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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
I loved Return to Autumn: Part 1 of the 2-part sequel to The Perils of Autumn by Rusty Blackwood and once again spending time with my friends at the Landon Lawns Stables. Cyril and Autumn are the owners of the stable and immediately pull you right into their lives. Also living at the very prestigious horse farm is Agnes, the long-time friend, and housekeeper who is always there when needed. William and Manfred are also old-time friends, and really considered part of the family. The two keep the horses and stables running in perfect harmony and order. The thorn in everyone’s side is Duff, the winning jockey, thinking he is better than the rest and everyone is out to get him but he is usually the cause of the trouble. When William and Manfred find out secrets about Duff that he would like to keep in his past, it gets ugly. The Perils of Autumn begins in the 1970s and we travel through the years to the early 2000s, sharing the good, the bad, the sad, and the happy.
I felt the love that Cyril and Autumn had for each other and their two young children; the love they gave each special horse, the caring for their friends, and doing whatever was necessary for each one of them. This book is a winner and I think it would be an award-winning TV series or movie (I can even imagine the cast). I cannot say enough good things about Return to Autumn. I stayed up late and ignored my daytime chores to be in the stables with my friends. I strongly urge you to put this on the very top of your reading list; it will not disappoint. This book is so well written by Rusty Blackwood; her descriptions, her emotions, and her knowledge of the subject are unbeatable. Again, all I can say is that this is a must-read – you will be glad you did.