Thursday, April 4, 2019

Miss Adeline's Match by Joanna Barker {Blog Tour Review + Giveaway}

Miss Adeline's Match by Joanna Barker
Paperback, 263 pages
Published April 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
Miss Adeline Hayes is the perfect lady's companion: pleasant, conversational, and unceasingly proper. But when her closest friend, Charity Edgeworth, breaks off her arranged marriage without explanation, even Adeline's superior skills are put to the test. Charity's father banishes the two young women to the country, sending Adeline with a charge to find Charity a husband or suffer dire consequences.

As Adeline takes on the role of reluctant matchmaker, she discovers more than one obstacle in her path. Not only does Charity prefer escaping in books to socializing, but Adeline soon finds her own attentions distracted by the standoffish—and irritatingly handsome—Mr. Evan Whitfield. Amidst an eventful foxhunt and the unexpected arrival of Charity's former betrothed, Adeline simply doesn't have time for a battle of wits with Evan. But the two are continually drawn together until Adeline begins to question her tightly guarded convictions about love and marriage.

However, when secrets are revealed and truths made known, Adeline must face her most fearsome obstacle yet: herself.
My Review: 4 Stars

Adeline will do almost anything for her closest friend, Charity, but she almost takes things too far in her matchmaking attempts. Addie seems slightly selfish in her efforts to thwart a former suitor, yet she's completely selfless in helping a young boy and his family. It's safe to say that her loyalties lie deep and she'll stop at nothing to help those she's loyal to.

Maybe it's even safe to say that Adeline's emotions run deep. Her intense dislike, and undeniable attraction, to Mr. Whitfield is quite apparent from the first encounter. The romance is a slow-to-grow type, which is good in this tangled up tale of secrets.

This is a classic case of an enemies-to-lovers romance and leans more towards enemies for a good chunk of the first half. I always wonder what a couple thinks when they look back on their first interactions. 

I loved the secondary cast of characters and the way Adeline was able to form connections with some of them. The foxhunt and other activities that draws this group together were entertaining and made this story delightfully charming.

Content: mild romance


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