First Frost

First Frost

Book - 2015
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"Sarah Addison Allen, beloved author of Garden Spells, returns with a luminous story of the trouble with hanging on too long, and the magic that happens when you finally let go. Autumn has finally arrived in the small town of Bascom, North Carolina, heralded by a strange old man appearing with a beat-up suitcase. He has stories to tell, stories that could change the lives of the Waverley women forever. But the Waverleys have enough trouble on their hands. Quiet Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley's Candies, but it's nothing like she thought it would be, and it's slowly taking over her life. Claire's wild sister Sydney, still trying to leave her past behind, is about to combust with her desire for another new beginning. And Sydney's fifteen-year-old daughter Bay has given her heart away to the wrong boy and can't get it back. From the author of the New York Times bestselling sensation Garden Spells, First Frost is magical and atmospheric, taking readers back into the lives of the gifted Waverley women--back to their strange garden and temperamental apple tree, back to their house with a personality of its own, back to the men who love them fiercely--proving that a happily-ever-after is never the real ending to a story. It's where the real story begins. "--
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2014.
ISBN: 9781250019837
Characteristics: 296 pages ;,25 cm.


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Librarian_Deb Feb 14, 2018

I really enjoyed Garden Spells so I was excited to read this sequel. I heartily enjoyed this one as well! It continues the saga of sisters who have special gifts and who are affected by the strange apple tree that grows in their ancestral home. Clair, whose gift centers around her cooking, has been focusing all of her time and attention on her new business - Waverley's Candies. The huge amount of time she is giving to this is stressing her out and also affecting her loved ones - including her favorite niece Bay. Bay's mom, Sydney, is wrapped up in her obsession to have another child. She is also worried about Bay, who is now a teenager and navigating ups and downs of teen romance and high school. There is also a mysterious man who has showed up in town and who seems extremely interested in the Waverley family for some not so good reason.
As this followed this family through there ups and downs (mostly downs that they were hoping to turn into ups) I felt thoroughly engaged with the characters. I was most interested in Bay's story - a young girls desire to for love that conflicts with her peers, her parents, and even the boy in question. I was rooting for things to work out for her. I also enjoyed some of the side characters who popped up and the general quirkiness of the mysterious force from the apple tree and their gifts that was involved in their lives. In the end everything works out - perhaps a bit too neatly or quickly - but it was very satisfying. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a family story with engaging characters and interesting twists.

Aug 22, 2017

Tantalizingly delicious writing!

Mar 13, 2017

A great follow-up to Garden Spells which I enjoyed very much. Sarah addison Allen is a great author. And I loved that she does Large print books. I am back to get a couple more of her books.

Aug 21, 2016

This a light, charming read, with appealing characters. The author's thoughts about relationships and life are affirmative; this is a welcome break from some of the darker books I read.

Took my time reading this, because Allen is such a good writer, and because I didn't want the story to end! The Waverley women and their unique gifts enchant. Also this is a sequel to Garden Spells, about Claire's special cooking powers and her often wayward family. And the magic apple tree. I want a empathetic apple tree in my yard!
Kris L.

TSCPL_MichelleM Jun 03, 2016

Loved getting to come back to Bascom, NC and spend some time with the Waverlys.

Dec 09, 2015

Always magical and always great to spend time with the Waverleys.

PimaLib_MaryG Sep 21, 2015

I love Sarah Addison Allen. This book picks up the thread of her first novel "Garden Spells", but ten years later. Every bit as good.

booklady413 Sep 17, 2015

As a sequel to Garden Spells, this magical novel is all that you would e xpect from Sarah Addison Allen.

Jul 17, 2015

This second visit to Bascom, NC is just as satisfying as the first (Garden Spells). Things are going well for the Waverley women who each have a magical talent except that the time leading up to first frost is a bit unsettling. Things can go kind of crazy. When a strange man shows up threatening to upset everything for Claire, she discovers the real Waverley magic: the power of family.

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DanniOcean Feb 17, 2015

Most folks look forward to spring as a time of celebration, a time of renewal. Not so the Waverly women of Bascom. They look forward to the first frost of the autumn, when their strange apple tree - the one with fruit that will show you the most momentous event of your life should you dare take a bite - bursts into unseasonal bloom with a blizzard of white flowers.

It’s been about ten years since Sydney returned to Bascom with her daughter Bay, and reconnected with her sister Claire. Claire, whose food can turn friends into lovers or cause feuding families to suddenly declare peace though they can never explain why, has turned her talents to hard candies, candies that are in demand across the country. Sydney’s hair salon is always busy – a style from Sydney and a job interview will go well, a parking violation will be forgiven, a sales pitch will be successful. Evanelle still wakes up with the urge to give random things to random people that they will need, for reasons that will only become apparent much later. And Bay, the Waverly who always knows where things belong, knows that she belongs with a certain boy – a boy from whom she can see tendrils of smoke curling, his personal misery burning him from within – a boy who doesn’t know she exists.

And Bay is not the only unhappy Waverly woman – Evanelle is feeling her eighty-nine years, and fears for her best friend, Fred. Sydney desperately wants to have another child, with her beloved Henry – she wants it so badly her hair begins turning red of its own volition. And Claire’s booming business is consuming her leaving her with little time to spend with her husband and daughter Mariah, a daughter who doesn’t seem to have anything Waverly about her at all. But this is nothing compared to the threat she will face before first frost finally settles in, a threat that shakes the Waverly women to their very core.

Fans of Joanne Harris and Alice Hoffman will find Sarah Addison Allen’s stories slightly more genteel, but no less engrossing. Find First Frost and Ms Allen’s first novel of the Waverly’s, Garden Spells at under the tag Shelf Life Reviewed.

siammarino Jan 29, 2015

First frost is a special day of the year for the Waverly women, which they celebrate with a feast outside under the mysterious apple tree that blooms in the fall. A touching story about women who know who they are and what their gifts are.

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