New york times bestsellerit’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The blue ridge madam—built by willa’s great-great-grandfather and once the finest home in Walls of Water, North Carolina—has stood for years as a monument to misfortune and scandal.
The Peach Keeper: A Novel #ad - Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite Paxton Osgood—has restored the house to its former glory, with plans to turn it into a top-flight inn.
The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A NovelBantam #ad - Bonus: this edition contains a the girl Who Chased the Moon discussion guide and an excerpt from Sarah Addison Allen's The Peach Keeper. Emily benedict has come to mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight.
And a neighbor, bakes hope in the form of cakes, Julia Winterson, not only wishing to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth but also dreaming of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in. Look for special features inside. . But the moment emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew, she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood.
The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel #ad - Can a hummingbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily’s backyard? The answers are never what you expect.
The Sugar Queen: A NovelBantam #ad - Such a pleasurable book. Publishers Weekly. She even bonds with chloe finley, a young woman who is hounded by books that inexplicably appear when she needs them—and who has a close connection to Josey’s longtime crush. Until she finds her closet harboring Della Lee Baker, a local waitress who is one part nemesis—and two parts fairy godmother.
. For while josey has settled into an uneventful life in her mother’s house, her one consolation is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to each night. Soon josey is living in a world where the color red has startling powers, and passion can make eggs fry in their cartons.
The Sugar Queen: A Novel #ad - Brimming with warmth, wit, and a sprinkling of magic, here is a spellbinding tale of friendship, love—and the enchanting possibilities of every new day. Praise for the sugar queen“like the most decadently addictive bonbons, once started, Allen’s magically entrancing novel is impossible to put down.
Booklist starred review“Bewitching. With della lee’s tough love, Josey’s narrow existence quickly expands. New york times bestseller • in this irresistible novel, sarah addison allen, garden Spells, author of the bestselling debut, tells the tale of a young woman whose family secrets—and secret passions—are about to change her life forever.
And that’s just for starters.
First Frost: A NovelSt. Martin's Press #ad - With each passing day she longs more for a baby -- a namesake for her wonderful Henry. It's where the real story begins. But how can he, when he is so far outside her grasp that he appears to her as little more than a puff of smoke? When a mysterious stranger shows up and challenges the very heart of their family, each of them must make choices they have never confronted before.
And through it all, the waverley sisters must search for a way to hold their family together through their troublesome season of change, waiting for that extraordinary event that is First Frost. From the new york times bestselling author of garden spells, lose yourself in Sarah Addison Allen's enchanting world and fall for her charmed characters in this captivating story that proves that a happily-ever-after is never the real ending to a story.
First Frost: A Novel #ad - As temperatures drop and leaves begin to turn, the Waverley women are made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree. And the magic that swirls around it. Now a new york Times bestseller Two magical sisters. One cranky apple tree. It's october in bascom, North Carolina, and autumn will not go quietly.
Lost Lake: A NovelSt. Martin's Press #ad - Until one last chance at family knocks on her door. Lost lake is where kate pheris spent her last best summer at the age of twelve, and heartbreak, before she learned of loneliness, and loss. Perhaps at lost lake her little girl can cling to her own childhood for just a little longer. Now a new york times bestseller from the author of the beloved bestseller Garden Spells comes a beautiful, haunting story of old loves and new, and the power of the connections that bind us forever.
. The first time eby Pim saw Lost Lake, it was on a picture postcard. Now she's all too familiar with those things, thanks to her resilient daughter Devin, but she knows about hope too, and her own willingness to start moving forward. All that's left is a once-charming collection of lakeside cabins succumbing to the Southern Georgia heat and damp, and an assortment of faithful misfits drawn back to Lost Lake year after year by their own unspoken dreams and desires.
Lost Lake: A Novel #ad - It's a lot, but not enough to keep eby from relinquishing Lost Lake to a developer with cash in hand, and calling this her final summer at the lake. Most of her demanding extended family are gone. Her husband George is long passed. Just an old photo and a few words on a small square of heavy stock, but when she saw it, she knew she was seeing her future.
That was half a life ago.
Garden Spells: A Novel Waverly Family Book 1Bantam #ad - . Their history was in the soil. Together again in the house they grew up in, Sydney takes stock of all she left behind, as Claire struggles to heal the wounds of the past. Bonus: this edition contains excerpts from Sarah Addison Allen's First Frost and The Girl Who Chased the Moon. In this luminous debut novel, Sarah Addison Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it.
Meanwhile, her elderly cousin, Evanelle, is known for distributing unexpected gifts whose uses become uncannily clear. But so were their futures. A successful caterer, claire waverley prepares dishes made with her mystical plants—from the nasturtiums that aid in keeping secrets and the pansies that make children thoughtful, to the snapdragons intended to discourage the attentions of her amorous neighbor.
They are the last of the waverleys—except for Claire’s rebellious sister, who fled Bascom the moment she could, abandoning Claire, Sydney, as their own mother had years before. When sydney suddenly returns home with a young daughter of her own, Claire’s quiet life is turned upside down—along with the protective boundary she has so carefully constructed around her heart.
Garden Spells: A Novel Waverly Family Book 1 #ad - . The waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, and its edible flowers, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, imbued with special powers.
In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, quiet house in an even smaller town, tucked away behind a small, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit.
The Firefly DanceBell Bridge Books #ad - Pinpoints of hope float against the black descent of night. The lessons of childhood are often painful, the shedding of fragile wings in the gloam of an uncertain future. These rich novellas are small jewels reflecting the essence of what it means to grow up dancing among the shadows of life, small beacon because you know that even the brightest days always, always, carrying a brave, end in darkness.
