Chick-Lit, Reviews, Romance

Review: The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay

4 Stars

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The biggest problem I had with Kelly Harms’s second novel The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay is just that I read it too soon after reading her hilariously heart-warming first novel, The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane. Where that book was laugh-out-loud funny yet inspiring look at friendship, family, and learning to love yourself with a couple of dashes of romance, The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay is more clearly defined as a romance. Not that it is a typical romance. Like that first novel, it has a well-rounded, lovable (and detestable – I’m talking about you here, Mitchell) cast of characters, a wicked sense of humor (though a bit more subtle than that which made me laugh so much in the first novel), and a good journey of self-growth for Lily. The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay also shows off Harms’s talent for description, which she used so wonderfully in her first novel to show Janey’s relationship with cooking and the beauty of the Maine coast. Here it allows us to see the world through Lily’s artist’s eye and the magic of the Minnesota winter. Her descriptions felt like looking at one of those stark but dazzling paintings of a snowy landscape and I just wanted to be there with all of the wonderful characters falling in love with one of the Hutchinson boys.

If you enjoy The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay, you might also like Left to Chance by Amy Sue Nathan

Reviews, Woman's Fiction

Review: The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane

5 Stars

The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms was recommended to me by my friendly local librarian who, so far, has yet to steer me wrong.  Here she’s picked another winner.

GLGSLThis story of two women who may have a name in common and nothing else is humorous and heartwarming. Though they start out like oil and water, Janey and Nean both have a great capacity for love and a fragile heart. With more than a little help from Janey’s hysterically funny Great-Aunt Midge, they eventually come to see that they can help to heal each other’s wounds. Mixed in with all of this healing and hilarity – I dare you not to laugh out loud when J.J. meets Aunt Midge – is an unforgettable cast of characters, a bit of romance, some tears, and some breathtaking scenery (I want to win a house on the coast of Maine!).

If you enjoy The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane, I recommend The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman