In this irresistible novel, Sarah Addison Allen, author of the New York Times bestselling debut, Garden Spells, tells the tale of a young woman whose family secrets—and secret passions—are about to change her life forever.
Josey Cirrini is sure of three things: winter is her favorite season, she’s a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her closet. For while Josey has settled into an uneventful life in her mother’s house, her one consolation is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to each night…. Until she finds her closet harboring Della Lee Baker, a local waitress who is one part nemesis—and two parts fairy godmother. With Della Lee’s tough love, Josey’s narrow existence quickly expands. She even bonds with Chloe Finley, a young woman who is hounded by books that inexplicably appear when she needs them—and who has a close connection to Josey’s longtime crush. Soon Josey is living in a world where the color red has startling powers, and passion can make eggs fry in their cartons. And that’s just for starters.
Brimming with warmth, wit, and a sprinkling of magic, here is a spellbinding tale of friendship, love—and the enchanting possibilities of every new day.
I purchased Garden Spells at a library book sale a few weeks ago and have yet to read it. But, this book has been on my TBR pile for quite awhile so when I saw it at the library I felt compelled to pick it up. I am sure glad I did.
This story centers around Josey Cirrini. Josey takes care of her mother, a bitter woman who was married to Marco Cirrini, the king of Bald Slope, a town he helped form from a nothing town to a great place to ski. Margaret was really just a trophy wife, and when she became pregnant at 47 (Marco was much older) she was hoping that it would change Marco. It didn’t so she tended to harbor some resentment. The only person to take it out on was Josey.
Josey is really a loner and does her mothers bidding so when she opens her closet to get to the hidden stash of sweets, she is totally shocked to see Della Lee Baker there. Della Lee has just left an abusive relationship and didn’t know where else to turn. She won’t stay long she promises, and the only reason Josey allows it is because she doesn’t want her secret about the sweets revealed.
I really can’t go into a whole lot of details without giving away a lot of this story. Let me say that this author is almost enchanting in her writing. I have to admit that I thought the whole Della Lee angle was a little strange but it all came together by the end of the story. I am pulling out Garden Spells because this is an author that I can’t seem to get enough of. This is highly recommended!
1. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a trash man. I would spend hours daydreaming about riding on the back of a garbage truck, jumping off at every house and dumping people’s trash into it.
2. I was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, a place Rolling Stone magazine once called “America’s New Freak Capital.”
3. I have my B.A. in Literature, a major I chose because I thought it was amazing that I could get a diploma just for reading fiction. It was like being able to major in eating chocolate.
4. I can’t turn away stray cats and I’m convinced they know this.
5. My father was a copy editor, reporter and award-winning columnist for our local paper.
6. My mother has a nose ring, but we pretend it’s not there.
7. Garden Spells, my mainstream debut, didn’t start out as a magical novel. It was supposed to be a simple story about two sisters reconnecting after many years. But then the apple tree started throwing apples and the story took on a life of its own…and my life hasn’t been the same since.