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First Frost

(Waverley Family #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  31,648 ratings  ·  4,241 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published January 20th 2015 by St. Martin's Press
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Kelsey You can TOTALLY read First Frost without reading Garden Spells. It's the same world and some of the same characters, but a totally new story. Sarah do…moreYou can TOTALLY read First Frost without reading Garden Spells. It's the same world and some of the same characters, but a totally new story. Sarah does a wonderful job returning to this beautiful setting without alienating people who haven't read Garden Spells. Our office is divided, some had read Garden Spells and some hadn't and we all loved First Frost equally!(less)
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Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 18, 2014 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Lauren Henderson
Another book with the Waverleys!!!! Is it January yet!??
Darth J
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Darth J by: Christina
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
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: meh, magical-realism
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
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
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
[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!! :D

A 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
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 even more than 5 years ago. Even more than 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. ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
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
Sarah Elizabeth
(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 gr
4.5 stars.
I won this book as a First Reads giveaway.
The Waverly women from Garden Spells return in Sarah Addison Allen's latest, to be released in January.
It was a perfect time to read this as it takes place just before the first frost. I enjoyed the magical themes once again as we learn that Claire is in business making candy, Sydney is longing for a baby, and her daughter, Bay is a teenager, accepting her life and gifts as a Waverly woman. A mysterious man shows up in Bascom with secrets th
Jeanne Adamek
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A definite "must read" if you loved Garden Spells. Strange, I didn't find Garden Spells "unfinished". I suppose that this is the reason First Frost was even more magical for me. Now, I want to know what goes on after this book... ...more
Diane S ☔
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 Everyone need a little magic in their life and that is exactly what I receive when I read this author. A return to the Waverly's of Garden Spells, this amazing family all with their own individual special talents. Who wouldn't like to have an apple tree that tosses apples at those she feel are interfering, which blooms at first frost and signals new beginnings, like a reset button? Doors that stick or won't open a all if they do not want to let someone in. Wonderful characters, enchanting st ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the story. It was the second book of the Waverley sisters, now with husbands and children. I don't think Sydney and Claire needed another story in their lives. This could have been a new book with new characters, in my opinion. The plot was slow and it was a little too long but it was an easy, girly read and nice for the fall, winter weather. A short story would've been better.

Anyway, Allen is a feel good author and I DO like how the characters aren't forced to live happily ever after.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*4.5 stars*

I first read Garden Spells, the prequel to this book, back in 2008. Though I'd always been in love with reading, my reading volume was much lower back then. I was reading about a book or two a month at that point, compared to about 350 books a year, which is my current rate. Now that 7 years have passed, I wasn't sure how I would view this author or her stories. Would I still love her style, her voice? The answer is a HUGE hell yeah.

From the moment I started this book I couldn't put i
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
What a perfect book to read this time of year. First Frost takes place around Halloween, and is a book that I read at the right time. I fell in love again with the Waverley's, and their quirks. The book was magically descriptive and made me wish that I lived on the same street so that I could taste Claire's candies, and join in at the First Frost party. Light-hearted with the perfect amount of mystery stirred in. I want to go back and read it all over again. ...more
“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.”
― Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost

This book made me nostalgic. But I am not sure for what.

I think nostalgic for something like Chocolate Milk and a warm fire and day dreaming and apple bobbing, cider and sitting with my mom and dad musing about whatever. Also more Chocolate milk, cupcakes, cake frosting, long cool nights, the smell of freshly cut grass, plans and trees and feeling free and like you can conquer
The Waverleys of Bascom, NC, have an apple tree in the backyard that lies dormant each fall until the first frost appears, usually sometime in late October. Then it blooms all winter and bears pink apples throughout spring and early summer, throwing, not dropping, the apples all around. Now, if you think this is odd, so are the Waverleys. And so is this story, although very much as expected from this author.

Autumn's first frost is much anticipated here, as a time when wrongs right themselves an
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

‘First frost was always an unpredictable time, but this year it felt more... desperate than others.
Something was about to happen.’

