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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 Vianna’s vision threatens the integrity and safety of the Farm, Kelsey has to intervene.
When Kelsey finds Vianna’s dead body at the foot of the church steps, everyone’s plans fall apart. With both the wedding and Barton Farm at risk of being permanently shut down, Kelsey has to work hard to save her own happily ever after.
Island Confidential: Amanda, welcome back to Island Confidential! Can you tell us about your protagonist?
Amanda Flower: Kelsey Cambridge is a hardworking and driven single mom and the Director of Barton Farm, a living history museum near Cleveland, Ohio.
How much of you is in Kelsey?
AF: Kelsey is very driven and determined, which is me all the way. Our big difference is she’s had a harder life, with her divorce at least, than I have, so she’s more guarded than I am. If I met her in real life, I know we would be friends, but I think she‘d get frustrated with me because I’m super high energy most of time.
Do your characters change and evolve throughout consecutive books in the series?
AF: Yes, all my characters evolve throughout the series. In The Final Vow, I think Benji, Kelsey’s assistant, has the biggest transformation.
Have you ever thought of killing someone that you know in real life–on the pages of a murder mystery, I mean?
AF: Ummm… no comment.
How realistic is your setting? Do you take liberties, or are you true to life?
AF: The setting is based on real living history museums that I have visited across the country. I always worked at such a museum when I was in college, so the setting is very accurate in my opinion.
When the movie or TV series is made, who plays the major parts?
AF: That’s a tough one, but I think I would have this line up:
Kelsey Cambridge: Jennifer Garner
Chase Wyatt: Chris Hemsworth
Krissie Pumpernickel: AnnaSophia Robb
Vianna Pine: Vanessa Hudgens
What’s the worst and best advice you’ve heard or received as an author?
AF: The best advice I have ever received was from author Heather Webber aka Heather Blake, who told me to be always writing something new. The worst advice, I have ever received was that I don’t need a literary agent. I listened to the best advice and ignored the worst.
About The Author
Amanda Flower, a national bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words.
Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel and her children’s mysteries, Andi Unexpected and Andi Under Pressure, were an Agatha Award Nominees for Best Children’s/YA Novel. Andi Unstoppable won the Agatha Award for Best Children’s/YA Novel 2015. Amanda is a librarian in northeast Ohio. She also writes mysteries as USA Today Bestselling Author Isabella Alan. Visit her at http://www.amandaflower.com.