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I actually loved this book. As an avid fantasy reader I am delighted with any I find that are well written and whose themes are inventive, and this one met both criteria. The apple tree is a fabulous character! And the plot is not so frothy as to be without substance entirely...... No, not great lit, but if I had left it at the beach before I finished it I would have bought another copy. ;-)
I'll preface my review by saying I'm not a big fan of books that deal in "magical/mystical powers", and this one dabbles in that direction. (My husband picked it up on a whim for me, not realizing what it was.) It is a quick read, and as a gardener and cook, it was fun to read the descriptions of plants and cooking with herbs.
I guess I'd rate it as "okay" for a light summer/beach read. (Let's just say if I took it to the beach, where it was ruined or left behind, I wouldn't rush out to buy another copy ;o)
A nice 'light' summer love story of trysts, teas, and picnics in a walled garden of a Carolina victorian mansion whose centerpiece is a magical apple tree. Just the kind of fiction you would expect to find at the end of the Kroger shopping aisle, which is where I found it.
A fun and quick read for the flower garden enthusiast who enjoys using edible flowers in culinary displays. The central character is a caterer who specializes in this so there are lots of ideas for your buffet table along with the magic and garden lore~~a little like "Water for Chocolat" weaving fantasy and magic through the love story.
The author's first novel, and I'm sure she will continue to develop her writing.