Nelle Thompson lives a life of privilege during the turn of the century New York City. When her parents are killed in a terrible accident, she’s forced to live with her aunt’s family in a small town in Connecticut, and treated as a poor relation with no financial independence. Broken hearted and riddled with insomnia, Nelle’s health begins a downward spiral. When a locked part of her heart blossoms around her cousin’s fiancé Mathew Janson, Nelle doesn’t know if she can endure one more heartbreak. Miss Pearl, owner of the local apothecary shop, becomes a mother figure to Nelle, but a fateful summer day has Nelle questioning everything she’s ever believed and wondering if she’ll ever love again.
Sissy: Love is Come is another novel in the Power of the Matchmaker series, which spans many time periods and settings, and is a collaboration between several authors. There are 12 primary novels in the series and one prequel novella which introduces the series. The novella, aptly entitled The Power of the Matchmaker, came out in November of 2015, and the others will be released one each month in 2016. Love is Come is the release for the month of April. That means I very much desire to find and read January, February, and March’s releases which are Broken Things to Mend by Karey White, Not Always Happenstance by Rachael Anderson, and If We Were A Movie by Kelly Oram. The one constant is an Asian woman who seems able to travel through time or at least last through time and show up exactly when needed. She is there at the right moment to help those who are somehow deemed worthy of her unique matchmaking skills.
Bubby: I love Pearl the matchmaker. If you haven’t read the prequel novella, you really should. It explains Pearl’s background and how she came to be a matchmaker in the first place, as well as the strange magic which allows her to live so long without aging. I think Sissy has a bit of that magic – it’s amazing how good she looks for as old as she is!
Sissy: I don’t know whether to be flattered or offended. I’m flatt-ended!
Bubby: You wish your end was flat! Sorry, couldn’t resist.
Sissy: You’re the only one left in the family with a flat half-moon butt…
Bubby: Wow. I’m starting to like skinflint Aunt Corinne and flirtatious menace cousin Alice better than you! And I really, really didn’t like them at all. The gall of asking a guest in your home, a beloved relative nonetheless, to pay for every last nickel and dime’s worth of stuff they use? What kind of loving auntie is that? And Alice! Let’s just sniff around everything in pants, shall we? Shameless hussy! I will admit that they are both redeemed somewhat in the end, but I still would cut them dead should I see them at the general store.
Sissy: In case you’re wondering if Bubby wields a blade for cutting undesirables whom she sees at stores, the phrase “cut them dead” is Regency speak for socially shunning or ignoring someone. Bubby’s stating that she likes nasty Aunt Corinne and Alice (who are not even real) better than me is a form of verbal “cutting.” Ouch.
Bubby: You insulted my behind! I’m supposed to just let that go? I don’t have the heart of gold and patience of Job that our dear heroine Nelle has. Can you imagine losing both your parents, your home and your money all at the same time? And then having to deal with unsavory relatives? And then falling in love with someone you can’t have because they are promised to your stinky cousin? I don’t think I could be as sweet and nice as Nelle after all that. It’s no wonder that Mathew falls in love with her too, creating quite the sticky wicket for a while.
Sissy: There are definitely many dramatic devices in this tale and wrenches thrown into the wheel of happiness. That’s why the role of Miss Pearl is critical. Without her, I don’t know how all of the problems could have been solved. Fortunately, all the books in this series (and in my life) are required to have a happy ending, so since I’m here reviewing Love Is Come, you know that things work out somehow. Unless my dark side has taken over and turned me into an evil harpy who enjoys misery, gore and genocide as well as heartbreak and the black plague.
Bubby: Please no! This is an evil harpy free zone! We do indeed have happy endings all around in Love Is Come, even though the road to true love is not an easy one. I agree with Sissy that we need to read the rest of the Matchmaker books post-haste! A truly enjoyable series in every way.
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