Series: Seasons of Love #1
Published by Booktrope on March 27th 2014
Author Jennifer Gracen brings together a colorful cast of friends and family in Book One of the Seasons of Love series, AUTUMN GETAWAY. Newly divorced mom Lydia is just getting back on her feet. Her college roommate’s wedding promises a much-needed getaway weekend with old friends, at a beautiful manor in Connecticut. When she meets Sam, a handsome friend of the groom, she's nearly overwhelmed by a confusing mix of hope and trepidation. Their instant connection feels intensely real, to both of them, but the ink is barely dry on her divorce decree. It takes all her nerve, and more than a little prodding from her girlfriends, to convince Lydia to give her heart - and Sam - a chance. But when the magical weekend comes to a close, Sam must return to Chicago, while Lydia heads back to her complicated life and young son in New York. Can their newfound connection survive the trials of physical distance and years of emotional baggage?
What a delightful book! I admit finding out at the beginning of the story that Lydia is about to spend a long weekend getaway threw me off for a minute. I was instantly thinking, “Oh great, another insta love novel! Yay me!” (insert massive sarcasm here). What I read was a fabulously real and very cute book about two people that have some issues that they have to work through but they LIKE each other enough to try!
YES! I SAID LIKE!
Can you imagine? They didn’t feign insta love or start talking all lovey dovey (yet I mean this is a romance series) but the way this went was fabulous. I really enjoyed them getting to know each other even with the little time they actually had together. It seemed like a real weekend. Somehow Jennifer was able to blend real with the fantastical and it created a beautiful baby called Autumn Getaway!
Very easy to read. The plot was fabulous. There were times when I cringed, laughed out loud, got mad, the whole gamut, but through it all I just enjoyed myself. There are some wordy bits here and there but not enough to take away from the plot line, just added a little to the characters and both of their lives.
This was also written so the reader could see what was going on with both characters, how both feel, and how their family and friends feel. Man… Sam’s family though. I mean, really guys? I wanted to smack them! I understand being overprotective but Sam’s a big boy now… you can cut those strings, k? Thanks!
Overall, fabulously fun. I cannot wait to share this with my friends and family. They will love this!