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The Final Vow

(Living History Museum #3)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  62 reviews

Summer weddings in Barton Farm’s picturesque church are standard procedure for museum director Kelsey Cambridge. At least they were until the Cherry Foundation, which supports the museum, orders Kelsey to host her ex-husband’s wedding on Farm grounds.

Ambitious wedding planner Vianna Pine is determined to make the bride’s Civil War-themed wedding perfect. But each time

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Published May 8th 2017 by Midnight Ink (first published March 2017)
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May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts
Barton Farm’s picturesque church is the perfect place for a summer wedding but the next wedding on the calendar is not one Kelsey Cambridge is looking forward to. The wedding planner Vianna Pine is a perfectionist but Kelsey can handle that, it the bridezilla she can do without. Krissie Pumpernickel, her ex’s fiancee is driving both Kelsey and Vianna crazy with her demands. Going so far as to ask the the flowers be removed from the gardens because they draw insects and have
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, arc, cozy
This the third book in the Living Museum series. It can be read as a standalone. A light and relaxing cozy mystery read. Good for the breach of a stormy day. Kelsey Cambridge is the director of the Barton Farms Living Museum series. The museum is funded by the Cherry Foundation. The have insisted that Kelsey host the wedding of her ex-husband and his bride, Krissie who is a demanding bride. Krissie wants a Civil War wedding. She demands lights in 200-year-old church. Kelsey tells her no for ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2017
The Final Vow by Amanda Flower is the third book in A Living History Museum series. Kelsey Cambridge is the Director of Barton Farm in New Hartford, Ohio. She currently is planning the wedding of Krissie Pumpernickel and Eddie Cambridge, Kelsey’s ex-husband (awkward). Krissie insists on being married on Barton Farm and, thanks to her father, it is going to happen (spoiled much). Vianna Pine, Krissie’s wedding planner, is ensuring that Krissie gets her dream wedding. Krissie wants twinkle lights ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Twists and turns I didn't expect while trying to figure out who the killer was and why it was Vianna.

So that is my "tag line" for this cozy mystery that took me through a few different emotions because I felt for Kelsey having to deal with her ex getting remarried where she works to someone that is a spoiled person and expects everything to be done her way. Kelsey put up with a lot and on top of that has to figure out who killed Vianna and why. I honestly never suspected the character that
Lisa Morin
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoy this series and this book was as good as the others.
In this book, it's time for the big wedding and Kelsey is working hard not to walk away from it all.
Krissy is a true bridezilla and even the wedding planner is at her wits end.
Providing the venue for an ex husband and his bride to be takes patience and every is slowly running out.

When a grim accident turns out to be murder, fingers point and accusations are tossed.

Will this gruesome image hurt the farm and put a wrench in the wedding?
Maureen Timerman
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
We are back at Barton Farm’s Museum and with the director Kelsey Cambridge, and this poor girl has to help host her ex-husband’s wedding to a bridezilla. She also has that woman threating to take her to court for custody of her son, boy I sure would love to help her, not, but she must.
As with the other books there is soon a body, and the impact might just shut down the farm, and cancel the wedding. As we go through the lists of suspects you will be changing your mind and I was really surprised
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kelsey is the museum director for a living museum. She is dealing with an unreasonable bride who just happens to be marrying kelsey’s Ex-husband. The bride is determined to have lights hung from an old church, while Kelsey says no. The wedding planner falls to her death during the night while she is trying to hang the lights. Secrets come out and Kelsey fears for her life until she can get it figured out. It sounds like a very nice place to visit and work. Makes you want to go see the museum.
Julie Graves
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
Kelsey is busy with all the wedding preparations for her ex-husband and his fiance'. The last thing she needs at this time is another murder on Barton Farm. But that is exactly what she gets! Krissie(the bride) is determined to make Kelsey's life a nightmare by getting her way for the wedding. Her wedding planner is just as determined. But when the wedding planner ends up dead Kelsey is once again plunged into saving the reputation of her beloved farm.

Kelsey not only has the wedding to deal
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really do enjoy this series. I wondered in my review of the first book if the author would be able to keep the storylines interesting if all of them stay on the living museum's grounds. So far, yes.

I do have some triggers with characters that are too docile and get pushed around. Kelsey takes a lot of abuse from her ex's fiancé and I can understand why with her little son, but.... Luckily, it wasn't so much that I had to stop reading from sheer exasperation (yes, with a fictional character).

