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A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn (Early Review)


A Perilous Undertaking is a fantastic follow-up to the first Veronica Speedwell book, A Curious Beginning. I got the first during an Audible sale in the fall (my review here)- I was amazed at how good it is and surprised that it hadn't come up in a recommendation for me somewhere online.

This series features Veronica, a spinster lepidopterist in her mid-twenties, and Stoker, the black sheep in a noble family. Literally. In this book they are approached by a member of the royal family to solve a murder in which the accused will be hanging in one week but is believed by some to be innocent. Since their planned expedition was cancelled due to their benefactor tripping over his giant tortoise and being injured, Veronica accepts the case and eventually convinces Stoker to do the same.

This book had the same laugh-out-loud humor that the first one did and I can't think of any other book that has ever made me laugh as much as these.

I half held my breath while reading in the hopes that Veronica and Stoker admitted their love for each other, and you'll just have to read to find out if it happens or not. Their developing relationship (largely based on friendship) is one of the great qualities of this book. I can't wait for the next in the series!

5/5 Stars

A Perilous Undertaking will be out on January 10th, 2017.

I was given a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Flower Arrangement by Ella Griffin


This book follows Lara, the owner of Blossom & Grow, a small flower shop in Dublin. We start out with Lara’s story and come back to it many times throughout the book, but sprinkled throughout the rest of it we get a glimpse at the stories of other people entwined in Lara’s life. Her brother, husband, people from her past and her future, and little backgrounds of people who are regulars in her shop. This book very much feels like a cozy but without the mystery. It is beautifully written and had me choked up many times while reading. My only complaint is that sometimes it felt like it skipped around to different people too much, but it very well could have been that I just wanted to hear more of their story.

I finished reading this very late and went to bed right after, and at first to me the ending felt like it wasn’t finished. I felt like I needed to know what happened next in Lara’s life. But you don’t always know what’s going to happen next in the real world, so in this way (and in other parts of the book) it feels like real life. There’s nothing magical or unrealistic going on; it almost feels like looking down on a little piece of Dublin and know what is going on in everyone’s lives. After sleeping on it, I felt really good about the ending. It leaves plenty open for another book but if it’s just one, I am content with that. It was a wonderful read and I can’t wait to read more from this author.

5/5 Stars

I was given a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.