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
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Outside Beauty, Cynthia Kadohata
FL: “Please?” My little sister said.
Shelby has three sisters all by different dads. She openly describes her mother as a sexpot and the description – welcomed and enjoyed by said mother – is not far off (I’d go more with slut than sexpot). When tragedy strikes, the four close sisters, who raised each other more than their mom, are torn apart and shipped to their fathers. This tale is a poignant look at the bond of sisters and, although written for a younger audience, is enjoyable.
For: Your philosophical tween who understands the meaning of inner beauty. – Jenny Coon Peterson
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