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When Autumn Leaves: A Novel

3.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,750 Ratings  ·  271 Reviews
This is a town where the shoes in the window always fit, where you can buy a love potion at the corner shop, and where the woods at the outskirts of town just might be the door to another world. And, of course, there's Autumn, Avening's beloved resident witch. From what's known of its mythical founding, Avening has always been a haven for people who are a little bit differ ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by The Overlook Press
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Nov 19, 2012 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't explain the hold this book has over me. I first read it about three years ago and just recently I picked it up again off of my bookshelf.

The book deals with the unknown and unexplained that livs in our world, our hearts and our minds. Yes it deals with magic but not in a supernatural way. More of how magic is all around us and the more we look within ourselves we'll find our own powers and how to use them. Whether it be to understand people, feel the earth and the elements around us or h
Jen McLeod
Jan 29, 2013 Jen McLeod rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to give this book a rating of 2.5, but goodreads does not allow for half-stars, so I had to choose - two stars or three? I wanted it to be at least a three-star book, because I felt the story held some potential, but it just had too many other strikes against it:
The book is riddled with sentence fragments.
The writing style is immature and seems unrefined.
The author uses far, far too many figures of speech.
There are far too many inane details (ie we don't need to know that Sylvie cut u
Gail Kesslar
This book was added as a Book Club selection by my local group. It was a good read. Not a great one, but the writing itself was good. Then, seeing as it was #1 of an expected 13, one of the Book Club members sent Ms. Foster an email asking when the next books would be released. The reply?..."Yeah, I've decided not to write the series..." and on she goes with her life.

Despite her obvious talent as a songwriter as Mister Buble can attest, I don't think I'll be reading anymore of Ms. Foster's books
Jul 09, 2009 Beulah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are few books left that truly capture the joys of magic and the divine and yet this is one of them...
As soon as i held this book in my hands i knew it was going to be special. I had no idea why. I just sensed it.
Maybe it is because i am a woman and this book speaks to women inparticular (tho dont worry guys - im sure you'll love it equally - though it may confuse you even more about our species!!)
Or maybe it was the fact i could identify with every character Amy S Foster portrays here -
Aug 26, 2010 Carol rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's my own fault for reading this, because Julie's review had already said, basically, don't bother. But I thought, how can this be bad? Look at the cute cover! Look at the cute title! Read the description, where they invoke Sarah Addison Allen! How can this be bad? Well, let me tell you. The dialogue was terrible. Really, really bad. The book was divided into sections, and each section dealt with one character. Don't get attached to any of these people because in the course of the book you nev ...more
Sep 26, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
It's as if someone took one of those "coexist" bumper stickers, assigned a story to each character, then threw them all together in a book bound by an attractively seasonal cover with a punny title.

The spirituality presented is nebulous at best, and the ending came together much too perfectly and quickly to be realistic-- although in a story about earth witches, I guess I'd have to hold off on some levels of realism. While I was completely charmed by the first chapter's story about Ellie and her

My Thoughts:
It won't be a shock to say after my quickie review (on my blog), but I did not enjoy this book at all. The writing left a lot to be desired and the characters were either dull or just plain annoying. I couldn't believe some of the choices these characters made, or the words that came out of them, they were completely ridiculous. Sadly, the only thing I liked about this book was it's format - that each chapter was a Pagan holiday, as shown in an illu
Lolly K Dandeneau
Okay this was not at all written in the same vein as Alice Hoffman's work. The problems I had with this novel were many. For one, I didn't believe in any of the reactions people had when witnessing the 'impossible'. Open minded, spiritual, or not, someone would have a far bigger reaction to someone disappearing and someone visiting you when they are having an out of body experience than just being 'cool' with it. Even the most open minded, new age thinking person would be shocked. The characters ...more
Feb 22, 2010 Jane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Because this book was a gift to me that was thoughtfully-chosen by someone I admire, I wanted to read this cover to cover. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book. I wanted to since it was written by David Foster's daughter, but perhaps that is actually the whole problem with this book? I got the feeling that this book would never have been published had Daddy not intervened and made sure someone would produce it for his daughter. She has no talent for writing. None. What-so-ever. Usually in fi ...more
Jul 30, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was very short, only 300 something pages, but I wanted it to go on and on. It's by Amy Foster, who is a songwriter, and it was her first novel. I am an atheist by nature, but I love pagan things, just can't get my head around a goddess. The story is set in this wonderful little town called Avening. It makes you want to live there. The beginning of the story is about Autumn Avening, who is some what of a witch, though she hates that word, and she must choose her replacement because she has bee ...more
Oct 13, 2009 Renae rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I guess this is not my cup of tea. I didn't buy into the magic of the story at all. I couldn't wait to be done with this book. She uses the word "friggin'" one too many times also.
Aug 31, 2010 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great mythic fiction / magic realism read for fans of Alice Hoffman or Sarah Addison Allen. This book leans more towards the Allen side of the spectrum, with heartwarming tales that don't ever really delve into serious psychology or dark subjects. At times, the book can lean a little too heavily on New Age phrasings and plot, but each section, telling the story of different residents of a magical small West Coast town, captures your attention.
Nov 24, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, favorites
I was so anxious to find out how the book came to an end and how everything worked out, but now I am sad because I want more. I know this book is fantasy, but fantasy on a "could it be possible?" level. I was captivated with every person I met in this book and by Autumn's beauty and grace and her realness. I so hope Amy continues the story in her next book. I will be waiting....
Nov 03, 2012 Tasha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I'm not a fan of this one. It felt like a bunch of short stories and it just didn't work well for me. I am giving it 2 stars though because I can see the appeal if you like short stories full of magical events. It felt a bit disjointed and a bit too surreal for me.
Laura Jansen
Jul 12, 2009 Laura Jansen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amy's book is a lovely story of women, magic, and faith. I can't wait to read the next one in the series!
I gave this book only 2 stars because for me there was still a lot left unexplained. I really liked the overall idea of the book dealing with magic that could be real. I picked up this book because I thought the magic aspect would make for a really interesting read.

