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Garden Spells
Garden Spells | Sarah Addison Allen
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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. A successful caterer, Claire Waverley prepares dishes made with her mystical plantsfrom 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 Waverleysexcept for Claires rebellious sister, Sydney, who fled Bascom the moment she could, abandoning Claire, as their own mother had years before. When Sydney suddenly returns home with a young daughter of her own, Claires quiet life is turned upside downalong 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 legacyif they are ever to feel at home in Bascomor with each other. Enchanting and heartfelt, this captivating novel is sure to cast a spell with a style all its own.
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A lot late but I had to play on this one:
1. Garden Spells
2. Surely there was a Supernatural movie (Dean loves pie!)
3. American Pie by Don McLean

@JoScho #manicmonday

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Eggs
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Sarah Addison Allen‘s stories transcend the laws of nature. They are magically supernatural

#supernatural
#fallisbooked
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@OriginalCyn620

Bklover I enjoyed this one! 1mo
Gina I ♡ all her books☆~°•♡•°~☆ 1mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚💫 1mo
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Jocelyn73c
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Mehso-so

This felt like Practical Magic lite. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't terribly compelling.

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Lizpixie
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#ChillingPhotoChallenge #day2 #Spell I love to read witchy books,especially ones full of earth magic & growing things. Books like Practical Magic,The Sparrow Sisters,A Discovery Of Witches & especially this book by Sarah Addison Allen. It‘s full of life & love & the smell of rich earth & flowers.If you haven‘t read it,you need to & then you can fall in love with the Waverleys & their apple tree. #Scareathlon 2points #PointsTotal-11 #TeamSlaughter

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Eggs
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The Waverley gardens are filled with magic apples and edible #flowers imbued with special powers

#selfimprovementseptember

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

booksbrewsandbooze One of my favorites! 💖 3mo
IndoorDame Love this one!💕 3mo
Crazeedi ❤❤this book 3mo
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Gina So ♡ this author 3mo
mom2bugnbee @gina Me, too! One of my all-time faves. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️🌷🌸❤️ 3mo
Ddzmini Love this book 📖 😋 3mo
Schnoebs This has been on my tbr for so long! 3mo
Eggs @Ddzmini @Schnoebs 💗👏🏻💗 3mo
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Palimpsest
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Nice light end of summer read about the Waverley family who have always possessed strange gifts. I enjoyed the relationship between sisters, Claire & Sydney who try to connect for the first time after Sydney chooses to return to her hometown to escape a dark part of her life. I liked quirky characters, esp. Evanelle and the apple tree. I wasn‘t as interested in the old frenemies like Emma. I‘m not going to read the sequel as it is 9 years later.

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VioletBramble
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The Waverly women each have a special gift. Their backyard has a garden whose plants have magical side effects. Their yard also has a strange apple tree. Eating an apple from this tree will reveal to the eater the biggest event of their lives- good or bad.
The story was cute and it was a fast read. A perfect beach book.

Chelleo Love this author! 3mo
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thea-block
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Love Sarah Addison Allen books for easy, fulfilling reads! This is my favorite so far - magical realism, family secrets, and some character growth. Also enjoyed the southern, small-town setting that distinctly makes these books Addison Allen‘s.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Heatherfeather
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Mehso-so

Echhhhh this reading slump. So I think this was a victim of "just not right for me but probably really perfect for someone else." Pros: the writing, the apple tree concept. Cons: the unoriginal story, the Emma "plotline", the fact it was unchallenging and watered down

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Eggs
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For here you are, standing there, loving me
Whether or not you should
So somewhere in my youth or childhood
I must have done something good🎶🎶

Can Claire open her heart to feel the love she deserves? ❤️ this book and this song

#somethinggood #ayupaugust @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain

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squirrelbrain What a cute picture! ♥️ 4mo
Cinfhen Gorgeous image 💕 4mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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Eggs Haha great minds think alike🤗🎶 5mo
wanderinglynn Love this book. 💚 It‘s my favorite Sarah Addison Allen book. 5mo
CoffeeNBooks @wanderinglynn I haven't read it yet, but it's on my TBR stack! 5mo
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wanderinglynn If you like magical realism (like Practical Magic), you‘ll love it. 👍🏻 5mo
IndoorDame Yes it's wonderful! I can't wait to read her other books! 5mo
annahenke Love this one. 5mo
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Eggs
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IndoorDame I loved this book! 5mo
Eggs Me too!! @IndoorDame 5mo
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Eggs
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Addison-Allen casts a spell with the story of the Waverly women and their magic/gifts

wanderinglynn Love her books! But this one is my fave out of all of them. 6mo
kspenmoll Her books are wonderful.💕 6mo
JenReadsAlot Love her books! 6mo
EH2018 This one is my fav too @wanderinglynn 6mo
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I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I just had a really hard time with the scary abusive David (Bay‘s father). Sydney‘s experiences were horrifying.

