Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Reformer (Power of the Matchmaker) by Jaima Fixsen

Mary Buchanan has bigger worries than the radical journalist moving in next door who’s spoiling her father’s digestion: unrequited love for a footman, a fractious aunt, patiently awaiting her destiny…

Already she’s nearly eighteen. No sign of destiny yet, but Mary’s certain he’ll be handsome.

Then she meets the reformer, this Mr. Samuel Brown. Destiny is closer at hand than Mary has supposed—if she can just get Mr. Brown to realize it.

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I'm so sad that we've reached the end of the Power of the Matchmaker series.  What a fun adventure it has been.  I have loved reading these books, all from different authors, that span the ages from contemporary to regency.  Each book stands alone and you can read them in any order.  They all share one common character- the matchmaker Pearl, who we meet in the novella that set this whole series in motion.  I would recommend reading that book first before you begin this series, if you haven't already.  It's free on Amazon. (Power of the Matchmaker)

Jaima Fixen is a new author to me.  I haven't read any of her books before now but I do have Fair Child on my kindle, just waiting to be read.  Someday.  :)  Hopefully soon.

I enjoyed this book and especially the time and setting of England during the Reformation period.  It was interesting to me and I felt like the characters and the setting really complimented each other well.  This book moves at a more sedate pace than some.

Mary is definitely naive.  She has been securely sheltered by her father and has not been given the opportunities to learn and develop her keen mind.  Her wings have been clipped all her life and she has never had the chance to fly.  I didn't fall in love with Mary but there were moments that I loved her pluck and determination.  I loved that she wanted to learn and become her own woman and found ways to be heard.

Another thing I loved about this book was the role that Pearl played.  She was a very large part of the story and she seemed more developed in this book than in many of the others.  It was nice to have her as a more solid presence.

Overall, a great ending to a fantastic series.  I was really hoping we were going to see something similar this new year, but alas, nothing.  This is a series I would highly recommend.  Clean romance- a variety of settings and genres.  It's the perfect way find new authors to love!

Content:  Clean- some talk of sexual matters (Mary is so naive and doesn't understand- she asks questions and reads a book about sexual relations between men and women)

- I received this book for free.  I was under no obligation to give a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.

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