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. You can buy it now from CBD (http://www.christianbook.com/) for about $10.00. It’s worth it!