Book Review: Picture Perfect Autumn by Shelley Noble

In September, I plowed through audiobooks as I drove from Florida to Colorado and back again. Picture Perfect Autumn was one I chose based on cover and title alone as I looked to get into the fall spirit, and it ended up being a great choice!

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Self-taught photographer Dani Campbell is a sensation in the Manhattan art scene. The catch? She has no clue how she got there or what to do to stay on top.

Dani stumbles upon an old envelope stuffed with vintage photos, and it’s like a lightbulb moment. She sees in these pics exactly what her own work is missing. So, she hits the road and heads for a cozy little town in Rhode Island where famed photographer—and total recluse—Lawrence Sinclair lives in an old American Gothic beach house.

Eighty-year-old Lawrence has been through a lot. He’s anti-social and pretty bitter, especially when it comes to photography, the very thing that led to his son’s tragic fate.

Although he doesn’t want to admit it, Lawrence finds Dani is like a breath of fresh air. She’s determined, persuasive, and not just after his fortune. She wants to learn from the man himself.

Their mentorship begins to bloom in the most unexpected ways, but then Lawrence’s estranged grandson, Peter, decides to drop in. He’s out to reconnect with grandpa and make sure no one’s scheming to get their hands on the family fortune. Dani isn’t at all what he expected though, and they find out they’ve got more in common than they thought.

Picture Perfect Autumn reminds us about the magic of unexpected connections and the power of art. Join Dani, Lawrence, and Peter on their heartwarming adventure of self-discovery, creative awakening, and the surprising connections that can bridge generations. It’s the perfect feel-good fall romance!


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