Monday, September 7, 2015

The Power of the Matchmaker

Title: Power of the Matchmaker
Author: Karey White, Rachael Anderson, Sheralyn Pratt, Jaima Fixsen, Kelly Oram, Heather B. Moore, Julie Wright, Heidi Ashworth , Taylor Dean, Michele Paige Holmes, Janette Rallison, Regina Sirois 
Series: Power of the Matchmaker
Publisher: Mirror Press
Release Date: Nov 3, 2015

Book Summary:

A prequel novella to the POWER OF THE MATCHMAKER Series
Mystical . . . Beautiful . . . Romantic . . .
12 novels by 12 bestselling authors
Released once a month in 2016
Read the matchmaker’s story to find out where it all starts . . .

Mae Li has been in love with Chen Zhu for years, and he with her. But when the matchmaker arrives at the Zhu family home, she recommends another village girl for Chen.
Heartbroken, Mae Li watches as Chen does his duty by marrying another. Mae flees her village with the clothes on her back and her only possession—a pearl embedded comb, given to her as a goodbye gift from Chen Zhu.
Upon Mae’s arrival in Shanghai, she quickly learns that she’ll starve within days unless she sells her prized comb or joins a courtesan house. She goes to the Huangpu River and promises the River God that she’ll always be selfless if he will save her from becoming a prostitute . . . Her wish is granted when Ms. Tan, the matchmaker of Shanghai, finds Mae. But Mae must completely change her future and her name if she is to become the next matchmaker.

My Review:

5 out of 5 stars-Awesome!

A great start to a series I can't wait to read. Mae Lin's own love may be tragic, but she's able to find contentment and peace with her choices in the end. The glimpse into the history and culture of China drew me in, and gave a deeper appreciation for the things woman had to face over the centuries. Her limited choices on how to provide for herself led to some pretty tense moments in the novella. I love how she grows to accept her role to help others despite the personal cost. Also, I loved learning more about the art of matchmaking and aspect of a role I had never considered. The hint of magic added a gentle mysticism that fit the atmosphere perfectly.

A clean, short read that isn't the typical romance story, but shows that true love is both selfless and powerful.


Content: Clean. (There is reference to prostitutes and the main character is nearly forced into service as a nude artist.)

Source: ebook for review

Available for preorder. Amazon

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