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Notebook Mysteries ~ Unexpected Outcomes (Notebook Mysteries Book 4) by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Brandy Vaughn

Notebook Mysteries ~ Unexpected Outcomes (Notebook Mysteries book #4)Notebook Mysteries ~ Unexpected Outcomes by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This fourth book in the Notebook Mysteries, Emma and Jeremy are in a train wreck just outside of Statesville and find out there is a mystery to solve. Throughout the book, they end up working on several mysteries both together and apart. The story is a fast-paced rollercoaster as Emma finds herself in one situation to the next. If you haven’t read the previous books, this one reads fine as a standalone. I found this cozy mystery a fun reading appropriate for a young adult audience. There is plenty of knife fights, gun battles, dangerous actions, tender reconciliations, lost love found and restored, and threatening thugs! There is also a fabulous recipe for Heidesand, German marzipan butter cookies included at the end of the book! Like the previous books in the series, this story is a quick, fast-paced read with Pinkerton’s thrown in the mix.
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Brandy Vaughn, August 2022
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Pilot Who Knows the Waters (Lord Hani Mysteries #6) by N.L. Holmes-Review by Amanda Kimble

Pilot Who Knows the Waters (Lord Hani, #6)Pilot Who Knows the Waters by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5/5 Stars

Pilot Who Knows the Waters Lord Hani Mysteries Book 6 by N.L. Holmes

Another fantastic read by the author. Pilot Who Knows the Waters is the sixth book in the Lord Hani Mysteries Series. Hani and the gang are back and the adventure they’re on now is great.

Hani is back at it again. He’s once again leaving his family behind to go on a mission. This time it’s for the Queen and he knows what he has to do. Can he make it through this adventure? The quote I chose for Hani is: “I need to leave immediately. I told the messenger he could stay the night, but as soon as I can pack, I’m taking off. I’ll pick up Maya in Waset.”

Highly recommended for Historical Mystery lovers.

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by stephanie nicole

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This fifth installment to this series really blew me out of the water. Full of adventure, mystery, suspense and more, I just simply couldn’t put it down. Once again our main character has a mystery to solve, but can he solve it without putting anyone he loves at risk? Working on thefts from the royal household and an attempt on the king’s life will Hani be able to solve it all? You’ll have to read this fantastic fifth installment to find our for yourself.

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Amanda Williams

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a solid four stars for me. My first read by this author but definitely not my last. Descriptive world building that took me to the time they were talking about. I enjoyed the romance and the characters were likeable. I also enjoyed the mystery aspect to this book.

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Shannon Fowler

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a sweet paranormal mystery. Main characters Tess and Trey are cute, flirtatious, easy going and very likable characters. Even the secondary characters of Marcy, Aunt Ester and Jake seem to have their own stories to tell and I would definitely love to read them. Even if you don’t believe in the afterlife or supernatural beings, this is a fun cute story to read. It is also an easy-to-read story. I love the way Jake is brought into Tess and Trey’s lives. I love how Tess and Trey are brought into each other’s lives. Definitely recommend this author and story.

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Karen Pearman

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a new author to me so I wasn’t sure what I would be getting but it turned out to be an enjoyable ghost story. She turned out to have quite a niche for describing the characters and the turn of events going on around them. About halfway through this book I was immersed in the story and couldn’t put this book down. Her detail of the vintage clothing and the city of Paris was spot on perfect. I loved the take on solving the past mystery as I truly wasn’t expecting what she gave me. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that loves mystery, paranormal and old school glamour.

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Ashleyann Sanabria

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure about this book, as it seemed like it would be largely historical, which isn’t usually my preference. I am so glad I picked it up despite my initial hesitation! The book ties together a historical plot with romance, and paranormal aspects, while taking place in the present day. The story had me on the edge of my seat for most of it. The mystery was well thought out and keeps you guessing. The romance was full of tension and passion. The book keeps you guessing form the beginning. If you enjoy reading about an old mystery, a romance transcending time, contact with the paranormal, and a new budding romance all at the same time, absolutely pick this title up!