However, I had a few problems with the book. For one, some of the characters that were introduced I would have liked to get to know better. Like Ellie, after the first chapter she's never spoken of again. Or some of the characters on
Oct 21, 2011 Lady rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I didn't particularly like this book for two reasons.

1 - it's really more a collection of short stories than a novel. Each chapter is about one woman and this season of her life. A few of them have some sense of completion by the end, but most of them have this change and they're just starting to get interesting and I want to see what happens next and it's over. I don't do short fiction because I want more. I want to see how it turns out and I want to know what happens next and how they handle i
Dec 15, 2009 Nely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
When Autumn, the town of Avening's resident witch, gets news that she must move away from her beloved town because of a promotion to a higher coven, she must find a way replace herself as town witch. But who in Avening is in tune enough with her own personal magic to take over this huge responsibility?

Autumn has a list of likely candidates for the position, but she takes it upon herself to put an add in the paper seeking an apprentice. She has a year to find a high witch and the women who will b
Sep 30, 2014 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This started out so promising. Then about a third of the way into it, it just began to fall apart for me. I hit on a particular character's story that I wasn't a fan of and it continued to go downhill from there. I could no longer buy into the story and was very disappointed with how it all ended. Why take the time to tell these character's stories and then not give better closure and tie the threads together better at the end? As it was, the ending felt rushed and incomplete. The story did not ...more
Dec 27, 2009 Mindy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I didn't totally hate this book, but I didn't really like it and I problably wouldn't recomend it to anyone. The cover looks exciting and the author is the daughter of famous composer David Foster and she has co-authored some songs with Michael Buble-so I thought I would give it a shot. The book is basically about a woman from this group of "magical" women-the Jaen. Autumn, the "high sister" in a town called Avening is leaving and she has to replace herself. The magic has to do with ele ...more
Joanne Moyer
this was a nice enjoyable read - not the best I've ever read but certainly not the worst.
It takes place in a magical kind of town which people with special gifts are drawn to.
"Autumn' is a member of an ancient group of women with 'gifts' who guide the other gifted ones through their lives. It is time for Autumn to move on and she must choose the next woman to guide the town. There are stories about some of the women she chooses which all intertwine in ways. I did enjoy it and would recommend it
Jul 13, 2014 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wish there was a sequel.
Also on my blog, Luthien Reviews.

When Autumn Avening's Sisters tell her she must leave her longtime island home, they give her a year to put her affairs in order and to choose a successor to her High Priestess-like position. Over the next year, Autumn observes and counsels many different women on the island—from Ellie, the shy and reclusive researcher for the local newspaper, to Sylvie, a spirited teenager whose mother is dying of cancer—in an effort to decide which one can replace her as the to
Nov 22, 2009 Jules rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick fun plane read. While the author started a lot of interesting plot threads and populated her town with intriguing characters, I think she had trouble tying things up and giving her characters the resolution they deserved. In many ways this seemed like the prequel for another story. Lots of ideas bouncing around ,but not really getting settled by the end. If she writes another follow-up book, I might reconsider what I think of this one.
Jeanmarie Jones
May 18, 2015 Jeanmarie Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
oh, my what a lovely, amazing feel- good book. another one to hug when you finish, my heart felt so warm and soft as it ended. Hard to explain the book. very different, in a woman/family/hometown sort of magical way. but bigger then life and everyday sorts of emotions. I didn't know where things were headed or how they would turn out; but that was just a lovely way of the book.
Feb 23, 2016 Becky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed in this book- looking for something fun and light hearted. The writing is very disjointed. In parts, it seems like a little background information would have been nice. Everything ties up nicely in the end, but some of that would have been better in the first chapter instead of the last. The book tells a story of a magical town, where Autumn is being replaced as the wise woman- she is looking for a replacement. Each woman that she is considering is profiled in a chapter that t ...more
Sep 28, 2015 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Sep 27, 2009 Robin marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
A charming author who is the daughter of composer David Foster and has co-written songs with Michael Buble. And, if I may drop a name, I literally rubbed elbows with her at the PNBA dinner. :-) She is quite charming and a little ditzy, which adds to her appeal. This book is for those who like a little magic in their stories.
Debra Vidal
Sep 13, 2014 Debra Vidal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once I stepped into the world of Avening I was captivated. Autumn the "Good Witch" or maybe even the caretaker of this magical town, there to help those that come to her with their problems. She will help you but you may not always like the resolution, there are always consequences in life. I thought the women in the book were strong characters each one with their own amazing gifts. For Autumn the prospect of having to find her replacement and twelve other sisters with equally amazing gifts to s ...more
Jun 12, 2014 Paige rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magical-realism
This was a wonderful premise and a really creatively constructed book. Almost a combination of short stories that come together to form a cohesive ending through their overarching theme, Autumn Avening. Each of the stories had it's own little bit of magic and it's own "coming of age" for the character. It was such an interesting way to explore so many parts of life, the town, different ages and experiences all in one book. And really one of my favorite story devices ever is this small town magic ...more
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