Recommended Reading: Sarah Addison Allen

November 17, 2009 at 11:40 pm 1 comment

Author Sarah Addison Allen has my heart. I came across Garden Spells in Walmart and picked it up, as I had read a synopsis of it on Amazon. It sat on my bookshelf for months and months. Then I went to the library and saw a display showcasing North Carolinian authors (Allen was born and raised in Asheville, NC) with a copy of The Sugar Queen, so I picked it up. I DEVOURED that book [fitting, given its name] and knew I needed to dust off Garden Spells and read it.

Promo for The Sugar Queen. Click to be taken to book's website.

To describe these books in three words: magical, romantic, alluring. All of the books take place in fictional towns in North Carolina, and have elements of magical realism woven throughout.

You would think that the magical elements would be cheesy, but Allen finesses them so that they fit right into real life, but make things just a little more special. Examples in Garden Spells:

  • A character who HAS to give people random things, they don’t know what they need them for at the time, but it soon becomes clear.
  • When you eat an apple from the tree in the Waverly’s backyard, it shows you the biggest moment of your life. If you ignore the tree it will throw apples at you.
  • Another character cooks with certain flowers, and depending on their properties they affect the emotions of the diners.

Promo for Garden Spells. Click to be taken to the book's site.

You don’t just read these books; you drink them in and become immersed in them. You root for the characters and don’t want the novel to end. Allen’s next book, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, isn’t coming out until March 2010. You can read excerpts at her website.

***Sarah Addison Allen’s Website:


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