DelAnne Frazee
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: The Final Vow - A Living History Museum Mystery Book 3
Author: Amanda Flower
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Published: 5-8-2017
Pages: 280
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Sub-Genre: Suspense, Amateur Sleuth, Cozy Mystery, Women Sleuths,
ISBN: 9780738745923
Reviewed For NetGalley and Midnight Ink
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: 4.25 Stars

Summer weddings at Barton Farm’s picturesque church were standard procedure for museum director Kelsey Cambridge―until the Cherry Foundation, which supports the
Deana Dick
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author has written another great mystery that kept me guessing throughout the story. I loved the setting of the story and fell in love with Barton Farm. Kelsey is a wonderful character and I love her determination to make the guests always happy . However, Kelsey finds herself in an awkward position when her ex -husband and his fiancé want to get married at the farm. I can see how inviting the place would be for a bride. The church is filled with history and surrounded by intriguing ...more
Angel Hatfield
May 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Krissie dreamed about being a June bride and Krissie got what she wanted. Kelsey had met Krissie one year ago. Kelsey had a notebook that deleted all the things she needed to do in every aspect of her life from running the Barton Farm - a living history museum to raising her six year old son Hayden. Kelsey had learned in the last three months planning Krissie’s wedding that it was always better to collect herself before she responded. Benji was Kelsey’s assistant and he told Krissie all would be ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-kindle-books
Amanda Flower has struck gold once again with the third (and final, I believe) installment of the Living History Museum series. Chaos is reigning once again at Barton Farms. With attack chickens, a bridezilla, and a tipsy Abraham Lincoln this book is part murder mystery and part comedy and an all around fun read!

I'm not sure how Amanda Flower is able to take things that sooo don't belong together (see above) and put them together to make perfect sense. I'm glad she is able to because her books
Anam Cara
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I had not realized that this was the third book in a series when I started it. And it really doesn't matter as I think anything from previous story lines that I needed to know were toouched on enough that I didn't lose anything. Also, the reflections on previous books was not so overbearing that I felt I was being forced to read several novels at once.

Kelsey is the director of a living heritage museum that includes a farm and period village. To help supplement the income from normal tourists,
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing

When it comes to making a reader want more Amanda Flower has a knack for it. I eagerly read any book by her, and then wait impatiently for another release. The Final Vow was a beautiful mystery, yes I did say beautiful.

Though I have to agree with Laura, Kelsey will have her wedding to the right man one day, a girls gotta have faith. And then all the wedding planners, I have had dreams of once being a wedding planner, but no more. These gals can have that job, I will stick with reading their
Mark Baker
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2017
Kelsey Cambridge has been suckered into the wedding of the century – that of her ex-husband to his second wife. The bride is overly demanding, including wanting lights in the steeple of the church on Barton Farm, the living history museum where Kelsey works. Kelsey says no because of safety concerns, but that doesn’t stop the wedding coordinator, Vianna, from sneaking up to the steeple. Unfortunately, Kelsey was correct since Vianna falls and dies. However, Kelsey and the police both think that ...more
Sherry Lynn
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy
The setting-A historical museum farm
The plot-The Bridezilla or not/ The over the top wedding planner
The victim-The wedding planner
The mystery-who dun it/why

All the components of a good Cozy Mystery. I enjoyed the plot. I liked the setting.

The author did a great job of making the reader feel they were a part of the historical farm.

I enjoyed Kelsey and her reactions to all the chaos surrounding the pending wedding of her ex-husband.

After the wedding planner literally falls to her death Kelsey
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This is number three in a series – and I so wish I had read the first two, well, first. I totally dug the storyline: Kelsey Cambridge, historical farm director gets herself embroiled in a murder mystery. And I dug the characters: bridezilla, jerky ex, perky assistant, grouchy good old boys club, Wonder Woman wedding planner, and uber-supportive wannabe boyfriend. But I struggled to empathize with them, because I didn’t get to know them deeply enough. I almost felt my heartbeat faster when things ...more
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it

Kelsey Cambridge is in charge of the historic Barton Farm's living museum. Her ex-husband is remarrying and his bride, Krissy, has planned her entire wedding around it being held at the Farm. Krissy is the worst example of a woman who does not understand the word “no”. She is rude and manipulative. Most of all she has threatened Kelsey with taking custody of Kelsey's son, Hayden. She has also threatened Kelsey's job at the Farm. Krissy comes from
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
THE FINAL VOW by Amanda Flower
The Third Living History Museum Mystery

With the fear of losing funding for the museum and custody of her son, Kelsey Cambridge has to put a smile on her face and play nice with her ex-husband's bridezilla and the wedding planner from hell. While she has to attempt to appease the women, Kelsey will not risk safety at Barton Farm and adamantly denies putting lights in the church's steeple. Yet Jason comes rushing to Kelsey's door saying he saw lights in the steeple
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Living History Museum Mystery series is one of the best cozy mystery series I have ever read. I love culinary mysteries, but I enjoyed this series so much because it was completely different from anything else I've read in this genre. Reading this series set in a living history museum brought back nostalgic feelings from field trips to historic buildings I went on as an elementary school student, and field trips I've taken classes on as an elementary school teacher.

Flower weaves historical
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Kelsey is planning the wedding for Krissie and Eddie, Kesley’s ex husband. Talk about awkward. Krissie insists on the wedding to be held at Barton Farm. The bride to be wants things her way and some things are a hazzard and Kelsey has to tell her how it is really going to be. Kelsey finds Vianna ( the planner ) dead outside the church with a string of lights dangling from a window. Kelsey takes it upon herself to find out what really happened and can she get this done before Krisse’s big dream ...more
Pam Guynn
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Final Vow is the 3rd book in Amanda Flower's A Living History Museum series. Kelsey Cambridge has been told that she has to hosts her ex-husband's wedding along with her other duties as Museum Director. There many twists and turns to finding the real murderer. In fact, when I was reading I really thought it was someone else until the end. I would love to give you a spoiler but I won't because I think you need to read the book yourself.

This is a new cozy mystery series and author I have not
Connie Carpenter
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have not had the pleasure of reading anything by this author before, but now that I have read this book (3rd in the series - but I had no problems following along) I am hooked. This book was easy to read, flowed nicely, well written characters, and a great story line. I love the clues that are left throughout the book - and I enjoyed trying to figure out who did it. There is some background in the book (which is why I did not have a problem following along) There is romance in the book :) ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it
How awkward would it be to host your ex-husband's wedding? Not as awkward as discovering Vianna's dead body on the church steps..

demanding bride, a wedding planner who is trying to abide by the bride while keeping the integrity of the old church as well as safety of the patrons and guests of the wedding. But who killed Vianna and why?? This story starts out innocent enough, but then the story picks up and it is hard to put it down. Then, you're turning the pages to find out the answers just to
Deborah Almada
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really like the history as well as the mystery in this series. I like Kelsey and her staff, the Farm and all our regular characters, but I have to say that for the first time in a cozy I actually wanted to kill off a character!!!!!!!!!! The bride in this book was beyond the pale, her behavior actually took some of my enjoyment out of the story. With so much being demanded of Kelsey it is amazing she could get anything done , much less solve a murder but as usual she comes through for every one ...more
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
What can be worse than helping to plan your ex-husband’s new wedding? Kelsey Cambridge runs the Barton Farm, a living history museum. Guess who wants to book their wedding here? You got it, Krissie Pumpernickel, the fiancé of Eddie; Kelsey’s ex-husband. Kelsey is forced to accommodate bridezilla Krissie and when Vianna Pine, the wedding planner is murdered, a little sleuthing begins. To complicate things more, a custody battle is going on for Hayden, the six year old son of Kelsey and Eddie.

Carol Lee
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed this series that take place at a living museum. It makes me feel like I have visited the museum, but am glad not to under the circumstances that Kelsey finds Vianna under. Kelsey has her hands full with Vianna and her ideas for a wedding on the grounds, but when Kelsey finds Vianna dead, she realizes she has to find out what has happened so that the museum is not negatively affected.
I appreciated how Kelsey was able to handle herself under the circumstances and think that she
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kelsey Cambridge as director for the historic Barton Farm complex oversees everything, even the upcoming wedding of her ex-husband. Marrying a woman who makes all other bridezillas seem reasonable, Kelsey will just be glad when Krissie, her demands, and the wedding are all over. But when the wedding planner is found dead, having fallen from the steeple of the church, what started as an unpleasant event turned into a deadly one. This well written cozy, with its unique setting and delightful ...more
Nancy Luebke
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this who done it with a little bit of romance. I received this book for free and voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 5* rating. This was clean with just a little bit of violence. This pulled me with the harassed heroine and the wana be hero. There was just so much going on that I just wanted to know what was going to happen next. There was a couple of mysteries solved in this also. Nothing like a murder to bring out the secrets. Look forward to more of this author's ...more
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