What’s a Matchmaker? I’m thinking a really, really old Irish version of Tinder…
Isla Brookes was terrified of leading a little life in the small New Zealand town where she was born and where her gran and mum were also born and bred. To escape their fate, she breaks it off with her teenage sweetheart and runs away to London. She’s spent the last ten years climbing the interior design career ladder and meeting the wrong kind of man until one day she wakes up and wonders what it’s all been for. Leaving her latest unsuitable man and job for dust Isla winds up sitting on a beanbag in therapy at a Californian retreat, where she realises it’s time to go home.
They breed em tough on New Zealand’s West Coast. A fact Isla’s grandmother, Bridget prides herself on. Her heart was broken once, and she won’t let it happen again, but now ever since her husband passed away, someone’s been sending her Valentine’s Day cards.
When the dance hall, the scene for this heartbreak, falls into decline, Bridget decides the link to her first love must be restored even if the events of long ago can’t be put right. She’s never heard of dating apps, so in a nod to her Irish ancestry, she decides to hold a fundraising Matchmaker Festival.
Then Rohan Sullivan blows into town on a strange wind offering his services as a bona fide matchmaker; suddenly it’s time for both women to remedy the mistakes of their past.
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What a delightful read! It’s been quite a while since I have read such a charming and heartwarming read!
After a decade away from her small town of Bibury in New Zealand, Isla finds herself back home after a career burnout in London and breaking up with her boyfriend. She isn’t sure what her purpose is anymore, but she is hoping she finds it again now that she is living with her grandmother, Bridget, again. Little do these two wonderful women realize they will help each other find their way again and possibly their HEAs.
I LOVED everything about this book. It really was two love stories ….Isla and Bridget. They really helped one another learn to enjoy life again, not just living day to day never seeing the joy each day. Both were truly remarkable women.
Kudos to Vernal on the aging process. It is something none of us can escape, and our physical bodies show it, but most of us never feel old inside. She proves that age really is a state of mind, and Bridget beautifully exemplifies that!
I loved the other aspects of the book. There is the backstory of Bridget’s romance as a young girl which is shown in flashbacks. It also shows Bridget’s love for her friend who died way too young. Through those stories, Vernal gave me the history of the town which really made me feel like I was a part of the story.
Isla loves her grandmother as much as her grandmother loves her. She takes a chance righting a wrong that could possibly give Bridget the happiness that has always eluded her. In the process, Isla finds her second chance a romance as well.
When I read the synopsis, I knew I would love this book. But, Vernal far exceeded my expectations. It has a little something for everyone…family, friendships, hope, a wee bit of a mystery, and of course, romance. Do yourself a favor and travel to the town of Bibury to get to know the people there. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
About Michelle Vernal
Hello, my name is Michelle Vernal, and by way of introduction, I’m Mum to Josh and Daniel and am married to the super supportive Paul. We live in the garden city of Christchurch, New Zealand with our three-legged, black cat called Blue. BC (before children) Paul and I lived and worked in Ireland, the experiences we had there have flavoured my books.
I’ve always written, but it was only after my first son was born that I decided to attend a creative writing course at Canterbury University. Oh the guilt dropping him at pre-school so I could learn the basics of story writing, but oh the joy of having conversation to contribute other than the price of nappies that week! The first piece I ever penned post course was published by a New Zealand parenting magazine. I went on to write humorous; opinion styled pieces of my take on parenting, but when the necessity for being politically correct got too much, I set myself the challenge of writing a novel. Six books later and a publishing deal with Harper Impulse here I am. These days I write for a lifestyle magazine and my latest book Sweet Home Summer has just been released by Harper Impulse.
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