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First Frost ➳ [Read] ➮ First Frost By Sarah Addison Allen ➾ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk 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 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 in storeClaire 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 giftsSydney 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 hasSydney 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 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 FrostLose 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.


10 thoughts on “First Frost

  1. Starla Starla says:

    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 deftly 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 a 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 deftly 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 and complex and they wrestle with universal human struggles The struggle to find oneself The struggle to be oneself The struggle to belong The struggle to be loved, or even to simply be remembered All of the above combines to create a book that is astonishinglythan the sum of its parts If I could pick the work of one modern author that I believe should endure and be read, taught, and cherished a hundred years from now, Sarah Addison Allen would be that author


  2. Keertana Keertana says:

    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 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 that she belongs with Hunter John s son While I loved being back in Waverley House and the distinct feeling of Allen s writing is a sensation that wraps around you and holds you tight, like a blanket, First Frost is possibly the most disappointed I have been by her work If it were not that these were beloved characters I knew before and intimately, loved these characters I wouldn t even have given First Frost three stars The issue with Allen s latest is the fact that the conflict at hand is flimsy I appreciate the post marriage struggles Sydney and Claire face Their demons from Garden Spells aren t as pronounced but that doesn t mean they have disappeared Thus, I rather enjoyed being back in their minds, witnessing them come to terms with the change in their lives that time inevitably introduces Most of all, I loved Bay s narrative and the teenage issues she found herself face to face with Yet, the coming together of these plot lines didn t work quite as seamlessly as it worked in Garden Spells. The shift from Teenage to Adult perspectives wasn t perfection The strange side plot line with an odd old man entering town, poking around and asking about the Waverley s, ended too abruptly and anticlimactically to satisfy Ultimately, First Frost lacked the strength of Garden Spells. Claire and Sydney were a unit and in being so, the union of their sisterhood from Garden Spells is a farcompelling story than their joint unity in First Frost. Allen s latest isn t bad, not in the least It is beautifully written and, as always, her prose is impeccable and characterizations are point on In my eyes, though, there wasn t enough of a story to be told, here I didn t feel moved by these characters or their struggles as I was in Garden Spells. I wasn t charmed or enchanted or rendered speechless by the magic in the air First Frost is a novel that fans of Allen are bound to read and I don t fault them It s a few hours well spent in the company of an author and characters I adore Just don t go in expecting the caliber of Allen s debut


  3. Lauren Henderson Lauren Henderson says:

    Another book with the Waverleys Is it January yet


  4. Darth J Darth J says:

    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 ailing Evan 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 ailing Evanelle has taken Fred under her wing inways than one.The conflict in this story expressed magical realistically in the theme of what makes a family For Claire, her doubting her gifts with food has lead her away from her joy of catering and into a business where she is making money but kinda hates what she is doing This leads to an opening for a former circus performer to try to scam her out of money by insisting that she isn t a Waverly by blood, which would threaten her business somehow because she was quoted about it on a blog.Sydney wants to have another baby and is desperate to conceive In a predictable storyline, she finds that her irresponsible receptionist who has a child that Sydney loves being around is looking to leave town and view spoiler ends up giving her kid to Sydney, who couldn t be happier about the impromptu adoption hide spoiler Her 15 year old daughter, Bay has her own problems One of which is that modern vernacular has ruined the name Bay , because I kept reading it like Bae , though this isn t the author s fault as much as it is damn youths and their hip hop slang shakes fist angrily Well, Bay gets a feeling that a senior named Josh is her bae and writes him a note Teenage girls, please take note this is not romantic, it is creepy Somehow they end up as a friends, though To be honest, I didn t care for the teen storyline in the book, and that s why I had to take a star away.Oxygen tank toting Evanelle is still up to her old tricks of giving people what they need She doesn t understand her gift, but somehow she passes it on to her caretaker Fred This solidifies the theme that blood doesn t always equal family, but it does raise some questions about how magic works in these books if it isn t biological Although it keeps being hinted that Evanelle is on the decline in life, she is still kicking at the end.Claire s child is finally expressing her Waverly talent, though Claire did think that her daughter might just be a muggle for most of the story view spoiler Apparently the gift is mediumship and the girl has been conversing with Claire and Sydney s dead mother PS Somehow that dead mother had a gift for making frost appear, which seems oddlylike a superpower than thedomestic gifts the other characters have hide spoiler All in all, I thought it was a fun book Though it did seem a little short at 291 pages.There s also a recipe for Fig and Pepper bread at the end


