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First Frost

First Frost

Geschrieben von Sarah Addison Allen

Erzählt von Susan Ericksen


First Frost

Geschrieben von Sarah Addison Allen

Erzählt von Susan Ericksen

Bewertungen:
4.5/5 (108 Bewertungen)
Länge:
8 Stunden
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Jan 20, 2015
ISBN:
9781469222066
Format:
Hörbuch

Beschreibung

Sarah Addison Allen, beloved author of Garden Spells, returns with a luminous story of the trouble with hanging on too long, and the magic that happens when you finally let go.

Autumn has finally arrived in the small town of Bascom, North Carolina, heralded by a strange old man appearing with a beat-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.

From the author of the New York Times bestselling sensation Garden Spells, First Frost is magical and atmospheric, taking readers back into the lives of the gifted Waverley women-back to their strange garden and temperamental apple tree, back to their house with a personality of its own, back to the men who love them fiercely-proving that a happily-ever-after is never the real ending to a story. It's where the real story begins.

Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Jan 20, 2015
ISBN:
9781469222066
Format:
Hörbuch

Über den Autor

SARAH ADDISON ALLEN is the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells, The Sugar Queen, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, The Peach Keeper, and Lost Lake.  She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina.


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  • (4/5)
    Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC of Ms. Allen's newest book.
    She has written another wonderful, magical story. Make sure you pick this one up!
  • (4/5)
    I loved the story. I listened to it on audible and although I wasn't a huge fan of the narrator, the story kept me going. I loved that there was a bit of magic entwined into the story. Great characters. Would recommend this book.
  • (4/5)
    First Frost by Sarah Addison Alice is the second book in the Waverley Family Series. The series promises family drama encased in magical realism, and that is pretty much what it delivers, although this installment was shorter on the magic than I would have liked.This installment picks up about ten years after where the first book, Garden Spells, left off, and that turned out to be both good and bad. Sydney and Claire are settled in their marriages and Bay is no longer a child, but a teen who is a major player in book with her own story line that may draw in the addition of the YA crowd. Sadly, Evanelle is much older and with health problems, and we not only see less of her, but she effects the story only a fraction of what she did in Garden Spells, and that just sucks. Evanelle's quirky personality was one of the biggest reasons that I continued on with this series.In the end, I was left feeling pretty good about the story overall. As usual in a book like this, there is a lesson learned in the end that is tied to self awareness. In this case, that all worked out nicely, and was just enough different to make this reader happy. So, while First Frost didn't blow me away, I did enjoy it and found enough reasons to come back for the next in series.
  • (4/5)
    This book has a little bit of magic, a little peculiar, and a lot going on. I loved Garden Spells a few years ago and couldn't wait to read this. Once again you're pulled right into the Waverly world and all its magical wonder. I stayed up late last night wanting to see just what would happen next with the main characters. Can honestly say I didn't care for the character Russell.
  • (4/5)
    This is a nice sequel to "Garden Spells" and thankfully, I wasn't as invested in liking the book as I thought I might otherwise be, so I wasn't overly disappointed.

    Sydney & Claire, sisters who share the Waverley "gift", are now both living in Bascom, NC, married to good men who love and support them.

    Sydney runs the local salon & her work does magical things for her clients, while Claire has set aside her popular catering business changing it into a country-wide famous confectionery.

    Their daughters, Bay & Mariah both have the infamous Waverley "gifts", but they seem to be less pronounced in Mariah which sets Claire to questioning her place in the family and her own Waverley gifts.

    In late autumn, just before first frost & the blooming of the Apple Tree, a mysterious stranger comes in to town sending feelings of foreboding through Bay & Claire...

    Sydney is upset as she is trying to give her husband a son; her receptionist at the Salon, Violet, is becoming more of a problem and a thief; and she is worried about her daughter Bay who has fallen for the son of the man that shattered Sydney's world & heart upon graduation.

    Cousin Evanelle, is still out & about giving odd "gifts" to those in need of them.....

    It is a nice story, but it just didn't have the sense of magick nor did it hold my interest as much as "Garden Spells". The characters could have been more active in their "gifts" and I would like to have had Evanelle, Apple Tree, & Em be more active in the story because their gifts were important to the story as well.





