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A Match Made in Texas: A Novella Collection
     

A Match Made in Texas: A Novella Collection

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by Karen Witemeyer
 

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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 know she's also giving each couple a little nudge toward

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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 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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ISBN-13:
9781441263414
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/07/2014
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
133,480
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 writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie's Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero. Learn more at www.maryconnealy.com.
Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in 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 is the author of A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Sixty Acres and a Bride, and Caught in the Middle, and contributed a novella to A Match Made in Texas. Regina 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, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children and can be found online at www.reginajennings.com.

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A Match Made in Texas: A Novella Collection 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
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.***
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love getting lost in these kind of books. No matter the day or week or month I have while I'm reading I get completely pulled into the stories and my stress is lifted off my shoulders even if it is just for the time being. Thank you all for writing and for continuously writing more books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this okay for teens? BTW I DIDNT READ THIS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this. Good clean read. Lol moments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The stories flowed together seemlessly. Fun characters. Interesting story lines. Loved it! These are Fabulous Authors!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
AngiOakley More than 1 year ago
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.
Mocha-with-Linda More than 1 year ago
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.”
CharityU-Austenite More than 1 year ago
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. **
weatherlover1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must have name, gender, looks, species personality, and clan, if you have one.
Romans8v39 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A mark of my highest acclaim for a book is my desire to re-read it—not just “someday”, but immediately. My to-be-read pile is plenty tall, yet I found myself choosing to re-read this fun collection of novellas. I enjoyed all four stories, and love that they all take place in the same town with some of the same characters in all four stories. That’s a big part of what made the re-read so fun. I wasn’t ready to say good-bye to these characters. I was especially pleased to read about Neill Archer, since the books about his big brothers (Short-Straw Bride, and Stealing the Preacher) are among my favorite books ever! And I love how Mary Connealy told us Hannah’s story here. Karen and Mary are some of my favorite authors and I loved their stories in this collection. Plus it was a delight to be introduced to Regina and Carol and to find that all four stories were well-written. Four great stories in one book—a great deal! I highly recommend this very enjoyable read!!
PattiJoM More than 1 year ago
A MATCH MADE IN TEXAS is a wonderful collection of four novellas set in late 1800s Texas. Each story was a delight to read--offering action, romance, and colorful characters. Each author has done an excellent job with her unique writing style. I highly recommend this book--especially to fans of historical romance. Truly a delightful book!!
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sewdabee More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to get a hold of this book! Both Karen Witemeyer and Regina Jennings fall into my "favorite authors" category and I've enjoyed other books by Carol Cox and Mary Connealy. I was definitely not disappointed. These stories are all complete in themselves and fulfill all a romantics dreams. While I'm sure each book could have been fleshed into a full-fledged novel by these talented authors, I was completely satisfied with how these four couples' stories were told. Each of these authors has her own unique style of telling a great story, which makes this collection a very good read. A Match Made in Texas, as a whole collection, receives 5 stars for not only its interesting plot of an unwitting matchmaker, but also the collection of the very different styles of writing that really make this book stand out. **I received this book for free in return for an honest review**
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T_Michaels More than 1 year ago
