Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen


First off the cover of this book pulled me in. It is beautiful. The words in the book are just as beautiful. Garden Spells follows the Waverly Family, more specifically two sisters Claire and Sydney. Claire always embraced the family quirks such as the families magical garden. Her sister on the other hand runs away following graduation and refuses to succumb to the family’s reputation. This book starts years later when Sydney returns home with her young daughter Bay. All of them grow closer together and grow individuals as they face their own fears at times using their abilities and fight with their grouchy apple tree.

While this book could be predictable in some ways, it surprised me from time to time. The character growth of Claire, Sydney, and Bay is well constructed and their struggles are realistic even with the magic. You cheer for them, give them advice, and yell at them while they journey towards finding possible love and their place in the world even with the scars of their past standing in their way.  The magic in this book is often used, but is not the focus. It is used in a quirky fun way that leads the reader to laugh. Over all this book is well build through and through and is a lovely read.

If you are in the mood for a story of growth, family and magic that pulls the readers in I would say this book is worth a shot. I gave this books 5 out of 5 stars. According to Goodreads this book currently has a rating of 4.10 rating so many other reads agree that this is a quality book.

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