Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A Match Made in Texas

 There's a secret matchmaker at work in frontier Texas!
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? This was one of my favorites of the four novellas as it continues and ends the story of the Archer brothers that Karen Witemeyer's novels have followed. Neill is the youngest Archer, and he is trying to prove his worth to himself and his brothers. He ends up helping Clara fix her home, but he finds that he has more to care for than just a job. I enjoyed their relationship and how sweet Neill is to Clara despite her heritage.

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. This was probably my favorite of the novellas. Grace had a physical condition that made her blind, and Clayton had both a physical and emotional injury that made him wish to be unseen by women. Together, they learn from each others' weaknesses and how to move past old mistakes/disabilities and to start new lives.

No Match for Love by 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? I thought that this novella was too rushed, even for a novella, and that the romance was too forced. The crazy actions around the farm were funny, and I really liked the aunt, but I did not like the romance between Andrew and Lucy as it evolved.

Meeting Her Match by Mary Connealy
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 banker's son how much she cares for him? This novella was a great ending to the book. Not only did the other novellas tie into this one, but this novella was both sad as well as humorous. I loved Marcus because he was so clueless on how to interact with the woman he loved. I did not like the woman's father, and I thought that he detracted from the story because his character seemed very odd at times.

Overall, I really enjoyed this set of novellas. I thought they connected together well, and they were very enjoyable, quick reads. I received this eBook from Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

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