Friday, September 2, 2016

Review: Chasing Fireflies by Taylor Dean

Chasing Fireflies by Taylor Dean (Power of the Matchmaker)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the Power of the Matchmaker series:

My sisters think I’m crazy.

But, I’ve never forgotten the mysterious woman from my childhood who told me Paul is the name of my one true love.
She told me to search far and wide for him.
I haven’t stopped looking ever since.

When I stumble across an article about a successful American entrepreneur named Paul who lives and works in China, I’m intrigued. When the opportunity to teach English in China presents itself on the same day, I know it’s not a coincidence.

It’s destiny.

My sisters say I’m chasing a dream.

Just like the fireflies we tried to catch on the warm summer evenings of our youth, the dream seems beyond my grasp. Will my quest for the elusive Paul always be just short of fulfillment?

My sisters tell me it’s a fool’s errand.

Until I remind them of the day we saw the Red Bird.
The memory silences them.
The Red Bird Incident remains inarguable—and proves my search for Paul is not a silly fantasy.

I will find Paul . . . I will.

***This book is part of a multi-author project that features one recurring character—Pearl, the matchmaker—but it is a STAND-ALONE novel.***

I enjoyed this story about a girl who's life was changed by meeting Pearl when she was just 11 years old.   Pearl told her 3 things, the third of which was that she was to find her hearts desire with a man named Paul.  I was captivated not so much by Savannah's search for her true love "Paul", but more by her trip to China and the way she pushed herself outside of her comfort zone and made friends.   She's determined to push away her "magic" cloak of invisibility.   In the process, she finds new friends and possibly the love of her life.  But will her naive trust, past mistakes and the tragic truth that she finally reveals tear them apart?

Paul's character is well written.  He's so kind to Savannah and there's a good chemistry between them.  But I love, LOVE Julian's character.   A swoon worthy hero for sure!  :)  The dynamic between him and Savannah was so romantic.  And there is no lack of romantic moments for sure!  It almost boarders on too much in the stair scene with Paul - not graphic but definitely intense.  

This is a very well written book that flows smoothly and has a great supporting cast of characters.  You get invested in their stories as well as Savannah's.  I enjoyed the descriptions of China and cried over the descriptions of the orphans.   All in all, a steady read that will draw you in and keep you captivated.

*Thanks to eBooksForReview for a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*

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Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense—you’ll find all sub-genres of clean romance in her line-up.

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Power of the Matchmaker series

Power of the Matchmaker series info:

Series: Power of the Matchmaker (No specific reading order necessary)
Series Goodreads Link:

Series Summary:
The Power Of the Matchmaker is multi-author project consisting of 12 stand alone novels from 12 different bestselling authors in 12 months. All books are separate from each other except they feature one reoccurring character, a magical matchmaker named Pearl. Since Pearl is magical, she lives for hundreds of years and roams the entire world helping people find their perfect matches. The books in this series are twelve of Pearl's matchmaking stories. They will vary in genre, but they will all have one thing in common: Pearl will be doing whatever it takes to make two people fall in love.

Books in the Series already Available:
Prequel Novella: Power of the Matchmaker
January: Broken Things to Mend by Karey White
February: Not Always Happenstance by Rachel Anderson
March: If We Were a Movie by Kelly Oram
April: Love is Come by Heather B. Moore
May: Four Chambers by Julie Wright
June: O'er The River Liffey by Heidi Ashworth
July: Chasing Fireflies by Taylor Dean
August: Between Heaven and Earth by Michele Paige Holmes
September: King of the Friend Zone by Sheralyn Pratt
October: To Move The World by Regina Sirois 
November: How I Met Your Brother by Janette Rallison
December: The Reformer by Jaima Fixsen