I received this book via I Am a Reader. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Love is Come by Heather B. Moore
Series: Power of the Matchmaker, #4
Published by Mirror Press on 2016-04-01
Length: 264 pages
Reviewing eARC from I Am a Reader
“I have to remind myself to breathe—almost to remind my heart to beat.” —Wuthering Heights
From the Power of the Matchmaker series: LOVE IS COME
Nelle Thompson lives a life of privilege during the turn of the century New York City. When her parents are killed in a terrible accident, she’s forced to live with her aunt’s family in a small town in Connecticut, and treated as a poor relation with no financial independence. Broken hearted and riddled with insomnia, Nelle’s health begins a downward spiral. When a locked part of her heart blossoms around her cousin’s fiancé Mathew Janson, Nelle doesn’t know if she can endure one more heartbreak. Miss Pearl, owner of the local apothecary shop, becomes a mother figure to Nelle, but a fateful summer day has Nelle questioning everything she's ever believed and wondering if she’ll ever love again.
Love is Come by Heather B. Moore is the fourth installment in the standalone series Power of the Matchmaker. In this book, we see Miss Pearl in 1908 New York and her gentle pushing of Nelle and Mathew. I love each book in this series! The authors bring a unique perspective to Miss Pearl and her matchmaking abilities.
Nelle is a heartbreaking character. During the very first chapter, she loses everything she’s ever known. Her beau is not who she thought he was, her parents are killed in an accident, her uncle inherits the only home she’s ever had, and she can’t access her inheritance until she turns 21 at the end of the Summer. Like I said she loses everything in one night. My heart bled for her. I couldn’t imagine the grief and worry as she sets out for her aunt’s home. And then the reception her aunt gives her….ugh!!! I didn’t know how to take it. Nelle is much kinder than me. She sees the kindness in those around her and has a heart to help others even when they don’t necessarily want it.
Mathew Janson is Nelle’s cousin’s fiancé. Like Nelle, he’s kind. He lost his father a few years back and now runs his business and takes care of his mother. He doesn’t love his fiancé though, it was arranged between their mothers. Because he is honor bound to her, he is faithful. Yet Nelle wakes up the part of him that was always asleep with her cousin. He never knew what it would be like to have someone that listens to him and actually cares about his work and his mother. Yet he feels a duty to her cousin and because of this he keeps Nelle at distance, breaking both their hearts in the process.
I liked both of these characters but found their reasoning for staying apart tiring. BUT then again the time period they lived in, it was dictated that they act as such. I’ve always had a soft spot for this time period in American history. I love stories set during it and the author does a wonderful job of conveying the social rules that govern their actions. If you enjoy the series already, than you should definitely continue reading with this book. It was a sweet, clean romance that will pull at your heartstrings. If you’ve not read the series, it’s okay. The books can be read as standalone and in any order without losing their magic 😉 I highly recommend this one for anyone who loves historical romance.