When Autumn Ends takes us to a seaside town where we meet Ethan, an author who has no interest in writing anymore, and Jenna a retired editor who inherited a B&B.
WHEN AUTUMN ENDS by Beth Rinyu
Publication Date: February 19, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 252 Pages
Story Rating: 5/ 5
Romance Rating: 3/5
I received a free copy of this book from the author/ publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
I was at the top of my game until reality hit in a way I had never imagined, forcing me to face the living hell that had become my life. The ghosts and demons that once filled the pages of my bestselling novels now flooded my mind, consuming my thoughts both day and night.
She was hauntingly beautiful, and I was drawn to her in the most unimaginable way.
She was my breath when I had stopped breathing.
She was my hope when I was drowning in despair.
She was my muse when I had lost all motivation.
But nothing good lasted—not in my world anyway.
Like the last days of autumn when the beautiful leaves are stripped away by the long winter days, lurking in the distance; her caring ways and gentle soul were only temporary. Soon it would be taken from me, leaving my heart as barren as those once majestic trees. But unlike those autumn days, she remained, giving me the courage to face the cold, dark winter of my past while uncovering secrets and lies that could be the premise of a bestseller. Only, this wasn’t fiction, this was my reality—a reality I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.
The cover, although beautiful, had me on the fence for this book. I’m just not a fan of gray. What sold me on this book was the description. One of the best descriptions I’ve ever read, and I had to know what happened.
When Autumn Ends is a heartwarming story of perseverance and resiliency. I have to be honest, it’s not like anything I’ve read before. Which is a good thing because I’m sure we’re all tired of reading the same thing over and over again.
In the beginning we meet Ethan who is broody and standoffish and Jenna who is feeling overwhelmed and isolated. Jenna is engaged to someone else at the start of the book which usually bothers me however, Ms. Rinyu handled the situation tactfully. I even hoped for the end of her initial relationship, something that never happens. It was clear he was not the right man for Jenna and there was no infidelity over the course of this book. I fell in love with Jenna right away, he character was relatable and well developed.
Ethan was a little harder to love. He was closed off and sometimes downright rude. But when he let Jenna in and I saw the man behind the mask, I fell for him hard and fast. Deep down he’s a man who has been hurt in unimaginable ways. He’s shut himself down as a means of self preservation and it’s amazing to watch him open up and live again. That’s always my favorite part of romance novels – when the characters stop fighting, realize they love each other and embrace the future together.
Sounds like a wonderful story, doesn’t it? I know it does. But that’s not what made this a 5 star read for me. The reason it has 5 stars is that there’s a twist towards the end. A twist I didn’t see coming, at all. That twist took the book from good to extraordinary. I think everyone should read the book just to find out what it was.
Overall, When Autumn Ends is a sweet, wholesome read that is sure to leave you with a smile on your face. I’d recommend it for anyone looking for a feel-good book to cuddle up with over the weekend.