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While on a job interview in Arizona, Peter Saunders is car-jacked and left for dead.. However his assailant, himself, is killed in a fiery accident with an oil truck. Authorities in Arizona notify Kate Douglas, Peter’s fiancé in New York, of his death. She is devastated. And, as if that pain and heartache isn’t enough, Kate, a sixth-grade teacher, discovers she’s pregnant and must fight to keep her job. Though she never truly lets Peter’s ghost go, she eventually finds happiness with fellow teacher, Mark Winters…until fate intervenes once more.
Peewee Boyd had gotten up twenty-five hundred miles away in Phoenix with a throbbing headache. He had endured his last embarrassment and cringed under the weight of the last insult hurled at him the evening before. Today he’d show them all. They’d have to find someone else to pick on because he had had enough. He was leaving and doubted he’d ever be back.
Peewee didn’t get the nickname because of his size. He was average height for a man at five feet ten inches. In fact, everything about him was average, except his mental capacities. He was a pint low as most would put it. Some said it was because he was the runt of the litter, being the last of nine kids and got the least of everything.
Whatever the case, Peewee was the one everyone had teased and made fun of for thirty-one of his thirty-two years. The first year he had been given the benefit of doubt.
Well, he had just about had it. He was tired of being the butt of every damn joke and would show them all real good.
* * * *
Kate got stuck in traffic and feared she’d miss Peter’s call. Luckily the phone was still ringing as she opened the door to the apartment.
“Hello,” she breathlessly said, after having clumsily dropped the receiver.
“Hello, babe, it’s me. What did you do, jog home?”
“Oh, darling, it’s so good to hear your voice. I got stuck in traffic and almost missed your call.”
“I’m glad you didn’t. It’s good to hear your voice, too. I just wanted to let you know that I arrived safely. I’m going to pick up my car rental and head out for the hotel. I’ll call you tomorrow at six your time to let you know how the interview went.”
“Good luck, Peter, though I know they’ll want you the minute they see you.”
“Not too biased, are we?”
“Not when it comes to you.”
Peter laughed and said, “Love you.”
“Love you, more. Drive safely.”
* * * *
“Autumn Leaves is a beautiful love story. The plot is interesting and well-developed. The characters are strong, and each has his own voice. Autumn Leaves did not end the way I expected. This is an entertaining read.” 4 Stars!
Reviewed by Anne Boling for ReviewYourBook.com
Kate Doughas has two men in her life, one a friend and one a lover. Tragedy strikes and she loses one. But, as she learns, life will go on. The mood of this tale by talented author Candace Gold is fitted to the title, a tale that shows how we can go through our own autumn. Realistic characters share their very real emotions and experiences with the reader -- this could be the story of someone you know. There is more involved in this story than just Kate, Peter and Mark. The story pushes into the next generation and we see how the past affects the present as well as the future.
If you're looking for a story with a nasty villain, this isn't it, but if you are looking for a story with warmth by an author who knows the human heart, this is it. I'm pleased to recommend Autumn Leaves as a tale that will touch the heart of any romantic. I'm certain you'll enjoy reading it.
Anne K. Edwards, Mysteryfiction.net
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
No. of Pages: 324
Paper Weight (lb): 13.4
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