always enjoy Ms. Wingate’s releases in this series,
for she has a lovable protagonist in Prudence (Pru) Parke
who, while in her 50s, relocated from Texas to England, her
mother’s homeland, hoping to establish herself as a
reputable landscaper, while trying to find any long lost relatives.
Fortunately, in the last release, she found her brother, from
whom she was separated while very young.
In this release, Pru and her beau, Detective Chief Inspector
Christopher Pearse, whom Pru met during her first job in Chelsea,
have grown close. I smiled as Christopher paled before asking
Pru to marry him. Of course, Pru accepted the proposal, and
she also was offered and accepted a position at the Royal
Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland, researching the work
of eighteenth-century botanist and explorer Archibald Menzies.
Fortunately, Pru and Christopher agree that Scotland would
be a perfect site for their wedding. Unfortunately, Pru and
a colleague have an argument over her research, and when the
colleague is later found murdered, Pru becomes the likely
Once again, Mary Wingate has provided a witty, enchanting
and highly enjoyable entry in her engrossing series. I enjoyed
how Pru has grown in her relationship with Christopher, who
is charming, and her interaction with her colleges reveals
her growing confidence in her abilities. Ms. Wingate has added
enough humor throughout to have me laughing out loud too many
times to count. I especially loved the scenes of Pru at the
Reading this story made me feel as though I were visiting
old friends and savoring every minute. I was happy that Pru’s
relationship with her brother has grown, adored the wedding
preparations, and was sad that the story had to end. I can't
wait for the next release in this wonderful series.