Perfectly Matched: A Novel

Perfectly Matched: A Novel

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by Maggie Brendan
     
 

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Anna Olsen knows it's time to leave her sister's increasingly crowded house and start a life of her own. Following her sisters' examples, she becomes a mail-order bride, and after a short correspondence with clock maker and jeweler Edward Parker, she moves to Denver to become his wife. Almost immediately it's painfully apparent that Anna and Edward are very different.

Overview

Anna Olsen knows it's time to leave her sister's increasingly crowded house and start a life of her own. Following her sisters' examples, she becomes a mail-order bride, and after a short correspondence with clock maker and jeweler Edward Parker, she moves to Denver to become his wife. Almost immediately it's painfully apparent that Anna and Edward are very different. Anna is a free spirit who would rather be painting and enjoying the company of friends than cleaning house. Edward is a consummate perfectionist who, on their wedding day, hands Anna a list of chores that need to be done around the house daily.

Can this mismatched couple see past their differences to a harmonious future? Or will their disparate passions create obstacles neither is willing to surmount?

Maggie Brendan closes her Blue Willow Brides series with a heartwarming tale of true love despite misunderstanding, showing readers that God's timing is always perfect.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800734640
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Series:
Blue Willow Brides Series, #3
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
385,895
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Maggie Brendan is the bestselling author of several books, including the Heart of the West series and The Blue Willow Brides series. Winner of the 2013 Laurel Wreath Award, she was a 2013 finalist for the Published Maggie Award of Excellence, a 2013 finalist for the Heart of Excellence Readers' Choice Award, a 2012 finalist for Inspirational Reader's Choice award, and a recipient of the 2004 ACW Persistence Award in Atlanta. She is a member of the Author's Guild; Romance Writers of America; Faith, Hope, and Love; and Georgia Romance Writers. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, researching for her novels, and spending time with her family. You can follow her at her website www.MaggieBrendan.com, her blog www.SouthernBelleWriter.blogspot.com, and on Facebook and Twitter @MaggieBrendan.

