I received this book for free from the TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Autumn Skies by Denise Hunter
Series: Bluebell Inn Romance #3
Published by Thomas Nelson on October 20, 2020
Genres: Adult, Christian Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Source: TLC Book Tours
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From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom and A December Bride (now beloved Hallmark Original movies) comes the third and final novel in the Bluebell Inn series!
When a mysterious man turns up at Grace’s family-run inn, it’s instant attraction. But she’s already got a lot on her plate: running the Bluebell Inn, getting Blue Ridge Outfitters off the ground, and coping with a childhood event she’d thought was long past.
A gunshot wound has resurrected the past for secret service agent Wyatt Jennings, and a mandatory leave of absence lands him in Bluebell, North Carolina. There he must try and come to grips with the crisis that altered his life forever.
Grace needs experience for her new outfitters business, so when Wyatt needs a mountain guide, she’s more than happy to step up to the plate. As their journey progresses, Grace soon has an elusive Wyatt opening up, and Wyatt is unwittingly drawn to Grace’s fresh outlook and sense of humor.
There’s no doubt the two have formed a special bond, but will Wyatt’s secrets bring Grace’s world crashing down? Or will those secrets end up healing them both?
I’ve read the first two books in Denise Hunter’s Bluebell Inn Romance series, and Autumn Skies, the third and final installment is my absolute favorite. In the first book, Lake Season, we were introduced to three siblings who’ve taken over their deceased parent’s fledgling inn on a picturesque lake in North Carolina. Book one focused on older sister Molly and her relationship with mysterious fiction writer, and the second installment Carolina Breeze featured older brother Levi and his relationship with a starlet laying low after a broken engagement and a media scandal. Autumn Skies give youngest sibling Grace the spotlight three years after the second book, and she’s met her match in Secret Service Agent Wyatt Jennings.
Like in the previous books, the story is told in the points of view of the Bennett sibling and their potential love interest who comes to stay at the Bluebell Inn. Wyatt Jennings is on leave from his job, being forced to take a month off after his recovery from an on-the-job shooting isn’t going so well. He decides to recuperate and get his straight in the place that he last felt right and safe: Bluebell, North Carolina–the small town where his family had a summer home and they’d stay every summer until he was twelve and tragedy struck. Being shot in the shoulder has brought all of his childhood trauma to the surface, and he thinks that confronting his past head-on is the only way to move past it and go back to his job with a clear head.
Grace Bennett has not only been working at her family’s now in-the-black bed and breakfast, but she’s been running the town’s only outfitter’s business from the inn as well. Her fledgling company is doing well, but with the impending sale of the inn so her siblings can take their lives off of pause and get back to what they were doing before their parents died, Grace needs to find another space to hold her business as well as lay her head. And when Wyatt shows up with his intense eyes and serious demeanor, eventually asking about the local wilderness area, Grace can’t but help to volunteer to be his mountain guide and provide him her first-ever guided tour for free. Their attraction grows despite their five year age difference, and they get to know each other very well when out and about in nature.
Grace and Wyatt are perfect for each other. When her childhood trauma manifests itself as panic attacks, Wyatt’s training kicks in and he’s able to calm and soothe her. He loves her independence and how she knows what she wants from the future. Wyatt is an alpha male on the outside: strong, athletic, and handsome. But he’s also quiet and stoic, and he’s drawn to Grace no matter how impossible he thinks a relationship with her would be. The live in different worlds, both personally and professionally, so how can they overcome that to be together?
I give Autumn Skies a five out of five. This book was definitely my favorite of the three, and Grace matured into a confident, capable, successful, and smart woman in the space between books two and three. There wasn’t really a mystery to unravel in this book, and I honestly didn’t mind it. Only Wyatt’s connection to the house was a mystery to the Bennett’s –not the reader–and even though that reveal came late in the book, I enjoyed how Grace and Wyatt’s connection was a surprise, and it was very emotional when it came to light in the end. Autumn Skies spends a lot of time in the surrounding woods and mountains, and Denise Hunter sets the scene so vividly that I could just picture the areas in my head.
Even though this can be read as a stand alone book, I highly recommend that you read all three to get the Bennett siblings complete story. I’m a bit sad that their stories are completed. I’d like to see more of them and Blue Ridge.
Have you read these books, and if so, which one was your favorite? Do you plan on reading this final installment?
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About Denise Hunter
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Carol Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest.
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