- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (January 20, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250019834
- ISBN-13: 978-1250019837
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 242.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (806 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
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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So, on to my thoughts:
1) This book is filled with beautiful, luxurious statements that had me pausing to savor the words. A couple of my favorites: "...happiness isn't a point you leave behind. It's what ahead of you. Every single day." "...it was like she's brought the entire month of July with her." Gorgeous writing.
2) A story doesn't have to be about a big, sweeping tragedy or event to make it worthwhile. It can be about a series of small events that resonate with your life and cause you to think.
3) A touch of magical realism never hurts anything and generally helps.
4) We believe what we choose to believe.
5) Visiting with old friends, even old friends who need a good lecture, is always a welcome thing.
6) Sometimes, all it takes to get you out of a reading slump is one fantastically engaging book. This is it.
I loved this story, even if I did get frustrated at times, especially with Claire. I love all the characters, especially Evanelle and Fred; their interactions were genuine and touching. If I'm still not sure about the ending with Violet and Sydney (no spoilers here), I can still believe in it. Allen's writing is so vivid and alive, I would probably go along with an ending that involved unicorns and talking frogs (neither of which make an appearance, thankfully).
Every time Sarah Addison Allen releases a new book, I'm practically giddy until I finish it, and this is no exception. My biggest problem is that now I'll have to wait more than a year for her next entry. First Frost is as good as it gets, and I suppose I'll just have to bask in its glow until the next one.
Another factor that sets this author's work apart is that the characters are deep and complex and they wrestle with very human struggles. The struggle to find oneself. The struggle to be oneself. The struggle to belong. The struggle to be loved, or even to simply be remembered.
All of the above combines to create a book that is astoundingly more than the sum of its parts. If I could pick the work of one modern author that I believe should endure and be read and taught and cherished a hundred years from now, Sarah Addison Allen would be that author.
First Frost takes place ten years after Garden Spells ended. Claire has married Trey and has a daughter named, Mariah. Using her talent for botanical baking, she has a growing business of candy making.
Sydney who has married Henry owns the Whitedoor, Bascom's premier hair salon because her special talent--hair styling--has gained an ever-widening circle of clients. Sydney is desperate for another child but feels she can't tell Henry. She feels that Henry who has adopted Bay deserves a child of his own.
Evanelle, the giver of strange items, is not the best of health. She is on oxygen and has congestive heart failure. Fred, her gay friend, has moved in and is her caregiver.
Bay is fifteen years old and is pining away for her first love, Josh. She discovers her talent--making things "fit together"--has caught the attention of the prom committee and is suffering through the pains of love, cliques and fitting in.
In the beginning, First Frost grabs you and doesn't let go. The suspense sets up when Bay spots an elderly man on the streets of Bascom. You don't know why Russell has showed up. The author drops little interesting bits of back history as the story goes on. Everything coalesces with the first frost of the winter season.
I am so excited to read this and it doesn't disappoint. Sarah Addison Allen has made Bascom again come alive and I will be rereading this book for years too. I hope she writes another sequel.
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this book was a beautiful return to the world of Bascom and the Waverly sisters.Read more