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Perfectly Matched 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 16 reviews.
Teresa_Konopka More than 1 year ago
Sadly, this book let me down on many occasions. Let me back up a bit. The story revolves around Anna who is mail-order-bride. She gets married to Edward based on a few written correspondences in response to a mail-order-bride ad. When they are married and the book begins, Edward gives her a list of chores to do. Anna is discouraged, and things get more complicated between the couple when Anna wants to take pets into her home to care for them but Edward does not want pets to disturb his orderly life. As the book progresses, it gets pretty hot and heavy. Throughout the story, while Edward is a bit OCD, he is portrayed as handsome and romantic. Additionally, throughout the book, Anna gets Edward to bend his will to hers through sexual manipulation. This books gives very bad messages to women. Firstly, it give the message that a marriage can turn out perfectly with someone you've just met and don't really know all that well. Secondly, it gives the message that women can get whatever they want by seducing men. As if that wasn't enough, this book was just plain uncomfortable. It wasn't as subtle as other romance novels I read. It felt like a dirty novel written for men. Disgusting.
sherrijinga More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this last book in the Blue Willow Series. The free-spirited youngest sister becomes a mail-order bride, just like her two older sisters. She bites off a little more than she can chew when she marries an OCD clock maker. She's more adventurous than he is so she really adds some spice to his life. Their love blossoms after the marriage, as is the case with a mail-order bride story, and their faith in God blossoms, as well. I can't wait for Maggie's next book! A word of caution: there are some PG-13ish scenes in the book that might not be suitable for young pre-teen girls. So moms might want to make sure they read it first. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sheri03 More than 1 year ago
This was a great conclusion to the Blue Willow Brides series! From the first book I loved Anna's care free spirit. In this book there is such a contrast between Anna and her perfectionist husband, Edward. Humor is woven throughout the story to make it a fun read. I look forward to the next series Brendan has in store!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story but am a little upset about her note that Edward has OCD. It is clear that she really doesn't understand exactly what it is. Most people have the misconception that OCD is all about being obsessively clean and nothing could be further from the truth. My sister has dealt with OCD for 35 years sinc sh was 11, OCD involves obsssive thoughtsand compulsions that one cannot control. A common obsession is a fear of germs so they shower for excessive amounts of time and wash their hands until they bleed. Check doors and windows for a half hour before leaving home. In fact most people are actually messy because they fear throwing things away and are too caught up in their obsessions and compulsions. The fact that Edward could adjust so easily to Anna's scatter brained ways is a clear indication that he is NOT OCD. If he did have OCD he would have doubled his efforts to control his environment and reclean the house paying little attention to Anna. Overall I liked the premise of the story. Anna is only 17 so her scatterbrained behavior is understandable as is her focus on sex. I did think that the dialogue between characters often didn't fit the time period and sounded like more modern dialogue. I highly doubt that people at that time would have the conversations about sex that Edward and Anna did. They do seem like a couple of rabbits. I think it would have been better if the author was more subtle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This third book in the Blue Willow Brides series kept me interested, but not as much as the first two. I love animals, especially dogs, but this book's emphasis on mending animals that have been mistreated works its way into boredom at times. I was looking forward to the romantic tension that the first two books focused on, but was disappointed that I felt very little concern about whether this marriage would make it. The title wraps it up. Most of the plot seemed "too perfect."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet story funny loved it
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weatherlover1 More than 1 year ago
     Anna is a mail order bride and her groom is not what she expected. Where she is easy-going and loves adventure Edward is all about lists and order. Can they over come their differences to be the perfect match?      This is the third book in the series. I have not read the other two but this book can easily be read as a stand alone. This book was a little slow going at first but it was a good read. What I liked: Anna and Edward were opposites which made the book fun. The list he gave Anna on their wedding day made me laugh. I liked how both characters grew and changed as the book went a long. I liked how the book had marriage be a two-way street and that both parties need to give and take to make it work. What I did not like: This book was a little slow in the middle. I also thought Anna was being  a little selfish when it came to helping animals. Even though things worked out in the end she never seemed to show that maybe she should have understood that bring home all those strays was a little crazy. She was very much pushing Edwards good graces.      Over all this was an enjoyable book. The plot was a little slow at times but the ending was good. An enjoyable Christian historical fiction.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this sweet romance. From the first words of Perfectly Matched to the last, we get to see the growth of two people as they struggled through the highs and lows of marriage - whether by mail-order or by choice. Ms. Brendan's way of showing how marriage is never about one person's desires made me appreciate my spouse more. ***I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
VicG More than 1 year ago
Maggie Brendan in her new book “Perfectly Matched” Book Three in The Blue Willow Brides series published by Revell Books takes us into the life of Anna Olsen in 1888. From the back cover:  His life runs like clockwork.  Hers is a spontaneous adventure.  But God’s timing is always perfect. Anna Olsen knows it’s time to leave her sister’s increasingly crowded house and start a life of her own. Following her sisters’ examples, she becomes a mail-order bride, and after a short correspondence with clock maker and jeweler Edward Parker, she moves to Denver to become his wife. Almost immediately it’s painfully apparent that Anna and Edward are very different. Anna is a free spirit who would rather be painting and enjoying the company of friends than cleaning house. Edward is a consummate perfectionist who, on their wedding day, hands Anna a list of chores that need to be done around the house daily. Can this mismatched couple see past their differences to a harmonious future? Or will their disparate passions create obstacles neither is willing to surmount? Maggie Brendan closes her Blue Willow Brides series with a heartwarming tale of true love despite misunderstanding, showing readers that God’s timing is always perfect. I like Mail Order Bride stories.  Maybe it is because they portray the woman with such a sense of adventure and trust.  She has to pack up everything, say goodbye to family, probably for the last time, and move to a different City and State to marry someone she did not know nor had yet to meet.  This is what Anna Olsen agrees to as she travels out to Denver.  Anna and her new husband, Edward, are two different personalities.  Ms. Brendan has done it again.  She has provided a story that has real substance to it, as to what makes a good marriage, while showing us the fun in learning about another person.  I think that “Perfectly Matched” is a winner and may be Maggie Brendan’s best story to date.  ”Perfectly Matched” is a wonderful, sweet story with power and depth that will keep you flipping pages.  I liked it a lot and am sorry that this series is over however I am looking forward to the next book by this highly talented author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers.   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.” Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
