About the Book:
This is an enjoyable novel that is more of a venture into the life of one woman than it is a cozy mystery. There is a mystery but it takes a back seat to family drama and Rayne, the heroine, getting used to life owning a castle in Ireland. There is a good assortment of characters, the most antagonistic to Rayne being Ciara. While she is a daughter of the owner of the castle who has been murdered, she was conceived out of wedlock and does not inherit the castle. She starts out hating Rayne and that provides lots of family drama.
The strength of this novel is not found in the mystery but rather information about a boutique wedding dress business and the culture of Ireland. I learned much about specially designed wedding dresses. I also learned about life in a small Irish village and the castle landowner responsible for keeping the village alive.
I would not recommend this novel for the mystery. I am not sure it works very well, especially the supposed disabling of the tractor. While there are plenty of suspects, the revelation of the guilty party comes from information revealed near the end so there is no opportunity to gather clues and identify the person ahead of time. Rayne's story is good and I found that entertaining enough.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author:
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)