Magic in the Garden

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

In a small North Carolina town, the Waverley family has exercised its uncanny (magical?) gift for gardening for generations. Thirtysomething Claire Waverley uses her inherited skill to spice up the food (dandelion quiche, rose petal scones) she serves to customers of her catering business, and her knowledge of the properties of various flowers and plants helps her decide what to serve. (When she places mint leaves in the chocolate mousse, all you-know-what breaks loose.) Apart from her mystical gardening and cooking, Claire has been living a very circumscribed existence when two things happen that shake everything up: her sister Sydney returns home with a young daughter, and a handsome young professor moves in next door. Some real magic is about to enter Claire’s life… One of my favorite characters in this book is the apple tree, which hurls its fruit into bedroom windows.