Review – Wedding Bell Blues by Ruth Moose

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3/5Stars

This book was just ok for me. There is a lot of potential with the story but in the end it falls short. In the small southern town of Littleboro, NC there is a lot happening. The town’s homeless person, Crazy Reba is expected to marry God, though no one really expects the wedding to happen despite them indulging her with preparations for the upcoming nuptials. There is a hiccup in the plan when Crazy Reba’s intended is found murdered and she is arrested as the main suspect. B&B owner, Beth investigates to try and find the real culprit. Add in the town’s first Green Bean Festival, a female wrestler intent on killing Beth and a missing white rabbit, Beth has a lot to get through to find the real culprit.

I really wanted to like this book more than I did. When I read the blurb it sounded like something I would enjoy so I knew I wanted to read it. I felt like there was too much going on in the story and the author was not able to give due diligence to each plot point brought forth. I mention this because there were a few story threads that were introduced and not tied up. I’m not sure if there wil be another book that will tie up these loose ends, I hope so.

The main character, Beth is the narrated of the story. I had a hard a very hard time getting into the story due to the way she is written. The easiest way to explain it is this – a person who talks so fast and goes from one subject to another without stopping and no segue. My husband would day the author is “dancing around the barn” by giving more information than is really needed.

Overall, I thought the story idea was fresh and interesting. There are plenty of fun and quirky characters, I particularly liked Crazy Reba. The mystery was well done, it kept guessing. As I said before, I wanted to like this more than I did, it just wasn’t for me.

I received a copy of this manuscript from the publisher via NetGalley in exchage for an honest review.

 

Review – Forbidden Legacy by Diana Cosby

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3/5 Stars

This is the first book in the new Forbidden series, I thought it was a good start. I’m sorry to say, I wanted to like the book more than I did. The premise of the book is interesting and the writing well done. I had a hard time buying into the romance between the lead characters.

Avalon Castle has been breeched, leading to the English murdering Katherine’s family. She is given the choice of marrying and Englishman to retain her family home, but she refuses. Katherine manages to escape and runs the King of Scotland, who happens to be her godfather. Enter Stephan,a Templar Knight who needs a secure place to store treasures for the Templar Knight’s. Stephan also believes Avalon Castle is his birthright – Katherine’s father murdered his family when he was a young child. The King decides Stephan and Katherine will wed, solving both of their problems. Neither of them want to marry the other but they see the marraige as a means to an end.

I found the story about the Knight’s Templar disbanding very interesting. I thought the author handled the story well. The author is also very descriptive in her writing, I could easily picture the setting in my mind. The backstories of the main characters were well done, I just had a hard time connecting to Katherine, I found her to be very unlikable. There was something about Katherine I found off=putting. I found her to be brash, entitled and cold, there was no warmth to her character. I did like Stephan, I found him easier to connect with. I thought the author did a nice job of conveying the difficulties Stephan faced transitioning from a Templar Knight to a husband. I may have had a few issues with this book but it had not deterred me from wanting to read more from this author.

I received a copy of this manuscript from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review – Die, Die Birdie by J.R. Ripley

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3/5 Stars

This is the first book in the Bird Lover’s Mysteries, it’s a good start. Amy is opening a store that is devoted to the birds and the bees. Amy has the unfortunate chance of stumbling on a dead body in the store room of her shop and is suspected of murder. It doesn’t help her when her nosy tenant finds her holding the bloody knife and the chief of police is her ex-boyfriend. Amy searches for clues that will lead to the killer before she’s locked up in a cage.

I thought this was a pretty good start to a new series. The writing is well done and flows nicely. At times I felt the writing was flat, there wasn’t any real suspense in the story. I flet as though I reading an accounting of someone else’s story. The mystery is well plotted with a few twists to keep things interesting. There is a minor cliffhanger at the end that has me interested in reading the next book.

I received a copy of this manuscript from the publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.