The Final Vow
By Amanda Flower
Living History Museum Series #3
Midnight Ink, 2017
Summer weddings in Barton Farm’s picturesque church are standard procedure for museum director Kelsey Cambridge. At least they were until the Cherry Foundation, which supports the museum, orders Kelsey to host her ex-husband’s wedding on Farm grounds.
Ambitious wedding planner Vianna Pine is determined to make the bride’s Civil War-themed wedding perfect. But each time Vianna’s vision threatens the integrity and safety of the Farm, Kelsey has to intervene.
When Kelsey finds Vianna’s dead body at the foot of the church steps, everyone’s plans fall apart. With both the wedding and Barton Farm at risk of being permanently shut down, Kelsey has to work hard to save her own happily ever after.
The Final Vow by Amanda Flower has all the essential ingredients that make for a good cozy mystery – picturesque location, small-village setting, gentle humor, likeable characters (with the exception one or two who are frustrating), mystery that quickly hooks you – and I enjoyed it very much.
Kelsey, divorced, is raising her six-year-old son and running Barton Farm, a living history museum in Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley. With her love for Hayden and her passion is to teach the public about the past, I found her likeable and easy to connect with. I also enjoyed the supporting cast that has probably been present since the beginning of this series, but The Final Vow still works fine as a standalone.
The author did a good job with the historical museum theme, something that I always enjoy. The mystery storyline was entertaining and I liked that when the murder is unmasked, his reasoning made sense. Also, I'm glad to note that this is a clean read.
I plan on reading more stories by Amanda Flower, as well as looking into those written under her pen name, Isabella Alan.
I was provided a free copy of this book through Great Escapes Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Amanda Flower, a two-time Agatha Award-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. She also writes mysteries as national bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.
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