REVIEW: Garden Spells

This book has been on my TBR for a while, it’s by an NC author and set in NC and promises a little magic so I thought it’d be right up my alley. The Waverley girls have that special something and everyone in town knows it. Claire is a master gardener who knows exactly the right herbs, fruit and spices to evoke the perfect mood or reaction from a person. Her cousin, gets urges to bring a person a random item that they need at just the right time. When Sydney, Claire’s sister, shows up with her daughter after has been MIA for years it sets off a chain reaction that sends each of their lives and those of their fellow townspeople in new directions.

I’d say this one is Practical Magic meets Stars Hollow from the Gilmore Girls. The small town vibe means that everyone knows everyone’s business so making a sweeping change in your life is hard and easily scrutinized. There’s lots of whimsy and romance in this one but in the end it was just a bit too saccharine for me. There were a few directions I wanted the story to take but it just didn’t go to the tough places the way I hoped. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This family has an apple tree where if you eat the apple it will show you the happiest moment in your life or the saddest. Either way it seems to leave people melancholy, either with anticipation or with trepidation. Which memory would you like to see if you had the choice?

~ Dana

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