Match Made in Texas, A: A Novella Collection [NOOK Book]

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There's a secret matchmaker at work in frontier Texas!

In the small town of Dry Gulch, Texas, a good-hearted busybody just can't keep herself from surreptitiously trying to match up women in dire straits with men of good character she hopes can help them. How is she to ...
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Overview

There's a secret matchmaker at work in frontier Texas!

In the small town of Dry Gulch, Texas, a good-hearted busybody just can't keep herself from surreptitiously trying to match up women in dire straits with men of good character she hopes can help them. How is she to know she's also giving each couple a little nudge toward love?

A Cowboy Unmatched
Neill isn't sure who hired him to repair Clara's roof--he only knows Clara desperately needs his help. Can he convince this stubborn widow to let down her guard and take another chance on love?

An Unforeseen Match
Hoping to earn an honest wage on his way to the land rush, Clayton ends up on Grace's doorstep, lured by a classified ad. He may have signed on for more than he expected though--and he may have found the one woman who can keep him from moving on.

No Match for Love
Andrew can't fathom how refined Lucy ended up as the caretaker to his dotty aunt, and somehow her arrival has prompted even more bizarre occurrences around the ranch. When they join forces to unearth the truth, will the attraction between Andrew and Lucy develop into more?

Meeting Her Match
When the tables are turned and a tenderhearted meddler becomes the beneficiary of a matchmaking scheme, her world is turned upside down. As her entire life changes, will she finally be able to tell the banker's son how much she cares for him?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441263414
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 24,681
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Karen Witemeyer is a winner of the Carol Award and has been a finalist for the RITA Award and National Readers' Choice Award. She lives with her husband and three children in Abilene, Texas. Learn more about Karen at www.karenwitemeyer.com.


Mary Connealy is well-known for her award-winning, bestselling historical romantic comedies. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters. www.maryconnealy.com


Regina Jennings is the author of two acclaimed historical romances, with a third to release soon. She lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children. www.reginajennings.com


Carol Cox is the author of more than 25 books and novellas. A pastor's wife and homeschooling mom, she makes her home with her husband and daughter in northern Arizona. www.authorcarolcox.com
Mary Connealy is an award-winning, bestselling author known for her fun and lively historical romances. An author, teacher, and journalist, Mary lives on an eastern Nebraska ranch with her cowboy husband and has four daughters and two grandchildren. Learn more at www.maryconnealy.com.
Two-time RITA finalist and winner of the coveted HOLT Medallion and ACFW Carol Award, CBA bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance because she believes that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at www.karenwitemeyer.com.
Native Arizonan Carol Cox has an abiding love for history, mystery, and romance. The author of more than 25 books, she believes in the power of story to convey spiritual truths. Carol lives with her husband and daughter in northern Arizona, where deer and antelope really do play--within view of the family's front porch. Visit her website at www.authorcarolcox.com.
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    Good collection of short love stories.

    This is an easy-to-read book containing 4 short love stories. Each story contains a bit of mystery, adventure, and humor. A fun book to read that I recommend.

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

    Every now and then, I enjoy reading a book compiled by more than

    Every now and then, I enjoy reading a book compiled by more than one author. I recently finished one such book, A Match Made in Texas, which is written by four different authors. Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, Carol Cox, and Mary Connealy. I had a great time reading each of the four stories, which takes place in the town of Dry Gulch, Texas.

    A Cowboy Unmatched (Karen Witemeyer) is the final story in the Archer Brothers series and is about the youngest Archer brother, Neill. (It can be read as a stand-alone, but I would suggest that you read the first two books about the Archer Brothers so that you don’t miss out on the fun characters of this family.)

    An Unforeseen Match (Regina Jennings) was a story that jerked at my heartstrings and at the same time, made me cheer for the hero and heroine as they faced obstacles in their own lives that not only strengthened their personal faith, but eventually led to a sweet romance between them.

    No Match For Love (Carol Cox) is the only story of the four that starts out in Dry Gulch and ends in North Fork, TX. The story has it’s share of romance, yes, but there is also a bit of mystery that surrounds the story, just begging the reader to solve it.

