Somehow I never tire of the "secret matchmaker" theme: and this book simply whets my appetite for more. Each story is a masterpiece of intricate characters and delightful dialogue.
For those who have read Karen Witemeyer before, the first story turns out to be a novella about Neill Archer (from Short Straw Bride) and I was delighted to be reminded of old acquaintances and plots. In this first story, Neill is mysteriously sent to help a widow woman_and she is definitely not what he was expecting.
Grace is going blind and considers advertising for a husband. But she is in for a surprise when a man arrives on her doorstep bearing an ad she knows she didn't write.
To escape an ardent suitor, a now-poor, young woman welcomes the opportunity that comes knocking and becomes a companion for a lonely old woman, who is anything but helpless.
The town's schoolteacher has been so busy playing matchmaker and keeping house for her father and little brothers that she doesn't even notice the man who has been pining for her all these years. Lucky for her, she is not the only matchmaker in town.
It's hard to describe how well of a job the authors did in developing their characters (specifically their backgrounds and emotions) in such short stories. When I got to the end of each, I was disappointed I couldn't spend more time in the stories, since I knew the characters so well.
I can only hope that these authors will keep on writing. As long as they do, I will keep on reading!
Thank you to Net Galley (https://www.netgalley.com) and Bethany House for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.
Karen Witenmyer, Mary Connelly, Regina Jennings, Carol Cox
A Secret Matchmaker in a small town sets up three successful matches, before she gets hitched up by the newly marrieds.
No one in town can discover who the matchmaker is-until the Banker's Son catches the
The tongue-tied, been in love with her since Grade School, and she's never noticed or been ignoring him, the unlikely keep meeting and matching.
A Cowboy Unattached match number one finds an honorable, ready to deliver her first child and a Cowboy hired mysteriously to mend her roof.
But isn't the evil Father-in-Law ready to steal the baby and ditch unsuitable Momma as soon as the Blessed Event occurs? Watch a healthy male instinct to protect and provide paired with love at first sight.
How did, did the Matchmaker know?
An Unforeseen Match has our Secret Matchmaker setting up the going Blind Teacher. The Town gave her the falling down shack of the above Widow, and she's supposed to make a go of it? The day after a laughter-filled moment of brainstorming solutions suggests placing an ad for a Husband_and guess who shows up to continue working on the derelict homestead above-Mr. Right Number 2. The tenderness in seeing the need for continued independence of our soon to be in complete darkness former School Teacher, makes this seeker of free land, a Keeper.
No Match for Love finds our Matchmaker hitting a homerun-a newly orphaned young woman fleas the unwanted attentions of a repeating determined Suitor-he's almost stalking, but the local Pastor gets her a job out of town, in West Texas on a ranch.
Well, except for the shotgun toting Aunt who's seeing and hearing things, or is she?
Auntie certainly sees her Nephew and Companion falling into fights and love-ah the tension of the mystery and the young meant-to-bes.
Meeting her Match, and finally, our Matchmaker is uncovered and successfully captivated herself.
A nice mix of Writers. Next time I hope everyone wears the shoes they are most comfortable in ballet slippers, bare feet, footies, or Cowboy boots, this foursome has more to exude. Good casting by the Editor-now let them feel natural.
Sorry but my keyboard is acting up so you will have to excuse the odd punctuation. Book review time. This time the book is *A Match Made in Texas* by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Carol Cox. It was actually four stories in one. This book was a hoot to read. Talk about a silly romance! This one just might take the cake. Girl in need, handsome man whose handy, after knowing each other for 4 days (which consists mostly of miscommunication) they realize they canÃÂ¨t stand to live apart and he proposes. REALLY! A couple of times I actually laughed out loud at the ridiculousness of it all. But, I still enjoyed it. It was clean, God was mentioned a few times and I had fun reading it. What more could I ask forÃâ°
Oh, BTW, I got this book free in exchange for an honest opinion.
I enjoy novella collections. I thought I'd try something new and read one story each night.
Well, that didn't work. I read the first story, loved it, went to bed. The next evening I started back in and finished the rest of the book. So let's talk about them!
A Cowboy Unmatched
I love, love, love Karen Witemeyer! When reading her stories I'm able to connect on a deeper level. The characters are nestled within me, their stories make me laugh, cry and love overflows. I usually finish reading one of her books and talk to God and tell Him how much I enjoyed it and what I enjoyed. I love that, reading her books brings me closer to God!
Well, back to the story, I've read most of her books and was excited to see a familiar character (Neill Archer) in this short story. Short, sweet and filled with beautiful descriptions. I connect with the characters in stories and that's usually my focus, so that's what I'm going to talk about. I liked both of the characters, I enjoyed learning about their past, seeing where they were at and how they faced their situations. I was a little sad that it was short. because I would like to know them more, but logically I knew being that it was a novella short it had to be. Neill was a hero, a kind, gentle, loyal, loving, sweet, wonderful, hero. I found Clara fascinating, strong, stubborn, brave, and beautiful. I have enjoyed the Archer family and look forward to re-reading their stories.
An Unforeseen Match
I really enjoyed this story. I was sucked into it immediately and enjoyed meeting Grace. I enjoyed seeing Grace's point of view and the new challenges she faced. Clayton was a mystery at first, but I enjoyed watching the mystery unravel as the story unfolded. This was the first story I've read by Regina Jennings and it won't be my last. After reading this story I found myself thinking about it through out the day. It really was enjoyable and I'm looking forward to reading it again!
No Match For Love
This story had an interesting start. Out of the four stories this one I probably won't read again. It was good, but I didn't connect to the main characters as I did with the other stories. There were certain aspects that I enjoyed, but honestly I read through it in order to solve the mystery and then to get to the last story. I was really excited to see who this matchmaker was!
Meeting Her Match
This story was soo good! I loved seeing a guy who was shy and how he ended up getting the girl of his dreams, the one he's always loved. It had me laughing, crying and smiling! I'm looking forward to re-reading it! I loved the part where time stood still and how the matchmaker herself got matched up! Bravo!
Thanks to Bethany House for providing this book for an honest review!
A mark of my highest acclaim for a book is my desire to re-read itÃ¢â¬ânot just "someday", but immediately. My to-be-read pile is plenty tall, yet I found myself choosing to re-read this fun collection of novellas.
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. That's a big part of what made the re-read so fun. I wasn't ready to say good-bye to these characters.
I was especially pleased to read about Neill Archer, since the books about his big brothers (Short-Straw Bride, and Stealing the Preacher) are among my favorite books ever! And I love how Mary Connealy told us Hannah's story here.
Karen and Mary are some of my favorite authors and I loved their stories in this collection. Plus it was a delight to be introduced to Regina and Carol and to find that all four stories were well-written.
Four great stories in one bookÃ¢â¬âa great deal! I highly recommend this very enjoyable read!!