Praise for Garden Spells
With enough grassroots buzz, Allen's mainstream debut...could become a best seller...It's refreshing to find a Southern novel that doesn't depend on folksy humor or stereotypes but instead on the imaginative use of magical realism. Just buy it, read it, and recommend it to others.
...The blending of horticultural folklore, the supernatural and a big dollop of Southern flavor should find favor with a wide swath of readers.
It is a privilege and an honor to lend support to Sarah Addison Allen and her amazing and magical first novel GARDEN SPELLS. This story is simply as irresistible as it is unforgettable. Ms. Allen has put writers everywhere on notice and raised the bar as high as an apple tree. My only regret is that GARDEN SPELLS wasn't a thousand pages longer! Congratulations to you, Sarah Addison Allen for an off-the-blocks triumph! I can't wait to see what you come up with next!
Sarah Addison Allen has crafted a wonderful story that will cast a spell on everyone who has the pleasure of reading it. GARDEN SPELLS has a harvest of rich characters, a plot that will have you checking what you eat, and a heart that is overflowing with the tangled joys and sorrows of love and life.
Sweet and magical, sure to cast its spell over even the most skeptical heart.
GARDEN SPELLS is so tender and enchanting, it drew me in on page one, and held me captivated—without letting me go for even a minute—until the end. I fell in love with Sarah Addison Allen’s writing, and her world. She believes in love, and that’s her magic: She conjures a garden of moon vine and angel’s trumpet, fills it with characters who need each other, and writes so well you’ll never forget any of them.
GARDEN SPELLS is truly spellbinding, beautifully crafted and as bewitching as the title suggests. This is Southern charm at its most beguiling, with characters you'll take to your heart, a delicious love story, and a magical garden you'll wish was in your own backyard. I devoured it in one sitting and was left eagerly awaiting Sarah Addison Allen's next novel.
There is magic in Sarah Addison Allen's GARDEN SPELLS, and not all of it involves the supernatural. Much of the novel's power comes in the form of the very human story of two sisters who, as grown women, find their way into each other's hearts for the first time. GARDEN SPELLS is enchanting in the purest sense.
GARDEN SPELLS is a rare and mesmerizing novel, brimming with light and fierce joy and the sharp shadows that must accompany such a tale. I desperately want to go live in Bascom and fall asleep in the Waverley's garden and let the magic and sweetness fill my every hour with its heady sense of possibility. So will you. This is one of the of the most charming books I've read in ages!