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Title: The Final Vow
Author: Amanda Flower
Publisher: Published May 8th 2017 by Midnight Ink (first published March 2017)
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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 Via 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.

30 review for The Final Vow

  1. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Barton Farm’s picturesque church is the perfect place for a summer wedding but the next wedding on the calendar is not one Kelsey Cambridge is looking forward to. The wedding planner Vianna Pine is a perfectionist but Kelsey can handle that, it the bridezilla she can do without. Krissie Pumpernickel, her ex’s fiancee is driving both Kelsey and Vianna crazy with her demands. Going so far as to ask the the flowers be removed from the gardens because they draw insects and have li Dollycas’s Thoughts Barton Farm’s picturesque church is the perfect place for a summer wedding but the next wedding on the calendar is not one Kelsey Cambridge is looking forward to. The wedding planner Vianna Pine is a perfectionist but Kelsey can handle that, it the bridezilla she can do without. Krissie Pumpernickel, her ex’s fiancee is driving both Kelsey and Vianna crazy with her demands. Going so far as to ask the the flowers be removed from the gardens because they draw insects and have lights strung up the steeple. Vianna is bending over backwards to please her client but Kelsey has to think of safety and the farm’s credibility first, no matter what sort of tantrum Krissey throws. When Kelsey is notified that there is a dead body by the church she hustles over to find it is Vianna. This sends the wedding, the wedding couple, and the bride’s family into a tailspin. They are more concerned about their special day than the dead wedding planner. Her death could mean that Barton Farm could be shutdown. Everyone including the board of trustees turns to Kelsey to solve their problems. They expect her to pick up where Vianna left off with the wedding, save the farm and find the killer since the police seem to think Krissey makes a pretty good suspect. Will the church bells be ringing or will the bride be behind bars?? Amanda Flower brings on the drama in this 3rd Living History Museum Mystery. Kelsey Cambridge has the patience of a Saint. Single mom, manager of Barton Farm, Eddie’s ex, meaning she has to stay on his and Krissey’s good side because they are rumbling about changing the custody arrangement, friend, daughter, girlfriend, amateur sleuth. She is juggling all these balls in the air and now we add wedding planner. When does this woman sleep? She also does all this with a smile on her face 99% of the time. The characters in this series are so well crafted. They do leap off the page. The staff at the farm has each other’s back. They work well together and try to protect each other. At least most of them. We saw a different side of Eddie, he truly loves the woman he is marrying. Krissie, while not my favorite character by a mile brought so much to this story. She was almost beyond the term bridezilla. It is a diverse cast of characters and they are all very interesting and truly entertaining. I loved the addition of the Abraham Lincoln reenactor, played by a man who is a little to fond of alcohol. Krissie loved him too. It was a small part but he and Krissie’s reactions made me giggle. As I said the story is full of drama including a terrifying twist at the end. There were so many turns throughout the story that as the story reached its peak I was totally surprised. The plot was very strong. In addition to the murder mystery some artifacts have gone missing from the museum’s storage. This means law enforcement spends a lot of time there. The pace of the story was very steady until the reveal, then my heart was beating rapidly and invisible steam was coming out of Kindle as I was quickly flipping pages. For me this book was another Perfect Escape. Each story tops the one before. I can’t wait for the next installment.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    This the third book in the Living Museum series. It can be read as a standalone. A light and relaxing cozy mystery read. Good for the breach of a stormy day. Kelsey Cambridge is the director of the Barton Farms Living Museum series. The museum is funded by the Cherry Foundation. The have insisted that Kelsey host the wedding of her ex-husband and his bride, Krissie who is a demanding bride. Krissie wants a Civil War wedding. She demands lights in 200-year-old church. Kelsey tells her no for safe This the third book in the Living Museum series. It can be read as a standalone. A light and relaxing cozy mystery read. Good for the breach of a stormy day. Kelsey Cambridge is the director of the Barton Farms Living Museum series. The museum is funded by the Cherry Foundation. The have insisted that Kelsey host the wedding of her ex-husband and his bride, Krissie who is a demanding bride. Krissie wants a Civil War wedding. She demands lights in 200-year-old church. Kelsey tells her no for safety reasons. That night Krissie wedding planner, Vianna is found dead at the bottom of the church. She was stringing lights on the balcony. The tale has many changes has the story continues that will have turning the pages. Kelsey will be stun with a secret that will affect the museum. She is still wanting her interdependence and that is affecting her relationship with Chase. I recommend this book. Disclosure: I received a free copy from Midnight Ink through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    The Final Vow by Amanda Flower is the third book in A Living History Museum series. Kelsey Cambridge is the Director of Barton Farm in New Hartford, Ohio. She currently is planning the wedding of Krissie Pumpernickel and Eddie Cambridge, Kelsey’s ex-husband (awkward). Krissie insists on being married on Barton Farm and, thanks to her father, it is going to happen (spoiled much). Vianna Pine, Krissie’s wedding planner, is ensuring that Krissie gets her dream wedding. Krissie wants twinkle lights The Final Vow by Amanda Flower is the third book in A Living History Museum series. Kelsey Cambridge is the Director of Barton Farm in New Hartford, Ohio. She currently is planning the wedding of Krissie Pumpernickel and Eddie Cambridge, Kelsey’s ex-husband (awkward). Krissie insists on being married on Barton Farm and, thanks to her father, it is going to happen (spoiled much). Vianna Pine, Krissie’s wedding planner, is ensuring that Krissie gets her dream wedding. Krissie wants twinkle lights in the church steeple and candles inside the church. Unfortunately, it is a safety