Seasons of Love #1 Published March 27, 2014
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.
Autumn Getaway brings love, hope, and a tad of drama to the reader. The characters are lovable, relatable, and a lot of fun. These were characters that I cheered for, hoped for happy endings, and wanted to see them enjoy life. I was proud of Lydia for being cautious, yet not willing to let life pass her by, and taking a chance with Sam. Lydia was also a wonderful mom, concerned about leaving her son, yet knowing that he would be okay with his father to take care of him. I loved how Jennifer Gracen kept Lydia’s son as a major part of the story. Sam is the dream man. He has a history, who doesn’t at age 35, but didn’t let it hold him back and he was understanding that Lydia was just starting to deal with her past.
The time of the year that Autumn Giveaway is set is perfect. The changing of the leaves, the grandeur of the hotel, even the driving to and from the hotel played like a picture in my head. I could see each scene perfectly.
This is a fun and easy read. I could not put it down and when forced to I kept drifting back to it. If you are looking for a read to make you smile and enjoy life Autumn Getaway is certainly the book for you.
Jennifer Gracen hails from Long Island, New York, where she lives with her two sons. After spending her youth writing in private and singing in public, she now only sings in her car and is immersed in her passion for writing. She loves to write contemporary romance for readers who look for authentic characters and satisfying endings. When she isn’t with her kids, doing freelance copy editing, or giving in to her social media addictions on Twitter and Facebook, Jennifer writes. She’s already hard at work on her next book. Jennifer is a member of the Romance Writers of America and is active in the Long Island Romance Writers.
Please visit her at: www.jennifergracen.com