I finished this one a couple of days ago, but I'm just now getting around to blogging it.
Allen, Sarah Addison. Garden Spells. New York: Bantam, 2007.
This is a delightful book. Sydney Waverley had always wanted nothing more than to get out of her town of Bascom, North Carolina. After being involved in an abusive relationship, she finds herself heading back there to provide safety and security for her daughter Bay. She moves in with her sister Claire who has never been involved in a romantic relationship. There is an apple tree in their yard with magical powers, a colorful relative named Evanelle who has quite the instinct for gift-giving, and several other memorable characters. It was a fascinating read that held my attention as I waited on the inevitable to happen. I do caution fellow Christians that the book contains premarital sex and characters who live alternative lifestyles.