Happy Friday! I am kicking this weekend off by participating in the First Line Friday linkup.
First Line Friday is a weekly linkup hosted at Hoarding Books. To participate, share the first line of a book of your choice, add the link to the linkup on the host’s page, and check out what others are reading and sharing!
It finally got down to 32 here a few nights ago, so for today’s first line I’m sharing from the book I always come back to this season: First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen. It starts out with:
“Bay Waverley-Hopkins raced down Pendland Street, her backpack bouncing and her dark hair flying behind her like blackbirds. The neighborhood homeowners always knew when she ran by, because they suddenly felt the desire to organize their sock drawers and finally replace those burned-out lightbulbs they’d been meaning to.”
About the Book
Title: First Frost (Waverley Family #2)
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Southern Women’s Literature
Original Publication Date: January 2015
Synopsis: 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.
I truly love this book. Although it is the second in the (most likely unfinished) series, I read First Frost before reading the first book – Garden Spells – and it made enough sense on its own. This is a story of family, belonging, and everyday magic. The characters are precious, even the mischievous apple tree. It’s been a while since I read this, probably about two years, and I hope I get to reread it soon! I highly recommend First Frost to fans of women’s lit, heartwarming stories, funny stories with a lot of heart, and anyone who is looking for their place to belong.
What are you reading today? I love hearing about the books everyone enjoys! Drop me a comment, then head over to Hoarding Books to read some more first lines!
Until the next chapter,