DebinHawaii I really love this book but yes, those scenes are hard to read. 6mo
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EmilyM
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I needed a pallete cleanser, and this served that purpose. I wasn't enthralled by it--the plot was predictable and not very substantive, the ending wrapped up too fast, and the characters were pretty surface level. Buuuut, it was a nice, quick read that got me out of the intense feels that The Huntress brought on.⭐⭐⭐/5

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Born.A.Reader
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Huge #bookhaul today when I went to visit my bookstores for my birthday (Which is tomorrow but I had a free day today). Very excited! The tagged book is a 1st edition I found for $1! Now to find room...

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wanderinglynn
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#frideas
1. Autumn
2. 🌷 tulip
3. Tagged
4. Seasonal, but the west coast seems to be better for me.
5. 💜❤️💚 to all

SailorMoon Thanks for playing!!! 💕🤟🏻🌙 9mo
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Laughterhp
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1. Summer - I‘m all about the ☀️
2. Don‘t really have one - I usually plant whatever‘s pretty
3. Tagged - just because I associate gardens and growing with Spring!
4. Not diagnosed seasonal allergies. I have food allergies.
5. 💚💚💚

#frideas

SailorMoon Thanks for playing!!! 💕🤟🏻🌙 9mo
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IndoorDame
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I had a slow reading month. Spent a few weeks to sick to do much of anything but sleep and watch bad tv. Here‘s to hoping for better days in March!
February Wrap Up:
Total books read 9
Women Authors 8
Authors of Color 3
Non-fiction 3
Audiobooks 2

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Here‘s to an even better March!! 9mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Looks good to me! 📚💖 9mo
Bookishthoughts I really enjoyed Garden Spell! Did you? 9mo
IndoorDame @LazyDays yes I loved it! 9mo
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Bklover
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#HelloThursday
1. My Magnolia tree!!
2. Mulch
3. Open windows
4. Get my screened in porch ready for spring and summer
5. Haven‘t read this, but it sounds like a fun read 🌷🌸🌷🌺

wanderinglynn Love Garden Spells! It‘s a fun book if you enjoy magical realism. 👍🏻 Thanks for playing! 🌷 9mo
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flying_monkeys
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Delicious herbs; intoxicating flowers; and, a feisty apple tree that throws its fruit at people, tempting them to take a bite and see the biggest event of their life — a few reasons I ❤️ Garden Spells. It‘s also a great treatment for spring fever.

#LitsyAtoZ 9/26

flying_monkeys If you liked Garden Spells, I highly recommend you check out 9mo
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IndoorDame
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Spent the last few days reading this lovely title that @Chrissyreadit sent me for our #jbminiswap and really enjoyed it - thank you for choosing it for me!

It invited me to read it really slowly which was a nice change of pace. It ended up being just the kind of romance I like - thoughtful and uplifting

Chrissyreadit Yay! I loved this book. I‘m glad you liked it. 10mo
Dragon Loved this book 🍎 10mo
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IndoorDame
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@Chrissyreadit Thank you so much for this beautiful Valentines Day parcel! I love it and can‘t wait to dive in! I‘m stuck inside with a cold waiting out a snowstorm so an exciting book and warm socks are just the thing to curl up with 🥰
@kaye Thank you for coordinating our #jbminiswap - I had so much fun!

Chrissyreadit I hope you love the book as much as I do. And have a rapid recovery. 10mo
Kaye I‘ve heard great things about that book. Hope you love it. The socks are really cute. 10mo
IndoorDame @Chrissyreadit @kaye The socks ARE really cute - I love them! ❤️ 💕 and I‘m super excited about Garden Spells - I‘ll let you both know what I think after reading it 🤔😊 10mo
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Bookishthoughts I am reading this,so far 12 pages in and I love it. Hope you enjoy! 10mo
Chrissyreadit @IndoorDame I loved Garden Spells- it is one of my favorite books, and I‘m thinking I need to reread it...I‘m glad you are enjoying it. 10mo
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Suet624 I totally feel that way. 10mo
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AmyAgentBor
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Mehso-so

In this book, The garden is bursting with magical plants which help the townspeople see their lives more clearly. While I related to the characters especially Claire and found them engaging, I found the plot predictable and a bit overdone. Unlike Harry‘s Trees, the women in the story are capable of actual magic, although more of the variety of an untrained wizard. A good read but not a great one.#bookschool

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Marilyncjackson Thanks for the heads up 😊 10mo
jenniferajanes @Marilyncjackson You‘re welcome! Happy reading! 10mo
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RosieBoo65
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I‘ve read The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen and really enjoyed it. Garden Spells has that same touch of magical realism as the Waverly family of Bascom, North Carolina carry their own magic. After traversing across the country, Sydney returns home with her daughter, Bay, and starts her life again living with her sister Claire.

