THROWBACK THURSDAY

 

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Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favourites as well as sharing books that you want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them 🙂 These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. If you’d just link back to her @ It’s Book Talk she’d so appreciate it.

 

This week my pick is:

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FROM AMAZON:

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 REVIEW:

The Waverly women from Garden Spells return in Sarah Addison Allen’s latest, FIRST FROST. You do not have to read Garden Spells before reading this book though. I hadn’t and I wasn’t lost at all.

 

As the days grow shorter in FIRST FROST and crispness is in the air the Waverly women start to feel restless. If they can just make it to the first frost everything will be alright. But making it to the first frost can be trying. Bay is trying to navigate high school and her love for Josh. Bay has the gift for knowing where things belong is determined that she is meant to be a part of Josh’s life. But how can she get him to see it? He is a senior and the coolest guy in school.

 

Her mother, Sydney is desperately trying to have another baby meanwhile her hair just keeps getting redder. Her sister Claire is suddenly a candy sensation but is that what she really wants to do? On top of all that, an elderly con man is trying to blackmail his way into a bit of money to live on over the winter. We can’t forget Violet the kooky receptionist who works at Sydney’s hair salon. She is a lost soul that Sydney thinks she can save. When family is at stake the Waverly women pull together and support each other through these trying times.

 

FIRST FROST is a wonderful book about family, who we are and who we think we are. Add a little magic, an apple tree with its own agenda, a house that has its own ideas, and FIRST FROST is wonderful. The townspeople look doubtfully at the family whose backyard apple tree grows a strange fruit that, if eaten will show the eaters the moment of their death. It’s a mischievous tree that even throws its apples at the Waverley’s to get their attention. This adds to the legend of the family.

 

Sarah Addison Allen has created characters who I would love to call my friends. How can Sarah Addison Allen write such sensational stories? FIRST FROST is the first novel of hers that I have read but she truly warmed my heart like melted butter. I absolutely loved FIRST FROST and I loved the magical touches to it, and the way that each sister and daughter come into their own, embracing their differences and accepting each other as they are. A brilliant story that is sure to be a favorite for Sarah Addison Allen fans, and a great book for people who haven’t read a novel of hers.

 

FIRST FROST is a heartwarming read — and I hope the author revisits these characters in the future. I want to see what happens to them next!!

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