Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Blog Tour/Review: The Matchup by Laura Walker

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The Matchup, by Laura L. Walker
2016, 240p, LDS Contemporary Romance
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

The last thing Valerie wants or needs is to work for Gage, whom she loathed as a teen. But Valerie’s husband just walked out on her and she needs the job. Together they discover that when it comes to the Church and each other, it’s all about second chances. This sweet LDS romance will renew your faith in love and redemption.

Gage and Valerie are each going through a rough patch and a chance meeting could bring major changes for both of them. They've known each other for years but Gage wasn't kind to Valerie when they were young. She needs to decide if she can put her feelings for him in the past and move forward.

They are both single parents and are dealing with different challenges because of that. Valerie has a son with autism. Her ex doesn't want anything to do with him but gladly takes their daughter and then won't keep his end of their agreement. Not too long ago, Gage found out he was a dad and then suddenly gained full custody of his son. He has a job that keeps him busy and isn't sure how he will be able to take care of a child. 

Gage has also stopped going to church and it's important to Valerie that she date someone active in her faith. This is a book with a lot of religious references, specifically to the LDS faith. It's not a light, fluffy read but it's not overly heavy, either. I thought the author did a good job of keeping a balance so it didn't feel depressing, but rather hopeful. The characters were flawed and real and easy to relate to. If you enjoy a story about forgiveness and second chances, this book will appeal to you!

This book includes some characters from the author's first book, Pierced by Love, but it does stand on its own. Noelle and Pierce were the main characters in that book and they make a few appearances in this book, as well as other members of Pierce's family. It's five years since Noelle and Pierce's story so it was good to see how they were doing.

About the author:

Having been raised in Arizona, Laura L. Walker and her husband, Rob, think it’s a great place to raise their six children. The Walker family enjoys camping on beautiful Mt. Graham, reading, and learning history together. At the end of the day, Laura loves to curl up with a good book or write one of her own. Her first novel, Pierced by Love, published in December 2014.


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