A Match In The Making by Jen Turano


A Match In The Making is the first book in the new series, The Matchmaker’s Book, by Jen Turano.  Miss Gwendolyn Brinley is tricked into becoming a matchmaker for the Newport Season.   Mr. Walter Townsend is the biggest catch on the marriage mart.  Walter only wants a wife to take over parenting his three wild children, who are strangers to him.  Gwendolyn and Walter are like oil and water – they do nothing but irritate each other.  However, as the season progresses, Gwendolyn discovers Walter is a vulnerable father who has neglected his three willful yet adorable children.  Walter discovers much about himself and his priorities and starts to rethink what he wants in a wife.

I enjoyed the premise of this book.  Matchmakers are always fun to read.  I had difficulty warming to the cold, distant Walter, yet as he opened up, I began to empathize with him.  Gwendolyn was a fun character; she knew what she did and did not want.  I felt a disconnect from the romantic connection between Walter and Gwendolyn at times.  I couldn’t make myself believe entirely in the couple’s burgeoning feelings.

I felt the book moved well, and the plot kept my interest.  There are a lot of characters and moving parts in this book that, at times, I felt needed to be slimmed down.  Walter’s children were adorable, and my heart ached for these children, starved for love.  I enjoyed this book; I would have liked a more romantic feel for Walter and Gwendolyn’s journey.  I did enjoy the conclusion of the book, and I felt this book set the series up nicely.  All in all this is a good read with a few areas that could improve.  I feel once the series finds it groove that it could be excellent.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through the Netgalley and the publisher.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Publication Date: February 21, 2023

Published by jelee1976

I love to review historical romance books! I discuss book reviews, thoughts on authors and series, and just general stuff about me!

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