Autumn Markus

Autumn Markus traveled far and wide as a military brat, but her heart was always in the American west, where she was born. She hikes, reads and writes there still, along with snuggling her husband, four children, and a horsedog. She freelance edits, contributes to local publications, and reviews Women’s Fiction for the New York Journal of Books. She is the author of the contemporary romances Art of Appreciation, Cocktails & Dreams, and A Christmas Wish

Books by Autumn Markus

Book Reviews by Autumn Markus

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“a truly funny, keep-you-awake-all-night page turner. . . . a laugh out loud book with a big heart. One of this summer’s best.”

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". . . a beautifully written novel."

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“In a world of insanity, a world of nightmare, it is often impossible to distinguish love from hate.”

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Love, in the world of Paula Priamos’ new novel Inside V, is powerful, primal, obsessive, and deadly. Former L.A.

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Layla, the titular character of J. R. Ward’s latest, The Chosen, is in an emotional bind.

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a very funny, poignant novel about a strong-willed girl and the even stronger, decidedly colorful mother who loves her.”

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“I don’t need to jump off cliffs into oceans to die, because every day there is a little death waiting for me. All I have to do is wake up and walk out the front door.”

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“This novel is sharp, sexy, and funny, with a heart that doesn’t quit.”

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A Thin Bright Line will help widen the metaphorical crack in the chains that bind those who are outside of societal norms.”

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Readers’ favorite ditz is back in Helen Fielding’s latest, Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries.

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When the seemingly inevitable monster weather event occurs, how prepared will we be? We Are Unprepared is the unequivocal answer from debut author Meg Little Reilly.

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“Would it surprise you to learn that one of the top fantasies for women is a prolonged hospital stay?”

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Newly divorced and facing the inevitable friend loss that often accompanies separation, Ava Tucker is feeling unmoored: “She was surprised by how much she longed for company.

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“This is about survival! You think I want to do this?”

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“a well-written story by an inventive writer.”

“She thought about secrets and the damage they did.”

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Age of Consent is a strong novel about a troubling subject.”

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"Lost Along the Way is a light summer read . . ."

“No—to friendships that are worth more than any argument.”

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Growing up is hard, but Jonathan Trefoil is doing his best. Recently out of college, he’s lucked into a well-paying, if dead boring job writing ad copy.

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“Simply a triumph.”

“Maybe all this freedom doesn’t make you any happier, after all.”

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“Alison McLennan does a nice job of bringing the reader into her chosen era. With seasoning, she could become a force in historical fiction.”

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“warm and funny, touching in unpredictable chapters, and filled with McMillan’s signature snappy dialogue and salty inner monologue.”

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“She’s all things bright and beautiful,” Kian Bright whispered at his daughter Daisy’s birth.

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“Cathleen Schine has written a beautiful book that should be on every nightstand this summer.”

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“It is astonishing, the beauty in humanity that sometimes accompanies the most hideous tragedy. . . . another hit-the-ball-out-of-the-park novel . . .”

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Nearly 200 years after her death, Jane Austen is still a driving force in the romance genre. Jude Deveraux’s latest novel offers a double dose.

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Mothering Sunday: A Romance is a keeper.”

“You shall go to the ball!”

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“Rebecca Schiff’s prose is by turns poignant and wickedly pointed, and terribly funny.”

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When your world is falling apart around you, what do you do?

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“sometimes that’s what you have to do—go back to go forward.”

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“fearlessness begets victory . . .”

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“Travis Mulhauser hits it out of the park in his first novel. . . . overwhelming triumph . . .”

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Europe in the 19th century was the domain of the Habsburg family. With members seated on nearly every throne on the continent, their influence was immense.

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“Joshilyn Jackson hits both emotional nerves and the funny bone in this insightful novel.”

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It is said that every human being on earth has a doppelganger, but what if yours lived an exciting, dangerous life 800 years ago and now you’re invited to participate?

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For the average Western reader, diving into Hend Al Qassemi’s debut novel Black Book of Arabia is an eye-opener.

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“a warm and slyly funny look at small towns and romance . . .”

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“We all in different dreams, everybody in the whole world.

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“The heart wants someone to take away the fear. The heart wants answers even if they’re made up.”

