“First Frost” by Sarah Addison Allen. If you liked “The Garden Spells” and the Weverleys, then you will enjoy this book, as it shows the family ten or so years later. Bay is in her teens, her mother Sydney is happily married to Henry and lives on his farm. Claire occupies the Weverleys old house with her husband Tyler and their daughter Maria, who is about the same age Bay was in the last book.
The mysterious apple three in the garden is dormant. Everyone is awaiting the first frost this late autumn as it is supposed to bring relief to the Weverly family, to finally stop the tensions that have been building up. Claire has a new flourishing business of making candy with flower extracts in them. She has so many orders that she no longer has the time to bake or cook. She refuses to acknowledge that something has been bothering her but she is definitely not herself. She is doubting her Weverley gift and she doesn’t seem happy. A mysterious Russell Zahler aka the Great Banditi visits the town of Bascom in North Carolina and he is full of stories, one in particular adds to Clare’s insecurities. Claire’s sister Sydney hopes that she will confide in her, that she will share whatever it is that has been bugging her. Sydney herself is desperate to have another child. Bay, to her mother’s disbelief is trying to befriend young Josh Mattesson, the son of her first love who broke her heart.
Will their troubles be resolved with the first frost finally arriving and the tree in the garden in full blossom? See for yourself if you wish. There are reminders from the previous book intended for the readers who didn’t start with ”The Garden Spells” but they are kept to minimum, so if you read the previous book, you are not dragged through it again. Characters are very well drawn and likeable, each with their own eccenttricies, which keeps you turning the pages as you want to find out what happens to all of them.
Light and enjoyable read. I spend more than usual on this book, but my birthday was coming at the time and I like the author; it was still an inexpensive book, around 5 euro. I will give the sequel 4 apple trees, tulips or rain drops. Yes, partially out of the sentiment towards ”The Garden Spells”, the characters and that unique light magic touch, but also because it was a nice story overall.
Apple trees, tulips or rain drops rating:
– one of the best books I read
– good read
– disappointed, I thought it was going to be better
– don’t waste your time