Monday, December 28, 2015

Book Review: Power of the Matchmaker by Heather B. Moore

Power of the Matchmaker, by Heather B. Moore
2015, 60p, Clean Romance
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from eBooks for Review for an honest review

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.

Mae Li and Chen Zhu are in love and the matchmaker is coming to town to let each of them know who they will marry. They truly believe they will be together. Mae Li is devastated when the matchmaker matches each of them to someone else. Her match is horribly wrong for her and she wants to run off with Chen, but he is determined to stay and make the most of his match. Devastated, Mae Li flees to Shanghai where it isn't easy to start over. In desperation, she makes a pledge and then catches a break which changes her life forever.

My heart broke for Mae Li as she was denied her one true love and then had to go through some tough things before she caught her break. She's easy to like and cheer for as I wanted life to improve for her. Even though her life didn't turn out the way she hoped it would when she was young, it sounds like she still had an amazing life. I'm looking forward to learning more about her as this series progresses and it will be interesting to see if her own experience factors into any of the other stories.

I've been looking forward to this series for quite a while!! One new novel a month for the next twelve months! Some of these authors are ones I already know and love and other authors are new to me so I'm looking forward to reading their work, too. This book is a great introduction to the main character and sets the stage for an exciting year!

12 novels by 12 bestselling authors

Released once a month in 2016:

Broken Things to Mend by Karey White (Jan 2016)
Not Always Happenstance by Rachael Anderson (Feb 2016)
If We Were a Movie by Kelly Oram (March 2016)
Love is Come by Heather B. Moore (April 2016)
Four Chambers by Julie Wright (May 2016)
O’er the River Liffey by Heidi Ashworth (June 2016)
Chasing Fireflies by Taylor Dean (July 2016)
Between Earth and Heaven by Michele Paige Holmes (Aug 2016)
How I Met Your Brother by Janette Rallison (Sept 2016)
To Move the World by Regina Sirois (Oct 2016)
King of the Friend Zone by Sheralyn Pratt (Nov 2016)
The Reformer by Jaima Fixsen (Dec 2016)


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