Return to Autumn

Part 1 of the 2-part sequel to The Perils of Autumn

Romance - Contemporary
405 Pages
Reviewed on 06/08/2023
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Author Biography

Five star-multi-award-winning Canadian indie author, Rusty Blackwood, has an unique flair for imagery in words, that of which she has demonstrated throughout the eight available titles she has published thus far, beginning in 2011 to the present. Return to Autumn, the exciting 1st part of the 2-part sequel to the 5-star-multi-award-winning, The Perils of Autumn, is her ninth title. Rusty, whose work is based in part on her own life experiences, takes you through woven tapestries in word through each piece she writes. She resides in St. Catharines, Ontario, and invites you to visit and check out her official website,

    Book Review

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.

Jamie Michele

Return to Autumn: Part 1 of the 2-part sequel to The Perils of Autumn by Rusty Blackwood is book two in the contemporary suspense series that follows the life of a woman of thirty named Autumn Leeves-Landon and her significantly older husband, Cyril Landon. The couple has now been married for a handful of years and has a young daughter named Abigail. The family lives on a vast estate where Landon Manor is situated, and the tradition of raising thoroughbreds continues, although not without the difficulties that formulate the book's primary plot and tie into its subplots, which are all exceptionally well executed. When it comes to the Landon Lawns' race jockey named Duff Taylor, all bets are off, both literally and figuratively speaking.

I admit that going into Return to Autumn unsettled me as a result of the relationship between Autumn and Cyril, her husband who was over twice her age. However, the story is wonderfully written. Whereas the previous book in the series homed in on the relationship between the now-married pair, this installment digs deeper into the running of the estate, the business of thoroughbreds and racing, and some truly spectacular suspense that kicks the tension factor up several notches. My favorite character who Rusty Blackwood has turned into flesh and blood is the Landons' devoted housekeeper Agnes, who I wish would let me take up her tray for a bit so she could rest. Discussions of a potential sibling for Abby, whether intended or by happenstance, do circle the wagons back into relationship territory. This is a series that will likely appeal to older readers and has all of the right components for a Hallmark movie. Recommended.