Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
(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 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 story’.
“I’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 story.”
Claire 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 down.
“That 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 magical.
“Bay 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 flint.”
I 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 that more people 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 be more books about this family!