I was very excited about this book as it has stories from three of my favorite authors.
What I liked: I really enjoyed the first two stories. In A Cowboy Unmatched we return to the Archer brothers and hear about Neill. This was probably my favorite story of the book. The 2nd story was also good. I liked how the four stories were connected. They were independent from each other but the matchmaker/good Samaritan connected them all together.
What I did not like: The last two stories where okay. The last story finally told us who the good Samaritan was. I was looking forward to this one the most. I was very let down. I really did not like the story. The plot really bothered me. I will not give it away but it was meant to be cute and funny but to me it was not.
Over all I still gave this book a four star rating because the first three stories where good and I liked how they were connected. The last wrap up story was just disappointing to me. If you like short stories like this I still recommend it. I love these authors and the writing over all was very good.
I loved the first story by Karen Witemeyer! I was anxious read about Neill Archer, the youngest brother from her book Short-Straw Bride (which was wonderful). A sweet relationship developed quickly between Neill and the strong Clara, and the action from the plot was non-stop. There was a nice balance between moments of character development and romance, and the excitement really moved the story forward.
The second story by Regina Jennings turned out to be my favorite. The unusual premise was so interesting and the main characters so vivid. Again, several sweet moments between them as their relationship developed, and the personality clashes kept things lively. Great romantic tension and chemistry!
The third story by Carol Cox was okay, but the characters were not developed enough for me to feel an emotional connection to their story. There didn't seem to be any reason for the main characters to fall in love other than that they were there and convenient. The attraction was stated, and then all the focus was on the mystery. A three star rating for me on this one, but the other stories were strong enough to carry the five star rating overall :)
The last by Mary Connealy was a story of unrequited love full of emotion and tempered with a huge dose of humor, as usual. It was fun to read the story of the matchmaker and how the town conspired to make her match.
"A Match Made in Texas" is comprised of four romantic novellas. The stories take place in 1893 in Texas. Each story is unique in that the characters are facing their own set of challenges. While dealing with their challenges, the characters also find themselves being given an opportunity to find love (or maybe love finds them). I really enjoyed this book and I felt that the first two stories were well developed (given the length of each story). I also enjoyed many of the characters, especially Clayton and Grace.
The first story centers around the lives of Neill Archer and Clara Danvers while the second story focuses on Clayton Weber and Grace O'Malley. Clayton and Grace's story was definitely my favorite of all of the stories in the book. The third story tells about the lives of Andrew Simms, Lucy Benson and Andrew's Aunt Martha. I loved Aunt Martha as she was a stubborn older woman who had a lot of life in her. She definitely made me laugh. This story also contained an element of mystery. I liked the story but found the romance part to be a little too rushed. The last story finds the "mystery matchmaker" now being the focus of everyone's attention. This story is about the lives of Hannah Taylor and Marcus Whitfield. I felt this should have been the strongest of all four stories as this is the one that ties all of them together. However, I found the story line to be rushed and not very well developed. I liked it but it was my least favorite of the other stories. Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others. I look forward to reading some of the other works from these authors.
*Thank you to Bethany House for providing me this book in exchange for my honest review.
A Match Made in Texas is a wonderful collection of four novellas!
THE COWBOY UNMATCHED by KAREN WITEMEYER
Clara Danvers is a widow expecting a child, who desperately needs help fixing up the run down house and barn before the birth of her child. But her wealthy father-in-law is determined to take the baby from her.
Neill isn't sure who hired him to repair Clara's roof, he only knows Clara desperately needs his help. Clara thinks he is there to fill an ad for a husband.
AN UNFORESEEN MATCH by REGINA JENNINGS
Grace O'Malley has been a school teacher for many years in Dry Gulch, Texas but as her eyesight begins to decline, the school board has had to let her go. They have set her up on a ranch about two miles outside of town and made arrangements for someone to deliver food to her daily. She can only make out bright lights and some shapes.
Clayton is just passing through Dry Gulch long enough to earn some money to buy a new horse, when a mysterious ad lands in his hands. It's an answer to his prayers for a chance to earn some money so he can be on his way to the land rush.
NO MATCH FOR LOVE by CAROL COX
Lucy Benson has no family left and has been living with her best friends family. But with her best friend about to marry, it's time Lucy moves on. An ad for a live-in companion for an elderly widow seems to be an answered prayer.
Andrew Simms aunt seems to be losing her mind. With his own business taking off, he needs someone to watch over her and the ranch. When odd things start happening around the ranch that only his aunt sees, he hires Lucy to help care for her, but when Lucy sees them too, he is confused.
MEETING HER MATCH by MARY CONNEALY
Hannah Taylor is the teacher at Dry Gulch and a mother to her three younger brothers and her father since her mother's recent death. She has given up on marriage after all three parties married as a result of her interfering.
The only other single, church-going man in Dry Gulch is shy banker Marcus Whitfield. He is anything but graceful when it comes to being in the presence of Hannah. She has no idea his feeling for her since he is constantly avoiding her and has only spoken a handful of sentences to her over the last six years. She doesn't understand the depth of Mark's feelings for her and he can't find the words to tell her.
I enjoyed all four stories, and love that they all take place in the same town with some of the same characters in all four stories.
I loved the role "The Matchmaker" played in the first three stories and how she got her own story in the last one!
Thanks to Bethany House for providing this book for an honest review!
"In the small town of Dry Gulch, Texas, a good-hearted busybody just can't keep herself from surreptitiously trying to match up women in dire straits with men of good character she hopes can help them. How is she to know she's also giving each couple a little nudge toward love?
A Cowboy Unmatched by Karen Witemeyer
Neill isn't sure who hired him to repair Clara's roof-he only knows Clara desperately needs his help. Can he convince this stubborn widow to let down her guard and take another chance on love?
An Unforeseen Match by Regina Jennings
Hoping to earn an honest wage on his way to the land rush, Clayton ends up on Grace's doorstep, lured by a classified ad. He may have signed on for more than he expected though-and he may have found the one woman who can keep him from moving on.
No Match For Love Carol Cox
Andrew can't fathom how refined Lucy ended up as the caretaker to his dotty aunt, and somehow her arrival has prompted even more bizarre occurrences around the ranch. When they join forces to unearth the truth, will the attraction between Andrew and Lucy develop into more?
Meeting Her Match by Mary Connealy
When the tables are turned and a tender-hearted meddler becomes the beneficiary of a matchmaking scheme, her world is turned upside down. As her entire life changes, will she finally be able to tell the banker's son how much she cares for him?"
My mom read this book, so she has supplied me with a review:-)
Each of these books takes place in the same town and they all tied together at the end. The first had a little mystery in it and had a few funny parts. The second book was very sweet and had a curve-ball that was nice to read. The third had some action and was pretty funny in places. While the fourth left me frustrated because of how the family operated, but it did work out nicely in the end.
The overall book was sweet and it was nice to see as the reader, that God was in control of every situation throughout the story. However, the book did have quite a bit of description that had me just skipping paragraphs at a time. Also, each story is extremely predictable. But, this book was nice to read and I did enjoy reading it.
"I received this book from Bethany House for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own."