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A Match Made in Texas
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In A Match Made in Texas, the high-spirited matchmaker has stirred the pot once or twice in Dry Gulch, Texas. When she sees a good man and an eligible woman, she just can't help herself! A Cowboy Unmatched As usual, Neill has another roof to repair. When he meets the home... Read More


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In A Match Made in Texas, the high-spirited matchmaker has stirred the pot once or twice in Dry Gulch, Texas. When she sees a good man and an eligible woman, she just can't help herself!

A Cowboy Unmatched
As usual, Neill has another roof to repair. When he meets the homeowner, beautiful Clara, he isn't quite sure how to feel. She's certainly a catch, but her heart is heavy with the loss of her husband. Will she ever be willing to fall in love again?

An Unforeseen Match
Clayton answers a classified ad while on his way to the land rush. He's looking to make some honest money before continuing on his way. Come to find out, the woman who needs his help may cause a change of plans.

No Match for Love
Andrew's eccentric aunt has needed a good caretaker for quite some time. When elegant Lucy answers the call, Andrew can't seem to wrap his mind around it. Strange occurrences begin happening around the ranch and the two must join forces to discover the truth. Will their attraction grow into something more?

Meeting Her Match
With all this success, the matchmaker has been able to overlook her own love life. As everything in her life begins to change, will her love life change too?

Product Details:
Page Count: 384
Released: 12/2013

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  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Dec 4, 2013
  • UPC: 9780764211768
  • Height: 0
  • Width: 0
  • Length: 0
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 379
  • Publish Date: Jan 7, 2014
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042030"
  • ISBN: 0764211765

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A Match Made In Texas by Jengirl19 on 4/26/14
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In the small town of dry Gulch, Texas, a
good-hearted busybody just can't keep herself from the surreptitiously trying to match up women in dire straits with men of good character she hopes can help them. How is she to know she's also giving each a little nudge toward love?

Or short stories combined into one book it A Cowboy Unmatched, An Unforeseen Match, No Match For Love and Meeting Her Match.

I like how all the short stories tie together in one way or another.

I loved the first two books! A Cowboy Unmatched and An Unforeseen Match. Both Authors: Karen Witemeyer and Regina Jennings, have a way of writing that cought my attention from the start and kept it until the end of the books.

I absolutely love A Cowboy Unmatched by Karen Witemeyer! It was so good and deffinatly had me rooting for Neill through all his trials! Despite that the romance was so short, Karen did a great job in having real love blossom to it's fullest! I didn't feel it was rushed or fake to really happen.

Regina Jennings wrote the very interesting story An Unforeseen Match! I thought it was intriguing how she tackled this one, but to say he least she did an amazing job! I liked how nearly Grace and Clayton's past united them together.

I didn't really like the last two books. No Match For Love and Meeting Her Match. They were both to predictable.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the novel.

*Book has been provided courtesy of Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Four times the fun! by Anne on 4/21/14
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A Match Made in Texas: A Novella Collection brings together four of historical fiction’s finest story tellers. There’s some matchmaking going on in Dry Gulch, Texas and life will never be the same for eight of the most fun characters I have read about in a novella collection in a long time.

A Cowboy Unmatched by Karen Witemeyer brings the youngest Archer brother, Neill, into the path of Clara, a lady who desperately needs a husband. Well, Neill’s not looking to get married and little does he know that someone in Dry Gulch has sent him right into the path of his future bride. Their love blooms amid trying circumstances that pulled at my heartstrings. This is a sweet story laced with Karen’s trademark faith and humor.

An Unforeseen Match by Regina Jennings is a poignant tale of two people who are scarred in different ways and each feels unlovable. I literally couldn't put this story aside. I was compelled to continue on and find out what was going to happen between Grace and Clayton. At times I chuckled at Clayton’s sense of humor and then I would turn right around and feel deep sorrow for Grace. Of the four stories, this one impressed me the most with how ordinary the characters’ situations were, and yet completely relatable, even today.

No Match for Love by Carol Cox was a fun and fast-paced read. Lucy Benson is about to go on the adventure of a lifetime. Andrew Simms is looking to hire a companion for his aunt, whom he thinks is getting a might delusional. Let me tell you, Aunt Martha is not crazy and Lucy is just who she and Andrew need in their lives. All of these characters were so full of life, they jumped right off the page and into my heart.

Meeting Her Match by Mary Connealy reveals who our matchmaker is and it was a complete surprise to me. This story brings together Hannah and Marcus, former classmates who haven’t had too much to say to each other in a long time despite living in the same town. A little different than the other heroes in this novella collection, Marcus is rather shy around Hannah. That endearing trait brings about some great laughs of the good kind. Mary is a master at making me imagine that inner dialogue a character has with themselves and Michael is a hoot! But then, so is Hannah. This was a great wrap-up to my visit in Dry Gulch, Texas and I look forward to future collaborations between these authors. At least I hope they do!

I think fans of Christian historical fiction will enjoy these four stories. Not knowing who the matchmaker is brings a fun element into play and adds a nice touch of mystery. I received a copy of the book from author Karen Witemeyer and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my review. No other compensation was received.

Love This Match! by Angi on 3/30/14
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Every now and then, I enjoy reading a book compiled by more than one author. I recently finished one such book, A Match Made in Texas, which is written by four different authors. Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, Carol Cox, and Mary Connealy. I had a great time reading each of the four stories, which takes place in the town of Dry Gulch, Texas.

A Cowboy Unmatched (Karen Witemeyer) is the final story in the Archer Brothers series and is about the youngest Archer brother, Neill. (It can be read as a stand-alone, but I would suggest that you read the first two books about the Archer Brothers so that you don’t miss out on the fun characters of this family.)

