Series: Power of the Matchmaker #1
Author: Karey White
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published: January 1, 2016
Publisher: Orange Door Press
Source: Book Tour
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.
Although part of the Power of the Matchmaker series, this book is a STAND ALONE read.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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This is the story of Celia and Silas. They both had an extremely difficult childhood that set them up for heartache and distrust. When Celia shows up in Silas’ home town, he wouldn’t have even given her a second thought if she hadn’t been introduced to him by Pearl, the mysterious matchmaker who introduced his own parents.
Some really horrible things have happened to Celia in her past, especially the event that propels her to run all the way from Chicago, IL to Sisters, OR. Broke, alone, and trying to deal with her past, she remains determined to survive. With Pearl’s help, Celia finds a place to live, part-time work, and hope to look the future straight in the eye.
Silas carries the burden of loss. Along with a stutter, he, too, has reason to be wary and cautious. Fortunately, his Aunt Nancy has shown him a loving home and encourages him to reach out to Celia.
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What did I think?
Both Celia and Silas were strong and realistic as they work through some serious issues. The romantic attraction is there fairly soon after they meet, but then things get in the way. Neither one can quite bring themselves to fully trust the other. It isn’t until the truth comes out that they finally have a chance.
I loved Pearl as a book-end character in the story. I also liked Silas’ Aunt Nancy. She was kind and supportive, but also very protective of her nephew. Although her actions cause the romance to spiral out of reach, it’s perfectly understandable why she did and said what she did.
Although I felt the story slowed down a bit in a few places, overall the pacing was good and pulled me along. I didn’t want to stop reading. Karey White did a good job with this book, mixing heartache and healing to create a strong hope for the future.
While nothing is described in detail, due to some of the harsh situations I’d recommend this book to readers 18 and older (or with parental approval), who like a moderate amount of romance (all clean) with a good dose of personal change and progress. A solid 4 stars!
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