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5 Magical and Heartwarming stars!!*****
Such a wonderful and delightful read! A lovely tale of a feisty apple tree, the Waverley family who are touched by magic and the interesting lives they live in the small town of Bascom. Endearing and creative characters and a heartfelt story sprinkled with a smidgen of humor. Just loved it...
I discovered this author last year for the first time when I read Lost Lake... and I just couldn't wait to read something new from her. This is book two of this series but can definitely be read as a stand alone. As soon as I finished this one I went and one-clicked and bought book one... I need more! :)
Her stories are such a successful blend of the magical world with the real one. The Waverley's are just ordinary people doing ordinary things but they each have small magical gifts that connect them and bond them as family. I particularly connected with Sydney and her daughter Bay. I have a 15 year old daughter so I could definitely relate to their relationship and the growing pains that they were both experiencing.
My favorite, favorite character though was Evanelle... I smiled so much at her querky little gift. When she stops by to give you something you best pay attention because it means something! Her relationship with roommate Fred was very heartwarming.
This author is definitely always going to be an auto read for me... her stories and writing style really do click with my personality and what I love in a story.
Can't wait for more...
ARC was provided by St. Martin's Press
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 leaves...
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.