A couple of parts were a tad melodramatic and cliche but it's a novella! I didn't feel like I was reading a story I've read a thousand times before, even though I knew where it was going. Reading about how a woman in that time period might approach blindness was very interesting to me. I also liked how Clayton viewed his scars as if they were lit up with fire, yet everyone else noticed them, but were more struck by his good looks.
Isn't that the truth? Our perception of ourselves is rather distorted and we often let our insecurities get the best of us. Anyway, I was very pleasantly surprised by this author. I'm going to have to look up some of her other books now. The third story I was not particularly taken with. Rarely do I read a book with one of those events and think to myself, wow. Unless it's a sarcastic 'wow. Anyway, this story was set up to be more exciting with an unwanted aggressive suitor, potential insanity, frequent threat of being shot, trespassers with ill intent and fire. All of which rubbed me the wrong way.
I did learn something though- I had not previously known that you could burn tea. I guess it makes sense since you can also scorch coffee. I just never thought about it before. It's amazing to me, the conveniences of modern life that we never even think twice about, which is one of my favorite things about reading historical fiction- being transported to another time and learning something new. I almost did not read the last story by Ms.
I had attempted to read a book of hers before- one of the Kincaid Bride series- and it just was not my taste at all. But I felt it wouldn't be fair to ignore her in this review, nor mention something about how her style isn't my taste, without even giving it a try. So I resolved to take a few tentative steps into the story. My first thoughts were that the language didn't fit the period. But before I knew it, I was really into the story. What sets Ms.
Connealy apart is that she allows her characters to have flaws and she allows them to be wrong. Some of the characters development happened too rapidly, but in a short story, an authors options are limited. I wonder how she would approach these themes in a full length novel. I also liked Hannah's resolve to marry a man of faith and how she acknowledged that the really only left one man in town. Her reasons for putting romance on the back burner and Mark's giving her space were genuinely good reasons. I actually liked the super fast pace.
I feel like a lot of historical romances really drag out major changes and decisions, so the abruptness was refreshing, and also, probably accurate for the time. Life did happen in the blink of an eye. People, family members, did get sick, did die, did marry etc at a much faster pace, usually, than today.
A couple other tidbits- I liked that Mark blushed and how their families blindsided them into a shotgun wedding. There were a couple of things that, though they did not stop me from devouring the story, did take some of the glossiness off. Hannah and Mark's character lines blur a little. They use the exact same phrases someone moving like a locomotive, and "poor Marcus," "that poor girl," "his poor lip" etc that sometimes made me feel like I was in the head of one person and not two. Along the same lines, Hannah immediately realizes that Marcus is probably shy, as he acknowledges it to himself.
And then, at the end of the story, she seems to have forgotten that and states that she thought he didn't like her and just went out of his way to avoid her. Maybe I misunderstood, but these thoughts didn't seem to match up. Chapter the declarations of love and feelings- was just not my taste.
It was too over dramatic for me. I do believe that there are many different degrees of love and that feelings, once sparked and acknowledged can consume like a wildfire. So I'm not saying this would never happen, just that it's not the kind of love story that makes me smile stupidly all day, unless I get to see that story play out for a long while to come like in Short Straw Bride for example.
And this is super minor, but I love historical romances because I like being transported, wholly, back to those times. It bugs me when it's half baked characters having modern concerns, conversations, goals, opinions etc- like modern people plucked into a different century and so any anachronisms stick out to me like a sore thumb. The biggest one to me was the conversation about kids at the end of the story. While it's true that not every family was a big one, people did not have control over the number of kids they had like they do today. Maybe the conversation was meant to be more cute than serious, but I just couldn't see it taking place.
I think this is the longest review I've ever written, but considering there were four seperate stories in one, it's not too crazy. All in all, this was a sweet collection of novellas, with my favorite being An Unforseen Match by Regina Jennings. The Synopsis:? In the small town of Dry Gulch, Texas, a good-hearted busybody just can? How is she to know she? Can he convince this stubborn widow to let down her guard and take another chance on love?
He may have signed on for more than he expected though? When they join forces to unearth the truth, will the attraction between Andrew and Lucy develop into more? Meeting Her Match by Mary Connealy When the tables are turned and a tender-hearted 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? My Review: My mom read this book, so she has supplied me with a review:- Each of these books takes place in the same town and they all tied together at the end.
The first had a little mystery in it and had a few funny parts. The second book was very sweet and had a curve-ball that was nice to read. The third had some action and was pretty funny in places. While the fourth left me frustrated because of how the family operated, but it did work out nicely in the end. The overall book was sweet and it was nice to see as the reader, that God was in control of every situation throughout the story.
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However, the book did have quite a bit of description that had me just skipping paragraphs at a time. Also, each story is extremely predictable. But, this book was nice to read and I did enjoy reading it. I received this book from Bethany House for the purpose of this review.
