Published by St. Martin's Press on Jan 20, 2015
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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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.
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This was a magical and beautiful story. It had a wonderfully poetic feel, and really centered on family and love.
While this is a sequel book, I didn’t actually read the first, and I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. This is a great stand alone story. It felt mostly like Bay’s story, and it was quite magical as she has the gift of knowing where things belong. She knows she belongs with a specific boy in her classes, even if he doesn’t seem to know she exists.
There is also a little mystery drama with an older con man who arrives in town, drawn by the Waverly name, and Bay’s mother and aunt have little plots as well. They all wove together quite easily, and the entire story was cohesive, although I did prefer Bay’s story myself.
Overall, I was really impressed with this book. It had lots of warm fuzzy moments, and there was definitely a twinkling magic in the air that I could almost see as I read. The story was just beautiful, and I really enjoyed it.