Book Title: First Frost (Waverley Family #2)
Book Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Book Rating: ☆☆☆☆ (4 out of 5 stars)
Synopsis: “Autumn has finally arrived in the small town of Bascom, North Carolina, heralded by a strange old man appearing with a beaten-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, but it’s nothing like she thought it would be, and it’s slowly taking over her life. Claire’s wild sister 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 given her heart away to the wrong boy and can’t get it back.”
I was only recently introduced to this author and her memorizing, magical novels. Again, this is typically not the type of book that I would typically be interested in, but I adore the Waverley family and didn’t hesitate to continue with their story. More than anything else, I love the relationship between the two Waverley sisters, Claire and Sydney, which was featured again heavily in this follow-up.
Ten years have past since the events of the previous novel, Garden Spells. Sydney’s daughter, Bay, is now a teenager in high school and embraces her Waverley heritage more openly more than her mother. Sydney now owns her own salon in Bascom, where she is free to use her gift of perfectly styling hair for any occasion. She is happy with her life, but wants to give her husband, Henry another child. And Claire has gone from local caterer to the next celebrity chef. Her homemade candy business takes up the majority of her time, but she has begun to question whether or not her “unique” way with food is as special as she once thought.
I am not sure if the author is planning on writing any future novels about the Waverley family, but I would certain be eager to read anything else if she does in the future! These are “feel good”, comforting books with a lot of depth and very memorable characters. There was honestly nothing that I didn’t like about this book, except for the sections from the perspective of Russell Zahler, the mysterious con man with an odd fascination with the Waverley family. I felt that there was enough going on in the story without having to learn more than was necessary about this secondary character. Other than that one complaint, I loved this book, and I feel that fans Garden Spell will be very pleased with this beautiful sequel.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley.