First Frost 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 leavesIt s October in Bascom Nort

  • Title: First Frost
  • Author: Sarah Addison Allen
  • ISBN: 9781250019851
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 leavesIt 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 treeFrom 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 leavesIt 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 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 for a baby a namesake for her wonderful Henry Yet the longer she tries, the 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 toif 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 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.

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    1. What sets Sarah Addison Allen apart is that, while there is always a touch of the whimsical and magical in her stories, the magic isn't merely a bystander. Instead, the magic is actively used to help tell the story in a very real way. The magic explains feelings, sets the scene, defines the mood, highlights a point, or moves the plot forward. The magic is so expertly woven through the story that it never overshadows the story or the characters; rather, it accentuates them.The characters are deep [...]

    2. Anyone who has read Garden Spells can confirm that the novel hardly needs a sequel. It's a magical, beautiful stand-alone novel and Allen's debut holds a special place in my heart. First Frost, on the other hand, does not. It takes place a decade after Garden Spells ended and though the re-visit to the Waverley household is familiar--warm, comforting, loving--it feels strangely unnecessary. I didn't have to know of Claire's new candy-making business, Sydney's desire for a son, or Bay's feeling t [...]

    3. When opening the hardcover edition, I was treated to this:I love that kind of detail.On to the story, which takes place roughly 10 years after Garden Spells. We find Claire has taken to candy-making and forgone her catering business. Sydney’s salon has taken off and her Waverly hair magic (seriously??) is still going strong. Sydney’s daughter, Bay’s gift of finding where things belong gets her into trouble when she gives a note to an older boy about how they “belong together”. And an a [...]

    4. This was disappointing. While I didn't expect much from it other than some pleasant escapism, this novel had me sighing in exasperation."First Frost" is the sixth book by Sarah Addison Allen that I have read, and it is one of her weakest. It is a sequel to "Garden Spells" and continues the story of the Waverley family in Bascom, North Carolina. All of the Waverley women have special gifts: Claire has magical culinary skills, Sydney has magical hair-styling skills, and her daughter, Bay, has magi [...]

    5. Αυτό το βιβλίο είναι χαρούμενο, ρομαντικό και αισιόδοξο σαν παιδί που ακόμα ελπίζει και πιστεύει στη μαγεία…

    6. [Thursday, ‎August ‎28, ‎2014] No way! No way! No way!! OMG!! I'm so excited!!!! I wanted a second installment the first time I finished the book!! :DA few years ago I read Garden Spells, and afterward read it multiple times, for the pleasure reading it gave me, since then Allen became one of my favorite authors, I've been pre ordering her novels ever since.I didn't want to finish reading First Frost, I wanted to slowly enjoy it, I always rush though a good book, and First Frost was so goo [...]

    7. 5 - "Autumn winds bring strangers." Stars!My literary love affair with the books of Sarah Addison Allen began way back in 2007, when I stumbled across a paperback book in my local book store (yes books were still a physical thing back then). The cover grabbed my attention and the synopsis on the back piqued my interest, to this day that book still sits on my book shelf, one of very few that I have kept, because it evokes a memory every time I pick it up, a memory of comfort, happiness, expectati [...]

    8. (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.)“First frost was always an unpredictable time, but this year it felt more… desperate than others.Something was about to happen.”Wow. Just Wow. I Loved this book! I really didn’t want it to end, and now I’m just crying!I loved the characters in this book, it was so nice to find out what had happened to everybody after the end of ‘Garden Spells’, and seeing [...]

    9. 4.5 stars. I won this book as a First Reads giveaway. The Waverly women from Garden Spells return in Sarah Addison Allen's latest, to be released in January. It was a perfect time to read this as it takes place just before the first frost. I enjoyed the magical themes once again as we learn that Claire is in business making candy, Sydney is longing for a baby, and her daughter, Bay is a teenager, accepting her life and gifts as a Waverly woman. A mysterious man shows up in Bascom with secrets th [...]