hazard, and Kelsey must put her foot down (I recommend lanterns with battery operated candles). Late that night Kelsey is disturbed by Jason who reports there is a body at the base of the church steps. Kelsey contacts 911 and runs to the church. Kelsey finds Vianna dead outside the church with a string of lights dangling from a window. She also notices a shadowy figure inside. Kelsey gives chase until she falls on tree roots in the dark. It is later discovered that Vianna did not fall, she was pushed. Krissie is thoroughly distraught when she hears that the church is a crime scene. This would ruin her wedding. Kelsey, ever the fixer, starts talking to suspects trying to narrow down the culprit. In addition, she must take on Vianna’s tasks for the wedding. There is the added problem of missing artifacts from a trunk in the storeroom. Is the theft related to the murder? Kelsey soon discovers that Vianna was hiding a big secret that would have impacted many lives. Will Kelsey be able to solve Vianna’s murder while pulling off Krissie’s dream wedding? You will have to get a copy of The Final Vow to find out! The Final Vow was nicely written, easy to read, and has a good pace. I like the main characters of Kelsey and her family along with Chase and a few of the employees. While The Final Vow is the third book in A Living History Museum series, it can be read alone. The author provided readers with all the necessary background information. However, you would understand the Kelsey, her job and various relationships better if you read the first two books in the series. I give The Final Vow 4 out of 5 stars. The book has a good mystery, and I think that many readers will be surprised by the killer’s identity. Amanda Flower provided good, subtle clues. I am tired of Detective Candy Brandon and her nasty attitude. I keep hoping she will find a job in another town. The romance was a little too dominant for my taste. I was glad, though, to finally see some growth from Kelsey at the end of the novel. I was surprised (and disappointed) that Krissie was not bumped off. She is a totally unlikeable woman (she has been overly indulged by her parents and now Eddie) and the ultimate bridezilla. It did make for a humorous and gratifying cozy mystery. I will definitely be reading the next book in A Living History Museum series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    Twists and turns I didn't expect while trying to figure out who the killer was and why it was Vianna. So that is my "tag line" for this cozy mystery that took me through a few different emotions because I felt for Kelsey having to deal with her ex getting remarried where she works to someone that is a spoiled person and expects everything to be done her way. Kelsey put up with a lot and on top of that has to figure out who killed Vianna and why. I honestly never suspected the character that kille Twists and turns I didn't expect while trying to figure out who the killer was and why it was Vianna. So that is my "tag line" for this cozy mystery that took me through a few different emotions because I felt for Kelsey having to deal with her ex getting remarried where she works to someone that is a spoiled person and expects everything to be done her way. Kelsey put up with a lot and on top of that has to figure out who killed Vianna and why. I honestly never suspected the character that killed her but the "why" made sense. Kelsey also has walls up after her marriage to the ex and it makes it harder for her to move on with other relationships - hopefully she and Chase can work things out. I do enjoy this series - the writing keeps me hooked, the historical side and even the humor.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    I enjoy this series and this book was as good as the others. In this book, it's time for the big wedding and Kelsey is working hard not to walk away from it all. Krissy is a true bridezilla and even the wedding planner is at her wits end. Providing the venue for an ex husband and his bride to be takes patience and every is slowly running out. When a grim accident turns out to be murder, fingers point and accusations are tossed. Will this gruesome image hurt the farm and put a wrench in the wedding? F I enjoy this series and this book was as good as the others. In this book, it's time for the big wedding and Kelsey is working hard not to walk away from it all. Krissy is a true bridezilla and even the wedding planner is at her wits end. Providing the venue for an ex husband and his bride to be takes patience and every is slowly running out. When a grim accident turns out to be murder, fingers point and accusations are tossed. Will this gruesome image hurt the farm and put a wrench in the wedding? Find out in May!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    We are back at Barton Farm’s Museum and with the director Kelsey Cambridge, and this poor girl has to help host her ex-husband’s wedding to a bridezilla. She also has that woman threating to take her to court for custody of her son, boy I sure would love to help her, not, but she must. As with the other books there is soon a body, and the impact might just shut down the farm, and cancel the wedding. As we go through the lists of suspects you will be changing your mind and I was really surprised a We are back at Barton Farm’s Museum and with the director Kelsey Cambridge, and this poor girl has to help host her ex-husband’s wedding to a bridezilla. She also has that woman threating to take her to court for custody of her son, boy I sure would love to help her, not, but she must. As with the other books there is soon a body, and the impact might just shut down the farm, and cancel the wedding. As we go through the lists of suspects you will be changing your mind and I was really surprised as to whom the culprit was. Will Kelsey even make it out alive, and if she does what about Chase? Will he return to the policewoman? Answers are here, but it is a long ride to the truth, but it quickly becomes a page-turner, and surprises abound. I received the book through Net Galley and Great Escapes Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Kelsey is the museum director for a living museum. She is dealing with an unreasonable bride who just happens to be marrying kelsey’s Ex-husband. The bride is determined to have lights hung from an old church, while Kelsey says no. The wedding planner falls to her death during the night while she is trying to hang the lights. Secrets come out and Kelsey fears for her life until she can get it figured out. It sounds like a very nice place to visit and work. Makes you want to go see the museum.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie Graves

    Kelsey is busy with all the wedding preparations for her ex-husband and his fiance'. The last thing she needs at this time is another murder on Barton Farm. But that is exactly what she gets! Krissie(the bride) is determined to make Kelsey's life a nightmare by getting her way for the wedding. Her wedding planner is just as determined. But when the wedding planner ends up dead Kelsey is once again plunged into saving the reputation of her beloved farm. Kelsey not only has the wedding to deal with Kelsey is busy with all the wedding preparations for her ex-husband and his fiance'. The last thing she needs at this time is another murder on Barton Farm. But that is exactly what she gets! Krissie(the bride) is determined to make Kelsey's life a nightmare by getting her way for the wedding. Her wedding planner is just as determined. But when the wedding planner ends up dead Kelsey is once again plunged into saving the reputation of her beloved farm. Kelsey not only has the wedding to deal with, but she also has her growing feelings for Chase to deal with. Is she ready to open herself up to another man or has her ex ruined that for her? My Thoughts: In a way I can totally relate to Kelsey in that I am a fixer. Kelsey is the one that everyone goes to with their problems and she's expected to have answers. The only person she doesn't seem to take care of is herself. I did find that I got frustrated with her for letting some people walk all over her. She was determined to stand on her own and be strong, but yet it seemed that she allowed Krissie and her(Kelsey's) ex to take advantage of her too easily even when they threatened custody of her son. The mystery of who the killer was kept me turning the pages. I really liked Chase's character, but definitely wasn't a fan of his ex-girlfriend! I have to admit I wasn't expecting the person who was the killer even though there were hints. All in all The Final Vow was a good cozy mystery to sit by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I really do enjoy this series. I wondered in my review of the first book if the author would be able to keep the storylines interesting if all of them stay on the living museum's grounds. So far, yes. I do have some triggers with characters that are too docile and get pushed around. Kelsey takes a lot of abuse from her ex's fiancé and I can understand why with her little son, but.... Luckily, it wasn't so much that I had to stop reading from sheer exasperation (yes, with a fictional character). T I really do enjoy this series. I wondered in my review of the first book if the author would be able to keep the storylines interesting if all of them stay on the living museum's grounds. So far, yes. I do have some triggers with characters that are too docile and get pushed around. Kelsey takes a lot of abuse from her ex's fiancé and I can understand why with her little son, but.... Luckily, it wasn't so much that I had to stop reading from sheer exasperation (yes, with a fictional character). There are so many twists and turns YOU WILL NOT SEE COMING. It will be interesting to see in book 4 how those surprises affect the museum and Kelsey. I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    DelAnne Frazee

    Title: The Final Vow - A Living History Museum Mystery Book 3 Author: Amanda Flower Publisher: Midnight Ink Published: 5-8-2017 Pages: 280 Genre: Mystery & Thriller Sub-Genre: Suspense, Amateur Sleuth, Cozy Mystery, Women Sleuths, ISBN: 9780738745923 ASIN: B01LWKJTY7 Reviewed For NetGalley and Midnight Ink Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.25 Stars Summer weddings at Barton Farm’s picturesque church were standard procedure for museum director Kelsey Cambridge―until the Cherry Foundation, which supports the mu Title: The Final Vow - A Living History Museum Mystery Book 3 Author: Amanda Flower Publisher: Midnight Ink Published: 5-8-2017 Pages: 280 Genre: Mystery & Thriller Sub-Genre: Suspense, Amateur Sleuth, Cozy Mystery, Women Sleuths, ISBN: 9780738745923 ASIN: B01LWKJTY7 Reviewed For NetGalley and Midnight Ink Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.25 Stars Summer weddings at Barton Farm’s picturesque church were standard procedure for museum director Kelsey Cambridge―until the Cherry Foundation, which supports the museum, ordered 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. And when she 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. First off Krissy is the Bridezilla from you know where, I was hoping she would be the murdered victim. When the wedding planner, Vianna Pine is killed instead, the spoiled princess is more worried how it will affect her future wedding than over who could have killed Vianna. I did not care for either the bride or her family. Kelsey again steps up to the pate to solve the mystery and save the wedding and the farm. The constant threat of closing the place down and expecting the manage fix everything is hard to understand. The is little of Historical value to be learned In "The Final Vow", but the mystery is great and will keep you guessing till the very end. My rating of "The Final Vow - A Living History Museum Mystery Book 3" is 4.25 out of 5 stars. Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LWKJTY7/... B&N Link: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-... Books-A-Million Link: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Final-... Google Play Link: https://play.google.com/store/books/d... Indigo Link: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/... Kobo Link: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-... GoodReads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... The Reading Room Link: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.ph... Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/DelAnne531/status...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Deana Dick