Generally I prefer full-length books, but I enjoyed these short novellas. In Cowboy Unmatched, I was happy to see the Archer family again (From Shortstraw Bride). The youngest brother, Neil, has grown into a man who is out to prove himself and works to earn money to start a ranch with his best friend. He receives an anonymous note and money to repair the roof of widowed Clara, who is quite pregnant. As he repairs the home (starting with all the other safety issues before beginning the roof), he finds himself admiring Clara's courage and spunk. When she finds herself in a situation where she needs help, he will do anything to protect her. I loved the story and couldn't wait to start the second novella! Unforeseen Match was equally enjoyable and begins with Grace, a previous school teacher who is losing her eyesight. The town has purchased Clara's homestead for Grace and "someone" has hired Clayton to continue to repair the place. Clayton has a difficult time trusting people because of his background, but he feels more comfortable with Grace because he thinks she can't see the scar on his face. Though he seems uncaring at times, Grace begins to be able to take care of herself more with his help than with the hovering care of the towns people. As the homestead nears final repairs, the two find they have feelings for each other, but their backgrounds and histories interfere. I really enjoyed the story! In No Match for Love, we find Lucy trying to avoid a persistent, undesirable suitor by accepting a position a ways away on a ranch as a companion, where she meets her companion's nephew, Andrew. I would have liked to see a little more development in the relationship between Lucy and Andrew. Their relationship seemed a little too fast and I felt like I missed something. Meeting Her Match brought an emotional roller-coaster with Hannah, oldest sibling to several young children. We see her teaching school, taking care of siblings, and showing an interest in super shy bachelor, Marcus. Hannah's father's treatment of her seemed overly harsh and Marcus being too shy to even offer her a kind word when he knew how difficult things were for Hannah seemed a little cowardly to me even though we knew he was really shy. I also considered Marcus's mother's and the towns women's actions to "assist" the couple to be unethical and unsuitable for people who consider themselves Christians. Other than these things, I enjoyed the story, though and enjoyed getting to know Hannah and Marcus. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for reviewing it. The content of the review is entirely my own.
Savurbks More than 1 year ago
Four novellas, written by four different authors, yet all connected to Dry Gulch, Texas in the year 1893. Romance, humor, adventure, and faith all come together as a secret matchmaker works her magic on the back-country ranches of Texas. Included are A Cowboy Unmatched by K. Witmeyer, An Unforeseen Match by R. Jennings, No Match for Love by C. Cox and Meeting Her Match by M. Connealy…each a stand alone story yet linked to the others. A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS: Each delightful novella is interconnected through location and circumstances which prove humorous but sincere. With two of my favorite authors coupled with two new authors (and now both my favorite as well), I truly enjoyed this graceful mix of stories. Overall well written and satisfying, I appreciated that all the short novels were contained in one book (with an adorable cover). Perfect just in time for Valentine’s Day, this collection of sweet, charming and genuine novellas is matchless. RATING: 4.5 (out of 5) pennies *I received a complimentary copy of A Match Made In Texas from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Wonderful stories! A COWBOY UNMATCHED by Karen Witemeyer Clara Danvers is a widow expecting a child, a child who she is trying to keep from being taken away from her the minute it's born. Her father-in-law is watching her like a hawk, he even assigns guards to her homestead when she gets close to time to deliver. She will do anything to protect her child from being raised by him. When Neill Archer, just arrived in Dry Gulch, Texas, arrives on her homestead to do repairs she greets him with a rifle. She wasn't expecting anyone and thinks Mack Danvers has hired him to watch and report to him when the baby is born. Neill is there because he received an anonymous note about a widow needing repairs to her home and to meet at the school house the next night to see who will get the job. When he arrives at the school house there is nobody there, just a lit lantern and a note with directions to the widows home and $20.00 for materials to get started on the repairs. AN UNFORESEEN MATCH by Regina Jennings Grace O'Malley has been a school teacher for many years in Dry Gulch, Texas but after going gradually blind the school board has had to let her go. They have set her up on a ranch about two miles outside of town and made arrangements for someone to deliver food to her daily. She can only make out bright lights and some shapes. Clayton Weber is on his way to the land rush when his horse stumble's and has to be put down. He ends up in Dry Gulch and now has to earn money for another horse and has little time to make the deadline to enter for the race to stake out some land. Clayton has to overcome his past, his father was a horse thief and he has a bad scar on his face to show for it. He sees that the town looks pretty deserted except for the school so he goes there and asks about odd jobs. When he returns to where he stashed his saddle there is a newspaper with an ad circled about a handyman needed at Grace O'Malley's homestead and payment is set aside at the Bank to be paid after the work is inspected. Grace is frightened when Benny, her dog, alerts her to someone coming up the lane. Grace had mentioned jokingly to a friend that she might put an ad in the paper for a mail-order husband so when Clayton comes she thinks her friend put an ad in the paper and he is the answer to her ad. Clayton is very confused at the questions she's asking him and Grace is very confused when he reads the ad he has come in answer to. NO MATCH FOR LOVE by Carol Cox Lucy Benson has no family left and has been living with her best friends family, but now her best friend is getting married and she feels like she has to