“Garden Spells” was a magical journey through a true Southern garden. The clear writing provided a direct view into the lives of Waverely sisters Claire and Sidney. I was instantly reminded of Addison’s other novel, “The Peach Keeper,” and fans of that novel would also be satisfied with “Garden Spells” . What makes Addison’s novel a quick read are the likable characters, whose stories develop with each page. Here, the plots were straightforward, and didn’t require too much energy to understand. The magic of the garden surrounds the house and the town, but the extent of those powers was not initially clear. I especially liked how Claire placed subtle spells on people in the town through the food prepared by her catering company. Don’t we all want to get back at the mean girl from high school? This aspect made the novel an adult fairytale that was easy to enjoy. This was a great book to catapult me into spring!