Friday, November 13, 2015

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen - 296 pages

In Sarah Addison Allen's sequel to Garden Spells, First Frost begins ten years after Claire Waverly's wild half-sister Sydney returned and Claire met her now-husband Tyler. It is an inspiring story of the trouble with hanging on too long, and the magic that happens when you finally let go. Autumn has arrived in the small town of Bascom, North Carolina, along with a strange old man carrying 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 (made with natural ingredients like lavender and honey). Unfortunately, it's nothing like she thought it would be, and it's slowly taking over her life. 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 lost her heart to the boy she knows it belongs to, if only he could see it, too. First Frost is magical realism at its best, 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.

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