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?
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published March 27th 2014 by Booktrope
***I received a free copy of this book from Booktrope through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***
This is a sweet, charming, honest and well crafted story about taking a chance on something that doesn’t make sense but you can feel could be a good thing if you only let it happen. Lydia has just officially put an end to her nine year marriage, though as far as she and those who are close to her are concerned it has been over for a long time, and is on her way to her friends wedding, her first solo getaway in a very long time. As soon as she arrives she meets Sam and there is an instant spark but as she is still trying to find her footing in her new divorcee status, she pushes it to the side. But as fate would have it, Sam and their interest in each other, can’t be pushed aside.
I really enjoyed this book, more that I thought I would and much of that was because of how well each character was well written from Lydia and Sam down to John the bartender and even though there were a few that I wanted to smack, I can’t say that I didn’t like them and want to know more about them, especially Lydia’s college girlfriends. They were awesome and when they were all together I was actually seeing me and my friends doing exactly what they were. Lydia is someone I just liked she’s compassionate and witty. She has been through the wringer with her now ex and yet she’s still standing tall and working to get her life back on track. She may not have the best relationship with her ex, but she is trying to do right by their son. There were times when I wanted to shake some sense into her and others where I just wanted to give her a hug and tell her it would all work out. Sam is just this perfect man. Tall, dark, handsome, smart, funny and uber understanding. This may be horrible to admit but I was waiting for a flaw but it never came and that was okay. This is a romance, but also as you find out more about Sam it becomes clear that he really is just this good guy. He may not have gone through what Lydia was going through, but when you find out what he has gone through shows that he does understand the the mix of emotions that she is currently dealing with and through his gentle, yet firm approach I think I may have fallen just a little in love with him.
The other part that I really liked about this book is that this is not your “Inta Love” romance. The H/h do not have an HEA at the end ~ so warning for those that may not particularly care for this kind of series or prefer to wait and read it all at once ~ but it’s also not a full on cliffhanger. This book is the beginning of the journey for both Lydia and Sam and their relationship because what Lydia is going through cannot be resolved in just one 300 page novel and have it be satisfying in any way. There are so many factors that have not been dealt and need to be that I have much respect for Ms. Gracen for writing their story in this manner and am looking forward to seeing what happens next.
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