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Main Street (Providence Island Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Dana falls in love with her new home and Nick Warden, a local garage owner, and former cop. When her BMW convertible catches his eye, she thinks it’s funny. Not long after Dana finds out that Nick is interested in her car, she comes to understands that he is more interested in her.
The budding relationship is going well until Nick becomes concerned over a series of strange and terrifying incidents plaguing Dana. How many of the odd occurrences are connected to her late husband’s murder?
Series: Providence Island - Book 1
Author: Dianna Wilkes
Genre: Romance Cozy
Publisher: RedBird Books
Main Street is the first in a new series by author Dianna Wilkes. The book is well written with little to no grammar issues to distract the reader. The work flows from one scene to another flawlessly. The plot remains true throughout; there is never any worry that the reader will get lost somewhere along the way.
The characters are memorable and entertaining with the type of personalities that make a story come to life. Dana is an older recent widow who is not only dealing with the loss of her husband but also the loss of her life as she knows it. Her son has gone missing, by choice. She has no idea of where he is or why he decided to leave, but every day she hopes to hear from him and is determined not to give up until she does.
She has moved from her home and taken on a new life in PI, a new business venture and a budding romance that leaves her almost breathless. When secrets she never knew existed pop up, she accepts them and plans to move on with her life and be happy. Dana is a strong independent woman who can accomplish anything she sets out to achieve yet she still has some very feminine frailties that increase the reader's enjoyment.
Nick Warden is a great character but also a welcome romantic lead. He falls for Dana in a flash. He has his own issues to deal with but will do anything he can to keep Dana happy and safe. The other supporting characters are a great addition to the overall story and help keep the reader turning the page.
Although this is a wonderful debut book, there are some issues that should have been resolved. Many of the questions raised in the story are not answered, including who the killer is. Cliff hangers are great for television but few cozy readers like them. The ending to this story is not satisfactory for the reader. Any cozy, even those in a series need to stand alone. All issues need to be wrapped up and the reader left with no questions about what happened and who is to blame. It is great to build suspense but not having the answers may make many readers toss the book on a pile and never read another installment.
Much of the story in Main Street is interesting and intriguing, but the ending leaves a lot to be desired. Due to these unresolved questions, this book is not highly recommended. Anyone who dislikes a cliffhanger or those readers who want all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed by the end of the story will not enjoy this book.
So the romance and suspense get 5 stars. A few too many secondary characters derail the flow of the book sometimes and the fact that the mystery does not reach conclusion really is not my thing. This is clearly a ploy to get you to read on into the series which as a reader I really, really dislike. The cliffhanger bit gets 3 stars. That said, I would love to see Rhys get a HEA, a lot of time is spent getting to know his character and his story is obviously left unresolved.
When Dana relocates to Providence Island (or PI as she and the locals affectionately call it) she is trying to leave all of these things behind. New house. New project. New life and low and behold a possible new romance with the very attractive Nick Warden whom is a cop turned local garage owner. As all of these new things are coming together it appears that an ominous threat is rearing its ugly head. Are these random occurrences or is there a connection to her past?
Main Street and it’s characters are beautifully written. The detail, the description, the visualization is solid and you, as a reader, can see everything that is being expressed. You will have unanswered questions but remind yourself that this is only the beginning. This is a series so there has to be that lingering question of what is next?
If romantic mysteries are your thing then Main Street is what you need!
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