Just a middle-brow reader who loves a good story, recipe or how-to.
This story of a search for a missing painting started a bit wobbly for me, due to the auction house setting and the initial characterization of Miranda having her come off as a bit of a spineless do-gooder. As the story progressed to a small town in the Ozark Mountains, with Miranda caring for her increasingly unstable grandfather, I was slowly pulled in. By the time Wyatt realizes that he will not escape having a second meeting with the shy woman who hid behind her grandfather as he made a colossally poor first impression, I was hooked.
While this story, and the romance, was more of a slow burn than I've become used to recently, it was a very enjoyable and satisfying read. No instant changes in characters or their relationships, which makes the pivotal romantic scenes even more gratifying.
Well written and amusing with suspense, a bit of mystery and a sweet romance for fans of historical fiction.
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