This is the first of Maggie's books that I've read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sometimes I just want a book to relax with and that makes me smile, and Perfectly Matched did exactly that. Although it concludes a series, this story easily stands alone. The setting of Denver, Colorado in the fall of 1888 felt very real as many actual places were incorporated, some still standing today. And characterization is strong in both major and secondary characters. Edward is certainly a unique hero! He suffers from a mild form of what we know today as obsessive compulsive disorder, first evidenced in the humorous scene where, shortly after saying "I do," he presents Anna with a detailed schedule of her daily chores. As frustrating and unbending as he seems at first, knowing his background and understanding that his actions were merely coping mechanisms, I grew to really like him. Edward's father had been an alcoholic, and his sister explains to Anna: "Edward and I both had our ways of coping as children. He liked to tinker with things that took total concentration and perfectionism. I think that was his way of controlling what he could around him, and he became compulsive about certain things." Anna is completely his opposite, and their marriage a total recipe for disaster without God in the equation. Scatterbrained, impulsive, untidy and disheveled - but with such a giving nature, genuine sweetness, and compassion for others, especially animals in need. "When the Lord places an opportunity to do good right in front of me, then I have to take a stand," Anna explains. I particularly enjoy romances where love grows between a married couple, and Maggie did an excellent job at portraying this. That intimate moments are a part of Edward and Anna's marriage is obvious, and it's just refreshing to see this included and so tastefully done "off camera." This story also shows how Edward and Anna, both committed to their marriage, work through personality differences and discover that they actually have much in common and bring out the best in each other. I loved how, as early as their wedding night, Edward "suddenly had a premonition of things to come, and he felt like he was losing control." Perfectly Matched is a tender, heartwarming romance which includes some interesting history, such as the beginning of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. I believe this is a book that romance fans will enjoy. This book was provided by Lanette Haskins and Revell in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a story that shows a mail-order bride and her husband how to learn from each other, how no one is perfect, and how to build a marriage through trust and love.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Maggie Brendan's third and final installment in The Blue Willow Brides series, Perfectly Matched, again takes up the idea of mail order brides in the old west. Set in Denver, Colorado in 1888, readers are treated to a storyline that centers around a young unorganized woman, to a man whose life is completely ordered. The obstacles between them take up a great portion of the book, as they learn to embrace their differences and accept each other for who they are. Brendan also explores the mistreatment of animals as the heroine starts to set up her own animal shelter. .  The Blue Willow Brides series has followed the lives of three sisters, all of whom, have become mail order brides. . Brendan has taken this idea and really ran with it. I like the fact that Brendan chose to put the marriage of Edward and Anna at the beginning of the book. They are going to have to figure out a way for this to work. Brendan shows readers all of the difficulties involved in this kind of union. The couples barely know each other, they have only corresponded by mail. They are going into the marriage blind. I liked the fact that Brendan gives readers the historical significance, as well as, the emotional significance.  Anna was certainly a free-spirited young woman. She was not accustomed to running a household and had her own ideas about how it should be done. She would rather have spent her time on other passions. I loved the way she respected animals and wanted to stop the mistreatment she encounters. Her dream of setting up an animal shelter is one that resonated with me. I think readers who love animals will identify with this character and her struggles. Anna was different from Edward, spontaneous and  zealous for life. She was a wonderful character and Brendan did an excellent job of showing how she begins to learn compromise and how to accept Edward for who he is. Edward, Edward, Edward... There is so much to say about this character. I admit to having a hard time getting into him as the hero of the book. He is a clockmaker and jeweler. His life is order and somewhat obsessive compulsive. He wants things to have a place and everything has to be in it's place. He wants his household run a certain way without exception. He is the complete opposite of Anna. He doesn't like the animals because of the hair and messes they make and he doesn't understand a lot of Anna's ways. But the redeeming quality about Edward is that he is determined to make this marriage a success. Edward wants to show Anna every kindness he can. He may not like her animal shelter but he doesn't hinder her. I liked the fact that both characters had their flaws and Brendan was able to show readers an underlying theme of compromise and making a marriage work despite the obstacles that come up. Overall I think Brendan's attempt to show that marriage is more than just giving it a try was very successful. It is a commitment that both people make to each other and to God. I think in today's society we give up way to easily. I'm not saying that there are not times when circumstances make it impossible for couples to stay together, but for the most part, people are going into marriage with the idea that if it doesn't work out, they'll just move on to the next one. Brendan is showing a couple who are so very different yet they are able to compromise and come together to make their marriage work. I liked the fact that eventually these two find common ground and a deep love for each other. 
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
The title is a bit misleading. Perfectly Matched...Anna Olson is now a mail-order bride. Edward Parker, the groom, is a bit, well maybe more than a bit, OCD. Whereas, Anna, is a bit scatter brained, in a good way. Will these two different people, newly met, be able to forge a marriage? Edward needs organization in his life, everything in its place. A day for each chore, and meals right on time. Enter Anna, and she arrives with a dog. Now being a dog lover I know that fur, and playing and just being in the house leaves things a bit disorganized! Poor Edward! Now Anna does not stop with just one dog, oh no. Pretty soon a menagerie of different animals begins to appear, you can just picture what happens. The story is not just about Anna and Edwards different personalities, but it is about the sweet romance that blooms. Of course, there is a rocky start to even that. This is the third and final book in this wonderful series, and each book can stand on its own. I highly recommend that you read each of these fantastic stories, you will not be disappointed!! I received this book through the Revell Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
PERFECTLY MATCHED by Maggie Brendan is another exciting Christian Historical Romance set in 1888 Denver, Colorado. #3 and final in “The Blue Willow Brides” series, but can be read as a stand alone. See,” Deeply Devoted” and “Twice Promised”. This is Anna Olsen’s story and her shot at being a mail order bride. While, Anna is a free spirit with a love for animals, her intended, a clock maker and jeweler Edward Parker,is a perfectionist and a list maker. Together, they have many obstacles to overcome. On Anna’s wedding day Edward hands her a list of “Your Wifely Duties”. Oh, I loved this one: “The consummation of our marriage will take place after ten days to give you time to adjust.” Let the trials begin….. Written with Ms. Brendan’s usual aplomb. She has gives the reader a mixture of mystery and suspense with faith,hope,forgiveness,conflict,history and the power of love. A must read for any historical reader. Received for an honest review from the publisher. “Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.” RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More