All comments and opinions are my own.? Oh how I love those Archer Brothers. Neill is the youngest and he feels it is time for him to venture out on his own and make his mark in the world. He is tired of being treated like a child. He ends up in Dry Gulch, Texas and sets about looking for work. Enter the, very pregnant, beautiful widow Clara Danvers and watch this story unfold. This is one you don? We read about familiar places and familiar character names. Grace O? Malley is forced to leave her teaching duties because of her declining eyesight.
She has now been banished, if you will, to the old homestead that belonged to Clara Danvers. However will she survive being alone but dependent on others to bring meals to her? Clayton Weber arrives in Dry Gulch long enough to earn some money to replace his horse Sal that broke his leg by stepping in a jackrabbit hole.
Clayton is on his way to the Cherokee Strip land run. It is his only hope to have a ranch of his own. Will Grace survive on her own or will help arrive? Does Clayton finally reach his dreams of owning his own ranch? Top Charts. New Arrivals. 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.
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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?
She lives with her husband and three children in Abilene, Texas. Learn more about Karen at www. Mary Connealy is well-known for her award-winning, bestselling historical romantic comedies. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters. She lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma , with her husband and four children. A pastor's wife and homeschooling mom, she makes her home with her husband and daughter in northern Arizona.
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Using a Bible and a Colt. I have picked this book up many times, to re-read. Perhaps you should pick it up too! Oct 31, Laura A. Grace rated it it was amazing. It was so good and definitely had me rooting for Neill through all his trials! Despite that the romance was so short, Karen did a great job in having real love blossom to it's fullest! I didn't feel it was rushed or was too fake to really happen! I also loved coming back to the Archers and hearing Neil's story!
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They were such a fun family with some rough edges! Going to miss them! Regina Jennings wrote the very interesting story An Unforseen Match! I thought was intriguing how she tackled this one, but to say the least she did an amazing job! I was surprised how much I loved Grace and Clayton's romance as well as how unique their pasts would untie them together! Plus they both had a hard-headed streak that made me giggle at times! An Unforeseen Match is definitely the perfect title for this one!
It reminded me of old episodes of Scooby Doo with a "phantom" and "spooky" noises then to find out at the end why someone was trying to scare the gang in the first place! The only difference here is that Lucy is the one who is hired! She was so awesome in standing up to her fears and being a willing student to learn a new way of life! I also really enjoyed Aunt Maratha's character! She was a hoot! It was so unique and interesting with an untypical hero! He was so easy to relate too, especially with his blushing! Plus I loved the overall plot of this one and the new insight that the main character Hannah shares about Leah from the Bible!
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this novel so much and loved each of the novellas for different reasons! I didn't feel they were so similar that I wanted to stop reading since they were all so diverse! I also didn't feel that the romance was unrealistic even though each story wasn't that long. The best thing about this group of romance stories however is the different Biblical messages that each author wove into the character's lives! Definitely a must read if you love Christian romance!
I give this novel a 5 out of 5 stars! I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review! Thank you so much Regina Jennings! Jul 04, Brittany rated it it was amazing. Reviewed on my blog at www.
A Match Made in Texas is a simply wonderful collection of western novellas. Each and every story was a joy to read and each one touched my heart in its own way. I love the way each author began their stories in the town of Dry Gulch, Texas. This little town and a mysterious matchmaker is a thread throughout the four stories.
This story has attraction, romance and danger all rolled into one engaging package. Regina Jennings provides the next story in the book. Picking up a little bit after the first novella leaves off, the author introduces us to a heroine that is losing her sight. Once a strong and self-assured woman, Grace feels that she could be losing even more than the ability to see. Alone on a homestead, unable to provide for herself, will there be the possibility for happiness for Grace?
Could she possibly be able to find a husband to keep her company in the days ahead? And dare she even hope to find love? A beautiful romance. The next novella is written by Carol Cox and also begins in Dry Gulch. But, thanks to the mysterious matchmaker, Lucy ends up as a companion to an older woman far away in another Texas town. The interaction between the two women is very enjoyable, as is the growing attraction between Lucy and Andrew, who is the nephew to the woman that Lucy is a companion to.
A romance with mystery and danger thrown in. Mary Connealy ties up the collection in a sweet story. Will she ever get her happily every after? A satisfying conclusion to a great collection of stories. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given.
Jan 04, Becky added it. A Match Made in Texas was so much fun! Wonderfully entertaining. For a romance reader like me the novella format works great because each story features very few secondary characters or secondary story lines. Also, the novellas felt easier on my schedule, somehow. I was able to whip through each of them fairly quickly.