First Frost marks the return to the beloved town of Bascom, North Carolina where the Waverley sisters reside. Claire has left her catering business behind after creating Waverley’s Candies. The business itself is lucrative and does extremely well, but the amount of time she must dedicate to the business leaves Claire with little time for h
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Welcome back to the world of the Waverley sisters and their enchanting family. Some time has passed with Claire and Sydney along with their respective families awaiting the annual first frost. Things are in a bit of a stew, but first frost will bring much needed peace.
Of course before there can be peace, there are people and events to be dealt with. Claire, while successful is full of doubts as to her gifts and worries that she is short changing her husband and daughter. Sydney is feeling ever
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Another dose of the Waverley family did not disappoint. I really enjoy Sarah’s writing style. She weaves these elements of magic throughout the story that makes the reader smile. I loved how First Frost picked up on all the same characters years later. They each still carry their own special Waverley gifts & these gifts become useful new ways in preparation for the frost.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Achingly sweet and, at times, painfully YA. And yet, I'm still glad to be back in Bascom, North Carolina revisiting the Waverlys, their apple tree, and their witchy ways.

I don't know what it is about this author or her writing that still draws me in, but I do know that it's something I would have hated had I read it a few years ago. All this sweetness and youthful energy would have been too suffocating, and I would have dismissed the book as over the top and juvenile. And I know I would have DNF
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Several years ago I came across a book in my favorite used book store called Garden Spells. It was on clearance and since the title intrigued me I picked it up and read the back cover. What I read there sealed the deal and I purchased it that day. When I finally sat down and read I was immediately taken into a special world that left me with such wonderful feelings and instantly I became a fan of the author.

First Frost is the second book in the Waverley Family series. It immediately brought me
Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)
Awwwwwwww. Now idd'n that just the sweetest thang. A feel-good book if ever there was one.

Ms. Allen delivers more of what we've been hankering for since we fell in love with the Waverley women in Garden Spells.

A review is in the works.
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half stars: A book with lovely writing, wonderful characters, but it felt unfinished.

Bay dashes down the street, eager to reach her Aunt Claire's house to start candy making. At sixteen, Bay is enduring all the growing pains of any normal teenage girl, but she is far from normal. Bay is a Waverley, and that means she was born with a magical gift. For Bay, her talent is knowing where everything belongs, and Bay knows she is meant to be with Josh Masterson, even though he doesn't ackno
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I didn't realize this was a sequel to Garden Spells. I would definitely recommend reading GS first. This was a sweet, charming story. Not very much happens, but I still really enjoyed it. I just love SAA's version of magical realism. ...more
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic-realism
Sarah Addison Allen never lets me down - FIRST FROST picks up a few years after the end of Garden Spells.

Claire, Sydney and Bay have settled into life as a family but now are each starting to feel restless and their magic is suffering. Each Waverly female has a magical gift. Claire’s magic is food; she can make you feel a certain way depending on what edible flower she puts in her recipes. Sydney’s magic is with hair. She can change someone’s mood or luck with the perfect haircut; and her hair h
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Garden Spells was my first Sarah Addison Allen read, and it instantly left me wanting to read more of the author’s work. With there being a second Waverley Family book, I knew exactly where I would be heading for my next Sarah Addison Allen read.

Garden Spells was a truly magical read, one that left me in love with the magical realism world Sarah Addison Allen had created. It was such an uplifting story, with so many positively feelings, that I was left feeling light and breezy for days after rea
A great follow up to Garden Spells and I hated to see it end. A fantastic set of characters mixed with a cozy mystery. The first part of the book was mainly about Bay, one of the younger Waverley's, and how she and her special gifts are maturing. She has not been made privy to a back story that concerns her future and some old secrets are revealed. Claire has become a candy maker and people are clambering for her, sometimes life altering, wares except for the dark stranger who arrives in town. T ...more
Aug 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Nobody is more surprised than me that I'm rating a SAA book 3 stars. I absolutely love her books! Her style, her prose, her magic....everything! But this one? It was missing something for me. The elements were there but I had trouble feeling everything that I usually do when I read her books. Maybe I needed more of Bay. Maybe less of the stranger--he didn't seem like he belonged in the story. I don't know, this one just isn't my favorite. However, I enjoyed visiting some old friends that I loved ...more
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Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Allen grew up with a love of books and an appreciation of good food (she credits her journa

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