    10. *4.5 stars*I first read Garden Spells, the prequel to this book, back in 2008. Though I'd always been in love with reading, my reading volume was much lower back then. I was reading about a book or two a month at that point, compared to about 350 books a year, which is my current rate. Now that 7 years have passed, I wasn't sure how I would view this author or her stories. Would I still love her style, her voice? The answer is a HUGE hell yeah.From the moment I started this book I couldn't put i [...]

    11. What a perfect book to read this time of year. First Frost takes place around Halloween, and is a book that I read at the right time. I fell in love again with the Waverley's, and their quirks. The book was magically descriptive and made me wish that I lived on the same street so that I could taste Claire's candies, and join in at the First Frost party. Light-hearted with the perfect amount of mystery stirred in. I want to go back and read it all over again.

    12. The Waverleys of Bascom, NC, have an apple tree in the backyard that lies dormant each fall until the first frost appears, usually sometime in late October. Then it blooms all winter and bears pink apples throughout spring and early summer, throwing, not dropping, the apples all around. Now, if you think this is odd, so are the Waverleys. And so is this story, although very much as expected from this author. Autumn's first frost is much anticipated here, as a time when wrongs right themselves an [...]

    13. 3.5 Everyone need a little magic in their life and that is exactly what I receive when I read this author. A return to the Waverly's of Garden Spells, this amazing family all with their own individual special talents. Who wouldn't like to have an apple tree that tosses apples at those she feel are interfering, which blooms at first frost and signals new beginnings, like a reset button? Doors that stick or won't open a all if they do not want to let someone in. Wonderful characters, enchanting st [...]

    14. My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars‘First frost was always an unpredictable time, but this year it felt more desperate than others.Something was about to happen.’First Frost marks the return to the beloved town of Bascom, North Carolina where the Waverley sisters reside. Claire has left her catering business behind after creating Waverley’s Candies. The business itself is lucrative and does extremely well, but the amount of time she must dedicate to the business leaves Claire with little time for he [...]

    15. Welcome back to the world of the Waverley sisters and their enchanting family. Some time has passed with Claire and Sydney along with their respective families awaiting the annual first frost. Things are in a bit of a stew, but first frost will bring much needed peace. Of course before there can be peace, there are people and events to be dealt with. Claire, while successful is full of doubts as to her gifts and worries that she is short changing her husband and daughter. Sydney is feeling every [...]

    16. Ήταν το 2007 όταν κυκλοφόρησε στο εξωτερικό, το 2012 όταν έφτασε στα χέρια μου, δώρο μιας αγαπημένης φίλης που μου τόνισε πως: "Αυτό πρέπει να το διαβάσεις!", μην αφήνοντάς μου περιθώρια γι' αντιρρήσεις. Ο λόγος για το βιβλίο "Ο μαγικός κήπος" της Sarah Addison Allen, που είχε εκδοθεί από τις [...]

    17. Find this & other reviews at reallyintothis Happy Reading! Another dose of the Waverley family did not disappoint. I really enjoy Sarah’s writing style. She weaves these elements of magic throughout the story that makes the reader smile. I loved how First Frost picked up on all the same characters years later. They each still carry their own special Waverley gifts & these gifts become useful new ways in preparation for the frost. The sweetest part of the story was learning more about S [...]

    18. Achingly sweet and, at times, painfully YA. And yet, I'm still glad to be back in Bascom, North Carolina revisiting the Waverlys, their apple tree, and their witchy ways.I don't know what it is about this author or her writing that still draws me in, but I do know that it's something I would have hated had I read it a few years ago. All this sweetness and youthful energy would have been too suffocating, and I would have dismissed the book as over the top and juvenile. And I know I would have DNF [...]

