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Series: Waverley Family #2
Published by St. Martin's Press on January 20th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
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.
Garden Spells didn’t need a sequel but it was pleasant to step back into the Waverly house once more. I first picked up Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells after countless Goodreads “you love Alice Hoffman, you will love Sarah Addison Allen”, and while I think Hoffman manages to capture magical realism in more profound way with her stories, I enjoyed the light and fluffy tone of Allen’s work.
Allen’s writing is filled with the same whimsical tone and magical setting, and I love the lyrical quality her stories present. The plot manages to work itself out rather quickly. Each Waverly (Claire, Sydney and Bay) had a story that ends pretty firmly. These stories aren’t particularly deep or profound in any kind of way. Recommended for those looking for light and fluffy, yet slightly magical story!