Match Made in Texas, A: A Novella Collection - eBook
Four Stories Of Texas Matchmaking
Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings and Carol Cox in their new book, Ã¢ÂÂA Match Made In TexasÃ¢ÂÂ published by Bethany House Publishers gives us a novella collection.
From the Back Cover: ThereÃ¢ÂÂs a secret matchmaker at work in frontier Texas!
In the small town of Dry Gulch, Texas, a good-hearted busybody just canÃ¢ÂÂt 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 sheÃ¢ÂÂs also giving each couple a little nudge toward love?
A Cowboy Unmatched
Neill isnÃ¢ÂÂt sure who hired him to repair ClaraÃ¢ÂÂs roofÃ¢ÂÂhe 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
Hoping to earn an honest wage on his way to the land rush, Clayton ends up on GraceÃ¢ÂÂs doorstep, lured by a classified ad. He may have signed on for more than he expected thoughÃ¢ÂÂand he may have found the one woman who can keep him from moving on.
No Match for Love
Andrew canÃ¢ÂÂt 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
When the tables are turned and a tenderhearted 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 bankerÃ¢ÂÂs son how much she cares for him?
Welcome to Dry Gulch, Texas. Not a whole lot seems to be happening in this town but that is because most people arenÃ¢ÂÂt really looking. It seems there is a matchmaker who has been looking at her friends and seeing a need took an active hand in securing husbands for these women. Clara is a widow who needs help, Grace is losing her sight, Lucy is taking care of an elderly woman and Hannah is a force like no other. Each woman has her issues that she needs to be healed from if she is ever going to have a future with a husband. Each story is a gem and all the characters are priceless. Each of the authors has contributed remarkable stories. I only hope that they can all join forces again and bring us another collection like this.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
March 7, 2014
Four of my favorite authors in one book
Four of my favorite authors in one book.
A Cowboy Unmatched by Karen Witemeyer - the last Archer brother. I am so sad to see the end of this serious, but it's finishing with a great story. My only complaint, which is not really a complaint at all - Neill didn't get a full-length novel to call his own. LOL I loved his interaction with Clara and his protective instinct.
An Unforeseen Match by Regina Jennings - I loved the play on words in the title. The story was heartwarming as Grace struggles with her reality and the need to rely on others. I, too, would struggle as I hate asking others for help.
No Match for Love by Carol Cox - Ghosts and ghouls and things that go bump in the night...oh, sorry, it's not a ghost story, more like a comedy. I love the way Ms. Cox added a touch of suspense and intrigue to this romance.
Meeting Her Match by Mary Connealy - The helper finally gets the tables turned on her in a most unsuspecting way. After years of taking care of others in one capacity or another, this heroine (you have to peak within the pages to know her name) is shoved face first into her own romance, but she doesn't go without some struggles and a lot of misunderstandings. LOL
***I received this novel from the authors/publisher for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
March 3, 2014
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.
February 27, 2014
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.
February 21, 2014