#RollBackWeek Review: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Posted January 23, 2016 by Francesca in Reviews / 5 Comments

#RollBackWeek Review: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Garden Spells
by Sarah Addison Allen

4.5 Stars


Released: August 28th 2007
Series: Waverley Family #1
Published by Bantam
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
Pages: 307
Format: Audiobook

Recommended Read!

“A keeper on my shelf!”
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I have to thank Suzanne for picking this book for me during the Pick It For Me Challenge.  I’ve always seen her read and recommend this author and have been curious to try her but one thing or another always pushed the choice down.  This forced me to pick it up and boy was I happy with this!

This is not really a conventional romance, although there is a romance element.  It’s more about the story, the town, the family, the sisters, the house, the magic.  Yes, there’s a magical element to the theme of this book that combined with the way the author narrates this story reminded me of Lisa Kleypas’ Friday Harbor series.

The characters wove themselves into my heart from the start.  The story was enrapturing to the point that it was a book I didn’t want to put down at all and I devoured it in record time while being busy working.  It’s been one of the few reads in a while for me to have that effect and I certainly can’t wait to read more from this author.

I absolutely loved the way Ms. Allen tells her story and I will be exploring more of her books for sure!  A keeper on my shelf!




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About Sarah Addison Allen

New York Times Bestselling novelist Sarah Addison Allen brings the full flavor of her southern upbringing to bear on her fiction -- a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small-town sensibility. Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sarah grew up with a love of books and an appreciation of good food (she credits her journalist father for the former and her mother, a fabulous cook, for the latter). In college, she majored in literature - because, as she puts it, "I thought it was amazing that I could get a diploma just for reading fiction. It was like being able to major in eating chocolate."

After graduation, her big break occurred in 2007 with the publication of her first mainstream novel, Garden Spells, a modern-day fairy tale about an enchanted apple tree and the family of North Carolina women who tend it. Booklist called Sarah's accomplished debut "spellbindingly charming." The novel became a Barnes & Noble Recommends selection, and a New York Times Bestseller.

After publishing four bestselling books in five years, Sarah took a hiatus when she was diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer at age 39. She returned to writing with her 2014 bestselling Lost Lake. She is now in remission. In 2015, she revisited the popular setting of her first book. First Frost continues the story of the Waverely Sisters from Garden Spells.

With 2 million books now in print and translated into 30 languages, Sarah continues to serve heaping helpings of the fantastic and the familiar in fiction she describes as "Southern-fried magic realism." Her books to date are: Garden Spells (2007), The Sugar Queen (2008), The Girl Who Chased the Moon (2010), The Peach Keeper (2011), Lost Lake (2014) and First Frost (2015).


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Sounds kind of interesting…thanks


Sounds good, thanks Francesca

Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose

The way you describe it reminds me of why I added it to my list a while back (and still need to read it). 🙂

Amy R
Amy R

This sounds really good.

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