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. (Excerpt from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: First Frost has everything I could ever want in a book: family, friendship, romance, humor, and a little bit of magic throughout. Unfortunately, I never read the novel Garden Spells, the first book in the Waverley Family series but I don’t feel that it took anything away from my experience with First Frost. It would have been nice to have the family background and I will definitely go back and read it, but I felt the author did a great job giving enough context up front so that I didn’t feel completely lost when I started the book. First Frost was one of the first books I read in 2015 and it was a great way to start off the year!
The story centers on the Waverly sisters who were introduced in Garden Spells. Claire is overwhelmed running her growing candy business, Sydney runs her hair salon while yearning for a baby, and Bay is a teenager who embraces her Waverly gift and is considered somewhat of an outcast in high school. The three seem to be on edge as they prepare for the first frost, which is when their magical and feisty apple tree blooms every year and brings new beginnings. But when a strange man starts snooping around town asking questions about the family, the women must join forces to find out who he is, what he wants and protect their family from whatever he has in store.
I fell in love with the Waverly family in this novel and all the quirkiness that comes with them – yes, they are somewhat different from everyone else in Bascom but they are a warm, charming, and comforting group of people. First Frost is an enchanting and beautiful story about family, second chances and embracing your uniqueness; the author did a fabulous job weaving in magical aspects to the book without it being too hocus pocus.
I cannot believe this was my first time reading a book from Sarah Addison Allen; I know, shame on me – although I do have about 3 of her books sitting on my bookshelf but unfortunately, they are in my ridiculously large ‘to-read’ list. However, after reading this book I am going to be pushing up her novels in my list especially Lost Lake which just came out in paperback. First Frost is a definite winner and should be on all of your lists for 2015!
To celebrate the release of First Frost which came out last week, Sarah and her team have graciously provided Karen’s Korner with a copy of the book for a giveaway. Enter via the Rafflecopter below: