Thursday, October 22, 2020

Tour Review & Giveaway - - Autumn Skies

Autumn Skies
by Denise Hunter
A Bluebell Inn Romance -  Book 3
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: October 20, 2020
Reviewed by PJ

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?

PJ's Thoughts:

Denise Hunter saved the best for last in this heart-tugging, inspirational series about three siblings whose lives are forever changed with the sudden, and unexpected, deaths of their parents. Grace has been my favorite since first meeting her as a high school student in book one, Lake Season. From the beginning, she's seemed older than her years, determined in her focus, and dedicated to the future she envisions. In Autumn Skies, we discover the events in her past that have helped form the person she is and the unexpected connection with a mysterious guest that just may determine the course of her future.

Hunter delves into some heart-wrenching issues in this book, giving the story a more serious foundation while also balancing it with Grace's upbeat, adventurous spirit. I enjoyed the attraction between Grace and Wyatt, the low-key flirting, and the slow-growing relationship that developed between them. My heart ached for Wyatt as his difficult history - and current quest - were revealed and my admiration for Grace grew stronger as her connection came to light. These two had both suffered unimaginable emotional trauma. I appreciated the care that Hunter took to delve into their pasts and guide them toward the future and eventual healing. I loved them together and was in their corner cheering them on the entire way.

Once again, the realistic dynamic among the Bennett siblings shines bright and I was happy to see all three of them, and their partners, at the center of this book. The conclusion to the series was exactly what I had hoped and even though I know this is a product of Denise Hunter's imagination, I'm still convinced a short drive into the mountains would bring me to the doorstep of the Bluebell Inn and some of my favorite fictional characters. 

If you enjoy Christian romance with humor, heart, and realistic, engaging characters into whose lives you'll become completely immersed, give Denise Hunter's Bluebell Inn trilogy a try. Though each book can be read on its own, I highly recommend reading them in order: Lake Season, Carolina Breeze, and Autumn Skies


Do you read inspirational romance?

Do you enjoy books with plenty of chemistry but no sex on the page?

Have you read any of Denise Hunter's novels? Do you have a favorite?

One randomly chosen person who posts a comment before 11:00 PM, October 23, 2020 will receive a copy of Autumn Skies.

*Must be 18

*U.S. only


  1. Sounds like something I would like. I have 2 of her books on my shelf but have not read any of hers yet.

  2. Sounds like something I would like. I have 2 of her books on my shelf but have not read any of hers yet.

  3. I have not read this author and have read an occasional inspirational.
    Karen T. (Natty's Mama)

  4. Autumn Skies sounds captivating and the setting special. Chemistry adds to the story greatly and is always important rather than sex alone. It involves true feelings of the individuals. I haven't read Denise Hunter's novels but will now.

  5. I have read several inspirational historicals set during World War 2. I have not read thus author's books. Yes, chemistry is an ingredient which is meaningful.

  6. Do you read inspirational romance? I do. No romance is off limits for me, especially since I write contemporary romance.

    Do you enjoy books with plenty of chemistry but no sex on the page? Absolutely. Chemistry is essential.

    Have you read any of Denise Hunter's novels? Do you have a favorite? I haven't, but Autumn Skies sounds fantastic.

  7. I've read some of Denise Hunter's books, and my sister is a big fan. I like heat, but not over-the-top that takes you away from the romantic chemistry. I read Inspirational romances, but I do like realistic romances, too, and not the pristine stories some faith publishers adhere to for their guidelines; i.e. not having the characters drink a glass of wine or have a beer with their pizza.
    Autumn Skies is being added to my TBR pile.

  8. I haven't read this author but it sounds like my kind of book. I dont need lots of sex in the story. Chemistry between the couple is very important though. I think I need to check this series out. Thanks for the review.

  9. OK - another new to me author. How can I have read so many books and still find wonderful authors who are new to me? I do read inspirational books and yes, love, affection and tenderness do not have to have sex right there in front of me.

    I thank you for this review. You have provided me with another series and another author which will make me happy.

    I hope everyone is taking care and staying well.

  10. Great review! I am a longtime Denise Hunter fan--the "Chapel Springs" and "Big Sky Romance" series are special favorites. I love inspirational romance--the authors are terrific, and the story lines are often quite compelling, with characters experiencing some very difficult issues before finding happiness. A well-written story with detailed characterizations, in-depth emotional insights, and good ole sparky banter doesn't need graphic sexuality.

  11. Your review was spot on with this series. I was so emotionally invested in Autumn Skies. I was given an ARC of this book. I had to go back and read the other 2 books. First books I've read by this author and won't be the last.

  12. I do read some Inspirational romance. I have read Denise's books in the past.


  13. I read a lot of inspirational romance: Jillian Hart, Merrilee Wren, Janet Dean, Margaret Daley...

    I like both sweet and sexy romances.

    I've only read a few Smitten, His Brother's Bride and A December Bride.

    Thanks for your review PJ!

  14. I do occasionally read inspirational romance. As long as the story is interesting and there is chemistry between the characters, then I'm fine with it. Denise is a new Author to me.

  15. Sometimes I read inspirational. Would love to read this one. Thanks for the chance.

  16. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours