Congratulations to Jay Bell for succeeding in tying in the fourth season. What is so pleasing is that he has managed to retain the same main characters, allowing them to mature gradually and naturally throughout the whole series without in any way allowing them to become boring to the reader. In addition, the four books are linked by the theme of emerging sexuality, the problems and heartaches it causes and the importance of learning how to handle it. Having read and enjoyed the first two books in the series, I hesitated about tackling Autumn, anticipating a sort of rehash of the first two (a sort of Rambo 3 style). I found l could not have been more wrong! When it came to number 4, I could not see how the series could be prolonged; all the characters had been rounded off. Indeed, it was not until well into the book that the clever link came to light and the familiar characters in their new, settled and mature form took their key places in the story. Highly satisfying.
To anyone contemplating diving into th series at this point, I would say: "Read the books in order and watch the characters grow. You'll get more out of it. But, whatever you do, do read it!
and learning to handle it