Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
First line: “Every smiley moon, without fail, Claire dreamed of her childhood.”
Garden Spells was one of my two favorite reads of 2007. (Other being Water for Elephants.) Allen’s magical prose, mystical plot and engaging characters make Garden Spells the perfect literary summer escape. Now that it’s out in mass market paperback, you can enjoy this big read in a small, lightweight package. Garden Spells features a secretive, single caterer, her rebellious sister and their road to healing and happiness. I guarantee it will land on your “keep” shelf.
For: The thinking-woman’s beach read.- Malena Lott