Matchmaking with a Mission
Practical, steady, levelheaded: all qualities single father Dr. John Orton expects in both a governess and a wife. But his children's temporary governess Miss Marjorie Maren seems set on finding him an impractical woman to love despite his plans of marrying solely for convenience. Nothing could be more exasperating to the handsome widowerexcept his increasing interest in Marjorie.
Vivacious and fun-loving: that's the kind of bride the reserved doctor needs. Before Marjorie leaves to pursue her acting dreams, she intends to match him with a suitable wife candidate. Yet growing affection for her four charges and their dashing father has awakened a new hopethat she might be his perfect bride. But can she convince her employer to take a chance on love and claim real happiness before it slips away?
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Delightful is not the only word I can think of when it comes to Gabrielle Meyer's debut full novel, A Mother in the Making. No, not at all, but it sure sums it up quite nicely. First off, lets give that cover another good stare. Here, I'll give you another image of it so you can just fall in love with it again. The sweetness and tenderness one sees in this cover is exactly what we'll encounter as you read A Mother in the Making, as well as the slight mischievousness in the little boy's face. I'll stop there so not to spoil anything. Gabrielle has such a way with a story that speaks volumes. With whimsy and depth, we find comical moments when we need a laugh, as well as emotional ones when circumstances are beyond our and the characters' control. As Marjorie tries to find a wife for Dr. Orton so she can leave the children in good hands, she didn't expect to fall for not only the kids, but the practical doctor, himself. Now, what is a girl to do? When the impossible seems possible, will distrust and uncertainty drive this new family apart? Sometimes God's answers may just be right there in front of us all along, but our eyes and heart are blind to it. It may not be what we had hope for, but sometimes, all we need to do is blindly trust that God has our back, and He knows exactly what and who we need. This message in A Mother in the Making had me contemplate for a bit. It may not be obvious, but it could also be that I had blinders on. *wink wink. Keep your blinders off and grab a hold of A Mother in the Making. Keep it on your shelf for some shelf candy and spend an afternoon reading this light, yet insightful story of when practicality meets God's plan. This review first appeared on Just Commonly Blog. NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
A Mother in the Making is a delightful story! I immediately fell in love with the Orton children and my heart ached for their loss. When Miss Marjorie Maren joins their family as a governess, changes begin to take place and love and laughter blossom. I enjoyed Marjorie’s humorous match-making hijinks and the heartwarming relationship that developed between the impetuous governess and the practical doctor. Gabrielle Meyer has penned a charming romance that is sure to make readers smile! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
What will it take for a woman determined to marry for love and a man who’s love died along with his wife to see eye to eye? Dr. John Orton needs a nanny for his four young children and Marjorie can fill that role, at least temporarily! She’s going to be an actress after all and only needs the funds from this job to get her to California. Even though she’s never worked with children before, how hard can it really be? And she’s definitely NOT the kind of woman John expects; she’s quite the opposite of him; fun-loving, vivacious, go with the flow to his staid, serious, steady nature. This causes many sparks between the two. What will it take for God to heal this family and for love to flow free again? This was one book that I could hardly put down! Marjorie is determined to do a good job and learn how to be the best nanny. With the help of her young charge Lilly, she does just that! She’s kind-hearted, loving and can’t help but fall in love with each child. She carries her own secrets and the reason she fled Chicago, but is determined to make her own way in the world. John is a devoted father and doctor for the community. He’s overly protective of them especially since he lost his wife due to an influenza epidemic, where he blames himself for her death. He’s also closed his heart to loving another woman, wanting a wife in name only to provide for the children’s needs & upbringing. Marjorie takes it upon herself to find him the perfect wife, but that often leads to disaster! The story is full of humorous scenes & scenes so touching it will bring tears to your eyes. You can’t help but fall in love with the four children, they bring delight, fun and laughter to each page. I found this a tender story of two hearts reawaking to feel again, poignant in the sense of gently bringing the reader along for the ride. This was the authors debut Love Inspired Historical and I think she did a wonderful job of involving her readers in the story, engrossing their hearts and bringing smiles to their faces! A highly recommended story that will leave you with a satisfied sigh after “The End”. *I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review which I have provided here. Thank you Gabrielle for a sweetly tender story that touched my heart, I look forward to more from you! *
A thoroughly enjoyable book. Loved the characters from the very start. They were so life like and real. I felt like I was right there in Little Falls, Minnesota with them. The story was also so much fun. I had to keep reading to see if it would end the way I wanted it to. I was not disappointed. I look forward to reading more from this author. I also loved the inspirational thread running through the book.