Childhood can be so sweetly sad and sadly sweet, profound and deceptively easy to categorize, yet poignant to remember. New york times bestselling novelist sarah addison allen garden spells, the peach keeper anchors the firefly dance with her wistful and funny novella about Louise, SUGAR QUEEN, a North Carolina girl whose keen observations of the lives around her weaves an unforgettable spell with just a hint of everyday magic.
Phyllis schieber's sonya, is confronted with the responsibilities of her legacy when she has a poignant encounter with a classmate, and her mother, another child of survivors, a child of Holocaust survivors, in a local shop in their 1970's New York neighborhood. Kathryn magendie's petey deals wryly with her family's move from the cool blue mountains of North Carolina to the hot flatlands of Texas.
The Firefly Dance #ad - Augusta trobaugh's stoic georgia boy leads us through his surreal encounter with a mysterious backwoods toddler who turns out to be anything but ordinary. The sweetest of small and innocent creatures finds its way through the shadows. Fireflies seem to dance on sheer air, illuminating the space between heartbeats.
Children give off a similar brave glow, despite the challenges of their young lives.
The Almost Sisters: A NovelWilliam Morrow #ad - But before leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood including the fact that her baby is biracial to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel’s marriage implodes. Yet just when leia thinks she’s got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie’s been hiding.
Worse, is losing her mind, and she’s been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, her best friend since girlhood. Leia returns to alabama to put her grandmother’s affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she’s pregnant.
She’s having a baby boy—an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old’s life. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman. It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory.
The Almost Sisters: A Novel #ad - . Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. With empathy, humor, and piercing insight, family, the author of gods in Alabama pens a powerful, emotionally resonant novel of the South that confronts the truth about privilege, grace, and the distinctions between perception and reality-the stories we tell ourselves about our origins and who we really are.
Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs’ weakness.
A Season in Purgatory: A NovelBallantine Books #ad - Power. New york times bestsellerthey were the family with everything. Influence. Glamour. But an outsider refuses to play his part. They were the Bradleys, America's royalty. And now, the day of reckoning has arrived. Praise for a season in Purgatory“Highly entertaining. Entertainment Weekly“Stunning. Liz smith“Compelling.
New york daily News“Mesmerizing. The new york times“Potent characterization and deftly crafted plotting. Publishers Weekly. The power to spin a story, concoct a lie, and believe it was the truth. The power to murder without guilt, without shame, and without ever paying the price. Money. The power to halt a police investigation in its tracks.
June: A NovelBroadway Books #ad - Cassie has been named the sole heir to legendary matinee idol Jack Montgomery's vast fortune. Jude, mourning the loss of the woman who raised her—her grandmother, Ohio, June. A bittersweet love story hidden beneath blackmail and murder. Minneapolis Star Tribune. Savor every page of this twisty novel. Cosmopolitan“Cinematic.
Vanity fair“an enthralling story of Hollywood glamour, first love and shifting loyalties. From the new york times bestselling author of Bittersweet comes a novel of suspense and passion about a terrible mistake made sixty years ago that threatens to change a modern family forever. Twenty-five-year-old cassie Danvers is holed up in her family’s crumbling mansion in rural St.
June: A Novel #ad - But a knock on the door forces her out of isolation. Best read with a glass of cold lemonade. Andrew unger bookcourt, houses have inhabited our fictions for centuries, New York Post“From Castle Otranto to Wuthering Heights, shaping the narrative and characters. June invites readers to sink into its narrative the way Cassie sinks into the embrace of Two Oaks: with a thirst for a good story and a tall glass of lemonade.
Shelf awareness“it's the perfect kind of literary love story, a thrilling Hollywood plot of murder and blackmail commingled with the steady, capacious Midwest. How did jack montgomery know her name? could he have crossed paths with her grandmother all those years ago? What other shocking secrets could June’s once-stately mansion hold?Soon Jack’s famous daughters come knocking, determined to wrestle Cassie away from the inheritance they feel is their due.
The Sparrow Sisters: A NovelWilliam Morrow Paperbacks #ad - The plants and flowers, and the entire town begins to fail; fishermen return to the harbor empty-handed, fruit trees and high hedges begin to wither and die, and blight descends on the old elms that line the lanes. It seems as if patience and her town are lost until the women of Granite Point band together to save the Sparrow.
. As they gather, haunting, drawing strength from each other, will they be able to turn the tide and return life to Granite Point?The Sparrow Sisters is a beautiful, and thoroughly mesmerizing novel that will capture your imagination. With echoes of the alchemy of practical magic, and the darkly joyful wickedness of the Witches of Eastwick, the lushness of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, Ellen Herrick’s debut novel spins an enchanting love story about a place where magic whispers just beneath the surface and almost anything is possible, if you aren’t afraid to listen.
The Sparrow Sisters: A Novel #ad - The sparrow sisters are as tightly woven into the seaside New England town of Granite Point as the wild sweet peas that climb the stone walls along the harbor. Sorrel, nettie and patience are as colorful as the beach plums on the dunes and as mysterious as the fog that rolls into town at dusk. Patience is the town healer and when a new doctor settles into Granite Point he brings with him a mystery so compelling that Patience is drawn to love him, even as she struggles to mend him.
But when patience sparrow’s herbs and tinctures are believed to be implicated in a local tragedy, Granite Point is consumed by a long-buried fear—and its three hundred year old history resurfaces as a modern day witch-hunt threatens.