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“an effervescent book, comprised of two equally well-rounded stories . . .”

“if you really care about something in life, do whatever it takes not to lose it.”

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Blood Kiss is the work of a writer who is a master of her genre.”

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“What meaning does your finite existence have in the infinite world?”

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“Life has always kind of happened to me without too much planning.”

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“Keep an open mind and an open heart. It gets bad sometimes, but things will work out.”

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“When it comes to romance, ‘careful’ is my middle name.”

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“It’s not a perfect situation, of course. But really, when you think about it, what actually is?”

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“Our private lives are like a colony of worlds expanding . . .

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“. . . most guys lie about the nature of their reality because they want to get in my pants.

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“It’s such a confusing thing, what’s okay and what isn’t okay and what’s accepted and who’s a whore. It’s a furious balance.”

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“lovely book . . . a strong story of life after loss . . .”

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“the secret to marriage [does] not lie in compatibility, or even commitment, but the willingness to endure heartbreak.”

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"The Bourbon Kings is a wild ride . . ."

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“I was beaten with a baseball bat in front of my students. My dog committed suicide.

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"Well worth reading!"

“. . . the issue was that even though all he wanted was for everyone to be happy, he kept doing things that made people unhappy.”

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“airy, romantic chick lit . . . but beware of trigger themes treated with . . . lightness.”

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Prairie Dawn Raines has problems, and they don’t end with being (probably) named after a Muppet. After a tough and troubled childhood at the hands of neglectful, hippie parents, P.

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It’s summertime, so the living should be easy, right? Well, not so much for Sophie Anderson, the heroine of Nancy Thayer’s new beach book, The Guest Cottage.

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“It’s likely that Atkinson is looking at another award winner with A God in Ruins.”

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“crushing, lovely, painful, and above all powerful.”

“I wake up grateful, for life is a gift.”
—Ficre Ghebreyesus

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Musicians are being murdered in New Orleans, and it will take the skills of paranormal investigator Danni Cafferty and her partner, P.I. Michael Quinn, to crack the case.

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“lovely . . .”

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“Living . . . is not made up of details, but rather of highlights.”

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“silly people and situations, ending in improbable hearts and flowers. Unfortunate, indeed.”

“There is power in beauty. That’s the tragedy of it.”

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“astoundingly direct, thrilling, and well-written. If there’s any justice in the publishing world, this should be an award contender.”

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“The problem with asking questions is that you can’t control all the answers. Life is like that. Especially for you and me.”

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“There is no such thing as a bad Nick Hornby book, but this will likely be remembered as one of his lesser novels.”

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“In Girl Before a Mirror, Liza Palmer has taken a lovely look at post-feminist womanhood in which the desire to be accepted for who and what one might be is not a given.”

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The Major’s Daughter is a slice of wartime life, beautifully poised to be a favorite of readers who have nostalgia for the era and a feeling for the intricate dance between societ

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“. . . a feat worth celebrating, and . . . a book worth reading—if only for the writer’s charm and way with words.”

“I had a life. Now I have a situation.”

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“All in all, though, One Plus One is a breezy summer read in the vein of Little Miss Sunshine, light and entertaining as long as one is content with unrealistic situations

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The Lobster Kings is well worth a summer read; in fact, it’s likely the reader will want to devour it again and again.”

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“Author Lowell keeps the tension building from the start, accumulating information and supposition into a lovely layer cake of mystery.

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“Zoe Fishman’s Driving Lessons is a sparkling comedy with a heart. . . . a delightful start to spring 2014 book releases!”

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“The rest of the characters rarely rise beyond caricatures—they are sketched so briefly and incompletely that they become virtual non-entities.”

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“Though it starts strong, Sugar Jamison’s Thrown for a Curve falters early on.

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Finding true love in the digital age isn’t easy—as Kayli Stollak can attest. Following the end of her four-year relationship, Ms.

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Love, loss, and family are the backbone of Luanne Rice’s newest novel, The Lemon Orchard. Five years after the loss of her ex-husband and daughter, Julie is still reeling from their loss.

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“I often wonder if happiness isn’t knowing what should and should not be explained.”

“But how can we tell which is which?”

