Item description for Autumn Blue (Not Available-Out Of Print) by Harter Karen...
Overview An authentic tale of the bonds of family, faith, and trust. As single mother Sidney Walker struggles to save her troubled young son, she finds she is not as alone as she thinks when help comes from the most unexpected person.
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Studio: Center Street
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 5.2" Height: 1" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2007
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
ISBN 1931722617 ISBN13 9781931722612
Availability 6 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 25, 2016 08:43.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Autumn Blue (Not Available-Out Of Print)?
Very good summer read Jul 4, 2008
This was a very good book. I loved picturing the scenery & the hometown feel this book imbibed. I liked the fact that it was so realistic & down-to-earth. It was dark in some points, but you could see how it turns out well in the end without too much stretching. Although I could see how things are going to end up way before the end, I thoroughly enjoyed the process of Harter taking me there. The only caveat that I would say is that I found the main character a littttttle bit too sure of herself, just a tad (and it was a little bit irritating at a couple of points - but that's probably just me). Overall, this was a GREAT book. You should definitely pick it up.
Light summer reading May 21, 2008
It's autumn in Ham Bone - a little town up in the mountains, and the chill of fall is in the air. Sidney Walker is having problems. Her quiet life living in a trailer on the edge of town is being turned topsy turvy. Her 15 year old son, Tyson, has disappeared into the woods - as he has occasionally done - but this time, the police are looking for him, and the cop in charge of the case is a no-nonsense, hard-nosed kind of person who is giving her a tough time because Tyson is a prime suspect in several robberies around town.
Sidney also appears to be one of those women who feel vulnerable because her family unit is not complete. She is divorced. There is no husband/father figure to help guide her teenage son or for her two younger daughters. Tyson's father is apparently a no-good deadbeat who managed to destroy her life earlier by getting her pregnant while she was in college and who walked out on her after the third kid arrived with no support payments or even many visits. A brief romance with a local guy who appeared to be very decent fizzled out because there were just no romantic feelings there at all.
Now, with her son in trouble, she believes that the answer to the problem is to chase after that guy again. She even finds a little prayer hall and prays to god for assistance, and, lo and behold, the old non-flame is still available and is willing to have another go at the attractive woman. In addition, the retired school teacher who lives across the street willingly steps forward to take over supervision of Tyson while Sidney is at work. So, maybe god's answer is coming?
Not so fast. There are additional complications and additional twists and turns in this story, but fear not! The ending is happy and predictable and several family issues are resolved for Sidney, her neighbor, and several other people as well.
The story is a quick read and is meant to be a "feel good, trust in god" story and it succeeds in that mission. It has many moments of light humor and tear jerkers as well. Some of the plot twists are transparent and can be seen coming from hundreds of pages away, and some will surprise you. It is a good, light, summer reading kind of book. So, enjoy!
Great Book May 10, 2008
I only write reviews if I really love a book, and this book is one of my favorites that I'm telling my friends about. As I was reading the book, I kept thinking about how gifted the author is.Thanks for the new pick for our book club.
Sinewy family dramas, juicy romance novels and faith-based stories May 29, 2007
Karen Harter mixes equal parts faith, family and forgiveness in her second novel involving a group of wayward small-towners who are thrown together under unfortunate circumstances. Each fighting to figure out what's best --- and sometimes rejecting what comes naturally --- these desperate seekers are what drive the narrative forward to its conclusion.
Sidney Walker and her three children live a somewhat sheltered existence in their beat-up mobile home, plopped on a miniscule plot of land in a "three-lane-bowling-alley-everything-shuts-down-around-dinner-time town." As Sidney puts it, "I don't find it boring, not for one minute. I like the fact that I can go out on my porch and breathe air that's been filtered by the thousands of Christmas trees on those hills. My children wander the woods instead of city sidewalks, and noisy, smoggy streets. I feel safe here."
Across the street, an older man named Millard lives alone following his wife's death, content to keep his daily routine of filling out crossword puzzles, doing yard work, and ignoring the incessant yammering of his daughter who loves to inform him that he's too old to do pretty much anything. Millard has fairly little contact with the Walkers, aside from the occasional hello when getting the mail. That is, until tragedy strikes.
When Sidney's 15-year-old son, Ty, is arrested on burglary charges for a crime he swears he didn't commit, Sidney is at her wits' end. The older he gets, the more Sidney feels out-of-touch with the sweet and innocent boy he used to be. If only she had a husband around to help her shoulder the weight of raising kids while also working full-time. So, when Ty is sentenced to do time in prison and says he'd rather die than be committed, Sidney must do everything she can think of to save her son.
Luckily, Millard steps in before Ty is carted off to jail and offers to watch him while he's under house arrest instead. This doesn't sit well with Ty, yet the two begrudgingly decide to learn how to make the situation work, despite their mutual unhappiness and distrust.
Meanwhile, Sidney grows increasingly preoccupied with snagging a man to "fill out" her family. Brawny and full of charm, Jack (a prior beau) seems the perfect candidate, yet there is something about Alex (ironically, the sheriff who arrested Ty and the man in charge of his rehabilitation) that makes her heart feel mysteriously a-flutter. In the beginning, she thought, "Alex Estrada had nothing to do with her goal; [that] he was merely a distraction, one that she would not allow. She knew that Jack was right for her and, more important, right for her children, and nothing else mattered...Jack was the dream. A happy, healthy family complete with a dad." But, as time passes and she still doesn't feel that special spark with Jack that she can't help but feel every time she's around Alex, Sidney realizes she has a decision to make --- one that will surely affect everyone...forever.
In the end, each of the tangled pieces of AUTUMN BLUE comes together in a neatly compiled package...almost too neatly. Nevertheless, fans of sinewy family dramas, juicy romance novels and faith-based stories (with frequent mentions of God) will latch on to Harter's sophomore effort.
--- Reviewed by Alexis Burling
One of my top reads for 2007 May 7, 2007
Millard Bradbury is unimpressed by his new neighbours, a tired looking single mum with an unruly teenage son looking for trouble and two little girls who talk incessantly. An insatiable mole is ravaging his beautiful lawn and his daughter is angling to put him in a facility for old folk. Millard just wishes everyone would leave him in peace to complete his crosswords and vicariously win Wheel of Fortune each day.
Sidney Walker is at her wits end over her son Ty's disappearance and subsequent arrest by the hard-hearted Deputy Sheriff Estrada who seems to have a personal vendetta against Ty. Sidney berates herself for breaking up with Jack, a man Ty respected and wonders if he will take her back and provide the stability and role model Ty desperately needs.
Each of these people's lives will become entwined in ways unimaginable being transformed by the power of love and forgiveness and the pursuit of integrity and purpose.
Autumn Blue is a powerful read, holding me captive from the first page and moving me to tears on more than one occasion. Karen Harter has created genuine and fascinating characters shaped by the loves and losses of their past and present. Karen enlightens the reader to their individual stories with consummate timing. This book is a true love story, not only in the romantic sense which is exquisitely done, but also by illuminating the joy of family and the sacrificial love of friendship that is unexpected yet completely transforming. A beautiful tale that I will read again and again.