  • (3/5)
    These books & I have an odd relationship.... I like the characters, the premise.... the turns of phrase can be both wonderful/fitting and tiresome.
    Strange, huh?
    Sort of goes with it all though; I recommend the author frequently to library patrons, I always read the newly released.... A flavor I *want* to enjoy more than I do.
    But that's ok.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed Garden Spells so I was excited to read this sequel. I heartily enjoyed this one as well! It continues the saga of sisters who have special gifts and who are affected by the strange apple tree that grows in their ancestral home. Clair, whose gift centers around her cooking, has been focusing all of her time and attention on her new business - Waverley's Candies. The huge amount of time she is giving to this is stressing her out and also affecting her loved ones - including her favorite niece Bay. Bay's mom, Sydney, is wrapped up in her obsession to have another child. She is also worried about Bay, who is now a teenager and navigating ups and downs of teen romance and high school. There is also a mysterious man who has showed up in town and who seems extremely interested in the Waverley family for some not so good reason.As this followed this family through there ups and downs (mostly downs that they were hoping to turn into ups) I felt thoroughly engaged with the characters. I was most interested in Bay's story - a young girls desire to for love that conflicts with her peers, her parents, and even the boy in question. I was rooting for things to work out for her. I also enjoyed some of the side characters who popped up and the general quirkiness of the mysterious force from the apple tree and their gifts that was involved in their lives. In the end everything works out - perhaps a bit too neatly or quickly - but it was very satisfying. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a family story with engaging characters and interesting twists.
  • (4/5)
    The Waverley saga continues in this tale of magic and romance. Bay has fallen in love, but with a boy her mother, Sydney, disapproves of heartily. Claire is given to doubt her ancestry, and Sydney is fearful of not having more children. A new venture of candy making has taken Claire from she really likes to do: her catering business and cooking for her family. And a stranger threatens to disturb this family with unsettling news. A delightful tale full of hope and magic and perfect for anyone wanting to escape their own world for a while.
  • (4/5)
    I always enjoy Sarah Addison Allen's stories, especially this one and it's predecessor, "Garden Spells", set in western North Carolina. They're great escapist reading, with interesting characters and a good bit of magical realism.
  • (5/5)
    What can I say except First Frost is just another example of Sarah Addison Allen's writing talent!! I absolutely loved this book and it brought me right back to the memory of when I was first introduced to the Waverly sisters.

    I love how the author never fails to incorporate a little magic into everything she writes. Her books make me feel uplifted and leave me with that "anything is possible" type of feeling. Her writing always provides us with beautiful quotes from her lyrical and poetic words, and I will never tire of the author's enchanting stories.