  5. Diane Diane says:

    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 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 magical organizing skills I will pause here to say that all of Allen s novels contain some magical realism, with varying degrees of success Her books also have some romance and Southern charm, which can be delightful In the past I have enjoyed dipping into her stories when I needed a light read, but First Frost was too silly and just didn t gel I caught myself dreading picking up this book, which should never happen with a supposedly fun read If you would like to try an Allen book, I recommend starting with The Peach Keeper or Lost Lake


  6. Margitte Margitte says:

    Imagine a house with feelings, and an apple tree who doesn t favor men Then add to it food with magic qualities, four generations of Waverley women with special talents and you ve got this delightful family saga.And yes, you ve got me loving this book for the perfect magic realism it presents and for the simple fairy stars it sprinkled all over my upside down world What s not to love about a cute apple tree, flowering the wrong time of the year, shower her beloved people in petals at the fir Imagine a house with feelings, and an apple tree who doesn t favor men Then add to it food with magic qualities, four generations of Waverley women with special talents and you ve got this delightful family saga.And yes, you ve got me loving this book for the perfect magic realism it presents and for the simple fairy stars it sprinkled all over my upside down world What s not to love about a cute apple tree, flowering the wrong time of the year, shower her beloved people in petals at the first frost, and throw out of favor people with apples And yes, if the out of favored stand near enough, they will get bumped on the head with a branch This tree was a presence, a personality, an influence on every Waverley who ever lived there.In Bascom, North Carolina, The Waverley house, an old Queen Anne with a wraparound porch in Pendland street need to be talked to, particularly when her front door should be unlocked Within her walls, Claire and Sydney, Mary s two granddaughters, learnt their skills to survive without parents to guide them along Everywhere in her interior, the old mansions hid Mary s multitude of diaries which told Mary Waverly s life story in recipes From how to rid the garden of shiny green beetles, to husband catcher cake The eccentric agoraphobic Mary was famous for her secret love custard pies, mint jellies, chive blossom stir fry, and her rose geranium wine Throughout her life Mary changed the recipes to suit her circumstances, mood and memories One of them was the hard candy recipe which brings fame to Claire in adulthood The candy sent children to bed early, ease sore throats, bring the truth out, ensure happiness, make adults think of their first loves, change their destinies Nobody know why their lives change but they have to have Claire s candy with her secret flower ingredients And then there is grandma Mary s fig and pepper bread recipeClaire have this thing for cooking Flowers bring out the best or worst in people and Claire knows which flowers to use in her cooking Her catering business thrived as a result But that was before she discovered Mary s candy recipes It did not worked out quite as planned, even though it injected Mariah s college funds considerably.Sydney had this thing for hair Women cannot do without her cuts Sydney s haircuts enable women to win promotions, sellTupperware, receive raises and become winners Pure magic, they believe.The silver haired, silver eyed old gentleman in his silver suit arrives in town,or less a few days before the first frost And that s where the skeletons in the closets begin to rattle and shake and old secrets start falling out, spreading the mystery all over the floor when fifteen year old Bay tries to find an old dress of great grandma Mary in which the old dame bewitched men and made women jealous With flowers in her hair, beautiful great grandma Mary used to host her fairy garden parties, dressed as a garden nymph which captured the minds and souls of the unsuspected people in town Most did not like it You can t compete with strange Strange always wins , they said Bay had her own battles to win in school Aunt Claire offered to serve mint cookies and tea with honeysuckle syrup to clear a particular boy s thoughts and help him see However, there was a secret foid between the Waverley and Matteson families of which Bay and Claire was unaware and only Sydney can explain, but she ain t talking, that is, until the silver eyed man enters townSo much southern charm grace this tale of women negotiating their lives through family secrets, heartbreak, botched up love affairs, and social challenges in a town where they are deemed odd But it all will change before Claire s first frost party take place this year in the garden with the apple tree It will be the weirdest hoedown ever.A wonderful, relaxing, uplifting southern tale My fourth novel by Sarah Addison Allen What a delight


