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Publisher Description

Don Parsons and Nick Ferrell bought a ramshackle Victorian spinster and plan to transform her into a Painted Lady. Weddings and other parties are a part of their business plan. They’ll be hosting a small ceremony and reception for bride-to-be Lauren Washborne … except she doesn’t seem all that enthusiastic about her upcoming nuptials. Don wants to know why—but Nick is against the idea. Will Lauren have a chance to live happily ever after, or will her suitor be left at the altar?

Mysteries & Thrillers
January 2
Polaris Press
Lorraine L. Bartlett

Customer Reviews

musiqmim ,


This is a wonderful short story, about a bride-to-be, Lauren, who does not seem to be excited about her upcoming wedding. The owners of Sassy Sally’s Don and Nick are trying to renovate the bed and breakfast while trying to help Lauren plan her wedding. I really enjoyed getting to know Don and Nick better and hearing details about the renovation of Sassy Sally’s. Besides getting to know the residents of Victoria Square better this book shows us that we can’t see what or how a person is feeling just by looking at them. The book also shows us that we should be there for someone and that telling someone what you think they want to hear is not always the best policy.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.

Kuzlin ,

Wedding or not?

Marsha Washborne is looking for a wedding venue for her daughter and contacts Nick Farrell, who along with his partner, Don, are renovating his late aunt's mansion to a commercial enterprise, named Sassy Sally's. Although the construction is not totally complete, Nick finds it hard to turn down this close friend to his late aunt. But Marsha's daughter, Lauren, doesn't seem to be that thrilled about the venue. Will this be their first successful venture, or will Nick's misgivings cause problems with the client. This story gives us a quick look at Nick and Don and their relationship with each other, how each of them handles a reluctant and unenthused client, and finally an all-important lesson in prejudging people. I like how the author is expanding the Artisans Alley (Katie Bonner) environ with additional merchants in the surrounding area. This provides more colorful characters and expanding stories for the reader. I am looking forward to more stories in Victoria Square. Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing this book and all opinions are my own.

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