    The author has written another great mystery that kept me guessing throughout the story. I loved the setting of the story and fell in love with Barton Farm. Kelsey is a wonderful character and I love her determination to make the guests always happy . However, Kelsey finds herself in an awkward position when her ex -husband and his fiancé want to get married at the farm. I can see how inviting the place would be for a bride. The church is filled with history and surrounded by intriguing artifact The author has written another great mystery that kept me guessing throughout the story. I loved the setting of the story and fell in love with Barton Farm. Kelsey is a wonderful character and I love her determination to make the guests always happy . However, Kelsey finds herself in an awkward position when her ex -husband and his fiancé want to get married at the farm. I can see how inviting the place would be for a bride. The church is filled with history and surrounded by intriguing artifacts. Krissie is the essential bridezilla. I instantly disliked her and felt sorry for Kelsey. With so many demands I would be pulling my hair out. Of course Krissie has the best wedding planner around. I don't know who was more annoying; Krissie or Vianna the wedding planner. I'm sure Kelsey was hoping that Krissie would change venues when she is told no to some crazy ideas she has. When a body is found at the church late one evening, it looks like the wedding may be off. Who wanted to kill Vianna? I was quite surprised that Vianna was dead. I really thought it was going to be the bride. Poor Krissie is beside herself when she finds out the church may not be available for the wedding. I suppose learning her wedding planner was dead wasn't very important to her. I loved how the author wrote such a great story with a few surprises that caught me off guard. There were plenty of suspects when it was determined that Vianna had been murdered. When Detective Candy Brandon started questioning Kelsey and her employees I wanted to tell her to go away. Detective Brandon is a very rude and snotty person. She seemed to really have it in for Kelsey. This is one story that gives readers wonderful characters and a mystery that was hard for me to solve. I was very , very surprised when the killer was revealed. I highly recommend this cozy mystery complete with a surprise guest from the past, and a story that I didn't want to see end. I look forward to more books from this talented author. I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Angel Hatfield

    Krissie dreamed about being a June bride and Krissie got what she wanted. Kelsey had met Krissie one year ago. Kelsey had a notebook that deleted all the things she needed to do in every aspect of her life from running the Barton Farm - a living history museum to raising her six year old son Hayden. Kelsey had learned in the last three months planning Krissie’s wedding that it was always better to collect herself before she responded. Benji was Kelsey’s assistant and he told Krissie all would be Krissie dreamed about being a June bride and Krissie got what she wanted. Kelsey had met Krissie one year ago. Kelsey had a notebook that deleted all the things she needed to do in every aspect of her life from running the Barton Farm - a living history museum to raising her six year old son Hayden. Kelsey had learned in the last three months planning Krissie’s wedding that it was always better to collect herself before she responded. Benji was Kelsey’s assistant and he told Krissie all would be fine at her wedding and there would be Civil War reenactors and even Abe Lincoln. Kelsey was surprised when Benji said that Kelsey could meet him tomorrow. Krissie was marrying Kelsey’s ex husband. Other than raising her son, saving Barton Farm and all that it could teach people about the past Kelsey’s life mission. Laura’s theory was Krissy stole Kelsey’s ex husband Eddie now she was after Kelsey’s life work. Eddie had an affair with a married woman when he was with Kelsey. Kelsey’s best friend and farm employee within was Laura. Laura was always dramatic. Eddie had hired Krissie as a physical therapist at his P T practice and then they started dating. Krissie was eight years younger than Eddie and as far as Kelsey was concerned Krissie could have Eddie. Kelsey tries to figure people out. There had been murders on the farm grounds and Kelsey almost lost the farm and her son over them. Kelsey’s boyfriend was Chase . Kelsey’s mom died when she was a teen. Kelsey was the director of the farm and had been for the last four years. Someone had signed a directive to the gardener and signed Kelsey’s name and she wasn’t happy about it. I just couldn’t connect with this story.It did also drag for me. It also didn’t really hold my attention, I am sure others will love this. This story just wasn’t for me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    Amanda Flower has struck gold once again with the third (and final, I believe) installment of the Living History Museum series. Chaos is reigning once again at Barton Farms. With attack chickens, a bridezilla, and a tipsy Abraham Lincoln this book is part murder mystery and part comedy and an all around fun read! I'm not sure how Amanda Flower is able to take things that sooo don't belong together (see above) and put them together to make perfect sense. I'm glad she is able to because her books a Amanda Flower has struck gold once again with the third (and final, I believe) installment of the Living History Museum series. Chaos is reigning once again at Barton Farms. With attack chickens, a bridezilla, and a tipsy Abraham Lincoln this book is part murder mystery and part comedy and an all around fun read! I'm not sure how Amanda Flower is able to take things that sooo don't belong together (see above) and put them together to make perfect sense. I'm glad she is able to because her books are a delight to read. Her characters are quirky yet realistic and the situations they are put in are sometimes so off the wall you don't know how they can handle it. Somehow they do and the result is hilarious and heartwarming. The murder mystery aspect of the book is well done. I was left guessing until the end as to who the murderer was. I had no clue and was surprised at the reveal. I love that Amanda can keep you guessing and on your toes as to who the bad guy (or gal) is. Knowing that this is the last installment of the series I was happy that the storyline between Kelsey and Chase has closure. I will miss these characters and am hoping that perhaps one day we can make a return trip to Barton Farms and see how everyone is doing. If you like cozy mysteries then be sure to pick up this one. It is a good read and you won't want to miss out on it. Don't worry if you haven't read the first two books in the series as this can be read as a standalone. I would recommend the first two books though as they are just as fun as this one! I received a free copy of this book and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anam Cara

