Today I am reviewing The Matchmakers, an Upstate NY Romance, with three novellas from three of my favorite authors.
A Match Made in Williamstown by Jean C. Gordon, A Match Made in Sheffield by Terri Weldon, and A Match Made in Freedom by Lisa Belcastro.
Here is a brief synopsis:
Ellie Alexander is in love. And the only thing sweeter would be if Libby, Natalie, and Stephanie, her three unmarried, unattached granddaughters, could find the same happiness. Maybe with a little help from her and her beau Blake Parker . . .
A Match Made in Williamstown — Libby Schuyler has avoided dating since her break-up with college-sweetheart Jack Parker. Out of nowhere, Jack shows up claiming Ellie is swindling his grandfather, Blake, through a travel agency partnership they’ve formed. Libby and Jack team up to protect their grandparents and get to the bottom of Ellie and Blake’s business and romantic relationship. While Libby and Jack fight their reignited attraction, Ellie and Blake conspire to bring the two together.
A Match Made in Sheffield — Natalie Benton bounced from one foster home to another until she landed on Ellie Alexander’s doorstep. Natalie’s vagabond childhood caused her to yearn for a secure life, which led to Natalie’s five-year plan: complete her law degree, marry the perfect man, become a partner at Montgomery, Haynes, and Preston, and produce one child. Getting arrested wasn’t in Natalie’s plan. Needing a public defender wasn’t in her plan. Falling for Grady Hunter, her public defender, definitely wasn’t in her plan. Can Grady convince Natalie there is more to life than her five-year plan? Is Ellie the only one who sees a future for Natalie and Grady?
A Match Made in Freedom — Stephanie Gould loves life on Martha’s Vineyard . . . until she runs into Kay and Tim, her former business partner and her ex-fiancé, who just returned from their honeymoon. Surprised by the heartache she thought was gone, Stephanie heads to the Berkshires to visit family and friends. Arriving in Stockbridge, Stephanie meets Captain Henry Lewis. Little does Stephanie know, her grandmother has already met Henry, and Ellie thinks Henry is perfect. Stephanie has no interest in dating, Henry included. If only Henry didn’t turn up everywhere Stephanie goes. When he walks up beside her at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stephanie can’t deny her attraction, but she’ll do her best to fight it.
I wasn’t sure what to expect. . . and I found myself completely entertained. I was happy for Ellie, who found a special friend in Blake, at a time when they can appreciate their new relationship. And, of course, she wants her three granddaughters to find the same love and contentment that she and Blake have found. . . if she can just find the perfect matches for each of them.
A Match Made in Williamstown
Libby hasn’t really been able to get over her first love. Ellie and Blake use this to try and bring Libby and Jack together again — hoping this time true love will conquer all. Reading this story, I could just imagine how heart-broken they both were when they broke up — and I hoped they could put the past behind them and make a future together.
I won’t say anything more, lest I spoil it for you, but I think you’ll love getting to know the characters in A Match Made in Williamstown. They’re funny, loving, compassionate, adventurous, and kind. I’d love to plan my next vacation to visit Williamstown!
A Match Made in Sheffield
Natalie could never have imagined the trouble she’d find herself in when she accepts a dinner invitation — one that costs her $323, not including a 20% tip! Oh my!!! Thank goodness Grady Hunter agrees to be her public defender when she lands in jail.
Although I have to admit, I was a bit impatient because she refused to listen to his professional advice and tried to do things her way without considering the best way to handle the situation. She should have listened to him. His advice was sound — and worked. Once she finally listened to Ellie and prayed about it, she took his advice and well, I’ll let you read it for yourself and find out what happens.
A Match Made in Freedom
Stephanie’s story was one I easily identified. I really hate to admit it, but I can be more than a little stubborn, especially when it comes to resisting others’ advice that I should date. I really have no interest in a romantic relationship. At my age, I’m more interested in spending time with my family. . . and writing sweet stories for my readers.
Not everyone is faithless and untrue. If I were young, especially as young as Stephanie, I hope I would be willing to take another chance. . . to give a gentleman the chance to prove himself capable of love. . . and commitment. . . and faithfulness.
Take a chance on A Match Made in Freedom. You just may find a bit of yourself in it, too.
Don’t miss these sweet stories of love, hope, and commitment! And I hope you enjoy getting to know Libby, Natalie, and Stephanie. . . and their matchmaking grandmother, Ellie.
Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt