Garden Spells

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FROM THE AUTHOR’S WEBSITE“Garden Spells…Welcome to Bascom, North Carolina, where everyone has a story to tell about the Waverley women. The old house that’s been in the family for generations, the walled garden that mysteriously blooms year round, the rumors and innuendoes of dangerous loves and tragic passions. Eccentric, reclusive, or renegade, there’s not one that wasn’t somehow touched by magic.  As the town’s successful caterer, Claire has always clung closely to the Waverleys’ roots in their enchanted soil, tending the family garden from which she makes her much sought-after delicacies. She has everything she thinks she needs – until one day she finds a vine of ivy creeping into her garden and knows that everything is about to change.  Then her prodigal sister Sydney arrives with her five-year-old daughter and a dark secret she hopes to keep well hidden. And suddenly Claire’s carefully tended life is about to run gloriously out of control …”

THE BOOK FAERY REVIEW: I thought this was a beautifully/magically written book about the many types of relationships!!  Any woman (or even man) who has ever been in any type of relationship whether it’s a sibling relationship, marriage relationship, mother-daughter relationship, friend relationship, or other family relationship would be able to relate on one level or another.  It was a story that should the vulnerabilities and fears of a relationship and the overcoming of that fear.  Letting go to really experience love and happiness.  Watching the two sisters get closer throughout the book gives a nice warm feeling inside. As you envision how the little girl responds to those around her, you can’t help but want to hug her tight if she was a real life being.  You begin to look forward to the aunt’s visits and wonder what the next object will be.  The two men who become the love of the two sister’s you want to keep rooting on for hanging on and being patient.  You feel rage with the little girl’s father who beat her mother frequently if she didn’t do things right.  You feel for the man who loses his significant other because he got tired of doing everything for him and not letting him think on his own.  You feel emotion for the wife who’s insecure in her marriage thinking her husband would leave her if she’s not good enough or better than his first love.  And you just want to touch the husband’s face in the end and cry for her when he tells her that she is the one he wants to be with now, the one he loves now, not the girl from his youth.  The biggest message I got from this book though was to accept and not fight who you are as a person…  Overall, I thought this was a very easy and quick read, very touching, and very magical to the spirit.  I highly recommend this book!!

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