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Carnett
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Loved the book! Wonderful author, definitely a new fave!

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 10mo
RaimeyGallant Good to know! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 10mo
Carnett Great! Thank you!! 10mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 10mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! 10mo
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Soubhiville
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A very sweet magical realism romance, great for a light read between heavier books. I enjoyed the NC setting, and I love the Waverly family. I will keep an eye out for SAA‘s other books.

Features a feisty apple tree, whose apples can give the eater visions...

TheBogwitch The Sugar Queen was really good, too. They all are! 11mo
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Soubhiville
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Happy New Year Litsy friends! I tried to read in the new year, but fell asleep before the ball dropped. I‘m not sad about it.
I‘m starting the year with this sweet light read that was a gift from my friend Harper 😊. It‘s fun so far. It‘s my author A for #LitsyAtoZ.
#Sietje says it‘s still too early this morning. I was trying to show that her tongue is out, but it‘s too blurry.

Redwritinghood Happy New Year! 11mo
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jenniferw88
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Day 18 of #adventrecommends @emilyrose_x and a new favourite genre!

PS @Moray_Reads the next #LMPBC book was sent today.

Woodsangel It‘s love her books! My favorite was The Girl Who Chased The Moon 12mo
TheBogwitch This is my favorite SAA book, followed closely by The Sugar Queen. 12mo
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Soubhiville
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Harper! I received your sweet surprise gift today. Thank you so much! What a special treat, the author is from Asheville NC, my favorite place.

I feel so blessed to have made friends with you and so many other truly wonderful folks this year on Litsy 💚. Happy Holidays to you!

TheBogwitch My favorite of all SAA‘s books. 12mo
CoffeeNBooks I'm so glad it got there! I saw Garden Spells on your TBR list, and it looked really good! I love that we're Litsy friends, and your cards always put a smile on my face! 💙 🌞 12mo
shellleigh33 ♥️ Sarah Addison Allen. Garden Spells is such a good read. 12mo
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ValkyrieAndHerBooks
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All things SAA! I keep her audiobooks on loop throughout the year as my unwinding-for-bed books.
#SundayFunday @sebrittain

Bookish2 Elizabeth hunter elemental series is my go to for sleep, or driving 12mo
Nutmegnc Yes! Garden Spells!!! 12mo
Nutmegnc @Bookish2 so she will make you sleep or keep you awake?? Maybe just calm you down either way? 😂😂😂 12mo
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Gina
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I found this author years ago and every time I read another one of her books I become more smitten. They are quiet stories that weave big life lessons in to a gauze of magic that makes you feel like you have come home to the loving arms of your mom.

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Gina
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Winters in WI be like...♡♡♡

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ValkyrieAndHerBooks
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#OctoberPutASpellOnYou the final prompt: #IPutASpellOnYou
People have been knocking on the back door of Waverley House looking for something made from the flowers in their garden or trying to climb the fence to filch an apple, for generations. But the last thing you should do is eat an apple from the Waverleys‘ tree!

I had such a great time with this challenge @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @vkois88 Thank you for putting it together and hosting it!

booksandsympathy Great picture! I loved this book. 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome pic!! Thank you for participating!!! 💗💗 13mo
ValkyrieAndHerBooks @booksandsympathy Thanks! This is one of my all time favorites! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks! And it was my pleasure! 13mo
Gina I ♡♡♡ this author. She weaves such quiet magical stories 13mo
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monalyisha
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Basket of apples/
Friend to wolves & friend to snakes/
Granddaughter of Eve

#halloweenhaiku... sort of.
This one “wandered from the path” a little bit, if you will. 🙃🍎🐍

Playing with the idea of Red Riding Hood & Eve, the symbolism of apples (temptation, sin, & knowledge) & feminism. Also, desperately try to find a way to make “Little Pink Clitoral Hood” empowering & not silly or a little weird/creepy. Wish me luck? 😅🤞🏻

monalyisha Image: @ MissVaninna (edited) 13mo
Nevermore88 Beautiful image 13mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk It occurs to me that both of your poems would be quite at home amongst the twisted fairy tale riffs in 13mo
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monalyisha @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I only intended to write the one but I got a little caught up. 😆 That book‘s on my TBR! 13mo
paulfrankspencer @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I was thinking the same. Exactly the same. 13mo
monalyisha @paulfrankspencer Clearly I need to read it sooner rather than later! 13mo
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The women of the Waverley family are heirs to an unusual legacy, one that grows in a fenced plot behind their Queen Anne home in Bascom, North Carolina. There, an apple tree bearing fruit of magical properties looms over a garden filled with herbs and edible flowers that possess the power to affect in curious ways anyone who eats them... The Waverly family #charmed me thoroughly with their southern magic. #witchyreads