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Christie Mitchum

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Divine Vintage is a delightful and different sort of read! Sandra Young has woven a tale of mystery, a bit of the paranormal, and romance that will keep you reading way into the night.

Tessa has used her inheritance from her grandmother to finally realize a long-held dream of opening a clothing boutique that specializes in all things vintage. On her opening day, she crosses paths with Trey Dunmore whose family has a long and somewhat scandalous past that includes a murder suicide. She somehow gets drawn into modeling a gown from the murdered woman’s, Phoebe, trousseau, and she soon sees visions that call into question of who really murdered her. Maybe it wasn’t her newlywed husband after all. This is the beginning of a mystery that just might end with Tessa’s own HEA.

What makes a great read for me are several things….a good plotline, a good pace, and great characters. This was a great combination of all three! The plotline was quite enjoyable! The mystery mixed with the paranormal not only thickened the plot but made the story click along at a great pace!

All the characters helped connect me to the story as well. Speaking of the main characters of Tessa and Trey, they were very likable. I was amazed at Tessa’s ability to connect with the items that induced her visions. It wasn’t just on the physical level but also at the emotional level. She helped connect the two storylines….hers and Phoebe’s. Tessa was a free spirit, much like Phoebe. She very rarely questions her ability. Trey, on the other hand, is pretty skeptical and at times questions his feelings for Tessa. Oh yes, there is that magnetic pull between them. However, he wonders if it is because of their shared visions or are the feelings genuine? Thankfully, Trey doesn’t let me down. Despite his reservations, he really is a great support to Tessa and is a great leading man.

The secondary characters of Esther, Jake, Phoebe, Edward, Nick, Stephen, and Victor really are characters in their own rite, and really do add depth to the story. Young also adds a side plotline of homelessness that does indeed connect everything.

If you like historical fiction, you will also enjoy Divine Vintage. The author really does transport you back to the turn of the 20th century, I could clearly see myself in the gilded ballrooms and glamor. This is a great pick if you like mystery, paranormal, romance, and historical fiction!

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Skylar Daniels

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the author’s debut book, and she came in with a bang. This book is well written with a wonderful storyline that pulls you in and with engaging characters, I did not want to put the book down. This book is historic, romantic with mystery that are all in one. I highly recommend this book. You will not be disappointed. I look forward to the author’s future books.

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Keri Leach

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I adored how this book ties history into romance into mystery! It kept me on the edge of my seat and the more I read the more I couldn’t put it down! True love brings together Tess and Trey, and in turn they begin to uncover a mystery from the past. The perfect writing of Sandra Young allows the reader to feel as if they are living the story, whether it be past or present day, and this is what lures me in. For this to be this author’s debut novel, I can’t wait to see if this book has a sequel!

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Jo Frizzell

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story was fabulous! I loved meeting the characters and getting to know them! I wanted to visit the town and see her shop. Watching the relationships build warmed my heart. I’m a sucker for stories with successful relationships and this is such a sweet story. The suspense and mystery just made it even better. It’s a great read, especially if you like romance and mystery.

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Santana Hicks

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tess loves vintage clothing, so much so that she spent most of her savings to open up a vintage clothing store in a small town. One day, a woman by the name of Esther, comes into the store and invites Tess to model some of her relatives vintage clothing. Once Tess was wearing the gown, she was flung back into time VIA a vision of the previous owner, Phoebe. The tale is said that the husband killed his wife and then himself. Tess feels as if there is more to the story.

Trey, who is a relative of Edward (Phoebe’s husband), is skeptical of the whole thing. After some convincing he joins Tess on her mission to clear his relatives name. As more visions surface, more suspects surface as well.

Tess and Trey spend more and more time together and as time goes on, they start to develop feelings but with everything else that is going on, they can’t tell if the feelings are real or somehow influenced by the visions.

