Allen, Sarah Addison. Garden Spells.
6 word synopsis: Practical Magic redux. Light, lovely, charming.
Fun read with charming characters, magic, and romance. The Waverly clan from Bascom, North Carolina, are in possession of a magic apple tree and unique talents. I couldn't put Garden Spells down and although much of it is predictable, that was exactly what I wanted. A feel-good book with likable, if flawed, characters; character development might be a bit light, but suits the fairy-tale atmosphere.
I especially liked Evanelle, the 79 year old aunt who jogs in order to watch the cute behinds of young men and is compelled to give strange, but prophetic gifts. The conclusion is a bit abrupt, but overall, I had a great time with this magical little tale. An evening's read.
I found this one on the library shelf, loved the cover, and remembered that Bookfool had liked it. Her review is here.
Fiction. Magical realism. 2007. 290 pages.