A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas

Adeline Reed is photographer in Dodge City, Kansas. She has a past that is less than savory past that she wants to keep buried.
Deputy Miles Carr also has an unsavory past that he hopes will never get out despite his convictions about not telling.
When the general store owner comes up dead, Miles is put on the case to find the killer. Addie takes a picture of the scene of the crime and it might hold secrets as to who the killer really is. So they work together to solve the case and find how it’s connected to the break ins at Addie’s business and boarding room.
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This is a pleasant read. The descriptions draw you into the story and don’t let you go until the very end. But, because it draws you in, you don’t really realize until you pit it down that the action didn’t start until almost the end.
Addie and Miles’ romance is sweet and somewhat simple, while the romance of Fran and Jonas is complicated and requires a rescue by Jonas for the romance to get a shove.
The suspense part of the book isn’t really suspenseful, it doesn’t really leave you wondering or even make you stay up all night reading or thinking about it. The reason: it’s predictable. I figured out who the killer was about halfway through the suspense portion of the book, but I won’t tell who just in case you don’t know. Also the killer wasn’t a believable one.
The story did end well though, it tied up all the loose ends nicely, but it just didn’t wow me. In fact, I opened this book with high hopes of a suspenseful romance only to close it feeling jilted.
Overall, it’s a nice romance, but the mystery is predictable and unbelievable. I’d recommend this book for teens and adults. I give this book a three out of five.

I received this book free from NetGalley and Barbour Publishings for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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