Thursday, 20 February 2014

Book Review: A Match Made in Texas

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ISBN 9780764211768

From the Back:

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?

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.

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?

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?

My Reflections: 

A Match Made in Texas is a sweet collection of Historical western novellas. These stories are guaranteed to warm hearts and chase away the dreary winter blues. Each story was a joy to read, and often I found myself up far too late, unable to extract myself until I reached the next book. With a lineup of exceptional authors I would have expected nothing less. I think my favorite thing about these stories was the mysterious matchmaker that threaded her way through each and every story!

The first novella starts off with one of my all time favorite authors, Karen Witemeyer, I can't say enough good things about her works. I was so tickled to see a character from her other series Neill Archer, It was brilliant to see the youngest Archer brother try his luck at love with spunky Clara Danvers. Always the gentleman!

Continuing on with a school teacher who is loosing her sight with no prospects to fend for her self. Grace devises a plan to place an ad for a husband in the local paper, but before she knows it a Clayton stumbles upon her doorstep. This cowboy is eager to get on with earning some money to replace his beloved horse, win the land rush and settle down..on his own homestead. Can Clayton see past his own brokenness, and hurt? Will Grace ever experience love again or will her days be met with waiting for others to care for her every need?

No Match For Love by Carol Cox, centers around Lucy, who after loosing her father and becoming penniless, gets the opportunity to leave Dry Gulch and become a companion to a spunky, elderly Martha. But Andrew Martha's nephew didn't expect Lucy to be so "inept" not to mention, darn right pretty. It seems dear Aunt Martha has a lot to teach these two when it comes to sanity and love! don't try and fool this ol'gal!

My next all time favorite author Mary Connealy wraps up with Meeting Her Match. This is where we become acquainted with the matchmaker herself. Poor Hannah has had a rough go of life. If loosing her fiance, her mother and baby sister is not enough, Hannah is told she must leave her home when her father suddenly remarries. Can Hannah ever find her true love? or will she have to settle for watching love from the sidelines. There is Marcus of course, but the poor man can't even stay upright when he is near Hanna, let alone speak to her, about his feelings. It seems the two of them may need a little match making themselves.

I thoroughly enjoyed these books. If you are looking for a sweet, fluffy way to chase the winter blues away this may be just the thing!

I received this book free of charge, for the purpose of reviewing them from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications.
Thank you!

About The Authors:

  1. Karen Witemeyer
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    Karen Witemeyer

    Two-time RITA finalist and winner of the coveted HOLT Medallion and ACFW Carol Award, CBA bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance because she believes that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer,...
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  2. Mary Connealy
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    Mary Connealy

    Mary Connealy is an award-winning, bestselling author known for her fun and lively historical romances. An author, teacher, and journalist, Mary lives on an eastern Nebraska ranch with her cowboy husband and has four daughters and two grandchildren. Learn more...
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  3. Regina Jennings
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    Regina Jennings

    Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various...
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  4. Carol Cox
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    Carol Cox

    Native Arizonan Carol Cox has an abiding love for history, mystery, and romance. The author of more than 25 books, she believes in the power of story to convey spiritual truths. Carol lives with her husband and daughter in northern Arizona, where deer and...
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