Join the couple in discovering the truth of a century old murder. The author had a wonderful idea when they thought of this book. I loved the concept. My only issue is the way people conversed in this book. It was stiff in my opinion. Other than that, it’s a great book.

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Corine Lombardi-Quiles

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was AMAZING!
Now I love historical crime novels but this was a masterpiece.
The author kept me encased word for word, it is addicting the more you read.
This has everything you want …a twist of time travel …love …and murder.
This was truly an adventure and this should be on everyone’s to read list this year.
Perfect for book club or just a good read.
Finding out this is a series has me so excited for more.
If I could have any super power, now I want premonition.
This was so well crafted with the words and vision jumping of the page. This author knows what they are doing and I need more.
Five stars isn’t enough for this.
One of the best books I ever read.

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Lucy Machard

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So this was a debut by this author, and I was excited to see what she had in store. I am a HUGE history buff, so this being a historical fiction book really piqued my interests. While it doesn’t have a whole lot of detailed history, it is still a wonderful book. I really like how it ties in with the modern age, with the flashes to the past. While I would have love to have more background and more perspective from the historical characters in the book, I really enjoyed this novel, and plan to read more by this author.

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Tracy Wilkin

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A story of intrigue, finding love, past and present and stepping back in time. Moderately dramatic, this story had many elements that made it an interesting read. Decadence and dastardly liaisons are also prevalent in this saga and the authors attention to detail on point. A real page turned that kept a readers attention from start to finish. Engaging with the characters was effortless and the unfolding of the story was meticulous and well thought out. thorough and complete drama that was well worth the read. 4 stars.

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Piper Foster

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the time setting of this book and how descriptive they were if the clothes in this time period. This was a fun fast paced read. It’s a lovely historical romance and this book makes the time period relatable to me.

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Donna Dawkin

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Every once in awhile, the glimpse of a dance floor and sounds of the past would slip through Tess’s fingertips as she stocked the shelves of her very own boutique, Divine Vintage with beautiful items from times gone by.
Until she met Trey, Ester and their scandalous family tree, Tess didn’t think too much of her connection to vintage garments.. a chance opportunity to model century old family heirlooms and Tess found herself tredding carefully between the present and past, sometimes uncertain if the past had more sway on her future than she liked.
As Tess takes step after step closer to owning her unique power, she hopes she can right the wrongs of the past and believe in the connection she feels to Trey
This is a fun unique read that seemingly has two story lines and we hope desperately for a happily ever after and a solution to the intricate weaving whodunit!

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Jana Lewis

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a unique mystery that spans two centuries. I liked that the storyline connected the two time periods [I won’t go into detail so I don’t spoil anything – you’ll just have to read it!] in a different way. Tess is a spunky character with a special ability and uses her passion for old fashions to open a special vintage clothing store in a small town. The visions she sees through the material tell the story of the people who wore them, helping her to solve a mystery of a long-disputed murder-suicide. Tension and romance round out the story and make it an enjoyable read!

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Nakyshia Leger

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was so intriguing and imaginative in a way that fascinated me from the first page. Being from South Louisiana, the lore of old mansions and homes has always been a love of mine. Tess loves adventure and used everything she had to open a shop where she sells vintage clothes. While modeling some of her clothes, Tess has visions of the original owner and her murder. When she meets Trey, she discovers he is a descendant of the accused murderer who wants nothing more than to clear his family’s name. Although he is skeptical, Trey agrees to join Tess in trying to use the visions and an old diary to discover the truth behind the murder.

I loved the way this book was written! The transitions between Tess’ world and the memories transitioned beautifully and were so easy to follow. Tess is spunky and up for anything, which has her diving right into the visions. Trey is her opposite and weary, but his pull to Tess has him agreeing to help her. Their connection is enthralling and kept me turning page after page! I loved joining them on the journey to discover the real story behind the murder connected to Tess’ magical dress.

