by Karen Harter

March 2007
ISBN: 978-1-931722-61-2
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Sidney Walker is floundering. Her sweet little boy, Tyson, has grown up to be a bitter, resentful fifteen year old that she doesn’t know how to handle. Ty has vanished into the woods behind their home and Sidney wonders if she’ll ever see him again.

When Sidney sees her son run through town, she’s excited—until the deputy sheriff wrestles Ty down and slaps handcuffs on him before hauling him off to jail. Sidney is devastated, especially when she learns that Ty pulled a pellet gun on a merchant and he’s being sent to juvenile. Thankfully, Sidney needs her neighbor, Millard, to take her to court on the day of the trial. The judge believes Millard is her father, Ty’s grandfather, and releases Ty to their care, under house arrest.

Millard lives for his crossword puzzles and his daughter’s visits. He’s beginning to believe he has no purpose left in life and he is resentful when he’s stuck babysitting the neighbor’s juvenile delinquent. Is it possible that Millard will find purpose while helping Ty become a man?

Autumn Blue is the first book I’ve read by Karen Harper. Just reading the back blurb, I didn’t think it would be very interesting. It does start out slow, but the story grew on me and I had to keep reading to see what decisions Sidney would make, and to watch Ty as he went through house arrest. Ty, in spite of all his problems, is a quite loveable young man. In some ways, he reminds me of my own sixteen year old son.

There isn’t much of a faith message, but the story is wholesome and has a lot of twists and turns making it a definite winner in my book. Autumn Blue is a story that isn’t going to be easily forgotten. Discussion questions are included at the end.

Reviewed in May 2007 by Laura.

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