Friday, July 04, 2008

Southern Reading Challenge: Garden Spells

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.


Lesa said...

I loved Garden Spells. The Sugar Queen, her new one, is good, but not as good as Garden Spells.

maggie moran said...

Yay! Is this your first book for the Southern Reading Challenge? I put a hold on Sugar Queen and I'm hearing two different opinions. Better/Worse I'll be deciding soon! :)

Lori Thornton said...

Actually, it's my second. The first was Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen.

Donna said...

Hi, Lori,

I couldn't find your email, so I decided to post a comment. I just heard about a book called "The Library at Night" by Alberto Manguel. Have you heard of it? It sounds like we'd like it based on our mutual love for books and libraries!

What's Past is Prologue

Lori Thornton said...

Thanks for the tip, Donna. I've added it to my Amazon wish list!