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Reviewed by Deborah Stone for Readers' Favorite
Autumn Falls (Paradise Pines Series) by Delia Latham is another tender and inspiring romance that will capture your attention and your heart. Autumn Warren convinces her friend Ceci, Cecily Adams, to take a vacation with her before Ceci flies off to Italy to marry her fiancé, Gabe. Destination, Paradise Pines where you are surrounded by the beauty of nature, peace and quiet and a bit of the divine. The first person the two women meet is a man who appears to be the gardener, a man named Russ Amundsen. He and Autumn have a small battle of wills and first impressions are made. Even with tempers flaring, they both find the other attractive, but neither is looking for a relationship, both have actually sworn off relationships. When Autumn encounters a child, Dalynn, who has wandered away from her parents, she helps the small girl find her father who turns out to be Russ. As they seem to be continually thrown together by circumstances, a fondness quickly develops. Autumn has another friend that comes by regularly, a Blue Jay that she calls Mr. Blue. He brings her presents with a message that she needs to learn and her little emissary from God is having an impact. I enjoyed the reference to Job 12 concerning Mr. Blue. As Autumn begins to understand, and as she and Russ reluctantly allow their relationship to grow closer, there are still concerns that must be addressed.
Delia Latham takes us back to Paradise Pines for another delightful and sometimes profound experience. As we return to a place that is familiar and welcoming, we revisit old friends that we made during previous visits to Paradise Pines. All of her characters remain true to who they were when we first met them, and are all seamlessly blended into the current story with its newest visitors to this wonderful and magical place. Delia Latham provides us with another of her well written and perfectly developed stories with characters and situations that we can all relate to. Delia’s latest offering is like returning to your favorite vacation spot and reliving wonderful memories while creating new ones. As we watch two wounded hearts begin to heal, we are encouraged and offered hope that all of us can find a way through the hard places. Delia has another winner here.