Thursday, July 22, 2021

Books from the Backlog - First Frost

Today I'm linking up with Carole from Carole's Random Life of Books for Books from the Backlog.  I really enjoy the chance to feature a book that's been hiding in the piles of books for far too long!

Goodreads:  First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

Blurb:  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.

Why It Needs to Come Off the Shelf:  I read Garden Spells several years ago and absolutely adored it and really meant to read this right after.  Sarah Addison Allen's books always seem like such summertime books to me so this is the perfect time. 


  1. LOL, apparently we had the same plan. I've got this one setting on the shelf since just after I finished Garden Spells, too. Love her books so it's just a matter of time.

  2. I remember this book coming out and thinking it sounded really good.

  3. I read it quite a while ago. Love her books! I think she might have a new book out one of these days.

  4. I read this one when it was first released and I remember that I really enjoyed it. I hope you do as well!

  5. I loved this one! I hope you enjoy it.

  6. I read it too awhile ago, love her books too.

  7. I've only read The Peach Keeper, and I liked it a lot, so I don't know why I haven't read more of her books.

  8. I struggle a bit with magic realism sometimes. I don't know why.