In Bascom, North Carolina, the Waverley family has lived for generations, and the legendary tales of the magic in their garden have proliferated over time.
Claire now lives in the old Queen Anne house, and she caters local parties, bringing some of her beautiful and magical recipes to the residents of the town.
Her sister Sydney, six years younger, left years ago, but something is about to bring her back home, along with her six-year-old daughter Bay.
Claire is a woman who likes things to stay the same. Afraid of change, nursing childhood hurts that somehow defined her, she sticks to her familiar routines and avoids anything that will stir up her world. Her mother Lorelei’s abandonment years before has left its mark.
Sydney has been living with David, the abusive father of her child, but she has put all of her efforts into planning her escape, and finding her way back to the place she fled years ago.
A coming together of this family and special people around them will bring something bright and beautiful into all their lives.
Garden Spells is a magical tale that kept me eagerly reading and hoping to learn more about the healing properties that seemed to lurk within the pages.
We meet interesting characters from the town, like Tyler Hughes, who lives next door and can’t seem to stop thinking about Claire. Then there is Henry, who has been in love with Sydney since they were in school together years before. Evanelle Franklin, a 79-year-old aunt, has her own special gifts: she loves giving unique things to people, and changing the direction of their lives.
What will happen to each of these characters, and how does the strange apple tree in the Waverley yard figure into it all?
I loved this book, and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. When I reached the last page, I didn’t want to leave the unique characters or the setting. 5 stars.