Book Review: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

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Book Review of Garden Spells by Sarah Addison AllenGarden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Goodreads.com Synopsis:

The women of the Waverley family — whether they like it or not — are heirs to an unusual legacy, one that grows in a fenced plot behind their Queen Anne home on Pendland Street 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.

For nearly a decade, 34-year-old Claire Waverley, at peace with her family inheritance, has lived in the house alone, embracing the spirit of the grandmother who raised her, ruing her mother’s unfortunate destiny and seemingly unconcerned about the fate of her rebellious sister, Sydney, who freed herself long ago from their small town’s constraints. Using her grandmother’s mystical culinary traditions, Claire has built a successful catering business — and a carefully controlled, utterly predictable life — upon the family’s peculiar gift for making life-altering delicacies: lilac jelly to engender humility, for instance, or rose geranium wine to call up fond memories. Garden Spells reveals what happens when Sydney returns to Bascom with her young daughter, turning Claire’s routine existence upside down. With Sydney’s homecoming, the magic that the quiet caterer has measured into recipes to shape the thoughts and moods of others begins to influence Claire’s own emotions in terrifying and delightful ways.

As the sisters reconnect and learn to support one another, each finds romance where she least expects it, while Sydney’s child, Bay, discovers both the safe home she has longed for and her own surprising gifts. With the help of their elderly cousin Evanelle, endowed with her own uncanny skills, the Waverley women redeem the past, embrace the present, and take a joyful leap into the future.

My Review: 5 out of 5 stars. If you haven’t picked up a book from Sarah Addison Allen, then I highly suggest that you do so. This is my 3rd book from her and I’ve got 2 more sitting on my Kindle. I’ve already read (and reviewed) Lost Lake and The Girl Who Chased the Moon. And this one did not disappoint. Sarah has a new book releasing soon called First Frost. It happens to be #2 in this series (Garden Spells being the first in the series). I recently had the opportunity to pick up an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) and then I realized that Garden Spells came first. And because I try really hard not to read something out of order, I scoured my Overdrive Library to see if I could find a copy to read before I started on First Frost. Love Love Love! Sarah has the magical, mystical quality to her writing. She creates a world where nothing is impossible. I’m drawn into her writing each and every time. Definitely go pick this one up!

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Book Review: The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

The JobThe Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Goodreads.com Synopsis:
Charming con man Nicolas Fox and dedicated FBI agent Kate O’Hare secretly take down world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons, next job Violante, the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn’t know what he looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Nick knows his tastes in gourmet chocolate.

From Nashville to Lisbon back alleys, from Istanbul rooftops to Thames, they chase clues to lookalike thefts. Pitted against a psychopathic bodyguard Reyna holding Kate hostage and a Portuguese enforcer getting advice from an ancestor’s pickled head, they again call driver Willie for ship, actor Boyd for one-eyed Captain Bridger, special effects carpenter Tom, her father Jake – retired Special Forces, and his talent – machete-wielding Somali pirate Billy Dee. This could be their biggest job – if they survive.

My Review: 5 out of 5 stars. I absolutely love this series. It’s #3 in the series and I just have fallen in love with the characters. I love Kate as the strong female lead. And I love Nick as the smooth criminal. If you haven’t picked up this series yet and you are a fan of Evanovich, then you need to add this one to your list!!

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Favorite Books of 2014

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Needing some new books to read? Check out my favorite reads from 2014? You are sure to find a new favorite book from my list!

My reading goal for 2014 was 45 books. I managed to read 39 of 45 books. My reading goal for 2013 was 35 books and I met that goal. I don’t really look at my 2014 goal as a failure as I was able to read 4 more books than my goal for 2013. My new goal for 2015…45 books. I’m gunning for that number. :) As I’ve been looking to what I’ll be reading this year, I’ve also been looking back at what I did read in 2014. I decided to share my favorite reads with you. I hope that you can find some new reading material from some of my favorite books of 2014. In no particular order…

ONE: The Heiresses by Sara Shepard
TWO: Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews
THREE: Delicious by Ruth Reichl
FOUR: The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
FIVE: Ladies’ Night by Mary Kay Andrews
SIX: Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf
SEVEN: The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
EIGHT: Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
NINE: The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon

Click the link to take you to each book and my review. Happy Reading in 2015!!

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