Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Matchmaker's Match by Brittany Larsen {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

The Matchmaker's Match by Brittany Larsen
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications, Inc. 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
Eliza Woodhouse has everything a girl could want: a delightful little beachside flower shop, a loving family, and the best friend a girl could ask for. And while she suffers a chronic lack of romance in her own life, the bohemian beauty is a self-proclaimed matchmaker extraordinaire, as evidenced by her recent successes. Having found a fiancé for her sister and a boyfriend for her best friend, she is now taking her lovelorn new employee under her wing. Yes, life is working out quite nicely for Eliza. Until Parker Knightley walks back into her life.

After three years in Hong Kong, Parker is in town for his brother's upcoming wedding to Eliza's sister. They've all known each other their whole lives, and Eliza will never be anything but Little Liza Belle to her handsome childhood tormenter. So the fact that their siblings are getting married simply puts Parker one step closer to becoming the big brother he and Eliza have always joked about him being. But the more time they spend together, the more confused Eliza's feelings become. Because she has come to the shocking realization that the role of brother is the last role she wants Parker to play in her life.
My Review: 4 Stars

I love a fun and modern Jane Austen retelling! I loved trying to figure out who the different people were in Austen's story--so creative. This one takes place in a beach town and has a cast of great characters.

Eliza has such good intentions, but really just socially bumbles along, using her money as a crutch for friendship. She is so clueless in the love department and makes many situations worse by trying to get in the middle of them, but she really does have a good heart and is a likable character. Parker is years older and really shows his maturity, as he tries to help Eliza develop into a compassionate person. I wish there would have been more subtle chemistry and connecting simmering.

I really enjoyed the setting--the floral descriptions, the surfing, and the sunsets over the ocean. Larsen does a great job of transporting a reader into the pages of her book and in bringing her characters to life, but I especially loved the growth that Eliza goes through. True feelings were muddled and the reader gets to discover them right alongside the characters, which was a lot of fun. The relationship that Eliza shares with her sister, Caroline, and her Daddy was so sweet. The ending was the icing on the cake and I'm excited to see what Larsen will come up with next.

Content: mild romance
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