    I had not realized that this was the third book in a series when I started it. And it really doesn't matter as I think anything from previous story lines that I needed to know were toouched on enough that I didn't lose anything. Also, the reflections on previous books was not so overbearing that I felt I was being forced to read several novels at once. Kelsey is the director of a living heritage museum that includes a farm and period village. To help supplement the income from normal tourists, pa I had not realized that this was the third book in a series when I started it. And it really doesn't matter as I think anything from previous story lines that I needed to know were toouched on enough that I didn't lose anything. Also, the reflections on previous books was not so overbearing that I felt I was being forced to read several novels at once. Kelsey is the director of a living heritage museum that includes a farm and period village. To help supplement the income from normal tourists, part of the village is also available to rent for private functions. In this case, Bridezilla wants to use the chapel and wants everything done the way she wants it done no matter what the museum rules are. Wedding planner Vianna is stuck in the middle between the bride and Kelsey as she tries to find compromises. Until she dies. At first blush, it could have been an accident, but we all know since we are reading a mystery that is is murder! And, as it turns out, there are many with a motive who might want to see Vianna dead. Just to add to Kelsey's problems, the groom is her ex-husband, historic items have been stolen, and the sheep get out of their pen and go into the visitor's center (which apparently has automatic doors). All things she has to deal with in the course of the book. This was very entertaining. I can't say that it is a book I will long ponder, but it is a great book to read while sitting in a beach or deck chair whiling away the time this summer.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bree

    When it comes to making a reader want more Amanda Flower has a knack for it. I eagerly read any book by her, and then wait impatiently for another release. The Final Vow was a beautiful mystery, yes I did say beautiful. Though I have to agree with Laura, Kelsey will have her wedding to the right man one day, a girls gotta have faith. And then all the wedding planners, I have had dreams of once being a wedding planner, but no more. These gals can have that job, I will stick with reading their murd When it comes to making a reader want more Amanda Flower has a knack for it. I eagerly read any book by her, and then wait impatiently for another release. The Final Vow was a beautiful mystery, yes I did say beautiful. Though I have to agree with Laura, Kelsey will have her wedding to the right man one day, a girls gotta have faith. And then all the wedding planners, I have had dreams of once being a wedding planner, but no more. These gals can have that job, I will stick with reading their murders. I had laugh out moments in the book, especially with the fabulously tipsy Lincoln. Amanda Flower knows how to write a wedding in a reenactment setting, and she does it with doses of humor and charm. But with humor can also come suspense and WOW! Does this book hit a cord with this mom. What would you do to save your child? And can you really trust those you thought you knew? It hooked me each word, line and chapter. Well done, Amanda. And though murder isn’t justified, you almost wanted to weep for the killer. So many emotions played through this book, but my favorite is love. All types of love, a great reminder in the end that love is worth it, no matter who someone choose to love, don’t allow the fear in, just the light. This book was a prime example of a great conclusion to one of my favorite series, I am not sad it has ended, but thankful it was created.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Lynn

