Friday, February 07, 2014

A Match Made in Texas-A Novella Collection

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 Thoughts
A Cowboy Unmatched
There are not words for how much I loved this novella! Nothing against the others in this collection but this was definitely the one I was most excited for! All of Karen's books are absolutely amazing especially her last two novels about the Archer brothers. So when I found out there was going to be a novella with Neill's story I literally squealed and it made me giddy happy for awhile. So needless to say this story had a lot of expectations to meet and I'm happy to say it far surpassed them! I read it in one sitting, it was just so good I couldn't put it down! I loved seeing the man Neill had become and I absolutely loved how he handled all of the situations! He melted my heart, and there was a lot of happy sighing! Clara was fantastic too! I loved her strength and it was so cool to see how Neill broke through her defenses and allowed her to see that she really was loveable! I also loved how we got to see the other Archers at the end, I was so hoping she would include them! I could probably go on forever about how much I loved this but it's already getting a bit long....!

An Unforeseen Match
Every time I think about this book I find myself liking it a bit more-it was such a cute story! I loved Grace and Clayton! It was unique how the author made her heroine almost completely blind and I liked how Grace didn't allow it to make her bitter or helpless! And Clayton, I felt bad for him with the scar he felt he had to keep hidden and it was cool how the fact that Grace couldn't see very well helped him to open up to her in ways he hadn't felt comfortable doing with others. I also liked how instead of coddling and doing everything for Grace like others had, he pushed her to find ways to do things herself and put up things to help her be more independent. There were funny moments and sweet moments and all in all it was a really good novella!

No Match for Love 
Well this was my least favorite, not that it wasn't good I just loved all of the others so much more! There were several funny moments and I found myself chuckling more than once! The characters were entertaining and a bit unique and I especially liked the fact that Andrew's job was selling and installing windmills. I've never read a book with that and it was really cool. I felt that the romance was a little rushed and sudden in this story though I realize that with such a small word count to work with it's a little harder to pace it properly but I just felt that it could have been a little better! Overall though it was a cute novella that I did enjoy!

Meeting Her Match

Another great novella that wrapped this collection up nicely! I loved Hannah and Marcus a lot! Hannah was sweet and always helping others. I felt so bad for some of the things that happened to her in this story but I was really impressed with how she handled matters! And Marcus, he was so great and I thought it was adorable how he was completely confident and comfortable with almost everyone but when he was around Hannah he suddenly couldn't form sentences and tripped over his own feet! Their story was so cute and there was one section during which I laughed out loud more times than I can count! So in short I loved this one too!

Meet the Authors
Karen Witemeyer is a winner of the Carol Award and has been a finalist for the RITA Award and National Readers' Choice Award. She lives with her husband and three children in Abilene, Texas. Learn more about Karen at www.karenwitemeyer.com.

Regina Jennings is the author of two acclaimed historical romances, with a third to release soon. She lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children. www.reginajennings.com

Carol Cox is the author of more than 25 books and novellas. A pastor's wife and homeschooling mom, she makes her home with her husband and daughter in northern Arizona. www.authorcarolcox.com

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. www.maryconnealy.com

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

2 comments:

Stormi Johnson said...

I think this one needs to go on my TBR pile. Great review. :)

Abbi Hart said...

Stormi-Thanks! It's really good!

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