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Darla Yocom

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book has a bit of everything – drama, mystery, suspense, romance, social justice, ghosts, visions, and breathtaking imagery.

The story begins by the introduction of the characters, Phoebe and Edward.  This young couple is constantly surrounded by dramatic events, most brought on by themselves. While the opening includes only a brief introduction of these two, you only receive tidbits of information throughout the book regarding the pair, which adequately builds up the suspense as you try to piece together their lives.

The author also introduces you to the main characters, Tess and Trey.  Their instant connection is electric and reflects a heavy hand of fate. I found myself rooting for them to push past the “getting to know you faze” and decide if they felt any sparks.

Both couples are captivated with each other but drama stirs the pot yet helps expand the suspense and drama throughout the story.

You can immediately conclude that the author has an unbelievable love for vintage fashion.  When the lead character, Tess begins the story with the opening of her new vintage boutique, Divine Vintage, you are immediately transferred into masterful descriptions of what can only be described as classic exquisite pieces that told a story of the time in which they were created.  She describes the many facets of the timeless pieces decorated with beads, sequins, and delicate lace. She also paints a magnificent picture of show-stopping sweaters, frame fitting dresses, flowing fabrics, dazzling statement pieces, sparkling jewelry, chiffon layers, and gorgeous gowns from all eras.

I think the reader will enjoy this book and perhaps peak their interest in vintage fashion. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Julie Johnson

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a one-of-a-kind book when it comes to uniqueness and with this being the debut novel by Sandra Young, I’m sure there is more greatness to come!

I really loved how the story of Tess and Trey in modern time became entangled with the lives of Edward and Phoebe from family history. Tess’s love of vintage clothing got her an invitation to model in a show with the ever hunky architect, Trey. While Trey isn’t as impressed with vintage clothing, he quickly finds himself falling in love with Tess….or is it Phoebe?

There are several twists and turns that keep the reader on the edge of their seat during this sweet love story of time gone by. I look forward to more books from this new author!

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Ariel Jensen

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Every article of clothing has a story, though many of us will never know the truth in the threads. For Tess, however, she begins to experience the history of a dress and the original owner’s final moments. Those feelings become amplified from the first moment she lays eyes on Trey. Will they be able to uncover the century-old mystery? Is what they’re experiencing truly their feelings or just a shadow of ghostly desires?

Author Sandra L. Young weaves a fantastic tale of romance and mystery among the threads of history and murder. From the get-go, I was drawn into the balance among the various characters: Tess’ whimsical but fiercely independent nature contrasted with Trey’s calculated and calm demeanor. The varying levels of paranormal belief, how their backgrounds play a part in their present interactions, and how they develop as individuals and together all build an intriguing tale. It was a delightful addition for me as a seamstress and lover of vintage clothing to have this story be so strongly tied to specific period pieces.

For everything I liked about this book, minor stumbling blocks brought the overall rating down. For example, occasionally the author would take a clear stance on a particular “hot topic” (eg. homelessness). While I did appreciate the tie-in to the overall story, the initial appearance was abrupt and felt out of place.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a romantic tale and those who want a first read into a book regarding ghostly encounters.

Review by Ariel Jensen

Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by S. Bittles

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t usually read the paranormal genre but this book did not disappoint, 5 stars!!

We are given a unique, intriguing and mysterious storyline to both the past and the present, as well as very lovable characters. The Author takes great care and attention to detail with their world building and descriptions of the many vintage items. I will be buying a physical copy of this book for my shelf!

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by April McCoy

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I can get behind any book that showcases mystery, murder, history and characters you can’t help but grow to love. That happened here and so much more! This book was exciting and entertaining! The perfect book to get cozy with and forget the world for a little while. I really enjoyed the authors writing style and felt the plot flowed so nicely! My first from the author but definitely not my last!