    The setting-A historical museum farm The plot-The Bridezilla or not/ The over the top wedding planner The victim-The wedding planner The mystery-who dun it/why All the components of a good Cozy Mystery. I enjoyed the plot. I liked the setting. The author did a great job of making the reader feel they were a part of the historical farm. I enjoyed Kelsey and her reactions to all the chaos surrounding the pending wedding of her ex-husband. After the wedding planner literally falls to her death Kelsey i The setting-A historical museum farm The plot-The Bridezilla or not/ The over the top wedding planner The victim-The wedding planner The mystery-who dun it/why All the components of a good Cozy Mystery. I enjoyed the plot. I liked the setting. The author did a great job of making the reader feel they were a part of the historical farm. I enjoyed Kelsey and her reactions to all the chaos surrounding the pending wedding of her ex-husband. After the wedding planner literally falls to her death Kelsey is stuck finishing the last minute details. Kelsey jumps into trouble and butts heads with the detective who happens to be Kelsey's current boyfriends when she investigates on her own who might have been involved in the death of the wedding planner. This was a fast paced story filled with twists and turns and a surprise ending. This is a cozy mystery. There is no language,graphic crime or nudity. Parents may wish to read before allowing young adults to read. I received a complimentary copy from Great Escape Book Tours. This review will appear on retail sites where available and Good Reads.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Kelsey Cambridge has been suckered into the wedding of the century – that of her ex-husband to his second wife. The bride is overly demanding, including wanting lights in the steeple of the church on Barton Farm, the living history museum where Kelsey works. Kelsey says no because of safety concerns, but that doesn’t stop the wedding coordinator, Vianna, from sneaking up to the steeple. Unfortunately, Kelsey was correct since Vianna falls and dies. However, Kelsey and the police both think that Kelsey Cambridge has been suckered into the wedding of the century – that of her ex-husband to his second wife. The bride is overly demanding, including wanting lights in the steeple of the church on Barton Farm, the living history museum where Kelsey works. Kelsey says no because of safety concerns, but that doesn’t stop the wedding coordinator, Vianna, from sneaking up to the steeple. Unfortunately, Kelsey was correct since Vianna falls and dies. However, Kelsey and the police both think that Vianna had help. Everyone starts coming to Kelsey asking her to clear them of the crime. But if everyone really is innocent, who pushed Vianna? I truly love the characters in this series, and it was wonderful to be back with them. We get to see some growth in a few regulars that I really enjoyed. The plot is strong with several surprising twists. I did have a couple of small niggles with the climax, but nothing that dampened my overall enjoyment of the book. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    This is number three in a series – and I so wish I had read the first two, well, first. I totally dug the storyline: Kelsey Cambridge, historical farm director gets herself embroiled in a murder mystery. And I dug the characters: bridezilla, jerky ex, perky assistant, grouchy good old boys club, Wonder Woman wedding planner, and uber-supportive wannabe boyfriend. But I struggled to empathize with them, because I didn’t get to know them deeply enough. I almost felt my heartbeat faster when things This is number three in a series – and I so wish I had read the first two, well, first. I totally dug the storyline: Kelsey Cambridge, historical farm director gets herself embroiled in a murder mystery. And I dug the characters: bridezilla, jerky ex, perky assistant, grouchy good old boys club, Wonder Woman wedding planner, and uber-supportive wannabe boyfriend. But I struggled to empathize with them, because I didn’t get to know them deeply enough. I almost felt my heartbeat faster when things got a little dicey for Kelsey, but for the most part I was on an even keel, just watching the events unfold but not really feeling them. I think I need to read number four though. Now that I’ve been introduced to Kelsey et al, I need to see where the romances go, how the Cherry Foundation decides to proceed, and if ringing the bell makes it into daily rotation at Barton Farm. By the end, I was invested, and now I need more! https://randombookmuses.com/2017/05/2... NetGalley provided an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    THIS SHOULD ACTUALLY BE A 3.5 STAR READ FOR ME! Kelsey Cambridge is in charge of the historic Barton Farm's living museum. Her ex-husband is remarrying and his bride, Krissy, has planned her entire wedding around it being held at the Farm. Krissy is the worst example of a woman who does not understand the word “no”. She is rude and manipulative. Most of all she has threatened Kelsey with taking custody of Kelsey's son, Hayden. She has also threatened Kelsey's job at the Farm. Krissy comes from we THIS SHOULD ACTUALLY BE A 3.5 STAR READ FOR ME! Kelsey Cambridge is in charge of the historic Barton Farm's living museum. Her ex-husband is remarrying and his bride, Krissy, has planned her entire wedding around it being held at the Farm. Krissy is the worst example of a woman who does not understand the word “no”. She is rude and manipulative. Most of all she has threatened Kelsey with taking custody of Kelsey's son, Hayden. She has also threatened Kelsey's job at the Farm. Krissy comes from wealth and she is not above throwing her money around to get what she wants. The only person more obnoxious than Krissy herself, is her wedding planner Vianna. When Vianna is found dead at the Farm, Kelsey is pushed into trying to solve the mystery. The head of the Foundation who run the Farm, Krissy's wealthy parents, and Eddie, Kelsey's ex-husband all want Kelsey to get the murder behind them. Otherwise the wedding might not run exactly as Krissy wants. There are several people with possible motives to be angry at Vianna. Kelsey speaks to each of them and tries to make sense of clues which do not seem to follow a pattern. The mystery was an interesting one and the steps that Kelsey followed kept the mystery in the reader's sites. I was not crazy about Kelsey. She could be a bully to some people, and very kind to others. But, she also acted like a doormat when it came to Krissy, Krissy's parents, Vianna and Eddie. Taking abuse from others seemed rather out of character. I felt that at times there were too many details. As an example, parking in front of the police station did not have to be described down to the fact the parking space was diagonal. I think some of the descriptions could have been less precise and more general in nature. This is the third in a series. I have not read the other books in the series, but I had no problem following along and understanding relationships and events. I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I am voluntarily writing this review and all opinions are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katreader

