Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Match Made in Texas Review

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
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?

A  Cowboy Unmatched by Karen Witemeyer starts the  Match Made in Texas collection off perfectly. I fell in love with the Archer brothers from the moment I first met them all in The Short Straw Bride and was pleased Neill got his own moment in the lime light and found Clara. As with all the stories in this book this story didn't seem as rushed as I usually find most novellas to be. Even though the stories are short (which is the point of novellas) I was pleasantly surprised with the fact that I didn't find them overly rushed.

5 out of 5. 

An Unforeseen Match
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. 

An Unforeseen Match by Regina Jennings was so sweet! I instantly fell in love with Grace and loved how surprisingly well she handled the problems before her. As for Clayton the moment I read about what had happened to him my heart broke. His past was so sad. Out of all the stories in the book I felt like this one should have been much longer. The two main character have such important back story's that I would have loved to read more about them. But of course this is a novella and the point is to be short and sweet, which it was so mission accomplished! 

5 out of 5.

No Match for Love
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?

No Match for Love by Carol Cox brought the touch of mystery needed in the collection. It also seemed to take the shortest time for me to read. Probably because I wanted to find out how it ended as quickly as possible. This was the first taste I've had of any of Carol's writing and I must say I have just added her books to my 'to read' list. I loved No Match for Love.

5 out of 5.

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 banker's son how much she cares for him?

As I'm pretty sure I'v said before I love Mary Connealy's writing so its no surprise that I loved Meeting Her Match. Equal parts romance and comedy it was definitely the story that brought on the most smiles from me. And I'm not just saying that because me and the heroine of this story share a name :) Meeting Her Match was the perfect end to the sweet collection of stories that make up A Match Made in Texas.

5 out of 5. 

All in all A Match Made in Texas was wonderful. 

5 out of 5. Or if I add up each story's rating 20 out of 5 :) This Afternoon Snack was a perfectly balanced four course meal! 

I got a free review copy of A Match Made in Texas from Bethany House Publishers in return for my honest review.

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