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October Kiss–Love Amongst the Pumpkins

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October Kiss

by Kristen Ethridge

October KissSeriously, you can’t start a book made from a Hallmark movie without knowing how it is going to end. October Kiss has all the requisites: a smart, attractive twenty-nine year old woman who has commitment issues in work, relationships, and most other areas of her life. She becomes a temporary nanny for a handsome, workaholic widower with two kids. It’s no spoiler to predict a happy ending, but like a good motorcycle ride, reading this book is not about the destination, but the journey. Even though you know what the conclusion will bring, it is just so much fun watching the story of Poppy, Ryan, and the children, Zoe and Zack, play out.

Kristen Ethridge, the author, reveals the worst faults of the four main characters in the beginning of the book, but pretty soon their true and more positive characteristics shine. They are all likable, and you will be rooting for that inevitable successful ending. A quick read with a beautiful fall setting will convince even the most adamant naysayer of Halloween that fun and whimsy can still be found through the eyes of children.

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Hallmark Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Category: Romance, Women’s Fiction

Notes: The movie October Kiss premiered in 2015.

Publication:  August 2, 2019—Hallmark Publishing

Memorable Lines:

These kids weren’t complicated. They just needed a little undivided attention and unconditional love.

The mere acknowledgement of the other woman tasted like black licorice on Poppy’s tongue as she spoke. Poppy hated black licorice.

The truth hurt like rug burn on her soul.


  1. Sounds good good review.

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  2. Shalini says:

    Linda, I loved the book too… Then I went to Netflix and saw the movie too… I was too enamored by this book 😍 lovely review ❤️

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    • lghiggins says:

      Thanks, Shalini! I use Prime streaming in MX and Netflix DVD in the U.S. because the Internet connection is so poor there. I need to see if I can get it in one place or the other.


  3. Wendy says:

    Rug burn on the soul. That is some imagery.

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  4. carhicks says:

    Wonderful review Linda. You have captured the essence of this story perfectly. Of course I have read the book and seen the movie and loved them both. I always love the quotes you select.

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