AUTUMN GETAWAY by Jennifer Gracen
Book Review by Patricia D. Eddy
Autumn Getaway is a rather sweet story about a newly divorced woman, Lydia, and a man she meets at her friend’s wedding, Sam. Now, I’ll share a few things about the plot, but I don’t think it’s a big spoiler to say that there’s a romance that begins here. After all, it is in the genre of the book. Lydia signs her divorce papers and almost immediately has to go out of town for her college roommate’s wedding. It’s the first time she’s really let go or even relaxed since she initiated the divorce. Her ex-husband wasn’t abusive, but he didn’t fight for her. This is an important point in the book, so pay attention.
Lydia also has a son with a severe speech delay. She’s not looking for anything other than some relaxation and time with her friends. Sam is a friend of the groom. He lost his wife to cancer many years ago and hasn’t had a serious relationship since. He’s dated, but nothing that he would consider relationship material. Sam and Lydia meet out in the garden of the hotel where they are both reading. Well, okay. They meet earlier, but this is their first real conversation. There’s a spark there, and they both want to know more about each other. The book follows them both throughout the three days of the weekend wedding.
Overall, this is a sweet book. I had some frustrations with Lydia’s personality at times, but I file that under a personal preference thing. Not every character works for every reader. That said, the story is well crafted and while the heat level in this book is pretty low (lower than most romance books), that doesn’t mean it’s not stimulating. This is a solidly written and executed book with interesting and faceted characters and a satisfying ending.
Patricia D. Eddy gives AUTUMN GETAWAY by Jennifer Gracen 4 Stars