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A Match in the Making by Jen Turano: Book Review

   *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

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.

Named one of the funniest voices in inspirational romance by BooklistJen Turano is a USA Today bestselling author known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publishers Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from RT Book Reviews, and praise from Library Journal. She's been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers' Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. She and her family live outside of Denver, Colorado. Readers can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and at jenturano.com.

When I reach for historical fiction, more often than not I find myself reaching for more recent history (WWII and such), as those tend to capture my interest more than any others. Jen Turano is definitely an exception though. It doesn't matter when the story takes place or even what the story is about, I will which for one of her books based on her name alone. Yes, she's that good! 

I cannot think of any other author that brings a story to life quite in the way that Jen does. Her heroines are strong and quirky... and often rather ahead of their time in one way or another. I know that right from the start, I am going to be drawn into these unique characters and their humorous antics every single time. A Match in the Making did not disappoint! It was everything I had come to expect in one of her novels- the humor and fun of course, but also lots of heart too. It has me looking forward to seeing what comes next out of this new series...I can't wait!


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