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What if Mary Poppins was a New York 400 Matchmaker during the Gilded Age?

Updated: May 25, 2023

A Match in the Making (The Matchmakers Book 1) by Jen Turano

5 stars

Genre: Gilded Age Romance, New York Society Romance, Christian Historical Romance

Time Period: 1888

Location: Newport, Rhode Island

Romance: Very light kissing scene at the end

Faith: Woven throughout the story seamlessly. Comes across as realistic to the character’s point of view.

Jen Turano has outdone herself in this magnificent romantic comedy set during the Gilded Age. True to her style, Turano continues to delight me with witty dialogue and funny, creative, off-the-wall scenes that made me laugh. This is her best work yet.

This past year, I’ve read several of Turano’s books and I feel like she continues to mature as a writer, devising amazing comedic scenes and lovable, less-than-perfect characters which draw me into the story and the series. In A Match in the Making, her use of dialogue comes across even stronger, while maintaining a witty appeal. Turano continues to deliver wonderfully entertaining stories.

Gwendolyn’s character came across as realistic and relatable. Her no-nonsense approach to life drew me into her plight immediately. I loved the way she challenged Walter to become a better father and a better man. His character arc warmed my heart. Turano’s choice to add children as a central part of the story line was brilliant. Walter’s children brought plenty of tension and comedic relief to the story. Gwendolyn’s interaction with the children reminded a bit of Mary Poppins, but with a flare all her own.

The non-stop action moved the story at a rapid pace. I was so hooked on this book that I could not put it down. I rarely stay up until the wee hours of the morning reading, but this one was impossible to put down.

I strongly recommend this for fans of clean historical romance with a touch of faith and a large dose of smile-inducing comedy. You will not be disappointed with this read.

Disclaimer: I requested and received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.


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