About the Book
Book: Autumn Skies
Author: Denise Hunter
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 20, 2020
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 have thoroughly enjoyed each book in Denise Hunter’s Bluebell Inn series and highly recommend them all; but it’s official — Autumn Skies is my favorite of the three novels. I devoured this book in less than six hours, it’s that unputdownable! I love, love, love Wyatt and Grace. They have the best chemistry. Lightning strikes when they first meet and their attraction for one another is intense. I also enjoyed how well they work together to bring out the very best in each other. It makes them two of the most endearing characters I’ve read. What I love the most about this story is its discussion on purpose, specifically that we are each made by God on purpose for a reason. None of us are here accidentally. It’s a beautiful reminder in a time when things feel so purposeless.
Grace has been my favorite Bennett sibling since book 1. I’ve enjoyed her spunk and witty banter, and I’ve appreciated her inner strength and courage to follow her own path in life even when that path seems impossible or unrealistic to others. In this final novel, I loved getting to know Grace better, to learn her backstory and understand what makes her tick. I have to admit that her story broke my heart a little. It hurts me when people forget that their lives matter and that they’ve all been created for great purpose. My favorite moment in this story is when Wyatt — awesome, gorgeous, wise Wyatt — reminds Grace that God has big plans for her and that she is exactly where she needs to be to do God’s will. This one moment filled me with such hope and it soothed my weary soul. I, too, needed this reminder for such a time as this!
I am going to miss my time with the characters of Bluebell Inn, but I am leaving this series so grateful for experiencing such a well-written, engaging, hope-filled set of stories. If you are a fan of excellent contemporary romances, Autumn Skies, and the subsequent earlier novels, are well worth your time!
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, via NetGalley. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.