JazzFeathers Need!!!!! 14mo
booksandsympathy @JazzFeathers they are great books! Garden Spells comes first and First Frost is(ironically) second. 14mo
Linsy A great series! 💚💚💚 13mo
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dariazeoli
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These are the books on my Currently Reading shelf. I‘ve been procrastinating this morning; I think 301 straight days of reading is taking a toll.

Here‘s to finishing at least one this weekend!

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kspenmoll
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#OctoberPutsASpellOnYou #sisters

Book:Claire‘s long lost sister, Sidney,returns after 10 years. I have 3 sisters who I love dearly,but chose this selfie of Jean & I from a special trip we took to the Cape together to visit places meaningful to us after our mother died.She is on my mind because I am leaving to meet her for coffee shortly.Grateful she is only 45 min away;we meet half way. A local vineyard produces a wine called Three Sisters. ❤️🍷

Crazeedi Great book! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww that‘s so sweet ❤️❤️ I wish I had a sister ❤️ 1y
kspenmoll @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Many Littens including me would be happy to be surrogate! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @kspenmoll awww you‘re the sweetest!! You‘re going to make me cry 😓❤️ 1y
vkois88 So sweet ❤❤❤ 14mo
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Suzze
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This didn‘t sound like a book I‘d like at all. It was an ARC at work, so I decided to try it. And I loved it! The sequel, First Frost was really good too. #OctoberXFiles #IPutaSpellonYou

Chelleo Love her and her books! Have you read Sugar Queen? 1y
Suzze @Chelleo I haven‘t, but I own it! As I say to all my unread books....someday. 1y
Chelleo @Suzze You‘re in good company. I think that‘s most of us on Litsy 🤗 1y
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Cinfhen This is a popular choice today...but I didn‘t care much for it #unpopularopinion 1y
Suzze @Cinfhen i wondered if it would be. I have the unpopular opinion often. 🤣 1y
Robothugs 😆 I tend to have an unpopular opinion of books, too. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
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KarenUK
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#octoberxfiles #iputaspellonyou
This book was a little lighter and sweeter than I usually read, but I really enjoyed this small town story of two sisters with some ‘special‘ skills.... also, I‘m always a sucker for a fiction book with some foodie elements...
There are recipes for many of Claire‘s mood-altering creations.... Lavender bread, chive blossom vinegar and rose scones etc.... I must try them... 🧙‍♀️

DivineDiana Lovely collage! 💗 1y
Cinfhen Beautiful collage 💕💕💕 1y
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Chrissyreadit
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My favorite books about Spell Casting (other than HP). #youputaspellonme #octoberxfiles

Cinfhen Well played!! Again 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
LMJenkins I really like her books. 1y
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Chrissyreadit
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I love gardening. Almost finished with my rock garden- the area is on a bed of slate so nothing deep in most areas. And it is not raining so I can sit outside with soup for breakfast and read.

squirrelbrain Gorgeous! 1y
tracey38 What a beautiful spot. 1y
eri.reads It's beautiful. I wish I could garden, but I have a black thumb! 😭 1y
LeahBergen Oh, how lovely! 1y
Chrissyreadit @squirrelbrain @tracey38 @eri.reads @LeahBergen Thank you!!! Gardening is a favorite activity. I actually do not have a green thumb, I have a wait and see what lives and replace what dies with something else thumb. 1y
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AileenRR
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Came across this book when I did a search for “magical realism novels” and now I have a new favorite author 😊 A family story with some magic and romance 💖

mcipher She is amazing! I love her books. 1y
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‘... Claire knows that rose geranium wine brings back happy memories, that lavender baked into cookies gives people the ability to keep secrets, and that to discourage a man‘s unwelcome attentions, she must add snapdragon seeds to his evening meal.‘

#NewHogwartsAdventure #herbology

wanderinglynn ❤️ this book. It‘s my favorite out of all her books. 1y
vkois88 Oh, this sounds good... the quote you listed has a Practical Magic type feel to it! #Stacked 1y
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Amandajoy
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📚 Garden Spells
🖋 Gillian Flynn or Neil Gaiman
🎥 Gilmore Girls or Great British Bake-off
🍴 Ginger (not by itself, but in all the things)

#manicmonday #letterg

JoScho Thanks for playing 💖 1y
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