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Sarah Addison Allen

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aka Katie Gallagher

Sarah Addison Allen grew up in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina, where her mother still makes cornbread that is out of this world and her father plays old-timey banjo, claw-hammer style. Neither of these talents were passed on to Sarah, but she did become very good at eating and listening. The former made her fond of elastic waistbands, the latter turned her into a writer.

Sarah has her B.A. in Literature and her first book, the romantic comedy Tried and True, written under the pen name Katie Gallagher, was published by Harlequin Duets. It was nominated by The Romantic Times for both Best First Book and Best Duets of 2003. Sarah's mainstream debut, Garden Spells, a quirky book of Southern-fried magical realism, was published by Bantam Dell in the Fall of 2007.


Genres: General Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

Lost Lake
   0.5. Waking Kate (2013)
   1. Lost Lake (2014)
Sarah Addison Allen recommends
Church of the Dog (2001)
Kaya McLaren
"A lovely, uplifting book."
Little Black Dress (2011)
Susan McBride
"A lovely and entertaining journey into the magical side of things."
Wildwood Whispers (2021)
(Wildwood , book 1)
Willa Reece
"A feast for the senses. Willa Reece has written a magical, romantic tale about our essential connections to nature and to each other."
The Magnolia Palace (2022)
Fiona Davis
"The magic of Fiona Davis is the tenderness with which she crafts her settings, so that they bloom into characters themselves. We come to know them. We come to love them. And they help us to understand our place in time. The Magnolia Palace is a love letter to art and history. An intriguing, beautiful read."
Darling Girl (2022)
Liz Michalski
"A dark and dazzling tale. Liz Michalski has used her own magic wand to shed light on the lengths we go to in order to preserve the myth of beauty, the myth of youth, and even the myth of fairytales themselves."

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