The only previous reviewer,as of this date, has written of being disappointed because this was not the expected romance. That is true. this is not to be categorized as a Romance novel but as a Cozy Mystery with a touch of the customary romance when the heroine is a young woman.
The central characters, retired businessman and 27 year old daughter, who has come to live permanently with him, since she could not find a satisfactory outlet for her creativity in dress design in the family business, now run by her two older siblings, are an appealing duo. Not to be forgotten is the puppy with whom the daughter has arrived who has made the duo a trio. In the small community in which they live, the father, recently widowed, is of course the target of the amorous attention of the like-aged woman; the daughter rapidly assumes that status among some of the younger men. The mystery arises out of the death, accident or murder, of the new owner of the ranch on which their house is located. Aside from the mystery plot, there is, of course, a running sub-theme of the contrast between the NYC and California non-urban setting, another, the match-making proclivities of the older women with regard to the daughter and their efforts to come closer to the father, still very much missing his one and only wife.
This is light, moderately amusing, fare, heavier on character than on problem-solving, but with a sufficient 'Who Dun It' aspect to satisfy Cozy readers, though probably too uncomplicated for the puzzle-seeking admirers of the genre. I found it a pleasing visit to The Ranch and believe other Cozy readers will find it a comfortable fit with their reading needs.