An Unforeseen Match (Regina Jennings) was a story that jerked at my heartstrings and at the same time, made me cheer for the hero and heroine as they faced obstacles in their own lives that not only strengthened their personal faith, but eventually led to a sweet romance between them.

No Match For Love (Carol Cox) is the only story of the four that starts out in Dry Gulch and ends in North Fork, TX. The story has it’s share of romance, yes, but there is also a bit of mystery that surrounds the story, just begging the reader to solve it.

Meeting Her Match (Mary Connealy) made me chuckle as the heroine, a tenderhearted matchmaker, realizes that she has feelings of her own for the shy banker’s son. In a turn of the tables, and with a dose of humor, the hero and heroine are thrown together with a matchmaking scheme that rivals those of the heroine.

One town. Four stories. A Match Made in Texas is too good to pass up!

I obtained a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

“A Match Made in Texas” by tickmenot on 1/26/14
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This is a collection of four novellas all set in 1893 Texas. They are: “A Cowboy Unmatched” by Karen Witemeyer, “An Unforeseen Match” by Regina Jennings, “No Match for Love” by Carol Cox and “Meeting Her Match” by Mary Connealy. Each story tells a very different tale of how love blossoms between four different couples.

These stories include:

A poor widow whose wealthy father-in-law is terrorizing her, and wanting to lay claim to her unborn child. All the while she is living is little more than a flimsy shack in the middle of nowhere.

A young teacher who suddenly loses her sight, and is left to unhappily live off the charity of the town people. She believes the answer to her plight is to place an ad for a husband the way men have advertised for mail-order-brides.

A once rich young woman whose father dies suddenly, finds her dad’s riches were unwisely invested, and she is left penniless. Since she never received any sort of training even in household duties, her future seems unsure. One man in town wants to marry her, but he makes her skin crawl, and he stalks her every move.

A school teacher who has been taking care of everyone else, suddenly finds herself abandoned by her family and living in a tiny dingy, room without prospects for anything better. She refuses to marry anyone who is not a Christian believer. The only young single, Christian in town wants nothing to do with her.

Everyone of these stories are completely different, but all are clean and told from a Christian point of view. Each one is very entertaining, and catches the reader’s attention right from the start. The first three involve a mystery person who sets circumstances in motion that ultimately brings the couples together. The third story hints at the identity of that person, with the reveal given in the forth story.

I am not always a fan of novellas, but “A Match Made in Texas” kept my interest, and I really liked it. They were such a delight that I plan to search for more stories by these authors. It was enjoyable to “catch up” with more details about the first three characters in the last tale in this book. Since I am a mystery lover, I wish the reveal of the good Samaritan would have been drawn out longer in the last story, that way the mystery could have lasted longer. However, it was a good tale, with a different twist! I recommend this collection, especially to all romance lovers. This story deserves fives stars in the romance category.

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.

I Loved This Book! by Judy on 1/7/14
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A Match Made In Texas has four different Novella’s to read and enjoy!

A Cowboy Unmatched by Karen Witemeyer:
I loved this novella for the simple reason the author wrote about Neill Archer. Oh how I love those Archer Brothers. Neill is the youngest and he feels it is time for him to venture out on his own and make his mark in the world. He is tired of being treated like a child. He ends up in Dry Gulch, Texas and sets about looking for work. Enter the, very pregnant, beautiful widow Clara Danvers and watch this story unfold. This is one you don’t want to miss!

An Unforeseen Match by Regina Jennings:
I loved how this Novella ties in with the first story in this book. We read about familiar places and familiar character names.

Grace O’Malley is forced to leave her teaching duties because of her declining eyesight. She has now been banished, if you will, to the old homestead that belonged to Clara Danvers. However will she survive being alone but dependent on others to bring meals to her?

Clayton Weber arrives in Dry Gulch long enough to earn some money to replace his horse Sal that broke his leg by stepping in a jackrabbit hole. Clayton is on his way to the Cherokee Strip land run. It is his only hope to have a ranch of his own.

Will Grace survive on her own or will help arrive? Does Clayton finally reach his dreams of owning his own ranch?

Through sheer determination of two lonely souls and God’s hand in their lives we read about their courage, faith, and love.

No Match For Love by Carol Cox:
Lucy Benson learns upon her Father’s death, because of bad investments he made, she is now penniless and dependent on her friend’s family. Not wanting to impose on them any longer she accepts a companion position for Martha Simms in North Folk, Texas. She isn’t sad to leave Dry Gulch behind and the likes of Walter Harris who wishes to marry her.

Andrew Simms, Martha Simms nephew, meets Lucy at the train station and cannot believe someone as refined as Lucy would accept this position to be a companion for his widowed Aunt.

There are a few mysterious and strange things that happen a short time after Lucy arrives. Will this bring Andrew and Lucy closer together?


Meeting Her Match by Mary Connealy:
Once again we find ourselves back in Dry Gulch. Hannah Taylor has been a successful match maker and is quite pleased with herself. Now she is wondering if she is destined to be a lonely spinster for the rest of her life. Is there anyone out there that might be a match for her in the future?

Hannah is a school teacher and loves her job, at least she did until some unforeseen things take place that steals her joy. I found my heart going out to Hannah. Will she ever know true happiness?

Marcus Whitfield works in his Dad’s bank. He has admired Hannah from afar for many years. He is positive she could never be interested in a shy man like him who doesn’t talk much. Is it possible that someday he might get up the nerve to tell Hannah how he feels?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book as well as the other three novellas. If you want some good stories to read this is the one. You will love it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Bethany House Publishers to enjoy and review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.

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