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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
In The Perils of Autumn by Rusty Blackwood, we meet Autumn and her mother, Abigail, learn of their early struggles through flashbacks, and then join them in their 1970 present life. Abigail owns a dress shop and Autumn has graduated and earned her nursing cap. One of her first assignments is to live at the Landon Lawn Stables in the prestigious Meadows of Lexington, Kentucky and care for the dying Alice Landon. She is welcomed by Cyril, the husband, and quickly blends right into the household, becoming close with Alice and a great support to Cyril. When Alice passes, Autumn is asked to remain and help with the transition of missing Alice. Autumn has always loved all kinds of animals and when Cyril offers to teach her to ride, she jumps at the chance. Cyril and Autumn soon find themselves in love against the strong protests of Abigail and Agnes, the housekeeper and Cyril's childhood friend.
I loved reading The Perils of Autumn. This book has it all and more; love, family, the equestrian world and the racing that goes with it, but most of all the characters. I cannot say enough good things about The Perils of Autumn and how much I enjoyed reading it. There is so much going on throughout the book that it is impossible to lose interest or want to stop reading. All of the pieces are delightfully put together to make The Perils of Autumn a book that will make you smile, cry, laugh and treasure it. Rusty Blackwood must know her way around horse shows to write such an accurate accounting and certainly knows how to create characters that quickly become alive and your next best friends. As I finished and was reading the words from Rusty Blackwood, I was thrilled to learn there will be a follow-up and I could continue my journey with Autumn and Cyril in Return to Autumn. Please do not pass up The Perils of Autumn - you will not be sorry.