    THE FINAL VOW by Amanda Flower The Third Living History Museum Mystery With the fear of losing funding for the museum and custody of her son, Kelsey Cambridge has to put a smile on her face and play nice with her ex-husband's bridezilla and the wedding planner from hell. While she has to attempt to appease the women, Kelsey will not risk safety at Barton Farm and adamantly denies putting lights in the church's steeple. Yet Jason comes rushing to Kelsey's door saying he saw lights in the steeple an THE FINAL VOW by Amanda Flower The Third Living History Museum Mystery With the fear of losing funding for the museum and custody of her son, Kelsey Cambridge has to put a smile on her face and play nice with her ex-husband's bridezilla and the wedding planner from hell. While she has to attempt to appease the women, Kelsey will not risk safety at Barton Farm and adamantly denies putting lights in the church's steeple. Yet Jason comes rushing to Kelsey's door saying he saw lights in the steeple and, when he went to check it out, a dead woman's body on the ground. Who was attempting to string lights after hours in defiance of Kelsey's edict? Was it an accident? Or did the shadow in the window indicate murder? The importance of family continues to be the prominent theme of the Living History Museum Family. Above all else, Hayden is Kelsey's primary concern. Her son's life and maintaining custody of him is what makes her do things she would never otherwise do-like host her ex-husband's wedding or investigate a murder. Yet, for better or worse, she is forced to do both. THE FINAL VOW is a character driven mystery that explores the concept of family. A multitude of motives provide readers with several viable suspects and a variety of paths to explore as preparations for the wedding march on. With drama and humor Amanda Flowers provides readers with another enjoyable read. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Babs

    Kelsey is planning the wedding for Krissie and Eddie, Kesley’s ex husband. Talk about awkward. Krissie insists on the wedding to be held at Barton Farm. The bride to be wants things her way and some things are a hazzard and Kelsey has to tell her how it is really going to be. Kelsey finds Vianna ( the planner ) dead outside the church with a string of lights dangling from a window. Kelsey takes it upon herself to find out what really happened and can she get this done before Krisse’s big dream w Kelsey is planning the wedding for Krissie and Eddie, Kesley’s ex husband. Talk about awkward. Krissie insists on the wedding to be held at Barton Farm. The bride to be wants things her way and some things are a hazzard and Kelsey has to tell her how it is really going to be. Kelsey finds Vianna ( the planner ) dead outside the church with a string of lights dangling from a window. Kelsey takes it upon herself to find out what really happened and can she get this done before Krisse’s big dream wedding? I loved the characters they are all likable. The plot is well done and the reader will be kept guessing and shocked to find out who the real killer is. The spoiled bride make this book a funny read. I received an ARC and voluntarily reviewed.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Pam Guynn

    The Final Vow is the 3rd book in Amanda Flower's A Living History Museum series. Kelsey Cambridge has been told that she has to hosts her ex-husband's wedding along with her other duties as Museum Director. There many twists and turns to finding the real murderer. In fact, when I was reading I really thought it was someone else until the end. I would love to give you a spoiler but I won't because I think you need to read the book yourself. This is a new cozy mystery series and author I have not r The Final Vow is the 3rd book in Amanda Flower's A Living History Museum series. Kelsey Cambridge has been told that she has to hosts her ex-husband's wedding along with her other duties as Museum Director. There many twists and turns to finding the real murderer. In fact, when I was reading I really thought it was someone else until the end. I would love to give you a spoiler but I won't because I think you need to read the book yourself. This is a new cozy mystery series and author I have not read. I loved the attention to detail in the description of the the various building in the living museum. The plot line along with the characters were well developed and I could picture how each person looked and dressed.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Connie Tillman

    I have not had the pleasure of reading anything by this author before, but now that I have read this book (3rd in the series - but I had no problems following along) I am hooked. This book was easy to read, flowed nicely, well written characters, and a great story line. I love the clues that are left throughout the book - and I enjoyed trying to figure out who did it. There is some background in the book (which is why I did not have a problem following along) There is romance in the book :) Beca I have not had the pleasure of reading anything by this author before, but now that I have read this book (3rd in the series - but I had no problems following along) I am hooked. This book was easy to read, flowed nicely, well written characters, and a great story line. I love the clues that are left throughout the book - and I enjoyed trying to figure out who did it. There is some background in the book (which is why I did not have a problem following along) There is romance in the book :) Because this is a cozy mystery - no overly graphic or sexual scenes are in this book. I really enjoyed this book I was provided a copy of this book through the Great Escapes Tour - all opinions are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elisha

    How awkward would it be to host your ex-husband's wedding? Not as awkward as discovering Vianna's dead body on the church steps.. demanding bride, a wedding planner who is trying to abide by the bride while keeping the integrity of the old church as well as safety of the patrons and guests of the wedding. But who killed Vianna and why?? This story starts out innocent enough, but then the story picks up and it is hard to put it down. Then, you're turning the pages to find out the answers just to How awkward would it be to host your ex-husband's wedding? Not as awkward as discovering Vianna's dead body on the church steps.. demanding bride, a wedding planner who is trying to abide by the bride while keeping the integrity of the old church as well as safety of the patrons and guests of the wedding. But who killed Vianna and why?? This story starts out innocent enough, but then the story picks up and it is hard to put it down. Then, you're turning the pages to find out the answers just to find more twists and surprises you aren't expecting. Until the end when it all comes to together and leaves you with your mouth wide open in shock. For my full review, go to: http://bookjunkiemom.blogspot.com/201...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Almada