In this particular collection, a matchmaker has a helping hand in pairing the first three couples. And then finds love hers A Match Made in Texas was so much fun! And then finds love herself in the fourth story. The novellas were strung together in a very charming way and I found myself rooting for each of these four couples. Jun 20, Aerykah rated it it was amazing Shelves: , library , library-challenge , reviewed , e-book , tbr-challenge Well, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed myself with this book!
My only complaint is that it ended much too soon.
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The first two stories I would give 5 stars! Well written, they didn't feel rushed, and the stories and characters were intriguing. The third story left much to be desired. It didn't live up to my expectations per the first 2 stories. I was interested in the first few chapters, but by the time the character was settled in her new home we were expected to believe this mystery and whirlwind romance with I was intrigued by 4 different authors knitting their stories together, what a wonderful idea!
I was interested in the first few chapters, but by the time the character was settled in her new home we were expected to believe this mystery and whirlwind romance within the last half of the book! The characters were interesting, the concept was great. But it needed more depth and time before it ended. I'd give it 3 stars. The fourth story could have been great. It would have had more success as a full size book.
Again, the first half of the story doesn't have enough build up to make the ending believable. The characters were wonderful, concept interesting, but no depth. Also, while I expect the author to mention the 3 previous stories, to tie them all together, it was over kill. It was more than over kill. She mentioned all the other couples multiple times as if she was explaining it each time for the first time. She mentions Grace about 10ish times and always goes into depth about how she's blind. Yes, we know she's blind, we just read an entire story about Grace. She only needed to mention the other stories once and focus on Hannah and Mark.
That certainly threw me off every time she wrote about it. It was distracting to the reader. I'd rate it 2 stars. All in all 2 out of 4 I'd read again, the first two. The last two are great concepts, but needed more time to develop than just pages. Jan 17, Wendy rated it it was amazing. Her father-in-law is watching her like a hawk, he even assigns guards to her homestead when she gets close to time to deliver. She will do anything to protect her child from being raised by him. When Neill Archer, just arrived in Dry Gulch, Texas, arrives on her homestead to do repairs she greets him with a rifle.
She wasn't expecting anyone and thinks Mack Danvers has hired him to watch and report to him when the baby is born. Neill is there because he received an anonymous note about a widow needing repairs to her home and to meet at the school house the next night to see who will get the job. They have set her up on a ranch about two miles outside of town and made arrangements for someone to deliver food to her daily.
She can only make out bright lights and some shapes. Clayton Weber is on his way to the land rush when his horse stumble's and has to be put down. He ends up in Dry Gulch and now has to earn money for another horse and has little time to make the deadline to enter for the race to stake out some land. Clayton has to overcome his past, his father was a horse thief and he has a bad scar on his face to show for it. He sees that the town looks pretty deserted except for the school so he goes there and asks about odd jobs. When he returns to where he stashed his saddle there is a newspaper with an ad circled about a handyman needed at Grace O'Malley's homestead and payment is set aside at the Bank to be paid after the work is inspected.
Grace is frightened when Benny, her dog, alerts her to someone coming up the lane. Grace had mentioned jokingly to a friend that she might put an ad in the paper for a mail-order husband so when Clayton comes she thinks her friend put an ad in the paper and he is the answer to her ad. Clayton is very confused at the questions she's asking him and Grace is very confused when he reads the ad he has come in answer to.
After all she can't continue living there after Dottie is married and she can't live with Dottie and her new husband. This is where the anonymous Dry Gultch matchmaker steps in, they give the pastor a train ticket with an ad to give to Lucy. Since she doesn't want to marry Walter Harris, who has asked her numerous times so Lucy decides to go to North Fork, Texas and be a companion for Andrew Simms's widowed aunt Martha. When she arrives on Martha's ranch, Martha begrudgingly lets Lucy stay. Lucy doesn't see any of the signs Andrew has mentioned about his aunt imagining things, at least not at first.
When Lucy begins seeing and hearing the things Martha has claimed, Andrew is upset that Martha is pulling Lucy into her imaginings, or is she?
She totes two year old Kevin back and forth to school each day so she can watch him as she works to bring in money to the household. She has given up on marriage after both of her younger sisters have gotten married besides the fact that there is only one single man in town and he will barely speak to her and is a half-wit, his own description of himself.
A few months after Hannah's mother died in childbirth her father surprises her one day after school with his new bride, Essie. The children are to call her ma and Hannah will be moving into Essie's dingy room above the diner in town. Hannah's clothes are all packed ready to be loaded into the wagon and taken to her new home. When she finds out through the town gossip that Essie is pregnant, Hannah's life is thrown into a whirlwind and things happen fast after that.
I really liked all four of these stories and was thrilled when I started reading Karen's "An Unforseen Match" and found out it was a continuation of her books "Short-Straw Bride" and "Stealing the Preacher". I thoroughly enjoyed all four of these stories and each author did a great job of wanting me to continue on and reading late into the night.
