First Frost : Waverley Family

  • by Sarah Addison Allen
  • Narrated by Susan Ericksen
  • Series: Waverley Family
  • 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not as good as Garden Spells

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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Should have known better

What was most disappointing about Sarah Addison Allen’s story?

This is not a book for Grown ups. It is Teenage Lit. I loved Garden Spells. REALLY loved Garden Spells. I keep buying each new Sarah Addison Allen book thinking I will find another book that lovely, but each one sequentially has gotten worse and worse. I had hope that since she decided to go back to the Waverly's and write a Sequel to Garden Spells she would recover what was so enchanting about that first book. However, this is the worst one yet. I can't even finish it. There is no depth to the characters or the story. I really felt that I was wasting my time, I could not get engaged in this one at all. I.AM.DONE. with sarah Addison Allen books.

What didn’t you like about Susan Ericksen’s performance?

It reminded me of "Library Lady" reading a story to very young children

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

Truly Disappointed

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- Lylo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-20-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio