In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit. In this luminous debut novel, Sarah Addison Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it.…
The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed
with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of
Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for
its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible
flowers, imbued with special powers. Generations of Waverleys tended
this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.
successful caterer, Claire Waverley prepares dishes made with her
mystical plants—from the nasturtiums that aid in keeping secrets and the
pansies that make children thoughtful, to the snapdragons intended to
discourage the attentions of her amorous neighbor. Meanwhile, her
elderly cousin, Evanelle, is known for distributing unexpected gifts
whose uses become uncannily clear. They are the last of the
Waverleys—except for Claire’s rebellious sister, Sydney, who fled Bascom
the moment she could, abandoning Claire, as their own mother had years
When Sydney suddenly returns home with a young daughter
of her own, Claire’s quiet life is turned upside down—along with the
protective boundary she has so carefully constructed around her heart.
Together again in the house they grew up in, Sydney takes stock of all
she left behind, as Claire struggles to heal the wounds of the past. And
soon the sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy—if
they are ever to feel at home in Bascom—or with each other.
Enchanting and heartfelt, this captivating novel is sure to cast a spell with a style all its own…. From Goodreads.
I really liked this. All the Waverleys have different gifts but they are subtle. Claire and her sister Sydney are so different but when they finally talk about their childhood they understand each other and what has made them act the way they did. Bay, Sydney's daughter is cute, but my favourite side character is Evanelle. This elderly lady who just has to give people things even though she doesn't know why, that is her gift. If you get something from Evanelle keep it with you as you are sure to need it at some point in the future. She is really sweet.
I have ordered the next book from the library.
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