A Match Made in Texas- A Novella Collection by Witemeyer, Connealy, Jennings and Cox.
If you like Historical Christian Romance, this collection of 4 novellas is for you. Set in Dry Gulch, TX in 1893, each story involves the work of an anonymous matchmaker. How else you can explain how handy man Neill just shows up to help widow Clara fix up her homestead? Or Grace, a young schoolteacher that is losing her sight as well as her job, but still wants to be independent on her ranch. Cowboy Clayton shows up on her doorstep in response to a classified ad that Grace never wrote. Then there is Andrew who needs someone to stay on his ranch with his elderly aunt while he travels for work, and city girl Lucy is sent to him by an unknown source. In the final story Hannah has known Mark since grade school, but he is too tongue tied around her to make the first move. Only a matchmaker can give them a little push in the right direction! At first I wasn't sure if I would like the novellas, because they seemed too short. Yet, I loved the novels I had read by Karen Witemeyer and Mary Connealy. I found I like the short stories because some nights after work and getting the kids to bed I only had a short time to read and I could read the whole novella in one sitting. I love historical fiction and these authors didn't disappoint!
Just by the author names on the front cover, a savvy reader is going to know they are in for a spectacular treat with this sweet collection of love stories. And for the not-yet-familiar reader, they are sure to discover their new favorite historical romance authors.
Each novella in this four book collection takes place in the quaint little town of Dry Gulch, Texas. One would not think love would be prone to blossom in such a place, but one matchmaker is not about to let love slip these heroes and heroines by.
Each story is unique and special to the author's talents and voice. For fans of the Archers from previous full length fiction, readers get the chance to read Neill's love story. His and Clara's was definitely my favorite and I could have easily read an entire length book about these two.
One of the things I've never been in love with about novellas is the story line feels rushed or put-on because of the story word count. But I loved this collection. Each story did justice to their characters and covered a good bit of ground for having so little to work with. And there is a fun little "twist" to the last story as we finally meet who has been setting all our characters up.
From beginning to end, a pleasurable collection of stories that will warm and soothe the most romantic of hearts.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.
A Match Made in Texas is a collection of four novellas by the authors Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, Carol Cox, and Mary Connealy all set around Dry Gulch, Texas. I really liked these stories! I was interested in them right from the start. The length was perfect! I hate reading a set of novellas when they each feel more like a book. These books revolve around a mystery benefactor who helps women in distress find their true love. Pretty fun concept to read about. :-)
A Cowboy Unmatched by Karen WiteMeyer highlights the adventures of Neill and Clara. Clara is widowed and pregnant and in desperate need of help with her little home. Neill receives a mysterious note and money to fix up Clara's place, but when he gets there he is met with a surprised, gun-toting woman. As he works on her home he becomes drawn to Clara. Can he convince her to give love a try?
An Unforeseen Match by Regina Jennings is about Grace who is quickly going blind. The school board lets her stay in a home outside of town, but Grace is left dependent on them for everything. That is until Clayton shows up saying he applied for the job to fix her place up. Clayton helps Grace become more independent and in the process love starts to bloom. Will their insecurities keep them from each other or draw them closer together?
No Match for Love by Carol Cox showcases Lucy and Andrew. Lucy travels to west Texas to become a companion to an older woman all alone on a ranch. The aunt isn't at all how she imagined her to be, but she comes to love and admire her. Andrew, the nephew, is concerned for his aunt's mental state, but Lucy is convinced something fishy is going on. Will they figure out the mystery in time to save the ranch?
Meeting Her Match by Mary Connealy is about the matchmaker's life turned upside down. Is there anyone who can save her life like she did for her friends? Will she ever have someone to love her?
A great collection of stories for anyone, and I was really drawn to the first two. They were so good, and I loved the characters and storylines for them. The last two weren't as interesting to me, but they were still okay.
I was given this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Four novellas, written by four different authors, yet all connected to Dry Gulch, Texas in the year 1893. Romance, humor, adventure, and faith all come together as a secret matchmaker works her magic on the back-country ranches of Texas. Included are A Cowboy Unmatched by K. Witmeyer, An Unforeseen Match by R. Jennings, No Match for Love by C. Cox and Meeting Her Match by M. Connealy_each a stand alone story yet linked to the others.
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Each delightful novella is interconnected through location and circumstances which prove humorous but sincere. With two of my favorite authors coupled with two new authors (and now both my favorite as well), I truly enjoyed this graceful mix of stories. Overall well written and satisfying, I appreciated that all the short novels were contained in one book (with an adorable cover). Perfect just in time for Valentine's Day, this collection of sweet, charming and genuine novellas is matchless.
4.5 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of A Match Made In Texas from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review
This book has four novellas originating in Dry Gulch, Texas in 1893.
A Cowboy Unmatched by Karen Witemeyer is about, Clara, a pregnant widow and, Neill, a man hired by an anonymous person to repair Clara's roof. I would say this is the best of the four novellas. Clara insists she is fine and doesn't need help. Neill sees her homestead for the dump that it is and insists on doing the job he was hired to do. I have read all of Karen Witemeyer's books and have enjoyed them. This was just too short.
An Unforeseen Match by Regina Jennings is about, Grace, a school teacher that is losing her sight and, Clayton, who has been hired by an anonymous person to fix up her place. Grace is living on a homestead purchased for her by the school board. This is the same homestead where we first meet Clara in the first story. Neill is on his way to OK for a land run. His only purpose in stopping over in Dry Gulch is to earn some money to help him get to OK. Plans change when he meets Grace. This novella was ok. It moved slowly in spots.
No Match For Love by Carol Cox is about, Lucy, a young woman with no means of support since her father's death, and, Andrew, a business man. Andrew hires Lucy to be a companion to his aging aunt who lives on a ranch away from town. The only problem is that Lucy doesn't know the first thing about running a house. She can't even boil water. I found myself skimming a large part of this novella. It just didn't seem to have much to it.
All of the novellas were pretty predictable. Guy meets gal and they fall in love immediately. I would recommend these novellas for anyone looking for a light read, which I do enjoy from time to time. I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in anyway.