    Meeting Her Match (Mary Connealy) made me chuckle as the heroine, a tenderhearted matchmaker, realizes that she has feelings of her own for the shy banker’s son. In a turn of the tables, and with a dose of humor, the hero and heroine are thrown together with a matchmaking scheme that rivals those of the heroine.

    One town. Four stories. A Match Made in Texas is too good to pass up!

    I obtained a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted March 23, 2014

    Oh my! What a fun book! I knew it would be from the moment I saw

    Oh my! What a fun book! I knew it would be from the moment I saw the cover. And the title. And the four authors involved in creating this delightful novella collection! While I'm such a fast reader that I usually shy away from novellas because they just don't last long enough, I do love reading a collection such as this where authors tie their stories together with a common thread and recurring characters. A challenge with novellas is having a plot that is complex enough to be interesting but is able to be resolved without seeming rushed. Each of these stories accomplished this with ease. Karen Witemeyer opens the collection with a tale that moves quickly and contains a bit of danger. I particularly liked how tender and loyal Neill and his brothers could be, while at the same time they were tough and a force to be reckoned with! Regina Jennings pens a poignant tale in the second novella as she depicts a woman with a challenging disability and a man who helps her see what she is capable of accomplishing. Carol Cox takes the third novella in a different direction with a bit of a mystery, and Andrew's aunt and Lucy are adorable and a spunky twosome! Mary Connealy brings this satisfying collection to a close with her trademark humor and an unexpected match for the person behind all of the other matches. Having met most of these authors, I can imagine the fun they had planning these novels and the laughter that must have occurred during their conference calls. Valentine's Day is approaching, the perfect time of year to enjoy these sweet romances. Highly recommended.








    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted March 22, 2014

    Four short stories by four wonderful authors! I decided the simp

    Four short stories by four wonderful authors! I decided the simplest way to review this was to do each novella individually, so here we go.
    A Cowboy Unmatched by Karen Witemeyer – 9: The first words that came to mind as I considered how to best describe this book were sweet, funny, creative, and romantic! I loved seeing a character from some of Karen’s previous books. This book was so enjoyable! A delight.
    An Unforeseen Match by Regina Jennings – 8: Even the title in this one is a play on words, since the heroine is partially blind! The characters were engaging and the story was unique and enjoyable. Especially the hero was admirable.
    No Match for Love by Carol Cox – 8.5: There was some great mystery in this, masterfully presented for such a short story! It was a refreshing addition to the romance. The characters were especially lovable here.
    Meeting Her Match by Mary Connealy – 9: I really loved the humor in this one! Definitely a unique story and unique characters. It made me laugh, and I always love that! Quite a superb book. So good!
    All in all? This is a unique and delightful collection of short romances by wonderful authors. If you’re already a fan of one (or more) of these authors, I think you’ll definitely enjoy this collection!
    **Bethany House sent me a free copy of this book in return for my honest review. I wasn’t required to review it positively, nor was I recompensed for my review. All opinions are my own. **

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  • Posted March 3, 2014

    Four of my favorite authors in one book. A Cowboy Unmatched

    Four of my favorite authors in one book.




    A Cowboy Unmatched by Karen Witemeyer - the last Archer brother. I am so sad to see the end of this serious, but it's finishing with a great story. My only complaint, which is not really a complaint at all - Neill didn't get a full-length novel to call his own. LOL  I loved his interaction with Clara and his protective instinct.




    An Unforeseen Match by Regina Jennings - I loved the play on words in the title. The story was heartwarming as Grace struggles with her reality and the need to rely on others. I, too, would struggle as I hate asking others for help.




    No Match for Love by Carol Cox - Ghosts and ghouls and things that go bump in the night...oh, sorry, it's not a ghost story, more like a comedy. I love the way Ms. Cox added a touch of suspense and intrigue to this romance.




    Meeting Her Match by Mary Connealy - The helper finally gets the tables turned on her in a most unsuspecting way. After years of taking care of others in one capacity or another, this heroine (you have to peak within the pages to know her name) is shoved face first into her own romance, but she doesn't go without some struggles and a lot of misunderstandings.  LOL




    ***I received this novel from the authors/publisher for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***

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  • Posted February 27, 2014

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    I was very excited about this book as it has stories from three

    I was very excited about this book as it has stories from three of my favorite authors.




