Monday, August 18, 2008

Garden Spells--A Great Read

My friend and fellow cropper, Renee, passed this book along to me and I couldn't resist sharing it.  The book is Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen, and it is a fantastic read.

I read most of it on the beach at Bear Lake this weekend, interrupted by my kids every half a paragraph, and I still devoured it.  And . . . nobody drowned. Well, at least not my kids, for whom I was directly responsible.

So, to say that it is a quick read is an understatement.  This was one of those rare books that I was sorry to finish because I was left wanting more.

I don't want to ruin the book for you all, so I'll just tell you a teensy bit about it.  The book is about the Waverley family, particularly the Waverley women, who all have peculiar gifts. Most amusing is Evanelle, who is frequently compelled to give people odd little gifts which her bewildered recipients end up needing shortly after receiving them.

Also amusing is the apple tree in the Waverleys' yard that bears fruit year-round.  When people eat apples off this tree, they will be shown the most important event in their lives--good or bad. Naturally, the Waverleys want to keep people, well most people, from eating the apples from the tree, so they bury all the apples that fall from it.  The tree, however, has a mind of its own and has been known to pelt people with its own apples.  

If I were the Waverleys' tree, I would throw this book at you in hopes that you would read it, it's that good.


  1. Very nice reading around here. :)

  2. Hello, found your post from Tip Junkie and was intrigued because I too live in Idaho (Meridian). You have a great site. Thanks for the book tip, I needed something new.

  3. Sounds interesting. I'll have to read it. Thanks for the tip!