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Monday, February 10, 2014

Review: A Match Made in Texas by Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, Carol Cox, and Mary Connealy

A Match Made in Texas by Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, Carol Cox, and Mary Connealy
Bethany House / 2014
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About the book:
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 rating:
My thoughts:

A Match Made in Texas is a wonderful collection of novellas! I loved the role "The Matchmaker" played in the first three stories and how she got her own story in the last one!

A Cowboy Unmatched by Karen Witemeyer:

I started A Cowboy Unmatched with such eagerness! After reading Karen Witermeyer's previous two "Archer" novels, I could hardly wait to read Neill's story and... it was even better than I had hoped!!

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. I loved getting to know these brothers and I'd love to read more stories with them, should Karen decide to write more "Archer" books; but, if not, this was a great way to end it!

An Unforeseen Match by Regina Jennings:

An Unforeseen Match was another great novella! I've previously read one of Regina Jennings' full-length novels and enjoyed it, so I was pretty sure I'd like this story - and I did! :)

I loved how a couple of the things from the previous novella were incorporated into the story (for instance, how the barn was patched in places with mud, which Clara from A Cowboy Unmatched had done).

I really liked the characters and definitely felt for Grace and the struggles she endured by being blind. I loved the way Clayton helped Grace as she made adjustments in her life. Great read!

No Match For Love by Carol Cox:

In my opinion, No Match for Love wasn't as good as the first two novellas. The villain seemed obvious to me, the romance felt like it moved way too quickly and was unbelievable, and there were some things towards the end that didn't feel right to me.

I did like the characters and how Lucy had to learn how to do even the most simple tasks (like making tea). It was fun to read Martha's reaction to that incident.

I liked No Match for Love, but didn't love it. I've previously read Carol Cox's book, Love in Disguise, which I really liked.

Meeting Her Match by Mary Connealy:

Meeting Her Match was a good conclusion to A Match Made In Texas! I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did, so I was glad to find that it was a really enjoyable and funny read.

Meeting Her Match was the shortest of the four novellas (it was only a little over 70 pages), but there were still some pretty hilarious scenes and "how dare he do that" moments. There were some things that bugged me about this story (like how the father had a complete change of character without any reason being given and when the story repeated some things needlessly, in addition to some other things), but all in all I really enjoyed this novella.

Collection as a whole:

Overall, A Match Made In Texas was a very enjoyable read! My favorite novella was A Cowboy Unmatched, then An Unforeseen Match, but the other two were also good...it's just some things about them I didn't care for all that much. I definitely recommend this novella collection, though, as it is really good! If you enjoy historical romance, I think you'll like it.

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  1. I really enjoyed this one too! Great review!

  2. Sounds great! Thanks for the review... I love the cover!! It makes me want pick it up and your review definitely makes me want to read it!!

    1. I love the cover, too! Thanks for commenting, Ladette. :)

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    1. I really enjoyed the book. Hope you like it if/when you read A Match Made In Texas. :)


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