    What I liked: I really enjoyed the first two stories. In A Cowboy Unmatched we return to the Archer brothers and hear about Neill. This was probably my favorite story of the book. The 2nd story was also good. I liked how the four stories were connected. They were independent from each other but the matchmaker/good Samaritan connected them all together.




    What I did not like: The last two stories where okay. The last story finally told us who the good Samaritan was. I was looking forward to this one the most. I was very let down. I really did not like the story. The plot really bothered me. I will not give it away but it was meant to be cute and funny but to me it was not.




         Over all I still gave this book a four star rating because the first three stories where good and I liked how they were connected. The last wrap up story was just disappointing to me. If you like short stories like this I still recommend it. I love these authors and the writing over all was very good.

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  • Posted February 20, 2014

    A Match Made in Texas: A Novella Collection by Mary Connealy, Ka

    A Match Made in Texas: A Novella Collection by Mary Connealy, Karen Witemeyer, and Carol Cox is a very enjoyable read and provides a lot of laughs and leaves you feeling happy. In the first story, A Cowboy Unmatched, Neill is hired to repair the roof of Clara, a young widow who is also pregnant. Clara is determined that she will never love and marry again but Neill works to change her mind. In the second story, An Unforeseen Match, Clayton is on his way to the Oklahoma Land Rush and stops in Dry Gulch to earn enough money to be able to participate in the land rush. He answers a classified ad put in the paper by Grace but to his surprise it is not the ad he thought it was. In the third story, No Match for Love, Lucy has come to Andrew’s ranch to care for his aunt and her arrival causes many bizarre things to happen.. Lucy and Andrew work together to solve the mysteries and soon other feelings develop between the two. In the fourth and final story, Meeting Her Match, the matchmaker has the tables turned on her as she is now the one being matched up with a possible husband.




    All three authors did an excellent job in the development of all the elements in these four novellas. Characters were brought to life on the pages of the book and I found myself cheering each one on and hoping that they would find a true and lasting love. The dialogue was many times extremely funny and gave me some good laughs. Even the serious dialogue was true to life and very interesting. As I was reading the different stories I found myself submerged in the action that was taking place. These three authors have an ability to bring characters and their dialogue to life.




    I highly recommend this book to everyone that likes a good romantic story with a happy ending and in this book you get four such stories.
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Taylor

    Name: Taylor <br>
    Gender: Female <br>
    Hobbies: Singing, Writing Songs, Skateboarding, ect. <br>
    Description: Tall, Skinny Female with long Strawberry blonde Locks. Her eyes are a radiant Blue; Loves Playing Drums, Guitar, Bass, Piano and Violin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Luna

    I am five feet six inches tall. I have dark brown eyes. Dark brown poofy hair. Never wears dresses unless special ocasion. Her skin is tan. Her personality is shy. Helpful. Kind. Smart. Sings. Dances. Swims. Runs. Active. Loves to read and write. Likes learning different languages. Hates world history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Rowan

    Name: ......if you can't figure it out.... just saying. Apperance: carmel colored hair that has a copperish tinge, sea blue-green, very expressive eyes. Gender: &female Personality: fun-loving, adventurous, likes to argue, kind, funny, stubborn (sometimes), inquisitive, thoughtful, a good thinker-througher. (I made a new word!! Yay!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Lizzie

    I am a blonde with pale skin. Im very short for my age and i have glasses. Im very smart in reading and writing. I hate math. I have blue eyes and i am a very good singer. Barely anyone knows that though. Im shy and softhearted. Im very sensitive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Sparkle

    She is a fox with amber eyes, orange fur, a black tail tip and a white ear tip. She is 12 moons old. She is very nice, Caring, Brave, and ready to die for her clan if she needs to. She does not have a mate or any pups, but she is hoping for both. Please ask for more! $parkle

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Maria

    I am human loud obsessive female hyper a grammar nazi not a morning person and music is my life. I wish to one day go to england. I have brown hair and green eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Zack

    Fun hyper active very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very sporty likes singing (im in my school's chorus in rl) brown hair blue eyes wants a girl who loves singing and sports

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Slick

    A red fox

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Kylie

    Name: if you cant figure it out heres a hint look up. Looks: about 5 1/2 foot dark brown waist length hair. Blue eyes. She has a scar on te right side of her stomach. History: will only tell thats been through hunger games. Personality: friendly strong brave fast smart caring hyper. Anything else just ask!! &star Kylie &star

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    BIOS HERE

    Must have name, gender, looks, species personality, and clan, if you have one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Archer clan strikes gold!

