The Final Vow, by Amanda Flower

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Setting:  Barton Farm, a living history museum in the Cuyahoga Valley of Ohio

Characters

  • Kelsey Cambridge – Director of Barton Farm, mom to Hayden
  • Benji – Kelsey’s assistant
  • Krissie Pumpernickel – Bride-to-be, marrying Kelsey’s ex-husband
  • Vianna Pine – Krissie’s wedding planner

Plot:  Much to her disappointment, Kelsey finds herself in the awkward position of hosting her ex-husband’s wedding at Barton Farm. As much as she would like to refuse the so-called honor, Kelsey is in a difficult spot: Krissie and Eddie (Kelsey’s ex) are holding something very important over Kelsey’s head, namely, custody of her six-year-old son, Hayden. And so she makes the best of a bad situation, doing all she reasonably can do to create the wedding of Krissie’s dreams. Until everything becomes a nightmare. After Kelsey refuses to allow twinkle lights to be hung in the historic church due to safety concerns, wedding planner Vianna climbs into the steeple in the middle of the night to defy Kelsey’s orders . . . and falls to her death. Was it a tragic accident? In order to save the Farm and find a killer, Kelsey tries to figure out what happened to Vianna, and who could have wanted her dead.

Pacing:  Measured

Predictability:  Low

Wild Card:  Kelsey has her hands full, for sure! Not only another murder at her beloved farm, but also a bunch of stolen artifacts, worries about keeping custody of her little boy, and struggling to allow herself to let love in again.

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About the Book
32321671Summer 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.

Books in the Living History Museum Mystery Series

  1. The Final Reveille
  2. The Final Tap
  3. The Final Vow

About the Author
3412728.jpgAmanda Flower, an Agatha-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. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel. Amanda is an adult services librarian at a public library near Cleveland. She also writes mysteries as USA Today bestselling author Isabella Alan.

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