As a fan of historical romance, I was eager to read A MATCH MADE IN TEXAS, and I was not disappointed! This book contains four novellas--each written by a talented author--and each story was a pleasure to read. Set in Dry Gulch, Texas in the late 1800s, this novella collection offers colorful characters, action, and of course...romance. Highly recommended!!
A Match Made in TexasA Match Made in Texas is a wonderful book of four novellas each written by a popular and amazing Christian Fiction author. When I found out that Karen Witemeyer, Carol Cox, and Mary Connealy were three of the authors, I just had to read this book, because I have read and loved a few books from each author.
I loved how someone was secretly setting up all of the first three matches, and that the last book was a group of people matching up the matchmaker! Each book had wonderful laugh out loud moments and sweet clean romances.
Some things that I really liked. All of the female characters were so strong, determined, and full of faith in God in very tough times and all of the male lead characters were kind, caring, sweet, and helpful in their own ways. I also loved that some of the stories showed characters from other books written by that author, it was nice to hear about them again, and hear the story of another character.
Each story was filled with laugh out loud moments and conversations, sweet moments, sad moments, hope, and faith. Each character had a unique personality, unique circumstances, and a wonderful and entertaining story. I felt bad for many of the main characters at times, but had hope that everything would turn out right.
Two of my favorites were An Unforseen Match by Regina Jennings and No Match for Love by Carol Cox, but the other two were also great.
I won't say anything about the characters problems because I don't want to give to much away! Read this book you won't regret it!
I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley. I was not required to give a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own
I was so excited to get a hold of this book! Both Karen Witemeyer and Regina Jennings fall into my "favorite authors" category and I've enjoyed other books by Carol Cox and Mary Connealy. I was definitely not disappointed. These stories are all complete in themselves and fulfill all a romantics dreams. While I'm sure each book could have been fleshed into a full-fledged novel by these talented authors, I was completely satisfied with how these four couples' stories were told.
Each of these authors has her own unique style of telling a great story, which makes this collection a very good read. A Match Made in Texas, as a whole collection, receives 5 stars for not only its interesting plot of an unwitting matchmaker, but also the collection of the very different styles of writing that really make this book stand out.
**I received this book for free in return for an honest review**
The setting is Dry Gulch, (you guessed it) Texas. A mystery woman in town is doing some secretive, good-natured meddling and inadvertently playing match-maker in the process. The first novella, A Cowboy Unmatched, revisits one of my favorite characters from Short-Straw Bride and was an absolute page-turner! The second novella, An Unforeseen Match, had a main character who was mostly blind and it was a very cute, touching story. No Match for Love, had humor and mystery and Meeting Her Match was an adorably shy suitor and a somewhat reluctant bride. The ending to the final novella was a lot of conversation to push the romance and felt a little awkward, but it was still a good ending. There was very little Christian content in these books, but they were entertaining to read. I enjoyed each of these novellas and would definitely recommend A Match Made in Texas as a cute collection of historical romance.
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.
This is a collection of four novellas all set in 1893 Texas. They are: "A Cowboy Unmatched" by Karen Witemeyer, "An Unforeseen Match" by Regina Jennings, "No Match for Love" by Carol Cox and "Meeting Her Match" by Mary Connealy. Each story tells a very different tale of how love blossoms between four different couples.
These stories include:
A poor widow whose wealthy father-in-law is terrorizing her, and wanting to lay claim to her unborn child. All the while she is living is little more than a flimsy shack in the middle of nowhere.
A young teacher who suddenly loses her sight, and is left to unhappily live off the charity of the town people. She believes the answer to her plight is to place an ad for a husband the way men have advertised for mail-order-brides.
A once rich young woman whose father dies suddenly, finds her dad's riches were unwisely invested, and she is left penniless. Since she never received any sort of training even in household duties, her future seems unsure. One man in town wants to marry her, but he makes her skin crawl, and he stalks her every move.
A school teacher who has been taking care of everyone else, suddenly finds herself abandoned by her family and living in a tiny dingy, room without prospects for anything better. She refuses to marry anyone who is not a Christian believer. The only young single, Christian in town wants nothing to do with her.
Everyone of these stories are completely different, but all are clean and told from a Christian point of view. Each one is very entertaining, and catches the reader's attention right from the start. The first three involve a mystery person who sets circumstances in motion that ultimately brings the couples together. The third story hints at the identity of that person, with the reveal given in the forth story.
I am not always a fan of novellas, but "A Match Made in Texas" kept my interest, and I really liked it. They were such a delight that I plan to search for more stories by these authors. It was enjoyable to "catch up" with more details about the first three characters in the last tale in this book. Since I am a mystery lover, I wish the reveal of the good Samaritan would have been drawn out longer in the last story, that way the mystery could have lasted longer. However, it was a good tale, with a different twist! I recommend this collection, especially to all romance lovers. This story deserves fives stars in the romance category.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.