    In the first novella Karen Whitemeyer wraps up the Arccher brothers story in a surprising way that leaves you longing for more from the Archer clan.

    The second novella is equally enthralling from Carol Cox and introduced me to a new auther I hadn't read, but very much enjoy.

    The third by Mary Connely left somethibg to be desired. While it wraps up the story arc of thr whole collection, it is overly repetitous of facts and storyline from earlier in the book.

    If I could split the star rsting, I'd give the first two five and the last three.

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  • Posted February 5, 2014

    What a great collection of stories all in one book. This books

    What a great collection of stories all in one book.

    This books has it all...heart wrenching romance, joy, sorrow, I even laughed out loud in one story.

    The match maker is kept a mystery until the last story. I had to stop myself from peeking until I reached the end but I controlled myself.

    I love the connection each book shares, there is nice thread throughout.

    If you have read Karen Witemeyer's other books about the Archer brothers you will especially enjoy the first story as it is about the youngest brother. Very cool that way she did that.

    The second story was about a woman who was going blind. I have never read a book with a blind heroine and was sure who that would come off. But the author did such a great job using the senses that I never felt like I was missing anything.

    The third story is about a woman who has lost everything and is starting over in a most unusual situation.

    The final story is about the mysterious make match meeting her match :)

    You can even find some Genesis 5020's throughout the stories!

    I highly recommend this book to your historical romance lovers. You will not be disappointed.

    A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    I enjoy novella collections. I thought I'd try something new and

    I enjoy novella collections. I thought I'd try something new and read one story each night.
    Well, that didn't work. I read the first story, loved it, went to bed. The next evening I started back in and finished the rest of the book. So let's talk about them!




    A Cowboy Unmatched
    I love, love, love Karen Witemeyer! When reading her stories I'm able to connect on a deeper level. The characters are nestled within me, their stories make me laugh, cry and love overflows. I usually finish reading one of her books and talk to God and tell Him how much I enjoyed it and what I enjoyed. I love that, reading her books brings me closer to God!




    Well, back to the story, I've read most of her books and was excited to see a familiar character (Neill Archer) in this short story. Short, sweet and filled with beautiful descriptions. I connect with the characters in stories and that's usually my focus, so that's what I'm going to talk about. I liked both of the characters, I enjoyed learning about their past, seeing where they were at and how they faced their situations. I was a little sad that it was short. because I would like to know them more, but logically I knew being that it was a novella short it had to be. Neill was a hero, a kind, gentle, loyal, loving, sweet, wonderful, hero. I found Clara fascinating, strong, stubborn, brave, and beautiful. I have enjoyed the Archer family and look forward to re-reading their stories.




    An Unforeseen Match
    I really enjoyed this story. I was sucked into it immediately and enjoyed meeting Grace. I enjoyed seeing Grace's point of view and the new challenges she faced. Clayton was a mystery at first, but I enjoyed watching the mystery unravel as the story unfolded. This was the first story I've read by Regina Jennings and it won't be my last. After reading this story I found myself thinking about it through out the day. It really was enjoyable and I'm looking forward to reading it again!




    No Match For Love
    This story had an interesting start. Out of the four stories this one I probably won't read again. It was good, but I didn't connect to the main characters as I did with the other stories. There were certain aspects that I enjoyed, but honestly I read through it in order to solve the mystery and then to get to the last story. I was really excited to see who this matchmaker was!




    Meeting Her Match
    This story was soo good! I loved seeing a guy who was shy and how he ended up getting the girl of his dreams, the one he's always loved. It had me laughing, crying and smiling! I'm looking forward to re-reading it! I loved the part where time stood still and how the matchmaker herself got matched up! Bravo!




    Thanks to Bethany House for providing this book for an honest review!

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