Broken Things to Mend

Broken Things to Mend

by Karey White


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Celia is in desperate need of a change--a change of scenery, a change of pace, and a complete redo of all relationships. Not knowing what else to do, she opens a map, closes her eyes, and lets fate decide her future. Then she packs her meager belongings and buys a one-way ticket to a little town on the fringes of Oregon's Deschutes National Forest called Sisters. She's wanted a family for years. Will she find one in Sisters?

What Celia doesn't plan to find is a strange Chinese woman whose meddling ways keep throwing her in the path of a handsome, but reserved, forest ranger. But no matter how kind or dependable Silas seems to be, there are some things in Celia's past that neither of them can escape, and this time, the damage might be too much to mend.

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ISBN-13: 9781941898109
Publisher: Karey White
Publication date: 12/09/2015
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

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Broken Things to Mend 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
I have been very excited to read the Power of the Matchmaker stories from twelve different authors and just a reminder, The Power of the Matchmaker novella is about Pearl and her story and how she became the matchmaker. Author Karey White takes on the first full length novel, Broken Things to Mend, where we are in present day Sisters, Oregon. We have Celia who is running from her life in Illinois to anything better. Truly friendless and hopeless, she is shocked to have a stranger, Pearl, waiting for her at the bus station. Not only Pearl, but Silas Toller as well. This was a story that dealt with some tough issues but Ms. White handled each issue delicately, and we were able to watch Celia bloom under the growing love of Silas and his Aunt Nancy’s wonderful care of her. Silas was such a great guy and a hero forest ranger with a stutter, making him lack in the confidence department. There was a point I wanted to yell at him, but when he came around, well….. He made me smile. This was such a lovely and beautiful story. It started out a little slow at first, but before too long the characters had me wrapped up in their world. I look forward to more of Pearl’s couples and her matchmaking abilities with almost fairy godmother like qualities. I received an e-copy from I Am a Reader Not a Writer for an honest review and the opinions are my own. I actually purchased a physical copy for my bookshelf as that is how much I enjoyed this story.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story of a gentle romance between two lonely and hurting people. It is well paced, with plenty of room to soak in the characters without feeling slow. The details of the lives of Celia and Silas prevent the plot from seeming cliché. The setting of a small town in Oregon made me want to take a road trip to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I loved Silas' Aunt Nancy, with her giant garden, quilting, and open hospitality. Even though the serious topic of rape is a part of the story, it never felt dark or hopeless. Rather, it was a hope-filled journey of healing and connection. The matchmaker Pearl only made an appearance at the beginning of the story and the end, which I liked since she didn't distract from the relationship between Silas and Celia developing naturally. I'm looking forward to reading more by the author and the next book in the Power of the Matchmaker line. (Thank you to Ebooks For Review for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
momisreading More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Power of the Matchmaker series. One book will come out each month in 2016. They are all stand alone books, but feature the matchmaker, Pearl. There is a prequel that tells Pearl’s story and how she became the matchmaker. Although you don’t need to read it to enjoy the series, I was really glad I had. I just love Pearl! I’m looking forward to seeing how she gets each couple together in the series. I didn’t know what her part in the stories would be. She really just got them together, set up a few things to make sure they continued their journey, and then left them to their story. In “Broken Things to Mend,” Celia and Silas are brought together by Pearl. Both are such good people! Celia has had a rough life. Her heart is guarded, but it is tender and kind. Silas has also had hard things happen in his life. He is so full of goodness. He is somewhat reserved, but soon finds himself drawn to Celia and wanting to help her. It was great to watch Silas become more comfortable around Celia. Without even knowing, he helped restore her trust in men. They went through some difficult things, but came together so perfectly. I loved the ending! This was a great book! I’m really excited for the rest of the series! I know the books are written by different authors, but I have a feeling they are all going to be really good!! I was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Broken Things to Mend is the beginning book in a series that reintroduces Pearl, a miracle matchmaker. I was uncertain what to expect in this series, filled with a variety of authors and their respective writing styles, but was definitely reassured in this first novel. Pearl is a reoccurring character, but her influence is subtle and short. As for the rest of the book, I was deeply touched by the depth of the characters and the flow of the story. Celia’s story was heartbreaking and very real. I enjoyed that Karey White didn’t mince words, yet found a subtle way to avoid being too descriptive. I loved Silas, as a broken character as well. The two together were sweet and their romance was real. My only concern was Nancy’s meddling approach in their relationship. It was realistic, but lacked humility and a true apology. Beyond that the book was delightful, awe inspiring and deeply moving. A definite read for anyone looking for new real, and clean romance.
