Matchmaking, mansions, and murder – just another Tuesday for this princess.
Twelve years of tossing pizzas in his hometown in Alabama is like a dream come true for William Monroe, but his sister is ready to leave the Podunk place, desperate to find herself a man and get hitched. He’s not too thrilled to hear about the mansion she’s dragging him to, claiming it’s haunted with the spirit of Cupid, and it’s his job to make sure she doesn’t fall for the first guy who looks her way.
Winter’s been running the Frostville Murder Mysteries ever since she inherited a hefty sum of cash, wanting to give back in a fun and profitable way for her home city. Noticing a lot of puppy-eyed patrons, she gives herself the job of matchmaking, picking out the ones who seem best suited for one another. But when the outspoken and grumpy man from Alabama arrives with his eager-to-be-matched sister, her focus starts to falter, and she wants nothing more than to prove to Will that her mansion can feel like home, too.
4 stars — I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
This was an adorable little story. I will admit that I started off on the wrong foot with it…partially b/c I had a terrible cold that was making concentrating hard, and partially because I’m not really a huge fan of spelling out accents…it’s a stupid pet peeve, but there you go. I was a little concerned that I wasn’t going to fall in love, but I got sucked in like I always do with a book by Ms. Mae.
I was concerned when we first met Will and his sister Maybelle (Bells) that they would be too stereotypically southern. I should have had faith. While they do have some stereotypical southern quirks, they fleshed out into really intriguing characters to me. I loved how easily embarrassed Will could get, especially given how supposedly loud he was. I also loved hearing the story about how his passion for cooking started… And I really appreciated how much he loved his sister, and how he went above and beyond for her.
And Winter was just delightful to me…quirky and odd and not at all what I was expecting. She just sounds delightful, I felt like I could really picture who she was, and I’d want to be her friend. She has a really big heart.
And Winter and Will were so adorable together. It was a truly sweet romance, and I loved how it played out at the end. It fulfilled everything my romantic heart was hoping it would.
I also enjoyed the murder mystery, and the cast of goofy actors and guests at the mansion. I will say I didn’t solve the mystery, I was totally surprised by that one! And I didn’t quite peg what was going on with Bells…that’s one bit I wouldn’t have minded learning more of what happened. She was a fun character in her own right, almost a caricature, but pulled back into realism with her feelings and conversations with Will and Winter.
So all in all, while it may have had a bit of a bumpy start for me, I was utterly delighted with how this little story played out in the end. Made me a happy camper.