Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reading Garden Spells felt rather like the author was telling me a story. It is a fanciful and romantic story filled with quirky and (mostly) likable characters. The sisters, Claire and Sydney; the cousin, Evanelle (my favorite character); the daughter, Bay; the neighbor, Tyler; and the farmer, Henry. One of the main characters in this story isn't even a person, it's the Waverley's apple tree. I have to admit the apple tree is the one thing I had an issue with in this lovely tale. Realizing, of course, the book is fantasy, I personally connect better with the reality in books. People have personalities and some personalities are more fanciful than others. But, a tree? The apple tree made the story a little too fairy-tale like for me and I've never cared for fairy tales. I do feel the book is evenly paced with no lulls or unexpected turns, which made it a steady read and easily continued when returned to. Overall, it is quite charming!