Samantha23 More than 1 year ago
I received this ebook through ebooksforreview in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book of the Power of the Matchmaker series. One book is released each month throughout the year, following couple matched by Pearl, the matchmaker. I didn’t know what to expect from this book. I read the series prequel, but it only introduced Pearl. So I was pretty curious to see how the series would turn out. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this first installment. Although, some parts were predictable, I really liked how the story unfolded. The characters felt real and they rapidly pulled me into their world and their lives. I’m very looking forward to reading the second book. And now I’m hoping it will live up to my expectations. Let’s just say that this first one set the bar high for the rest of the series.
JewelsLVIUTAH More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! I thought it was a great start to the Power of the Matchmaker series. I was a little surprised that the matchmaker is only in the beginning but I guess she wasn't really needed to make the story great. Silas and Celia both have had hard lives and I think my favorite line from the book will help you see the attitude they both have about it! "It isn’t a contest to see whose life is harder. Everyone has hard things. I don’t want you to feel sorry for me.” I love that they both have kind of an instant understanding of each other and are slowly able to build a friendship! All in all great book! Can't wait for the next one in this series!
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
A sad, sweet song, full of hope played on my heartstrings while reading this book. It's a part of the Matchmaker series, but definitely can stand alone. The story begins with Pearl, whom we met in The Matchmaker, coming to town again to bring two people together. She makes it clear that this won't be an easy match to make and we soon see why. Celia is on the run from her past and is determined to make a new life for herself in Sisters, Oregon, by the luck of the draw. She's obviously got some secrets and is deeply broken, yet she's a fighter. She comes to town with hardly a thing to her name and is taken in by Nancy, a woman Pearl knows. Nancy hasn't ever married and plays a very pivotal role in young Celia's life. I love the relationship the two forge and the things Celia is able to learn from Nancy are heartwarming. Nancy has an orphaned nephew, Silas, who lives nearby. He had a hard upbringing too, but he's content with his life now--except for the stutter. Typically in a story such as this, the characters are flawed, yet still seemingly perfect, and I didn't feel that with this book. These characters are real and imperfect. They have realistic struggles, but I didn't feel bogged down by them and was still able to fully escape into their story. I love the way the story flows and the events that happen are natural, with good pacing. The relationships are believable and tender. I love the way they're able to accept each other, while joking, bantering, and understanding the needs of each other without the use of words. The climax of the story is intense and I would've loved an epilogue, but I still felt satisfied. I can't stop thinking about this story and visualizing the setting and characters. I laughed, I cried, my heart soared, and my heart broke--so many emotions! I'm looking forward to reading more in this series. Content: vague, non-descriptive mention of a forced encounter; mild kissing; mild religious elements; Clean for 16+. *I received a copy through the tour host in exchange for an honest review*
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Once I picked up Broken Thing To Mend, I was gone a quickly absorbed in the story, from the first to the last page this one was a page-turner for me. We all think we have it bad, but Celia has had a very rough time in her short life so far. We hear her early story, and you will have tears in your eyes thinking about how awful it was for her, and then the ultimate violation makes her scramble out of Chicago. While this book is part of the Matchmaker series, it can stand alone, but so far I’m really enjoying this series. Pearl was instrumental in putting Silas’s parents together, and now she is behind the scenes in arranging a meeting between Celia and Silas. When things finally work out for them to meet you begin to wonder if Pearls plans are going to work, they don’t seem to like one another. There is another secret that is hanging between them, and again you will feel so bad for Celia. Story is set in the Sisters Oregon area and we shared the beauty of this place as the backdrop of most of this book. You won’t be disappointed with this one, but keep the tissues handy. We hope for the best and acceptance from all, but we never know until the very end how this one is turns out! I received this book through I Am A Reader, Not A Writer Book Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.