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Saturday, June 29, 2019

LSBBT BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Wildflower Wedding with a Killer Reception by Becki Willis (Cozy Mystery)


WILDFLOWER WEDDING
With a Killer Reception
The Sisters, Texas Book 8 
by
BECKI WILLIS

Genre: Cozy Mystery / Romance / Women Sleuths
Publisher: Clear Creek Publishing
Date of Publication: June 1, 2019
Number of Pages:  284


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It’s the most anticipated wedding of the year in The Sisters, when Madison Reynolds and Brash deCordova finally tie the knot!

Wedding preparations are underway, but the aisle to the altar gets rockier by the minute. Their support is humbling, but the community’s enthusiasm soon threatens to hijack the wedding. Squeeze in a suspicious death during a Texas Independence Day celebration, the needy new widow Madison befriends, and an unscrupulous politician trying to unseat Brash as chief of police, and the path seems littered with obstacles. Madison will move mountains, however, to marry the man of her dreams. All they really need is each other, their children by their side, and a preacher to make it official. In an effort to please everyone, the couple opts for a private ceremony followed by a public celebration. It’s the perfect Wildflower Wedding, but who knew it would end in a killer reception? Cantankerous Nigel Barrett hired In a Pinch Professional Services to find his estranged family, but it takes more than a home DNA test to locate his next of kin. Madison suspects he was searching for an heir, but when the wealthy rancher is killed at their reception, she’ll settle for finding someone to attend his funeral.

From the author of Forgotten Boxes, Plain Roots, and the Spirits of Texas Cozy Mysteries, enjoy book eight of the award-winning reader favorite The Sisters, Texas Series. For maximum enjoyment, follow the series from the beginning. Readers say, “It’s like visiting with old friends!”









I received a copy of this book for free and this is my honest and thoughtful review.





This was an absolutely fantastic and enjoyable way to launch into a series that I will definitely be reading more of! Despite jumping in with book 8, I never felt that I was missing anything, and enough information was provided from previous installments to create intrigue and interest to go back and read from the beginning.

Having read and reviewed Tangible Spirits, a previous book by the author, but not a part of this series, I was quite excited for the opportunity to delve into The Sisters. My mom had read many of the books and raved about them to me, so I was definitely looking forward to getting started. 

"Today was Texas Independence Day, and no Texian worth his salt would put his own personal comfort before the most sacred day in their state's illustrious history."

The author's effortless writing style instantly drew me into the story and vividly captured this colorful community with its quirky and eclectic cast of characters. Every character has such a lifelike personality that they each jump off of the page and welcome you as an old friend into this down home and delightful little community. As with any good company, the dialogue was witty, humorous, and realistic, keeping the story moving at break neck speed! Add in the mounting tension from investigating multiple murders, scrutiny on the police chief's job performance, and quite a few suspicious individuals all with their own motives, and the pages could not fly fast enough! The descriptive language is so vivid and perceptive that you feel as though you are either watching it happen on the big screen or you are right there along with them, which only further adds to that familiar charm. From Brash's self-devised "river therapy," Granny Bert's snarky common sense, and Derron's fun-filled shopping trips, I want more and look forward to returning to this group of new found friends!

Maddy's extensive skill set derived from the numerous side jobs she has undertaken throughout her life gave her amateur sleuthing abilities such authenticity. She's a jack of all trades, but a master at finding herself where the dead bodies seem to be! But she's also tenacious, spunky, and likeable, making it an absolute treat to move through the story in her company and draw from her insatiable curiosity as she tries to discover the truth.

Beautifully blending elements of romance and family dynamics showcased the distinctly upbeat and lighthearted nature of cozies, yet the multilayered and well plotted mystery sets it above its more traditional counterparts. Very few clues, some red herrings, and lots of dramatic twists and turns made the ending definitely hard to see coming, but wonderfully satisfying!

Now to go back and start from the beginning to stay awhile at The Sisters this summer reading season!






Becki Willis, best known for her popular The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series and Forgotten Boxes, always dreamed of being an author. In November of '13, that dream became a reality. 

Since that time, she has published numerous books, won first place honors for Best Mystery Series, Best Suspense Fiction, Best Women’s Detective Fiction, and Best Audio Book, won the 2018 RONE Award for Paranormal Fiction, and has introduced her imaginary friends to readers around the world. 

An avid history buff, Becki likes to poke around in old places and learn about the past. Other addictions include reading, writing, junking, unraveling a good mystery, and coffee. She loves to travel but believes coming home to her family and her Texas ranch is the best part of any trip. Becki is a member of the Association of Texas Authors, Writer’s League of Texas, Sisters in Crime, the National Association of Professional Women, and the Brazos Writers organization. She attended Texas A&M University and majored in Journalism.
Connect with Becki below. She loves to hear from readers and encourages feedback!



GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY!
GRAND PRIZE: Signed Copy of Wildflower Wedding + $20 Amazon Gift Card 2nd Prize: $10 Amazon Gift Card
June 20-30, 2019
(U.S. Only) 


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Many thanks to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and Becki Willis! It was an absolute pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions this reviewapalooza!

VISIT THE OTHER GREAT BLOGS ON THE TOUR:
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