About the Book
Book: The Matchmakers of Holly Circle
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Christian / Romance / Christmas
Release date: November 21, 2014
They’ve been in love for ten years, but it takes an interfering neighbor with a penchant for poker to unravel the mystery of their persistent platonic relationship.
Flirtation can be an art, or so they say. Well, if so, Ruth and Richard are “the old masters” of the flirting game. Despite their strictly platonic relationship, there’s “something there,” as so many of their friends and families say. Neighbors and friends for ten years, neither seems willing to change the course of their relationship.
Three doors down, at the end of the cul-de-sac, Mason Dickenson has watched his favorite neighbors with an interested eye, but he’s finally had it with the dance. So, with a pack of cards and a few tricks up his sleeve, he’s determined to get them out of the “friend rut” and into romance.
Thanks to Mason’s unique matchmaking scheme, Ruth and Richard concoct one of their own—a deeper, stronger, eternal love and relationship that nothing on earth can match.
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Mason Dickenson is without a doubt my favorite character in Chautona Havig’s The Matchmakers of Holly Hill. His love for those he cares about, his wish for others to be happy, his mad poker skills, his matchmaking… I could go on, but I think you get the point—he’s a sweet 90-year-old Holly Circle neighbor. I would love to have a story written just about him, featuring his romantic side.
Richard and Ruth’s non-romantic, seemingly platonic relationship, which they hide behind in their ten-year friendship, is the main focus of Havig’s novel. I enjoyed getting to know them better. However, I felt that the angst, lack of communication and drama spoiled the first part of the story for me, though it was pretty much made up for by the second 1/2 to 2/3’s.
Mystery, friendship, forgiveness and love are all present in this Christmas tale, which helps to make a sweet Christmas story.
I received this book from Celebrate Lit. However, my review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.
About the Author
USA Today Bestselling author of Aggie and Past Forward series, Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.
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