Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Sarah Addison Allen
St. Martin’s, 2015
Audience: Adults, Older Teens
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.
Amazing! Not a surprise, since I love Sarah Addison Allen. I’m so glad she returned to the Waverley family characters. It was so fun to see them grow and to learn more about Bay. It’s a shame that I read Sarah Addison Allen’s books faster than she can write them. After finishing a book, I immediately want the next one. They’re definitely worth waiting for, however! So good.
This book can be read if you haven’t read Garden Spells or The Sugar Queen, but you’ll like First Frost better if you read those two first.