Jen Turano’s books never fail to delight me. I always find myself laughing out loud, snickering, and, yes, even some most unladylike snorting may occur as I’m devouring the pages. A Match in the Making begins a new series and stars Gwendolyn Brinley who is coerced into being an assistant matchmaker by her new employer Mrs. Parker.
“I’ve never had an assistant matchmaker before, so I’m making up job requirements as we go.”
When she finds herself tasked to find a wife for the “catch of the season”, Mr. Walter Townsend, sparks begin to fly, and not necessarily in a romantic way. Widower Walter has decided he needs a new wife because his motherless children have become unruly.
With her signature wit and humor, Turano has penned yet another fantastic tale set among “high society” during the Gilded Age. Gwendolyn is a spunky, independent, and very capable heroine who is not afraid to show some disdain towards that so-called “society” and their snooty ways. Walter is a successful, likeable, but sometimes clueless, businessman who could use some direction in being a more involved father. I enjoyed seeing their relationship change and grow.
“It’s a strange circumstance, because I’m generally not at odds with gentlemen when first introduced. It typically takes me a good few weeks before I begin annoying them, or vice versa.”
I would highly recommend this book along with all of Jen Turano’s other books if you enjoy clean, humorous historical fiction. They’re loads of fun!
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.4.5 stars
Miss Gwendolyn Brinley accepted a temporary paid companion
position for the Newport summer season, believing it would be a lark to
spend the summer in America's most exclusive town. She suddenly finds
her summer turning anything but amusing when her employer expects her to
take over responsibilities as an assistant matchmaker. Tasked with the
daunting prospect of attaining advantageous matches for her clients,
Gwendolyn soon finds herself in the employ of Mr. Walter Townsend, the
catch of the Season, but a gentleman Gwendolyn finds beyond irritating.
Walter Townsend is reluctantly in search of a wife for the sake of his unruly motherless children who cannot keep a governess for long. What he wasn't expecting was Miss Brinley, an amateur matchmaker who turns his quest for a new wife into a complete and utter debacle. Constantly besieged by society ladies on a mission to win his affection, Walter must find a way to overcome their inundating attention--and his unexpected attraction toward Gwendolyn.
The more time they spend together throughout the Newport Season, the harder it is for Gwendolyn to find Walter a wife when she realizes his perfect match might be . . . her.