Book Review: ‘Autumn Skies’ (A Bluebell Inn Romance) by Denise Hunter

About The Book

From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom and A December Bride (now beloved Hallmark Original movies) comes the third and final novel in the Bluebell Inn series!

When a mysterious man turns up at Grace’s family-run inn, it’s instant attraction. But she’s already got a lot on her plate: running the Bluebell Inn, getting Blue Ridge Outfitters off the ground, and coping with a childhood event she’d thought was long past.

A gunshot wound has resurrected the past for secret service agent Wyatt Jennings, and a mandatory leave of absence lands him in Bluebell, North Carolina. There he must try and come to grips with the crisis that altered his life forever.

Grace needs experience for her new outfitters business, so when Wyatt needs a mountain guide, she’s more than happy to step up to the plate. As their journey progresses, Grace soon has an elusive Wyatt opening up, and Wyatt is unwittingly drawn to Grace’s fresh outlook and sense of humor.

There’s no doubt the two have formed a special bond, but will Wyatt’s secrets bring Grace’s world crashing down? Or will those secrets end up healing them both?

About Denise Hunter
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 35 novels, three of which have been adapted into Hallmark movies. She has appeared on the The 700 Club and won awards such as The Holt Medallion Award, The Carol Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories, peopled with layered characters who have real-life issues. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.

In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking good coffee, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband raised three boys and are currently enjoying an empty nest.

You can learn more about Denise through her website or by visiting her FaceBook page at
My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘Don’t play the what-if game, Grace. You’ll lose every time.’

Denise Hunter has saved the very best for last in her Bluebell Inn Romance series. I loved Grace at the first novel and knew she had a wonderful story to tell and she did! Grace, the youngest of the siblings who own the Bluebell Inn and the one with the most heartache, in my opinion.

When Wyatt Jennings walks through the inn’s door looking for a place to stay because he’s been put on mandatory leave on his secret service job, he is looking for a way to come to peace with a disturbing and painful episode in his past. He finds Grace at the check in desk. She offers to give him guided hiking tours to find what he hopes will be the answer to that past experience. However, there is a connection to both their fears from the past. Can they work past it and come to a peaceful solution? God does indeed use the painful parts of our past to work things out for our good.

I loved everything about this. One thing that makes a book real to me is when I can connect to the characters from the start. And this happened with both Wyatt and Grace. Hunter handles the situations in their life with grace (no pun intended) and love. I shed a few tears here, too. I loved every single minute. Truly, she saved the best for last. Bravo! Recommended.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book From Thomas Nelson Publishers through Net Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.’

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: October 20, 2020