    I really like the history as well as the mystery in this series. I like Kelsey and her staff, the Farm and all our regular characters, but I have to say that for the first time in a cozy I actually wanted to kill off a character!!!!!!!!!! The bride in this book was beyond the pale, her behavior actually took some of my enjoyment out of the story. With so much being demanded of Kelsey it is amazing she could get anything done , much less solve a murder but as usual she comes through for every one I really like the history as well as the mystery in this series. I like Kelsey and her staff, the Farm and all our regular characters, but I have to say that for the first time in a cozy I actually wanted to kill off a character!!!!!!!!!! The bride in this book was beyond the pale, her behavior actually took some of my enjoyment out of the story. With so much being demanded of Kelsey it is amazing she could get anything done , much less solve a murder but as usual she comes through for every one who depends on her and she also learns a little about herself.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lin

    What can be worse than helping to plan your ex-husband’s new wedding? Kelsey Cambridge runs the Barton Farm, a living history museum. Guess who wants to book their wedding here? You got it, Krissie Pumpernickel, the fiancé of Eddie; Kelsey’s ex-husband. Kelsey is forced to accommodate bridezilla Krissie and when Vianna Pine, the wedding planner is murdered, a little sleuthing begins. To complicate things more, a custody battle is going on for Hayden, the six year old son of Kelsey and Eddie. My f What can be worse than helping to plan your ex-husband’s new wedding? Kelsey Cambridge runs the Barton Farm, a living history museum. Guess who wants to book their wedding here? You got it, Krissie Pumpernickel, the fiancé of Eddie; Kelsey’s ex-husband. Kelsey is forced to accommodate bridezilla Krissie and when Vianna Pine, the wedding planner is murdered, a little sleuthing begins. To complicate things more, a custody battle is going on for Hayden, the six year old son of Kelsey and Eddie. My first book of this series, but not the author. Romantic murder mystery with a Civil War theme. Very enjoyable! I voluntarily read an Advance Readers Copy from NetGalley and Henery Press.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carol Lee

    I have enjoyed this series that take place at a living museum. It makes me feel like I have visited the museum, but am glad not to under the circumstances that Kelsey finds Vianna under. Kelsey has her hands full with Vianna and her ideas for a wedding on the grounds, but when Kelsey finds Vianna dead, she realizes she has to find out what has happened so that the museum is not negatively affected. I appreciated how Kelsey was able to handle herself under the circumstances and think that she h I have enjoyed this series that take place at a living museum. It makes me feel like I have visited the museum, but am glad not to under the circumstances that Kelsey finds Vianna under. Kelsey has her hands full with Vianna and her ideas for a wedding on the grounds, but when Kelsey finds Vianna dead, she realizes she has to find out what has happened so that the museum is not negatively affected. I appreciated how Kelsey was able to handle herself under the circumstances and think that she has a really exciting job. I received a copy of the book from the publisher to read and review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mayda

    Kelsey Cambridge as director for the historic Barton Farm complex oversees everything, even the upcoming wedding of her ex-husband. Marrying a woman who makes all other bridezillas seem reasonable, Kelsey will just be glad when Krissie, her demands, and the wedding are all over. But when the wedding planner is found dead, having fallen from the steeple of the church, what started as an unpleasant event turned into a deadly one. This well written cozy, with its unique setting and delightful chara Kelsey Cambridge as director for the historic Barton Farm complex oversees everything, even the upcoming wedding of her ex-husband. Marrying a woman who makes all other bridezillas seem reasonable, Kelsey will just be glad when Krissie, her demands, and the wedding are all over. But when the wedding planner is found dead, having fallen from the steeple of the church, what started as an unpleasant event turned into a deadly one. This well written cozy, with its unique setting and delightful characters is a stellar mystery.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Luebke

    I really enjoyed this who done it with a little bit of romance. I received this book for free and voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 5* rating. This was clean with just a little bit of violence. This pulled me with the harassed heroine and the wana be hero. There was just so much going on that I just wanted to know what was going to happen next. There was a couple of mysteries solved in this also. Nothing like a murder to bring out the secrets. Look forward to more of this author's I really enjoyed this who done it with a little bit of romance. I received this book for free and voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 5* rating. This was clean with just a little bit of violence. This pulled me with the harassed heroine and the wana be hero. There was just so much going on that I just wanted to know what was going to happen next. There was a couple of mysteries solved in this also. Nothing like a murder to bring out the secrets. Look forward to more of this author's work.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Belva

    This is the third installment in the Living History Museum series and my favorite so far. It is an easy enjoyable entertaining read which is what a cozy mystery should be. Granted, there is a lot going on at this historic farm, but it is a unique and interesting setting. I am looking forward to more in this series and to experiencing her other books as well. My thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a review copy of this book.

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