Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Another LibraryThing recommendation and one that worked very well for me, perfect for cosy snuggled up with a blanket reading.

The Waverleys have lived in Bascom for generations and there’s always been something a little bit magical about them and, especially, their garden. Sidney left as soon as she could while older sister Claire stayed and now runs a successful catering business, popular because of the special ingredients she uses from her garden. When Sidney is forced to return everything is stirred up – Claire has to learn to open up and accept a bit of chaos in her usually ordered life, and Sidney has to accept who she is.

It’s very similar to Practical magic in a lot of ways but no less enjoyable for that. You find yourself drawn to this family and their magic which isn’t overdone, it’s very subtle and fits well with the book which is really about the Waverleys and their lives rather than the magic. It was a quick read but I loved it. Recommended.


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