2017, 255p, Clean Contemporary Mystery/Suspense
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher which did not affect my review in any way
When Mikaela York opens an anonymous blue sympathy card with the nursery rhyme “Jack and Jill” written inside, she doesn’t know what to make of it. But soon after, Mikaela and her fiancé are in a tragic car accident, resulting in her husband-to-be’s death. Then when Mikaela’s grandmother loses her life in a hiking accident one year later, an old man gives Mikaela another mysterious blue card at the funeral. After the service, Mikaela’s grandfather asks that she oversee the renovations on his bed & breakfast in New Zealand. When she arrives, Mikaela meets Tui Davies—the inn’s manager—and Brentin Williams, the man Tui expects her daughter to marry. Tui helps Mikaela retrieve a doll from the cellar vault, but the doll turns out to be an evil omen that Mikaela is told she must get rid of before someone is murdered. Meanwhile, the old man from the funeral is bent on revenge and is plotting against everyone who has ever wronged him, and Mikaela is next in line. But until she discovers the killer’s contact in New Zealand, whom can she trust? And while Brentin attempts to help Mikaela overcome her grief, she must decide—is she ready to love again?
First of all, I have to say that I love this eye-catching cover! When it came in the mail, I wanted to dive into it right away!
The book starts with Mikaela on a trip with her fiance, where he is killed in a car accident. A year later, her grandmother dies, and understandably, she needs some time to recover. Her grandfather asks her to go to New Zealand to oversee renovations on his bed & breakfast. There are some mysterious blue sympathy cards with nursery rhymes that factor into the story as well.
I love that the majority of this book takes place in New Zealand. It was a great setting for Mikaela to heal and move on in life. She meets Brentin, a fellow American, and they are attracted to each other but he has another relationship to deal with first. We also quickly learn who the villain is but it takes a while to learn the motivation behind his master plan, as well as who he has helping him. The story starts out slow, but picks up as the pieces start falling into place. The romance is light and is perfect for this type of book. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys clean mystery/suspense with a dash of romance!
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