    I highly recommend ALL of Sarah's books to anyone who can appreciate a little magic in their lives and enjoy reading books that leave a smile on your face even after you have closed the back cover. I do recommend that you read Garden Spells first to get the complete story of the sisters.
    I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to review such an exceptionally wonderful story!
  • (4/5)
    As always what a delightful and heart warming story.. I want an apple tree.
  • (2/5)
    Readers Digest Best Fiction short story. Engaging and quirky characters.
  • (4/5)
    Enjoyed this slightly magical tale of life in a small Carolina town where gossip lives long after its characters
  • (5/5)
    *This review was originally posted on my review blog - Falling Off The Shelf 2.0*First frost is nearing, and for Waverly sister's that means mayhem for sure. They can only hope it arrives quickly before something catastrophic happens. Claire is constantly worried about her new candy business Waverly Candies, it's a lot of work and she tries to do as much of it herself so that her Waverly magic shines through in every piece. She fears that her gift isn't real, and she tries everything in her power to prove to everyone, and herself, that it is. In the end it costs her more than stress, but her family is always there for support.Sydney Waverly has her own set of problems, trying so hard to give her husband a boy to carry on his family name. They haven't had any children together, so she feels like she's failing him. While her daughter, Bay, is having the undesirable problem of knowing who she belongs with, but not being able to have what she wants.When a stranger comes to town, and tries to unravel their beautiful flawed family, they have to make some quick decisions on how to handle things, while not escalating their current problems before first frost. They know, all they have to do is wait it out a little longer and everything will smooth over.I can honestly say this is the first book review I've done in roughly 4 years. I barely even read a book in that time. Becoming a new mother in 2011 was a lot on me, I spent every moment I could with my precious baby boy, while working part-time. My daughter came soon after in 2013, and she's just as perfect as he has ever been. I recently decided I needed to take time out for myself and do something that has always been a passion of mine and reading came to mind immediately. I did a little searching and this was the first book that I came across, and being as how I had already read the first in the series, Garden Spells, I just had to see what was going on with the Waverly Sisters!This book was honestly just magical. I didn't want to put it down. I sit in the hallway between my kids rooms at night when it's time for them to go to sleep and I just read. This is my way of letting them know I'm still close to them because they want me in their rooms until they fall asleep but I'm trying to break them of that habit. In two nights I had this book finished, staying up til 2AM the second night just to finish it because I kept telling myself just ONE more chapter, until I realized I only had a few to go so I might as well finish.In the first installment I fell in love with Claire and her magical way with food and flowers. Her gifts were just so intriguing. In this installment you learn about her sister Sydney's gift, her way with hair and how it effects her customers. Bay's gift is probably my second favorite, her gift gift of knowing where people and things belong. Life would be so much easier if you knew exactly who you belonged with or where you belonged, whether it meant moving to another town, state, or even country, or just merely that you belonged a street over.The Waverlys are by far one of my favorite magical families, each of them unique in their own special way. I honestly can't wait to read more about them, I just hope that we don't have to wait too long to hear more of their story. My year of reading and reviewing has just started up again here in October, but already I feel like this is going to be my favorite book of the year.Where did I get this book? : I received this book from my local library, I just had to read it after reading the first book in the series many years ago when it was released.
  • (4/5)
    Magical realism is why I read Sarah Addison Allen. That and good stories. The first of her books that I read, was the first one she wrote. Garden Spells, was light and airy and simply delightful. Come to think of it, those are the same adjectives that I would use to describe each of the books she has written, including First Frost. I fall in love with stories, and with characters, and this author know how to write about lovable and interesting characters. They are all ordinary people, living ordinary lives, except that they all have a wee tinge of magic within them. of course, i believe that this is true of all of us, some just recognize it and make use of it, other let it lie dormant and it only shows up once in a while when it is most needed, but that's another story. This story, First Frost is about the Waverly family. Each of the women in the Waverly family has a gift, a little something extra. Some might call it a knack. But really, they just recognize that touch of magic within themselves, and they use it. The women and girls in this story are Claire, and her young daughter Mariah. Then there is Sydney, and her teenaged daughter Bay. Evanelle and Mary appear as well, Evanelle in this world and Mary in the next. Just as the summer really comes to an end is a time when things in the lives of the Waverly's tumble around and make life a little difficult for a while. This time of uncertainty comes to an end when the apple tree in the garden of the Waverly house, where Claire and her family live, blooms along with the first frost. That an unusually magical family should live with an unusually magical and might I add wise, apple tree is no surprise. When the Blooms make an appearance the family gathers beneath its boughs and the world begins to come right again. Sometimes in very surprising ways. As always, when you read a book by Sarah Addison Allen, there is a little take-away that you might not expect. A wee bit of wisdom, or maybe just a feeling of not feeling quite so alone. I recommend this book. in fact, I also recommend all of her books for anyone who likes a good story and wants to read a book that will allow you to close the book with a smile on your face.
  • (4/5)
    My fourth undertaking into Sarah Addison Allen's writing. The Peach Keeper and Lost Lake were my favorites (still). I fell in love with the mystical or paranormal elements and felt like I became part of those close knit communities. The common thread of family in each of her stories draws on the heart strings, let alone the relationships between women across generations. These are the things I love most about her books, including First Frost.This is the second installment in the Waverley series and if I hadnt been so excited to read it, I would have noticed this was book two. Her books are just so good.I admit, mistakenly reading out of order did me a great disservice. I felt a bit lost with all the new-to-me characters I missed from skipping Garden Spells. And finding out about gifts and houses and trees? I did it all backwards.Sarah's stories are engaging and certainly some of the best writing in women's fiction. This said, I preferred to review this after Id read Garden Spells but I'll probably come back and revise if needed. Garden Spells is clearly marketed as book two. Im sure Ill love this one all the more when I get better aquainted with the Waverley women, extended families, and their community.Thank you to St Martins Press and Netgalley for generously providing my review copy.
  • (5/5)
    Sarah Addison Allen creates a world in which I want to live.
  • (2/5)
    I was the lucky recipient of a copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads. Thank you!This book begins roughly 10 years after Garden Spells. I enjoyed that one a bit more, although it was only 3 star rating. This book had a rather predictable storyline, but it was good for a quick, easy read. I enjoy Evanelle's character. I was glad she was still kicking at the end of the book! I enjoyed Sarah Addison Allen's beautiful writing, but the storylines could have been more interesting.
  • (3/5)
    I adore Sarah Addison Allen. I read Garden Spells on the recommendation of a friend and immediately went and bought all of her others. Each one was fantastic and just what I was looking for: that bit of magical realism, the kind that's so subtle you almost miss it, the descriptions and attention to seasons and nature. It's like she knows exactly what I was craving and put all of it into her novels.