I like the 'mystery' about the matchmaker, I never did figure out who it was, until the last story of course. Now no cheating and reading the last story first, and just a hint, if you want to keep it a mystery don't read the blurb on the back of the book! Thank you to Bethany House for providing this book for review.
I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Dec 09, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: for-review , historical-romance , western , short-story , religious. I chatted back and forth via email with Witemeyer about how much I loved the Archer Brothers and that I hoped she had ideas for future stories about them. From Goodreads: 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.
Meeting Her Match When the tables are turned and a tender-hearted meddler becomes the beneficiary of a matchmaking scheme, her world is turned upside down.
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In the end I was pleasantly introduced to three authors I've since added to my to-read list. My favorite kind of anthology is one where all the stories are connected somehow. One woman is a pregnant widow who is being threatened by her former father-in-law over who will be raising her child. Another is a newly blind woman, struggling to face her new future. And our matchmaker? She longs for a man who is too shy to make a move. A curmudgeonly hero and blind!!!!! Love it. The smart successful woman who uses her hot body to get any man she wants?
Where are the overweight women? The women that struggle to make ends meet? In all, even though half of the stories were amazing and half were mediocre, I'd still recommend reading the entire book. Mar 03, Bailey rated it it was amazing. Karen Witemeyer has done it again! He took care of her when she needed it most and his love for her was obvious in everything he did. The details Mrs. Witemeyer puts into her books truly makes her writing a work of art. I loved hearing about the rest of the Archers and the way they were included into the story line.
I felt like I was right back there on the Archer's land, which to me, was always special. I Karen Witemeyer has done it again! I felt a deep bond with the Archers and it carried on through A Cowboy Unmatched. Clara Danvers and Neill Archer built up their relationship. It wasn't just a sparatic "I love you, let's get married," Without the buildup. You could actually see a relationship forming within these characters. I Would definitely reread and recommend this book to everyone I know. Such a wonderful story! Way to go Karen Witemeyer, you had me hooked once more!
I had never read Regina Jennings work before, but I am so glad that I did! I loved the way Mrs. Jennings put a lot of focus and detail into Grace's declining eye sight. I feel like it gave some insight as to the characterization of Grace. Why did she feel the way she did? What did she struggle with? How did she overcome her struggles? All of that was displayed and incorporated into the story. I loved Clayton immediately because of his wittiness, and his sense of humor. He wasn't afraid to say what he was thinking, yet still made sure he was gentlemanly.
Which is of course essential in a hero. I don't want to give out spoilers, but the first kiss was absolutely adorable. It totally summed up the characters and their personalities. The whole scene that played out in my mind was quite humorous and made me laugh out loud. Regina Jennings, I look forward to reading more of your amazing work! Martha is believed to be suffering from delusions.
She claims that there are strange things happening on the Diamond S. The nephew Andrew Simms is concerned for his aunt and wants what's best for her, that's shown throughout the story. He wants to make sure she isn't going crazy for real. I liked the beginning and the ending of this story. I felt like the Lucy and Andrew, the main characters didn't spend enough time together. I do realize however that the amount of space they have to write these stories is limited, so with that being said, I can understand the difficulties of incorporating all that you would normally.
The beginning and the end is where they spend the most time together. I felt like the focus was more on the mysterious happenings at the ranch and the well being of the aunt than on Andrew and Lucy. And that may have been the objective in the book, some have more romance in them than others.
I personally prefer more romance. I did however really like the way the suspense and the ghostly happenings were written. It had an eerie feel and an almost Nancy Drew cast to it. It had my attention for sure! Great job Carol Cox! Your story had me at the edge of my seat wondering what was behind the weird happenings at the ranch! Way to go on this one! I loved everything about this piece. I loved the way Marc's feelings are portrayed, I loved the way Hannah carried herself. They truly were a match for one another.
Without giving away spoilers, I didn't realize what was happening until a little while in the story. Once I figured it out, I couldn't help but keep smiling. It was so genius! It was a great way to end the book. Hannah truly deserved something special, after everything that she had been through, and also what she had been doing period. It comes to show, that sometimes we may not know what exactly we want until something gives us a little push and we see that it has been in front of us the entire time.
I truly wish to read more about Hannah and Marcus. I loved them together. Fantastic job Mary Connealy! Jun 19, Melanie rated it really liked it Shelves: review-books. I loved the role "The Matchmaker" played in the first three stories and how she got her own story in the last one! After reading Karen Witermeyer's previous two "Archer" novels, I could hardly wait to read Neill's story and I absolutely loved Neill in this book.
It was so sweet how he went above and beyond the actions expected and helped Clara in so many ways. I also really liked the new character, Clara. Her reactions to certain things that happened showcased what a strong woman she was. I think this is the end to the "Archer" stories, which made it a bittersweet read.