Three stories of light-hearted romance from bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter prove Love Finds a Way. Widow Lorna Patterson returns to college looking for education not romance. Then she meets fellow student and culinary novice Evan Bailey. Will his persistence have her re-thinking love? When Shelia Nickels searches for her grandmother’s doll her hunt leads to antique dealer Dwaine Woods’s door. But will she find love instead of a lost treasure? Wendy Campbell doesn’t want a relationship, but her father does. . .for her. Will his matchmaking end with an unexpected romance for Wendy and paramedic Kyle Rogers?
If you have read Burnstetter's books before you'll know that she normally writes historical books about the Amish people. The three contemporary stories that compose this anthology make a nice change. These novellas are cleverly named after a theme that each of them is centered around.
The first Blueberry Surprise is set in a Christian College where two lonely mature students meet and eventually fall in love,even though the heroine does her best to hold back, believing she's not ready for a relationship. The hero tries to win her heart with his hilarious attempts at baking which get him into more trouble. That's also how the novella came by its name. Lorna buried her husband only a year ago and isn't looking for romance. However, she decided to do something for herself and went back to college. Ethan is the character that makes you want to laugh. He's interested in Lorna but there are two things against him. He's younger than her and she's not interested. Ethan tries to impress her with his baking skills, following recipes he gets from a blog. Problem is, he just can't get them right - and so the fun begins.
Grandma’s Doll, the second novella, brings memories of my grandma and her special mementos. In this story, the heroine is set on a doll that she has loved since she was a child and wants as her keepsake from her grandma. In her search for the doll she comes in contact with the hero and while they are seeking to fulfill her wish they inadverently fall in love.
Wendy has time only for her father and the barber shop she runs. So when her father takes to the heart the advice from one of their customers and decides to find a man for her, she's in trouble. Kyle doesn't have time for a relationship but he doesn’t mind playing matchmaker for Wendy's father. Wendy agrees with him on both counts and while the three stubborn people pursue their own matchmaking agendas, a lot of confusion occurs. Not surprisingly, the novella is called Matchmaker 911.
I give it 4.5 stars. I took half off as I didn’t like the last story Matchmaker 911 and I was skipping pages when I was reading it. It didn’t engage me as much as the other two did despite the character having an interesting job.
Expected Publishing Date: Jan. 1, 2012
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Review Courtesy Of: NetGalley
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