“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 fiancée 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.
***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.***
We meet up with Nelle at a good point in her life. She’s looking to find a good match and to start her own family. She has her eyes set on a certain someone, but things don’t always turn out how we’d like for them to. Shock, and devastation happen to Nelle and she’s sent to her aunt’s to live for the summer. There she gets reacquainted with her aunt’s neighbor Mathew. There’s something between them, but it can never be.
This is the second book in this series that I’ve read, and Pearl’s part in this is small and sweet, kind of like the other one I’d read. I really liked these characters even most of the side characters. These characters were sweet as was the romance. So don’t think you’ll find naughty business, because it’s not happening in this book. That’s ok, there’s romance in the longing.
Ms. Moore’s story of longing and overcoming social expectations is beautiful and poetic in its telling. I’ve never read anything by her before, but she’s good at building tension without it being overly sexual. There’s obvious attraction, but it’s told in furtive glances and blushes. Nothing inappropriate happens, even for the time period that it’s set in. So, for those who like a clean romance that is full of romance and heart, then this is truly the book for you.
Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen historical novels and thrillers, written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women’s fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah.
Literary awards: 4-time Best of State Recipient for Best in Literary Arts, 3-time Whitney Award Winner, and 2-time Golden Quill Award Winner