    So I was excited when I heard she was coming out with a new one - and a new Waverley, no less! I immediately requested it from the library and waited impatiently for the waitlist to be whittled down (starting from 160, in case anyone had doubts of Allen's popularity). However, I was honestly a bit disappointed with First Frost.

    First Frost has Claire running a thriving candy business and is mother to a daughter who barely makes an appearance; Sydney is barely heard from except to chide her daughter, Bay. The real star of the show is Bay herself - and she is delightful. Her unique Waverley talent is knowing where everything belongs, which is handy for putting away dishes, but also causes her to be frustrated when she knows that a boy is supposed to be with her. It's a sweet, interesting plot line, and Bay is one of those few teenager characters who isn't absurdly precocious and/or horribly annoying.

    So why was I disappointed?

    Two things struck me. One was Claire's plot line: Claire begins to doubt the Waverley magic, and with it, her identity. This could have been a fantastic chance for character development, but it was tied into an old man's mysterious appearance in town. The book puts so much emphasis on building the tension surrounding the old man - Who is he? Why is he there? - that the actual reveal and resolution were anticlimactic to say the least, which in turn weakens Claire's storyline.

    The second is that what really makes me love magical realism is that it relies on faith of the reader. Truly fantastic magical realistic books never come out and say, "This is real magic" like fantasy novels do; they're subtle, to the point that you could easily believe that maybe it isn't real at all, maybe it's a coincidence. Maybe Sydney doesn't have any preternatural gift of cutting someone's hair to give them confidence; maybe they just believe she does, and so it works. And truthfully, that doubt is what makes Claire's struggle so much more intriguing - it's edging into meta territory, which gave it the potential to be even more engaging. It's up to the reader to believe in the magic - and most of us who read these do want to believe in magic, even if it's just the little, ordinary kind that comes with the scent of fresh-baked bread or the new confidence that comes from a new haircut.

    First Frost, however, breaks tradition and comes right out and says, "This is real magic." Sydney and Claire's mother apparently had her own gift, one that can't be explained any way except they really are some kind of weird witch family. It takes some of the mystery away, and with it, sadly, some of the charm.

    That said, Allen's language is possibly even more beautiful than ever. She has such a gift for describing seasons and emotions in dreamy, wonderful language, and that talent absolutely shines in First Frost:

    "Autumn felt like the whole world was browned and roasted until it was so tender it was about to fall away from the bone." (65)

    The more I read it, the more I love that quote.

    For fans of the Waverleys, you may be disappointed by the story, but the characters and the writing are as beautiful as ever.

  • (4/5)
    Meet the Waverleys, where all the members of the family have just a touch of something special about them - Claire makes magical food, and her sister Sydney has a way with hair that can literally change your life. Ten years after the events in [Garden Spells] fifteen-year-old Bay, who can sense where things belong, is practically ostracized at school because she knows a popular boy belongs with her somehow. Claire is struggling to meet up with demand for a new venture in candy making, and Sydney desperately wants a son for her husband Henry. The sisters know that the time while the apple tree is dormant is always a crazy time of year for them - can they make it to first frost on Halloween when it will start to blossom and everything will be set to rights?I gobbled this sequel to Garden Spells over the weekend, and while it may not quite have the same charm as the first book it was still a delight to revisit these characters and see "what happened next." Reading them in order isn't a necessity, either, as the backgrounds of the characters are reintroduced naturally as needed. I really loved seeing Bay as a teenager, and the interactions between family members remind me of The Penderwicks in how loving - sometimes exasperating - and authentic they are.
  • (4/5)
    Very fun read - some mystery, a little folk magic, a lot of learning to love who you are and trust yourself. Characters are well written and the story flows well. Would definitely recommend this book.
  • (5/5)
    My first 5 star of the summer and definitely not my last. There are so many good books to read this year. I wish Sarah Addison Allen wrote one a month. "When the petals hit the flames of the candles, they hissed and popped into ash, leaving behind a scent that was so beautiful and sweet that it smelled like both yesterday and tomorrow."
  • (5/5)
    I love all these books! So happy that the Weaverly sisters has been made into a series, I hope it continues with more books, I so want more! As always these books are such a fast, simple, enjoyable, entertaining and amazing read. I love the characters, the storyline and the touch of magic in a real world. A must read book, well a must read author, every single one of her books need to be read and enjoyed by all!
  • (4/5)
    This was like revisiting old friends. The book continues where Garden Spells left off. It contains elements of the supernatural, magic and fantasy. There is a magical tree candy with special benefits and the Waverleys with special powers. This probably sounds kind of kooky, but in the book it very realistic. I like her smooth and flowing writing style. The novel is well written and easy to understand and moves along quickly. I love books about North Carolina and South Carolina. Since I have been there I can relate to the area. I really loved this one. I was anxious to read this one since I really enjoyed the first book in the series. Kudos to Sara she has another winner with this one. I will be waiting for her next book!! I give this one a 4 out of 5 stars
  • (3/5)
    Sarah Addison Allen writes heartwarming books full of charm and set in perfectly preserved small towns full of quirky and whimsical people. Which should make me avoid her novels like my cat avoids worming treatments, but somehow they work for me. I think it's because Allen has a sly feminist streak and an ability to feel compassion for even her most hostile characters. She also writes with a light touch that lets her add odd, magical elements without making her books feel twee.In First Frost, Allen returns to the world of Bascom, North Carolina and the Waverley family from Garden Spells, continuing their stories and adding their children to the list of characters. The premise is that until the magical apple tree blossoms, at first frost, the female members of the family are unsettled and liable to commit rash acts. It's a fun read, as are all of her books, but this one, with so many characters to corral, ends up giving far too few pages to each individual. What results is a series of vignettes instead of a coherent story. It was fun, but too insubstantial even for an escapist read.
  • (4/5)
    I really really liked this book. Not quite as much as Garden Spells, but it was great to revisit the Waverly world. None of Addison's other novels have compared to them for me. With lovely descriptions like: "Autumn felt like the whole world was browned and roasted until it was so tender it was about the fall away from the bone." It's so perfect...everything does fall away and leave just the skeleton in late Autumn. How could you not love these magical stories? I remember loving the descriptions in the first book as well. I loved the story of Bay and Josh. I hope we see more of them in the future. I was disappointed in Violet's ending. I really didn't see her story going that way. Quick, quirky and enjoyable read.
  • (3/5)
    "First Frost" is the sequel to Sarah Addison Allen's "Garden Spells", which is my favorite book from her. It's just as cozy-cute as the others but somewhat lackluster overall.

    This story picks up 10 years after Garden Spells. Sydney and Claire are both married now, Claire has a young daughter named Mariah, and Bay is a teen. Each sister is successful in her individual business, but as fall passes by they both become anxious. The Waverly women know that until first frost comes each year there will be all kinds and sorts of drama, but after it's happened everything will be fine and they can celebrate. When a mysterious stranger breezes into town, suddenly there are doubts and angst all around.

    "First Frost" was a little different than the other books I've read from SAA (although I haven't read "The Girl Who Chased the Moon" or "The Peach Keeper"). While enjoyable, it is easily my least favorite. It's as if Allen was trying to do it all in this book. In addition to the Waverly sisters, Bay has a major story line and their cousin Evanelle and the stranger get a lot of attention as well. Consequently the story is uneven and all over the place. I imagine a lot of it was setting up for another book that will focus on an adult Bay and her Waverly quirk.

    My other issue is that the primary conflict was so contrived that the climax came off as plain silly. I really almost laughed when it came to pass. However, I found a lot to like about the book: the lighthearted humor, the parts that built on the history of the Waverly family, and more background for the setting. I also loved the ending.

    This book could work as a stand-alone, but those that didn't read "Garden Spells" will find that some of "First Frost" will go over their heads.
  • (4/5)
    A nice follow-up to Garden Spells but if left to stand on its own, I think most would find it rather light in plotting, tension and emotion. I prefer my reads to be light in emotion, so I quite enjoyed First Frost; it was a visit to Bascom and a catch-up with characters I got hooked on the first time meeting them. I was really bummed, though, that my favorite character was dormant (literally) until page 265. I love that cantankerous old apple tree.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed this book. We had read on of Allen's books for my book club last year (Lost Lake), which I enjoyed. She has a deft touch with magical realism - there is just enough of it to be fun, but not so much to be overwhelming. She is also very good at multi-generational characters, which is not easy.
  • (5/5)
    I received this books from Goodreads.com as an Early Review Copy. First Frost was a delightful sequel to Garden Spells. Sarah Addison Allen is magical with her storytelling. The Waverly women are endearing characters with just the right amount of mischief in their blood. Claire is stoic and serious, while Sydney is the "wildflower" of the family. Allen creates a world of wonder and magic that just lifts the spirits. This is a whimsical, wispy breath of fresh air in the book world. First Frost is a fresh look at new beginnings and all the magic they hold for love and laughter!