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I have read this series because First Frost is this month's selection for my local library book club. The earlier novel, Garden Spells, centered around Waverly sisters Claire and Sidney so I expected the sequel to follow that pattern. However, the main character in this book was Bay, Sidney's daughter.
For me this was a disappointment for two reasons. First, my favorite character is Claire and while her story was certainly continued here, it was not central. Also, while not giving away the plot, I will say that the resolution of the point regarding the stranger and his interaction with Claire was not credible to me.
Second, the prominence of Bay's story moved the series from being a woman's novel in Garden Spells into the YA category with First Frost. There is nothing wrong with YA novels and I have enjoyed a number of them. However, I was surprised at the shift here, especially after the mature themes addressed in the first book.
So after really enjoying the first novel, this one was a slight let down, hence my ratings. Also, the narrator was a bit shrill with some of the voices in this book.
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At first the story began kind of slowly and I was not sure I was going to like it as much as all of Sarah's other books but she snuck up on me and brought the magic through once again! She is one author I always look for Nd hope for more books! We all need a little magic in our life!
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