The Reformer, by Jaima Fixsen
2016, 300p, Historical Romance
My Rating=4.5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy via eBooks for Review, which did not affect my review in any way
From the Power of the Matchmaker series:
Mary Buchanan has bigger worries than the radical journalist moving in next door who’s spoiling her father’s digestion: unrequited love for a footman, a fractious aunt, patiently awaiting her destiny…
Already she’s nearly eighteen. No sign of destiny yet, but Mary’s certain he’ll be handsome.
Then she meets the reformer, this Mr. Samuel Brown. Destiny is closer at hand than Mary has supposed—if she can just get Mr. Brown to realize it.
Mary's home life is tough. She's 17 years old, lonely and bored. Her mother died some years ago, and neither her father nor aunt will talk about her. She feels like she's tolerated rather than loved. Her political leanings are different than her father's but she keeps her opinions to herself to keep the peace in her home. Life gets more interesting for her when Samuel Brown, a reformer who writes for the Times, moves in next door. The more she learns about him, the more she knows he is the perfect match for her. She just needs to get him to see her that way. I enjoyed this book and getting to know the characters! It was fun to watch Mary's character develop and grow throughout the book. I got a chuckle out of the way her father and Samuel treated each other. The matchmaker, Pearl, appeared as Mrs. Chin. She played a subtle role in this story and was able to steer Mary in the right direction. And then there's Neil, Samuel's best friend who is determined to keep Mary away from Samuel. I loved how the story progressed and the twists that were thrown in to keep it interesting! This is the final installment in the Matchmaker series. I'm sad to see it come to an end and hope to see more of this type of collaboration in the future. It's been fun to find some new authors along the way, including this one. I enjoyed her writing style and will definitely read more of her work in the future!
Jaima Fixsen is the author of the popular Fairchild regency romance series. She would rather read than sleep and though all her novels take place in the past, she couldn't live without indoor plumbing or smart phones.
When she isn't writing or child wrangling, she's a snow enthusiast. She lives with her family in Alberta, Canada, and most all just tries to keep up.