author: Sarah Addison Allen
series: Waverly Family #2
published: 20 January 2015
publisher: St. Martin's Press
genre(s): magical realism, romance
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells comes a story of the Waverley family, in a novel as sparkling as the first dusting of frost on new-fallen leaves...
It's October in Bascom, North Carolina, and autumn will not go quietly. As temperatures drop and leaves begin to turn, the Waverley women are made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree... and all the magic that swirls around it. But this year, first frost has much more in store.
Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley’s Candies. Though her handcrafted confections—rose to recall lost love, lavender to promote happiness and lemon verbena to soothe throats and minds—are singularly effective, the business of selling them is costing her the everyday joys of her family, and her belief in her own precious gifts.
Sydney Waverley, too, is losing her balance. With each passing day she longs more for a baby— a namesake for her wonderful Henry. Yet the longer she tries, the more her desire becomes an unquenchable thirst, stealing the pleasure out of the life she already has.
Sydney’s daughter, Bay, has lost her heart to the boy she knows it belongs to…if only he could see it, too. 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.
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. It’s where the real story begins.
First Frost picks up several years after the magical Garden Spells. Things have changed for the Waverly women, and little Bay is in high school now. Magic is still afoot and it is so delightful to read each Waverly’s journey with the family magic and how it works for each of them.
I like that these books don’t focus on just one of the Waverlys, but weaves the stories of all of them together. Even the stories of Evanelle and Loralei stories are told in Frost Frost, despite the distant relation of Evanelle and the fact that Loralei is long since past. We even learn a bit about Mary, the grandmother of Sydney and Claire. All of their stories have a piece of the Waverly magic, manifested in different ways and used in different ways.
I love this author’s writing! Like everything she has written, there is a little bit of magic, a little bit of whimsy, a lot of love, and no small amount of intrigue. The apple tree in the garden of the Waverly home is as magical as ever, ready to be celebrated again as it blooms, atypically, at first frost. First frost is a big deal to this family, almost a time of renewal as all the craziness that has been building comes to an end when the tree blooms again!
This is an amazing read and I highly recommend it. In fact, I recommend everything by Sarah Addison Allen!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2015 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
- 2015 Eclectic Reader Challenge
- 2015 Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- 2015 NetGalley Reading Challenge
- 2015 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge