I would have to describe this novel as enchanting and mystical. I was hooked from the very first pages and kept reading until I finished it. You know it kind of reminded me of Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman-that same kind of magical quality about it I think.
This book is about the Waverly’s who have always been looked upon as strange because of their odd magical abilities and an apple tree that sits in a beautiful garden and seems more human than tree.
Claire has been pretty much just living her life on her own running her own successful catering company when her sister Sydney shows up with her young daughter Bay. Bay appears to have taken after the Waverly side of the family even though Sydney has always tried running away from it.
What follows is a really beautiful story of Claire’s coming alive and opening herself up to life for the first time. It also becomes a time of healing between her and Sydney and for the first time they begin to be sisters.
The writing is beautiful. You get to feel the town of Bascom and see the garden in your mind, not to mention imagine the taste of the wonderful dishes that Claire cooks up. There’s even a few funnies thrown in to give you a giggle.
I would definitely recommend this novel. It was wonderful. It’s full of happiness, some sadness but hope shines through at every moment.