    19. Several years ago I came across a book in my favorite used book store called Garden Spells. It was on clearance and since the title intrigued me I picked it up and read the back cover. What I read there sealed the deal and I purchased it that day. When I finally sat down and read I was immediately taken into a special world that left me with such wonderful feelings and instantly I became a fan of the author. First Frost is the second book in the Waverley Family series. It immediately brought me [...]

    20. Awwwww Now idd'n that just the sweetest thang. A feel-good book if ever there was one. Ms. Allen delivers more of what we've been hankering for since we fell in love with the Waverley women in Garden Spells.A review is in the works.

    21. Nastavak priče o sestrama Waverley, a ovaj put je u fokusu Bay, kći mlađe sestre Sydney. Radnja je smještena pred prvi mraz, kako i sam naslov kaže, događaj koji sestrama mnogo znači. Pojavljuje se i nepoznati gost koji će pokušati pokvariti porodičnu idilu Opet jako lijepo napisano, bajkovito, sa mnoštvom divnih citata koji pokazuju kako je zapravo porodica nešto najdragocjenije u životu svakog čovjeka.Od srca preporučujem ovaj roman kao i Čarobni vrt. Zavoljet ćete sestre Wave [...]

    22. Three and a half stars: A book with lovely writing, wonderful characters, but it felt unfinished.Bay dashes down the street, eager to reach her Aunt Claire's house to start candy making. At sixteen, Bay is enduring all the growing pains of any normal teenage girl, but she is far from normal. Bay is a Waverley, and that means she was born with a magical gift. For Bay, her talent is knowing where everything belongs, and Bay knows she is meant to be with Josh Masterson, even though he doesn't ackno [...]

    23. Sarah Addison Allen never lets me down - FIRST FROST picks up a few years after the end of Garden Spells.Claire, Sydney and Bay have settled into life as a family but now are each starting to feel restless and their magic is suffering. Each Waverly female has a magical gift. Claire’s magic is food; she can make you feel a certain way depending on what edible flower she puts in her recipes. Sydney’s magic is with hair. She can change someone’s mood or luck with the perfect haircut; and her [...]

    24. The Waverley women from Garden Spells return in Sarah Addison Allen's First Frost. I enjoyed revisiting her endearing, quirky characters as well as the charming magic each one possesses. As Halloween approaches the Waverley ladies become a tad unhinged. The first frost of the season calms everything down but they have to make it until then. A sinister stranger arrives, a high school crush unfolds, a thief surprises all and questions about the past surface and had me turning the pages quickly. Fi [...]

    25. EhhhI didn't love this like I thought I would.I think I got caught up in the idea of a follow-up to Garden Spells, which I seem to have enjoyed quite well.Like Garden Spells, this story's characters did nothing for me - not a surprise since most of them were the same characters. It was the ambience, the environment, I liked. It was the fiesty apple tree and the onset of autumn, the small town and the description of food. In fact, there's a recipe for the fig and pepper bread out there on the int [...]

    26. I thoroughly enjoyed Garden Spells. Its delicious touch of simple, earthy magic was "charming" in both senses of the word. The Sugar Queen and The Peach Keeper also hewed close to Allen's light magical realism and ability to create endearing, quirky characters that you pull for as their trials and triumphs unfurl with each page turn. I just cannot say the same for Garden Spells sequel First Frost. The conflicts aren't vaguely convincing and the solutions even less so. The "charming" magic seems [...]

    27. I can't wait to read this book. I love Sarah Addison Allen's stories. Magical realism at its best! Normally I HATE January but I'll be looking forward to it this year.

    28. 3.5 starsIt may not seem like it, but Sarah Addison Allen's writing is amongst my favourites.I fell in love with it while reading "Garden Spells", and it just grew with "The Peach Keeper"Since too many years have gone by since I last read the first one ( August 2008), I decided to re-read itwhich may have caused a little anxiety on my part:Garden Spells(GS) is one of the untouchables , my all time favourite bookswhat if, while second time re-reading it, I were to find myself disliking it?The pot [...]

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