Autumn Getaway

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Author Jennifer Gracen brings together a colorful cast of friends and family in Book One of the Seasons of Love series, Autumn Getaway. 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 ...
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Author Jennifer Gracen brings together a colorful cast of friends and family in Book One of the Seasons of Love series, Autumn Getaway. 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. Can their newfound connection survive the trials of physical distance and years of emotional baggage? Written with an appreciation for the day-to-day struggles of a newly single mom, Autumn Getaway explores the burdens and blessings of family, revels in the spirit of friendship, and celebrates the power of romance and hope as Lydia and Sam take a second chance at love.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781620153598
  • Publisher: Libertary Co.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2014
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 430,278
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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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 chatting 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
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  • Posted January 23, 2015

    Autumn Getaway, Seasons of Love: Book One, Jennifer Grac








    Autumn Getaway, Seasons of Love: Book One, Jennifer Gracen
    Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
    Genre: Romance.
    I saw this trilogy and it appealed, not one full of sex but a more slow burn romance. In fact in this part there is no actual sex and yet its still full of sensuality. Having read several “erotic romances” recently that have been all sex and little story, this was just what I needed.

    Lydia – she’s a great lead, recently divorced, one of those marriages where they just grew apart, and add in that her young son has severe speech problems, and her husband just didn’t want to make the effort to keep their marriage going. Lydia mourns the loss of what could have been even though she’s happy about the divorce. They couldn’t have continued and yet everyone – well almost everyone – has that idealistic dream of perfect home and family...and now for her its gone.
    She’s on a weekend away at her good friend's wedding. Many of the guests have made a three day event of it as its in a glorious premises, and she meets Sam there. His family have been lifelong friends of the grooms family and his older brother Alex is the grooms best friend. there’s a connection between the two right from their first meeting which surprises them both. she’s excited and scared though – is it too soon? should she be concentrating on the struggle to help her son? granddaughter number one has sever speech problems and like Lydia we were fobbed of for years with “she’ll catch up/its because she has an older brother/because her parents have separated...” ad nauseum. After much struggling to get help finally when she started school and the staff said they couldn’t teach her as they didn’t know what she’d taken in she spent a full year in a language school in a class of nine, and everything became so much better, and she caught up to her peers. I can feel so much for Lydia, when the experts you need just won’t help its hard, everyone wants the best for their children and speech is such a basic thing. she and Sam chat and find they have so much in common and over the weekend they get much closer. Sam makes it clear he wants more than just the weekend though but Lydia is scared, she thinks maybe its too soon. Her friends are pushing her forward, thinking a fling is what she needs and yet she’s just not a fling type person...thankfully Sam understands. He too had had his share of problems, a very traumatic past and his family are more than a little protective of him, seeing Lydia as an emotional problems he doesn’t need. their intervention adds so much to the story, creates plenty of tension, angst and drama. Lydia can see their point but that’s the last thing Sam wants, his families intervention just when he’s finally on the way to persuading her they can have more, can try a long distance romance. If I was Sam I’d have been furious at them – and he was!
    Its a great read, and I’m so happy I’ve got books two and three on my kindle. I really wanted to get to book two straight away but try to hold back and review she part first. That’s been hard to do!! Its been a treat to have a story that’s romance, but not page after page after page of tepid, boring, repetitive sex scenes. Seems like after FSoG every romance has to be a trilogy and full of sex. I loved Fifty, felt the story wasn’t detracted by the sex but its spawned a myriad of thin, dull stories packed with boring sex trying to cash in on its success.Tip: If the sex scene is dull first time round, repeating it endless times isn’t going to magically make it good. Even if its good constant repetition of the same unvaried sex gets dull.... there are some real gems and I’ve loved them, but also books that would have been better if, like this one, the sex was kept back and the story allowed to shine. It’s been a real treat to read a solid romance where the sex is tantalising, sensual and teasing, even when its just gentle touches and searingly hot, erotic kisses.
    The weekend ends, and Lydia is back home, and now we just have to see whether they can make things work, given the distance, her problems with son Andy and Sam’s families very open opposition. Easy Winking smile

    Stars: Five, a treat to read. How to make a story romantic, emotional and sensual without endless sex.
    ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2014

    Please read

    Good weekend book!! Great characters, beautiful setting. I'm looking forward to reading what happens next!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    5 Stars

    This is one of the most well written short reads. My only complaint is I didn't want it to end. I'm so glad there is a second book. I fell in love with the main characters. More more more!!

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  • Posted June 16, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Title: Autumn Getaway Author: Jennifer Gracen Publisher: Bookt



    Title: Autumn Getaway
    Author: Jennifer Gracen
    Publisher: Booktrope Publisher
    Series: Seasons of Love, #1
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 5
    Review:

    "Autumn Getaway" by Jennifer Gracen...

    What is this novel about?

    "Author Jennifer Gracen brings together a colorful cast of friends and family in Book One of the Seasons of Love series, AUTUMN GETAWAY. 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. Can their newfound connection survive the trials of physical distance and years of emotional baggage?"



    What I liked from this novel...

    This was a very enjoyable read that took place among friends and family celebrating a wedding one weekend. I found this novel very detailed and very relatable heart warming story, however, I was a little disappointed that I would have to wait until the next sequel to find out what happens as Sam and Lydia try to find love. The author has given the reader a good read of romance through love and relationships. The characters for the most part were well developed, loveable and believable helping to give the reader a interesting sweet and sexy enjoyable read. Be ready for a read of fun, friendship and even some drama with some powerful storytelling that will keep your attention till the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    good book

    not a bad book for this first time author. thought it could have used a bit more character connection. other than that i thought the book flowed well

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  • Posted June 5, 2014

    Autumn Getaway brings love, hope, and a tad of drama to the read

    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. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Just wow! Autumn Getaway will take you away for a weekend and le

    Just wow! Autumn Getaway will take you away for a weekend and leave you wanting so much more! This book has something that everyone can relate to. There is new relationship excitement for a recently divorced mom, family drama, parenting challenges, reuniting with old friends and much more. The way that Ms. Gracen can paint a picture is extraordinary. I couldn’t read it fast enough and I couldn’t read it slow enough…I just did not want the journey to end. Jennifer Gracen is a rockstar!

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    I so loved this story. I felt the hope and fear... and excitemen

    I so loved this story. I felt the hope and fear... and excitement... right along with Lydia as she dared to open her heart a second time. Powerful storytelling and wonderfully flawed characters. This one is a keeper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    In her debut novel, Jennifer Gracen delivers a lot of emotional

    In her debut novel, Jennifer Gracen delivers a lot of emotional punch.  Newly divorced, single Mom Lydia meets handsome, charismatic Sam at a friend's wedding. Fighting against the instant connection, Lydia has to decide if she's going to play it safe and open her heart to all Sam represents.  Nice, solid effort from a new author.  I'll be looking forward to Jennifer's next book.  

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