Old Love~ A Review

I was looking forward to reading Old Love by Nancy J. Hedin. The bright cover caught my eye, and the blurb was interesting. It sounded like a lovely reunion romance partnered with a cozy mystery with hints of a rom-com added in. I also liked the idea of the main characters being a more mature age than normal romances. We don’t see that very often in WLW novels. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations.

I think the biggest problem I had with the story was character development, especially the main characters. Sometimes the actions of these characters contradicted their character descriptions. I never connected with neither Mary nor Sadie in the story, and I had a hard time believing in the speed of their romance. After thirty years apart, these two should have been almost complete strangers to each other, and the romance should have reflected that.

The eccentric/homebody tone of the narrative started to bother me after a while. A little of that voice is cute, but the whole story told in that voice was too much for me.

I did enjoy the cozy mystery of the tale. That part of the story is well-written. For me, it was the best part of this novel.

I do see promise for future books from this author. She had some really good ideas for the story, and did create an interesting mystery. I look forward to seeing her future writing.

While I can’t say that I really enjoyed this novel, I do think those who like cozy mysteries might find it an OK read.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bella Books for an honest review.

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