A bit back, I read The Red Book of Primrose House for a review and once I got into the book, I thought I might like to read more about Pru.
When I saw this come up on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to get a sneak peak to find out what Pru’s been up to lately.
Texas transplant Pru Parke has put down roots in England, but she never dreamed she’d live in a grand place such as Greenoak. When her former employers offer Pru and her new husband, former Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse, the use of their nineteenth-century estate while they’re away for a year, she jumps at the chance. Sweetening the deal is the prospect of further bonding with her long-lost brother, Simon, who happens to be Greenoak’s head gardener. But the majestic manor has at least one skeleton in its closet—or, rather, its garden.
Working on renovations to the extensive grounds, siblings Pru and Simon squabble about everything from boxwood to bay hedges. But when the removal of a half-dead tree turns up the wreckage of a World War II–era German fighter plane and a pile of bones, the arguments stop. That is, until a rival from Simon’s past pays a surprise visit and creates even more upheaval. It’s suddenly clear someone is unhappy their secrets have been unearthed. Still, Pru’s not about to sit back and let Simon take the fall for the dirty deed without a fight.
Again it was a little slow to get into, but much faster than I found the The Red Book of Primrose House to be. I still enjoyed Pru and seeing more depth to her relationship with Christopher. There’s also further development of Pru’s relationship with her brother, sister in law and others. Getting to know more of her family was fun. I also loved how a big portion of the plot had to do with the history of this little countryside town they live in and the party they were planning which tied into it.
This book was just generally cozy, lovely, and I enjoyed it very much. There are apparently two I have missed and at some point, I may go back and read them.
Is this something you’d read? Why or why not.