Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (final thoughts)
From the author’s website:
Claire has everything she thinks she needs, until one day she wakes to find a stranger has moved in next door and a vine of ivy has crept into her garden… and her carefully tended life is about to run gloriously out of control.
Garden Spells was a completely delightful read. Told through multiple points of view, it’s about a small town in North Carolina where last names hold extra importance. Specifically, it focuses on Claire Waverley, Caterer and maintainer of the old Waverley house and its mysterious garden. Like the summary above says, she was quite content with the (hermit-ish) life she had, but of course it wouldn’t be a very interesting book if things stayed that way, now would it?
I really liked what Sarah Addison Allen did with the importance of last names and how people from each family possessed a certain characteristic. I wanted to know more about the special gifts Claire’s ancestors had. If Allen ever decides to write a Waverleys: A History, I would definitely read it. I also liked the magic of the garden and the house. The passing comments of their characteristics completely made the book for me. And of course there was a bit of romance to be had. Although Tyler’s sudden overwhelming interest in Claire was a bit unrealistic, I did like that Claire didn’t make things easy for him. All in all their growing relationship was quite lovely … and a bit steamy.
I very much recommend Garden Spells and I especially think it would make a great vacation read.
My rating: 8.5/10