Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Match Made in Texas--book review

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

About the Book:

A Match Made in Texas    -     By: K. Witemeyer, M. Connealy, R. Jennings, C. Cox
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 Review:

I cannot figure out why I have never read a book like this one before. It was fantastic! I hardly ever read the back of books because I like to be surprised with the story as I'm reading it. Again, I did not read about this book but wanted it because I love Karen Witemeyer's stories. The book as a whole was wonderful! The whole book was filled with a fantastic surprise as your read from one story to the next, and has the best ending following along with the surprise.

Karen kicks of the book at full speed where we read of Neill Archer on his quest to be seen as a man and no longer as boy in the eye of others, especially in the eyes of his brothers. The story is quick and to the point, however there are no loose ends. The characters were vivid and the plot well thought out. The romance was very believable to me, and I just loved the whole thing!

Regina did an awesome job with her characters, and had me enthralled in the story from the first page. The plot was wonderful as we learn of Grace and how her life is changing sooner then expected, only to have a cowboy be the one to help her see just how capable she actually is. (This will make sense once you read it. I don't want to spoil it for you.)

Carol's short story was a bit exciting. There was lots of mystery and trouble afoot that I found to be a lot of fun. Aunt Martha was a feisty lady you don't want to mess with; she really brought the story to life. However, the romantic part between Lucy and Andrew just didn't work in my opinion. For this reason alone, the third story was my least favorite.

Mary wrapped up the book perfectly! Her characters were well rounded and had me giggling at their antics. Mary's stories are always fun. I was cracking up when Hanna and Mark were caught locked in her room. I still don't know who rigged that up, but I'm sure one of the ladies did. From then on Hanna's life, and Mark's for that matter, were forever changed.

I loved reading four different writing styles in one book, but my favorite thing overall was how all the characters were relying on God, their Heavenly Father, to take care of them through their less then stellar situations. It gives me that same sense of hope and certainty that God will come through for me as well when I come to Him for help. He can always be trusted and counted on.

Grab this super delightful book! It's one you'll probably read more then once, and give you a mood boost if you need one. 

***Thank you Karen Witemeyer and Bethany House Publishers for the free book in exchange of my honest review.***

You can get your very own book from Christianbook.com, Amazon, or even from your local book store.


Author Bio

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.


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


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




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