Book Review: The Irish Matchmaker

Book Review: The Irish Matchmaker

About the Book:

As daughter of a well-known matchmaker, Catríona Daly is no stranger to the business of love–and sees it as her ticket away from the sleepy village that only comes alive during the annual matchmaking festival. Enter Lord Osborne’s son, Andrew, who has returned to the festival after being disappointed by a rival matchmaker’s failed setup. Catríona seizes the opportunity to make a better match for the handsome man–and for herself!

Cattle farmer Donal Bunratty is in desperate need of a wife after loss left him to handle the farm and raise his daughter on his own. Shy and lacking the finer social graces, he agrees to attend the matchmaking festival to appease his daughter. But when he arrives, it’s not any of the other merrymakers that catch his eye but rather his matchmaker–who clearly has eyes for someone else.

Catríona will have to put all her expertise to work to make a match that could change her life forever. Will her plan succeed? Or will love have its own way?

My Thoughts:

Jennifer Deibel’s is an excellent author, but I wasn’t sure that I wanted to read anything as intense as her books can be in this particular season. Christmas break is a time when I would typically reach for a lighter story-line. So I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that this book was a little more lighthearted than her previous novels.

While I would generally say Deibel writes compelling stories, this time I would say that I found The Irish Matchmaker an enjoyable read. The author didn’t shy away from the difficult circumstances of the characters or the overall injustices of the time and place, but those things seemed to stay a bit more on the periphery of the narrative arc.

I’d recommend the book as a beautiful integration of character development and personal discovery among the intriguing setting of an Irish matchmaking festival. (Who knew there even was such a thing?)

I received a free digital galley of this novel and in return I am providing my honest opinion in this review.