First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
First Frost Now a New York Times bestseller
Two magical sisters.
One cranky apple tree.
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 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.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells, 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.
Allen has written a beautiful, lyrical story, complete with genuine characters whose depth reflects Allen’s skill as a writer. Allen’s fans will be eagerly awaiting her next. – Publisher’s Weekly
Thomas Wolfe was wrong. You can go home again, and in returning to the Waverley household, the winsomely wise Allen demonstrates that sometimes it’s necessary to embrace the magic to find out what’s real in life and in one’s own heart. – Booklist, Carol Haggas
You will love going to Lost Lake with Sarah Addison Allen and meeting all the fascinating characters who live there. This book is filled with mystery, magic, and wonderful surprises! – Fannie Flagg on Lost Lake
Lost Lake is a love note to second chances, hopeful and entrancing, and I couldn’t put it down. – Joshilyn Jackson on Lost Lake
Sarah Addison Allen delivers a feel-good story with touches of magic. – Entertainment Weekly on Lost Lake
This imaginative, lyrical novel is an intricate web of magical misfits, Southern gothic charm and the power of new possibilities, both romantic and redemptive. – NPR on Lost Lake
Her eccentric cast of characters and charming Southern setting will win readers over. – Publishers Weekly on Lost Lake
Readers will want to release their cares and woes for full immersion in this novel’s magical setting. – Library Journal on Lost Lake
This endearing tale of surprising second chances may just be her wisest work yet. – Booklist (starred review) on Lost Lake
A feast of words… This is a story of love, loss, grief, and starting over–it is truly a treat to be savored. – RT Book Reviews on Lost Lake
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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