable.

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