Book Review: Autumn Skies

Autumn Skies – Denise Hunter – Bluebell Inn Romance #3 – Thomas Nelson – Published 20 October 2020




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?

My thoughts

What an absolutely wonderful book. Autumn Skies is just so good. Denise Hunter’s novels just get better and better and better; this series just got better and better. In this conclusion to a three book series, it was so lovely to see the final part of the three siblings’ stories and work in getting their inn up and running.

Autumn Skies follows Grace, the youngest of the three Bennett siblings. We have watched her grow up a little over the previous two novels. Now she is a young woman. She has started her own business, helped her siblings finish and run the inn, but she still grapples with grief and guilt from her parents’ deaths and a traumatic event in her childhood. Wyatt Jennings is a secret service agent. Suffering trauma and flashbacks, he is suspended. He decides to return to the place of his childhood memories, Bluebird Inn. Wyatt enlists the help of Grace to help him find a particular spot in the surrounding mountains. Their chemistry is intense, but neither is looking for a relationship.

I read this book in one sitting. I just didn’t want to put it down, didn’t want to leave the wonderful world Denise Hunter brings to life. Now I just want to reread it again. I loved everything about this book. The characters, the heartbreaking story, the now familiar setting, the usual banter between the Bennett siblings, but I really, really loved the romance in this one.

The. Romance. Thanks goodness I was reading this sitting down because I literally swooned and would have fallen off my chair! The chemistry between Grace and Wyatt is Off. The. Charts. Wow. They share such a deep connection. They both try and fight it. But there is also a genuine connection between them. They chat, laugh and tease. They face some tough situations together, hike, and challenge each other. Their relationship is quick and potent and my favourite of the series (of all time, at the momentum.

Like in the first two books, Denise Hunter weaves in a mystery from the past that the two main characters team up to solve. Autumn Skies’ mystery is a little different from book 1 and 2’s mysteries. This mystery is a little darker and a little closer to home. I was shocked, stunned, blown away and left crying. But it was so good and the healing was amazing.

So, I loved this book. If you love amazing romance (clean) and a touch of mystery you will love Autumn Skies. While I am extremely sad this series is over, I can’t wait to read what Denise Hunter has for us next.

The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

More information

Category: Adult fiction

Genre: Christian Contemporary.

Themes: Romance, mystery, grief, guilt, death, murder, hiking, siblings, inns, secret service agents.

Published: 20 October 2020 by Thomas Nelson.

Format: Paperback, ebook, audiobook. 320 pages.

ISBN: 9780785222804

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  1. sally

    This sounds like a great read! I love anything set in North (or South) Carolina. Might have to add this one to my shopping cart…

    • madisonslibrary

      This one is really, really good. I highly recommend it.

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