First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

First FrostFirst Frost. Finished 3-3-15, rating 4.75/5, fiction, 291 pages, pub. 2015

Book 2 of The Waverley Sisters

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.

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.

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It was Garden Spells, Allen’s debut book, where we first met the Waverley sisters, Claire and Sydney.  Garden Spells is also where I fell in love with Allen’s light, magical touch.  I didn’t want the book to end. It was so easy to read, an enchanting southern town full of enchanted people and I felt that same warmth this time around too.  As much as I really like Allen’s other books, and I’ve read them all, it’s the Waverley’s from Bascom, North Carolina that really make me happy.  I want a magic apple tree and a special gift, I guess.  Who doesn’t?

Ten years after Garden Spells the sisters and their Aunt Evanelle find themselves settled into relationships and trying to find their way, especially Claire.  Claire is questioning her gift and the way that she’s using it, so she is ripe for someone to come along and shake her faith.  And he does.

I love that Sydney’s daughter, Bay, is a major part of this story, coming into her own as one of the mysterious Waverley women.  She’s 15 and knows her gift, only it has only made her high school experience miserable.  I love how she is willing to be different at such a young age.

I really can’t recommend these books enough. You could easily start with this one, but if you read Garden Spells first you’ll get so much more out of it.  I’m not usually one that enjoys sequels of favorite books, but this one satisfied me and I am only hoping for more!