find a way to move on. After all she can't continue living there after Dottie is married and she can't live with Dottie and her new husband. This is where the anonymous Dry Gultch matchmaker steps in, they give the pastor a train ticket with an ad to give to Lucy. Since she doesn't want to marry Walter Harris, who has asked her numerous times so Lucy decides to go to North Fork, Texas and be a companion for Andrew Simms's widowed aunt Martha. When she arrives on Martha's ranch, Martha begrudgingly lets Lucy stay. Lucy doesn't see any of the signs Andrew has mentioned about his aunt imagining things, at least not at first. When Lucy begins seeing and hearing the things Martha has claimed, Andrew is upset that Martha is pulling Lucy into her imaginings, or is she? MEETING HER MATCH by Mary Connealy Hannah Taylor is the teacher at Dry Gulch school as well as the caretaker of her three younger brothers and her father since her mother's recent death. She totes two year old Kevin back and forth to school each day so she can watch him as she works to bring in money to the household. She has given up on marriage after both of her younger sisters have gotten married besides the fact that there is only one single man in town and he will barely speak to her and is a half-wit, his own description of himself. A few months after Hannah's mother died in childbirth her father surprises her one day after school with his new bride, Essie. The children are to call her ma and Hannah will be moving into Essie's dingy room above the diner in town. Hannah's clothes are all packed ready to be loaded into the wagon and taken to her new home. When she finds out through the town gossip that Essie is pregnant, Hannah's life is thrown into a whirlwind and things happen fast after that. I really liked all four of these stories and was thrilled when I started reading Karen's "An Unforseen Match" and found out it was a continuation of her books "Short-Straw Bride" and "Stealing the Preacher". I thoroughly enjoyed all four of these stories and each author did a great job of wanting me to continue on and reading late into the night. I like the 'mystery' about the matchmaker, I never did figure out who it was, until the last story of course. Now no cheating and reading the last story first, and just a hint, if you want to keep it a mystery don't read the blurb on the back of the book! Thank you to Bethany House for providing this book for review. 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
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
A Match Made In Texas has four different Novella’s to read and enjoy! A Cowboy Unmatched by Karen Witemeyer: I loved this novella for the simple reason the author wrote about Neill Archer.   Oh how I love those Archer Brothers.  Neill is the youngest and he feels it is time for him to venture out on his own and make his mark in the world.  He is tired of being treated like a child.  He ends up in Dry Gulch, Texas and sets about looking for work.  Enter the, very pregnant, beautiful widow Clara Danvers and watch this story unfold.  This is one you don’t want to miss! An Unforeseen Match by Regina Jennings:  I loved how this Novella ties in with the first story in this book.  We read about familiar places and familiar character names. Grace O’Malley is forced to leave her teaching duties because of her declining eyesight.  She has now been banished, if you will, to the old homestead that belonged to Clara Danvers.  However will she survive being alone but dependent on others to bring meals to her? Clayton Weber arrives in Dry Gulch long enough to earn some money to replace his horse Sal that broke his leg by stepping in a jackrabbit hole.  Clayton is on his way to the Cherokee Strip land run.  It is his only hope to have a ranch of his own. Will Grace survive on her own or will help arrive?  Does Clayton finally reach his dreams of owning his own ranch? Through sheer determination of two lonely souls and God’s hand in their lives we read about their courage, faith, and love.   No Match For Love by Carol Cox: Lucy Benson learns upon her Father’s death, because of bad investments he made, she is now penniless and dependent on her friend’s family.  Not wanting to impose on them any longer she accepts a companion position for Martha Simms in North Folk, Texas.  She isn’t sad to leave Dry Gulch behind and the likes of Walter Harris who wishes to marry her. Andrew Simms, Martha Simms nephew, meets Lucy at the train station and cannot believe someone as refined as Lucy would accept this position to be a companion for his widowed Aunt. There are a few mysterious and strange things that happen a short time after Lucy arrives.  Will this bring Andrew and Lucy closer together? Meeting Her Match by Mary Connealy: Once again we find ourselves back in Dry Gulch.  Hannah Taylor has been a successful match maker and is quite pleased with herself.  Now she is wondering if she is destined to be a lonely spinster for the rest of her life.  Is there anyone out there that might be a match for her in the future? Hannah is a school teacher and loves her job, at least she did until some unforeseen things take place that steals her joy. I found my heart going out to Hannah.  Will she ever know true happiness? Marcus Whitfield works in his Dad’s bank.  He has admired Hannah from afar for many years.  He is positive she could never be interested in a shy man like him who doesn’t talk much.  Is it possible that someday he might get up the nerve to tell Hannah how he feels? I thoroughly enjoyed this book as well as the other three novellas.  If you want some good stories to read this is the one.  You will love it! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Bethany House Publishers to enjoy and review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.