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Although the main character, Prue, behaves, thinks, and talks much more like a young, inexperienced girl than a woman of 50, I still enjoyed this book. Yeah, she is a little dense and makes a lot of annoying choices that make her seem emotionally immature and totally oblivious. Yes, every chapter starts with a rejection letter as part of the theme, but unattached to a scene in the writing, which probably works well in the written book but is annoying to listen to again and again in an audiobook. And the contrived internal conflict that is repeatedly used as an excuse for Prue's emotional issues is harped on incessantly as if we would forget if it weren't mentioned one more time.
But even with all the "faults" of this book's writing (or said in a more objective way, all of the things that annoy me personally about the book) it is still a really nice cozy mystery that I enjoyed in a low-key way as I had it playing in the background of my life. It never really had much going on that I had to listen to very closely, but it had lovely descriptions of gardens and plants, and a genuine and non-sappy sweetness and gentleness to it that is hard to find in any entertainment. Prue's loyalty to those who treat her kindly, her empathy and desire to help others, and her need for the feeling of connection with others were all heartwarming. I liked that she was so passionate about designing gardens and living in England. I also liked that she wasn't your typical weak and boring heroine. I really enjoyed all of the British accents, the gentle and slow-moving intrigue, the tea times and the little dog Toffee Woof Woof. I reveled in the atmosphere of this book and was really sad when it ended and I no longer had a comfy British cozy playing while I cooked and cleaned and drove.
I thought it was awesome that the author added a bit of romance to this mystery, as many mysteries don't have any and for me that brought a lot more interest to the storyline. It was nice that the romance was subtle, slow-moving, and seemed realistic without depicting sex scenes ( I don't mind sex scenes but I think it fits the feel of a cozy much more not to have sexy-time details).
I absolutely loved this readers' voice and enjoyed all of her spot-on accents and thought she even did the male voices very well.
Overall I would recommend this book if you enjoy cozy mysteries, British accents and fun stuff like tea and biscuits, and gardening. It is pretty much the best cozy mystery I have listened to, and although it had things that annoyed me, overall it was a very nice and enjoyable listen.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
Complaints about this book did not deter me - the intro price was an incentive that I am glad I snagged.
I liked it, was entertained, will listen to the next one. Much better than most cozies.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful