My rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Power of the Matchmaker series ***:
Cassandra Webb’s every waking minute is devoted to being a great mother and wife. She takes five-year-old Noah to the library each week, volunteers in his kindergarten class, and even coaches his soccer team. She makes sure her husband’s uniforms are always laundered—even though he hasn’t worn them the last six years—always has his game day snacks on hand, and meets him for date night every Friday—which consists of one sided conversations at his bedside and watching his favorite take out remain untouched.
Pearl, a mysterious visitor at the care center, suggests that it is only Cassie’s love still tying Devon to Earth when he has been ready to move onto Heaven for quite some time. If Cassie will but open her eyes and heart, she will discover the path she should travel, one that will bring relief to Devon and much joy to her own life. But Cassie vowed never to give up on him. She never has and she can’t now, even after meeting hapless, single soccer-dad Matt.
***This book is part of a multi-author project that features one recurring character—Pearl, the matchmaker—but it is a STAND-ALONE novel.***
In this 8th book in the Power of the Matchmaker series we find a very faithful wife who for six years has been living with the desperate hope and belief that her husband was going to wake up and come home. I strongly admire her character. I imagine it would take a lot of determination and strength to keep going like that. And she's a great single mother to her son. However, once she meets Matt and starts interacting with him and his sons, she starts realizing how much she misses the actual presence and help of a man for herself and her son. She's still faithful though and she makes it clear to Matt that all she can be to him is his friend. Matt is a great guy and understands where she's coming from. He admires her faithfulness and strength of character. When he finds himself falling in love with her, he has to decide whether to push or give her space. Meanwhile, Miss. Pearl is making waves of her own and pushes Cassie to think about whether Devon is just waiting for her to release him. Will Cassie release Devon and chance moving on to a new love?
All in all, this was a well written book with a theme that you don't find too often in romances. I enjoyed reading about Cassie and Matt and their boys. Those boys! Loved their characters and the fact that Cassie and Matt could fill the void in their lives by becoming friends and interacting the way they did. Oh and the part where Cassie meets Matt's mom is hilarious! :)
*Thanks to eBooksForReview for a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive book and all opinions stated are my own.*
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She is the author of nine published romance novels, which include books in the STARS Series (contemporary romance), HEARTHFIRE HISTORICALS, and the FOREVER AFTER series (young adult fairy tales). She is also the author of three novellas, two in the TIMELESS ROMANCE COLLECTION.
Her latest release, BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH (Mirror Press, August 2016), is a part of the POWER OF THE MATCHMAKER series.
Michele attributes much of what she knows about good writing to time spent with her critique group and feels that joining a critique group is the single best thing an author can to do help improve his or her writing. She has been a member of RWA and URWA, LDStorymakers, and The League of Utah Writers. Michele enjoys both attending and teaching at conferences.
When not reading or writing romance, Michele is busy with her full time job as a wife and mother. She and her husband live in Utah with their five high maintenance children and a Shitzu that resembles a teddy bear. You can find Michele on the web at michelepaigeholmes.com and on Twitter and Goodreads.
Series: Power of the Matchmaker (No specific reading order necessary)
Authors involved: Karey White, Rachael Anderson, Kelly Oram, Heather B. Moore, Julie Wright, Heidi Ashworth, Taylor Dean, Michele Paige Holmes, Janette Rallison, Regina Sirois, Sheralyn Pratt, and Jaima Fixsen
Series Goodreads Link:
The Power Of the Matchmaker is multi-author project consisting of 12 stand alone novels from 12 different bestselling authors . 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 http://amzn.to/1TiC0oI
January: Broken Things to Mend by Karey White http://amzn.to/1MSRnxs
February: Not Always Happenstance by Rachel Anderson http://amzn.to/1Y0IHea
March: If We Were a Movie by Kelly Oram http://amzn.to/25wsvHf
April: Love is Come by Heather B. Moore http://amzn.to/1UUzSEJ
May: Four Chambers by Julie Wright http://amzn.to/29Xekbb
June: O'er The River Liffey by Heidi Ashworth http://amzn.to/29JqvV8
July: Chasing Fireflies by Taylor Dean http://amzn.to/29JpFb2
August: Between Heaven and Earth by Michele Paige Holmes http://amzn.to/29WrSRESeptember: King of the Friend Zone by Sheralyn Pratt http://amzn.to/2bUjD7i
October: To Move The World by Regina Sirois http://amzn.to/2dcIVkQ
November: How I Met Your Brother by Janette Rallison http://amzn.to/2d8D9jg
December: The Reformer by Jaima Fixsen