Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
I almost don't want to write this review.
I'm afraid if I try to summarize or "sound bite" this novel, it will lose the magic it has given me since the minute I read opening the cover and pouring through it to the last page.
This is a warm, wonderful, magical, luminous, precious, gentle, perfect morsel of a novel.
Set in North Carolina, this is the story of the Waverley sisters (Sydney and Claire), as different as sisters could be but for the magic they hold within them, and the pull of family they both feel. What follows is a novel of flowers and magic, apple trees and love, running, hiding and finding exactly where you belong. Allen's writing is simple and lovely, and I was instantly transported into the garden of the Waverley women, reluctant to let go. I wish I'd read this slower, so I could enjoy it longer, and now that I'm done, I'm already missing the characters, wondering..."what happens next?"
This is a lovely fairy tale of a novel, and I can't recommend it enough. Sigh.
(Link to my Crucial Pop review)