A Match in the Making by Jen Turano is the first book in The Matchmakers series. When Gwendolyn takes a job as a companion in Newport, she thinks it will be a much-needed break. Little did she know that her employer would change her job title to assistant matchmaker or that she’d be tasked with finding partners for members of the New York Four Hundred.
Comedic scenarios and hijinks abound in this latest from Jen Turano. There will be lots of characters to dislike, as some of the ladies of marriageable age did not showcase themselves in a charitable light as they vied for a spouse.
And there’s a lesson for us in that. Sometimes we get so focused on our goal that we continue to pursue it even when it hurts people and without thinking about if it would be in our best interest to achieve it.
I enjoyed reading about Gwendolyn’s interaction with Walter and the children. They bloomed under her attention and showed her that maybe she wanted something different from what she’d thought she did.
Readers will be reminded that each person has a purpose, but it may not be what we thought. They will also be reminded that everyone is our neighbor and should be treated with the same respect we’d want for ourselves.
There were also some charming characters such as Adelaide and the children. These side characters added to the charm of reading A Match in the Making.
If you like the matchmaker, single dad, different classes, or strong/unconventional female tropes, you’ll enjoy A Match in the Making.
About A Match in the Making (The Matchmakers, #1)
Miss Gwendolyn Brinley accepted a temporary paid companion position for the Newport summer season, believing it would be a lark to spend the summer in America’s most exclusive town. She suddenly finds her summer turning anything but amusing when her employer expects her to take over responsibilities as an assistant matchmaker. Tasked with the daunting prospect of attaining advantageous matches for her clients, Gwendolyn soon finds herself in the company of Mr. Walter Townsend, the catch of the Season, but a gentleman Gwendolyn finds beyond annoying.
Walter is reluctantly in search of a wife for his unruly motherless children. What he wasn’t expecting was Miss Brinley, who turns his quest for a new wife into a complete and utter debacle.
The more time they spend together throughout the Newport Season, the harder it is for Gwendolyn to find Walter a wife when she realizes his perfect match might be . . . her.
About Jen Turano
Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal.
She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. When she’s not writing, she spends her time outside of Denver, CO.
She can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jenturanoauthor/ or visit her on the web at www.jenturano.com. She is represented by the Natasha Kern Literary Agency.
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