“Hmmm,” said the Abbe Paul. “That, I suppose, is wisdom”

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It took more than an opportunity to drive her estranged grandmother’s vintage Rolls Royce across the country to get Anna Rosenthal into the driver’s seat— especially when she knew her cantankerous

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“. . . sometimes poignant, often funny, and generally believable.”

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Earth after World War IV wasn’t a pleasant place to be. Green spaces were annihilated, food was dangerously low, and humans were on the point of extinction.

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“. . . a fast-paced thrill ride . . .”

Chrysander Notos is one of the Anemoi, a god of the winds.

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The choice of whether to live in the present or the past is a difficult one for many people, but not Corrie, the protagonist of Sherri Wood Emmons’ newest book, The Weight of Small Things.

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“Fans of acerbic humor should enjoy Mermaid of Brooklyn.”

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“And to bed they go. And to couch, and to lawn, . . .

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“. . . a genuine pleasure to read.”

“Was everyone’s life one thing to society and, at its heart, something else entirely?”

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“. . . a funny, touching book, although not a must-read.”

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“. . . terribly funny and charming . . .”

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“. . . unfortunately, Mr. Nicholson buries a gem of an idea in a morass of predictability.”

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“The Ashford Affair is well worth its price—if only to lose oneself in the demise of England’s youth in all its glory and sorrow.”

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“The authors do a good job of evoking a sense of place and a life’s pace, but could have taken a page from the books of their predecessors on this road by creating memorable, believable cha

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“Reconstructing Amelia will likely prove a springtime hit for Ms. McCreight.”

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“For the reader not troubled by cliché, Nowhere But Home is a nice, warm snack.”

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“In America, you can invent your way to the top of any field.”

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“. . . a gentle, homey story . . .”

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“. . . an enjoyable Regency romance . . .”

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“. . . a harmless romp.”

It can be tough to be a man in Icicle Falls, especially if you’ve reached your mid- to late-thirties and you’re still unmarried.

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“. . . a pleasant afternoon’s diversion. . . .”

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“Children of Liberty might hold some intrigue for those interested in Alexander’s parentage, but it’s unlikely to hold the attention of most anyone else.”

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“. . . fairy tale love, after all.”

Genevieve McInnis is a woman whose life is in deep turmoil.

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“. . . a love song to self-absorption.”

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“. . . a delightful book, filled with humorous fish-out-of-water scenes, bright dialogue, and fast-moving action.”

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“. . . a likable novel. . . . Ms. Meister’s Farewell, Dorothy Parker is enjoyable.”

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“. . . a lovely and thought provoking debut novel.”

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“. . . ends on a cliffhanger, leaving it open for a very welcome third novel in the series.”

Half witch. Half fairy. Completely confused.

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“It would have been lovely to see what Maeve Binchy would have done with A Week in Winter had she lived to complete it herself.”

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“. . . a solidly entertaining Edwardian novel that will clearly appeal to fans of PBS’s Downton Abbey.

It’s 1913, and the Buxton girls are in a quandary.

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Liv Stein awakens in an unfamiliar room, broken, bruised, and with no memory of life before the accident her parents claim nearly killed her.

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“The Chocolate Kiss is a Parisian confection filled with delights.”

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“As a novel about a woman putting her life back together after a midlife crisis, Vanity Fare is a fun, witty book with an engaging heroine.”

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“Ms. Santoro has crafted a book just as fascinating [as Junot Diaz’s This Is How You Lose Her], twice as stark, and simply unforgettable.”

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“Sarah MacLean has crafted a very funny, very sexy romp through mid 19th century England . . .”

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“Ms. Palmer makes her story work . . . moving it along at a fast clip.”

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“Tangled Web isn’t a terrible book, but it suffers from a split personality.”

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“The characters are sharply defined, the dialogue bright, and the narrative funny and interesting.”

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“. . . a believable, engaging story of a family long in crisis.”

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“Conjure is a sweet, adventure-packed romp for young teen readers.”

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“No one learns. No one grows. Nothing much happens—except a lot of bad sex.”

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“If Emma could have had all the sex and intrigue that Austen implied she desired, she might have been Carissa Portland in My Scandalous Viscount.”

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“‘Potential’ is the operative word here.”