  7. Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا says:

    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 good that 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 good that as I flipped the last page I said loudly Third book coming soon I don t think I ll ever tire of the Waverleys story or the world Sarah creates in all her books I want to be a Waverley and I want ALL those cooking books and recipes I loved how everyone grew but kind of stayed the same.Another gem


  8. Virginie Virginie says:

    I read this book back in 2015 and, strangely, I didn t remember the story at all That s amazing because I got to read it for the first time for a second time And I liked it eventhan 5 years ago Eventhan the first book of the series Am I crazy to hope for another Waverley family book one day Anyway, I know Sarah Addison Allen is finishing a new book thank God and I m gonna buy it as soon as it s published, no matter what is the story.


  9. Claire Robinson Claire Robinson says:

    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 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, expectation and joy.Waverley women are mysterious and magical women with a long and well known history in the south.So to be returning to Bascom, North Carolina after such a break, made this quite an emotional read for me on several levels, some personal and some not A lot has happened in my life in the intervening years as you would expect, and reading of the changes that have happened in the lives of the Waverley sisters as well as their spouses and children also bought back memories of some of the highs and lows in the tapestry of my own life.Bay Waverley was only a small child when I read Garden Spells so to read of her experiences as she approaches womanhood, especially with her unique Waveley take on life and love, and the way her peers treat her because of it was an absolute treat Each Waverley had something different about her.Claire and Sydney also feature heavily in this book as well thankfully , as well as the aging Evanelle, it was akin to a long lost family reunion for me, and I loved every second of it First Frost is an easygoing and comforting read, it almost felt like coming home after years away It bought back happy memories, fizzles of excitement, and the reawakening of a memory of something innocently forgotten, but no less loved because of it.Sarah is one of mygo toauthors, I love her books and the characters contained within Her stories are unique, colourful and memorable, First Frost is no exception, it is another perfect example why I love her books, and I would encourage anyone to give them a go, disappointment is not a word contained in the book of Words to Describe Sarah Addison AllenDon t define yourself by what you don t want to do Define it by what you do want to do.ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review


  10. Sarah Elizabeth Sarah Elizabeth says:

    Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to St Martin s Press and NetGalleyFirst frost was always an unpredictable time, but this year it feltdesperate than others.Something was about to happenWow 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 Bay all gr Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to St Martin s Press and NetGalleyFirst frost was always an unpredictable time, but this year it feltdesperate than others.Something was about to happenWow 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 Bay all grown up was just so special I also loved her assortment of slogan t shirts, with such wonderful statements like come to the dark side We have cookies , I have not yet begun to procrastinate , Either you like bacon, or you re wrong , and my life is based on a true storyI m Bay Waverley, the girl who knows where everything belongs Nice title, huh It makes me sound like a neat freak Which I am, a little But that s another storyClaire was still Claire, Sydney was still Sydney, and I loved how happy they were with Tyler and Henry It was also good to meet Mariah, and even though I guessed the twist with regards to her new best friend I still loved it The storyline in this book was really good, and I loved the tension over what was going to happen There was a very dodgy bloke in town, and other slightly odd things going on, and even though I was supposed to be reading another book, I got so sucked into this one, that I couldn t put it downThat man, who was he Claire asked, trying not to sound like it was urgent, because it wasn t really urgent At least, she didn t think so What man Patrice said There was an elderly man standing here a moment ago, Claire said He had silver hair He was wearing a silver suit There was no one here, Tara said. There was some romance in this book, and it was super sweet I just loved how Bay had realised that a certain boy was who she belonged with Even if it wasn t who Sydney would have picked for her, it really was just magicalBay was an extraordinary young woman Beautiful, kind, mysterious If Josh spent any amount of time with her, he would fall for her Sydney knew that with a certainty as hard as flintI felt really sorry for both Claire and Sydney in this book and the things they were going through, but this whole book was just so heart warming and touching, and an absolute joy to read I hope thatpeople will read this and fall in love with it too That ending was just so beautiful I totally ended up in tears Please, please, please let there bebooks about this family


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