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Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Sarah Addison Allen's Garden Spells Cover

MY RATING:  5 of 5 Stars

Hmmm.   Musing, here.  Where should I shelve this beautiful book?  A tricky question.   It’s a love story without being a Romance.  It’s poetry without the rhymes.  It’s a fantasy without a single vampire, werewolf, faery, or dragon.  I guess I should just shelve it under “Books I Will Treasure Forever.”  The writing is lyrical, the story line, pure magic.  I fell in love with it all on the very first page.    And isn’t Melody Cassen’s cover simply stunning? It evokes the mystical qualities of this lovely tale to perfection.  Especially the apple tree!  You’ll never look at a Winesap or Granny Smith quite the same way again.   My best recommendation to you is, “Read it.”  Soon.  I can’t imagine anyone not being completely entranced.
I have read all of Sarah Addison Allen’s books, and she ranks at the top of my list of authors whose work I will never forget. 

Garden Spells

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11 thoughts on “Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

  1. Susana on said:

    Hi Marcia 🙂 i’m also a fan of Sarah Addison Allen’s stories _as you probably know by my goodreads shelves, and i think we might have talked about it .
    They’re beautifully magic. I see them as the perfect tapestry of words, realism and magic perfectly combined.
    Indeed the cover is very beautiful. When it comes to book covers, i have to say that at risk of being considered partial, i also love the portuguese covers of this author soriees . All of them are very beautiful.


  2. Hi, Susana! This is yet another case where we agree completely on this author and her work. Your description is right on the money. I’d love to see the Portuguese covers. If you can share some of them with me, I’ll happily post them for others to admire.

    Have you read all of her work, so far?


  3. Thanks, Susana! I will check them out. And I’ll be posting reviews of her other books soon, too.


  4. Marcia suggested I read Garden Spells and I loved it. In fact, I am reading it again now, which is something I seldom do, read a book twice.


  5. But it’s such a work of art, isn’t it, Kathy? And I figure you look at your favorite paintings more than once, so why not revisit a truly memorable and delicious book? Glad to see you here, and hope you’ll stop by often! Happy Reading!


  6. hmmm .. another author to check out .. this book looks intriguing! And the cover is mystical and beautiful!


  7. Hi, Anne-Marie! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you will enjoy Garden Spells. It is sooooo delicious! She has three other books out, too, each very good. My second favorite of hers would be The Sugar Queen. No, wait…maybe The Girl Who Chased The Moon. OH, heck. Too hard to choose. She’s just wonderful, that’s all.


  8. Susana on said:

    “Garden Spells” is my favorite book by this author…but for second place, i’m a little indecisive between “The girl who chased the moon” _ would love to read a follow up _ and “The Peach Tree”. This one’s “voice” was a little different from the previous three books, but in the end i love it!


  9. That’s very interesting, Susana. The Peach Tree was good, but it didn’t strike a chord in me to the same extent the other three did. I’m not sure why. But still, any book by SAA seems to be a work of art, so I won’t be picky, and I would definitely recommend them ALL to anyone asking.


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