I've been reading the next installment in the Power of the Matchmaker series. (You might remember last Friday, I mention that the novella that started off the series is free. You can get the details here)
This one is called Love is Come and is a turn of the century story that will tug at your emotions. Nelle Thompson has had an idyllic life until her parents are killed in an accident, leaving her alone in the world. She goes to live with her aunt, but finds a chilly reception in her household. Trying to find a solution to her problems, she decides to walk to town to speak to her attorney, but gets lost. Thankfully Mathew Janson comes to her rescue and she finds a true friend in him just when she needs it most. But even with Mathew's friendship, her world gets more and more complicated until Nelle just wants to hide away forever. Can true love really conquer all? Or will Nelle choose to live alone with her challenges and memories?
This book was full of so much emotion. There were some memorable light-hearted moments and the romantic tension was tight throughout the entire book, (*le sigh) but there was trials and sadness as well. Nelle has so much tragedy in her young life, I wondered if she truly could get over it. Pearl, the matchmaker, has a bigger role in this book than in any of the others I've read, and I enjoyed getting to know her better. I was glad to see the sunshine she brought to Nelle's life and the hope that she offered. It really added another dimension to the story.
Nelle is a character with a lot of depth and my heart went out to her as she worked through her parents' death and the upheaval in her life. I was glad we had a hero who was up to the task of showing Nelle that love was possible, she just had to trust her heart and reach for the prize. I was turning pages far past midnight to see if they got their happy ending. Love is Come was a great addition to the series and it will make you believe in the magic of love all over again.
Here's the back copy:
“I have to remind myself to breathe—almost to remind my heart to beat.” —Wuthering Heights
From the Power of the Matchmaker series: LOVE IS COME
Nelle Thompson lives a life of privilege during the turn of the century New York City. When her parents are killed in a terrible accident, she’s forced to live with her aunt’s family in a small town in Connecticut, and treated as a poor relation with no financial independence. Broken hearted and riddled with insomnia, Nelle’s health begins a downward spiral. When a locked part of her heart blossoms around her cousin’s fiancé Mathew Janson, Nelle doesn’t know if she can endure one more heartbreak. Miss Pearl, owner of the local apothecary shop, becomes a mother figure to Nelle, but a fateful summer day has Nelle questioning everything she's ever believed and wondering if she’ll ever love again.
You can buy your copy here