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Sarah King

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tess has decided to open a vintage clothing store in Michigan City, IN. While prepping for her opening, Esther Deleon and family member Trey Dunmore come in with fliers about a Special Tea and Style show celebrating the anniversary of Carver House. Not willing to pass up the opportunity for model the trousseau gown, knowing it may help built her business since all the clothes in the show would be vintage. During the show, Tess is accompanied by Trey. Tess experiences flashes of history while wearing the dress of Phoebe Carter who was murdered one hundred years ago. These flashes and glimpses of history have Tess investigating Phoebe’s murder -was her husband really who committed the crime as everyone believes? Trey helps Tess hoping to possibly clear the stain on the family name. As the two work together they develop feelings for the other, something neither is looking for. But, are the feelings really that of Tess and Trey? Or are they feelings that are lingering from the past flashes that are experienced?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Murder, mystery, love, and a bit of paranormal whats not to love. Young did an amazing job with her character development and relations. She does a great job of painting a picture that is easy to imagine. I can not wait to see what Young comes up with next. Worth the read!

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Stephanie Seeber

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Divine Vintage has a little bit of everything wrapped into one. There is a love story and a mystery taking place in this interesting story. A vintage store owner, Tess, finds herself drawn to Trey after having visions of an event from a century before that were ignited by touching the vintage clothing of Treys family. A murder suicide was the official story, but is that really what happened? They dive into these visions together to find out what actually happened all those years ago. This story is different from anything I have read and I would recommend to any who love a good mystery!

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Michelle Collier

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved the descriptions of the clothes throughout. I could picture everything so vividly. The characters drew me into this world of mystery, visions, and love. The story kept me engrossed. Great debut novel!

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Alison Risher

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great story! I love the characters, and the story within a story. A hundred-year mistaken belief becomes corrected. Characters take chances on new business ventures, as well as on love. Estranged family members overcome differences and reunite.

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Gretchen Dildine

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a must read!! A little mystery, a little paranormal & a little romance fill the pages. The characters have such depth that you don’t always find and the plot….to die for!!!

Tess Burton, recently opened a vintage clothing store & she has a special skill of knowing the history behind the garment through visions. She is invited to an auction & asked to wear a gown for the event. What she doesn’t know is that she will have intense visions from the past that will pull her into an unsolved murder. She connects with another individual, Trey & together they are determined to solve the murder & find out the truth.

This was easy to read & flowed well from page to page. I loved it from from first page to the last – wish there was a series or follow on to this one!!

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tess Burton is a woman with a dream, a dream of owning her own vintage clothing store and spreading the passion and love she has for it with the world and her dream has finally come true and she has called her boutique Divine Vintage. On her opening day, her first customer is someone who is having an event to showcase an important event in which a set of clothing pieces are going to be modelled for the public and the person organising it invites Tess to model one of the gowns, of course she says yes and agrees wholeheartedly.

On the day of the show, Tess heads to the house and is given a beautiful gown from an Edwardian era trousseau, she is also partnered with a very handsome man wearing a tuxedo which fits him like a glove, Trey Dunmore, together they walk the catwalk, however, as they come to the end Tess is overcome by a vision and collapses into Trey’s arms. As he takes her somewhere to recover, he is astounded to find that when she wakes up, she makes a shocking exclamation and it relates to his family history and the event which taints it, a century old murder in which a bridegroom kills his bride, but her description of her vision through the eyes of the murdered bride unnerves his sceptical nature and he refuses to believe what she saw.

As the days pass and Trey has had time to process his feelings around Tess and the vision she had, he decides to go along with the exploration of his family’s past as he wants to clear the black mark, but while he remains sceptical, Tess uses more clothing and a diary to aid in the discoveries, including a growing list of suspects, he cannot deny that there is an attraction to Tess there, but he is also worried that the images of the past are influencing their present growing intimacy. This is a murder mystery where history is viewed through modern day eyes, as the events leading up to the murder are revealed, they see that romance was as thorny then as it is now, but will the past railroad the present, or will peace and happiness be found by all involved?

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