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Saturday, September 10, 2011

To Catch A Leaf by Kate Collins

To Catch a Leaf: A Flower Shop Mystery
Kate was so generous and sent me an Advanced Copy of her new book being released November 1, 2011. She will be here guest posting on November 2 for Cozy Wednesday, but since I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had read it and LOVED IT!!!!! I have had some emails wanting to know more about it so here's my review so all of you can get To Catch a Leaf: A Flower Shop Mystery pre-ordered or catch up on the series so you are ready for this one.

Bloomers Flower Shop owner Abby Knight is engaged to be married to the love of her life, Marco Salvare, and nothing is going to bring her off the cloud of happiness she is riding on, not even her future mother-in-law who is trying to take over all the wedding plans.

Abby and Marco do get a bit distracted when Catherine Newport, one of the area's wealthiest woman, and Abby's assistant Grace's friend, is found dead at the bottom of the stairs by none other than Grace.  Then Grace turns out to be the prime suspect because she not only found the body but is left a huge sum of money in Catherine's will.

Before Abby and Marco can take back control of their wedding they must do their own investigation to find the real story, the real killer and save Grace.  Then maybe life can go back to tea, scones, and bridal bouquets.

My Thoughts
You already know I loved To Catch a Leaf but I truly believe this is the best book Kate has written.  This story is multifaceted and complex and perfectly paced. There are twists and surprises along with the comfort of the  characters we have all grown to love.

When reading about Marco's mom trying to overtake the wedding I had to pause and think "did Kate ever meet my mother?" While we are not Italian reading about Francesca was just like conversations I had with my own mother while planning my own wedding.  I had a real feeling of Déjà vu.  If you are a fan of this series you know Kate characters are so true they almost jump off the page as is absolutely the case in this installment.

I don't want to give to much away.  
This story is a must read!! 
I wish I could give it 10 STARS!

If you have not started this series or are behind you have until November to find out everything about Abby, Grace, Lottie, Marco and all the rest of the characters from New Chapel, Indiana.  
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 


Kate Collins said...

I'm absolutely thrilled that you loved it. This book has such a special meaning for me, I really hope it's loved by all.

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

This sounds like a great series. The fact that you want to give it 10 stars tells me it is a good one!

Harvee/Book Dilettante said...

I've read Kate Collins before as I'm a fan of garden/gardening/flower shop mysteries! Sounds like a very good one!

Vicki said...

I haven't read this author before but with such a great rating I'll have to check this series out. The prices are great too!