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Friday, October 25, 2013

Book Blog Tour Stop - Perfectly Matched: The Blue Willow Brides by Maggie Brendan

About The Book:

His life runs like clockwork. Hers is a spontaneous adventure.

 But God's timing is always perfect.

Anna Olsen knows it's time to leave her sister's increasingly crowded house and start a life of her own. Following both sisters' examples, she becomes a mail-order bride, and after a short correspondence with clock maker and jeweler Edward Parker, she moves to Denver to become his wife.
Almost immediately it's painfully apparent that Anna and Edward are very different. Anna is a free spirit who would rather be painting and enjoying the company of friends than cleaning house. Edward is a consummate perfectionist who, on their wedding day, hands Anna a list of chores that need to be done around the house daily.
Can this mismatched couple see past their differences to a harmonious future? Or will their disparate passions create obstacles neither is willing to surmount?

My Thoughts:

Maggie Brendan's "Blue Willow Brides" is currently my favorite Western-themed inspirational romance series. Her latest book, "Perfectly Matched," continues the story of the Olsen sisters and their experiences as being mail-order brides in the late 1800s. The common theme of the books is the sisters' love of the Blue Willow china pattern that their mother had once had, and how these beautiful dishes pop up in their lives at the most opportune moments.

I particularly enjoyed "Perfectly Matched" for the feisty character of Anna, and the beguiling, often bemused character of her new (and a little OCD) husband, Edward. This is a sweet and gentle love story that is heartwarming from beginning to end.

Maggie Brendan always includes interesting historical facts and figures in her stories, and this one, set in Denver, Colorado, was especially interesting to me as I lived in the area as a young bride ages ago and was delighted to remember many of the references she used in this story.

I highly recommend all three books in the "Blue Willow Brides" series for those who enjoy a light, often humorous, always inspirational romance.

About The Author:

Maggie Brendan is the bestselling author of several books, including the Heart of the West series and The Blue Willow Brides series. She was a 2013 finalist for the Published Maggie Award of Excellence, a 2013 finalist for the Heart of Excellence Readers' Choice Award, a 2012 finalist for Inspirational Reader's Choice award, and a recipient of the 2004 ACW Persistence Award in Atlanta. She is a member of the ACFW; Author's Guild; Romance Writers of America; Faith, Hope, and Love; and Georgia Romance Writers.

When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, researching for her novels, and spending time with her family. You can follow her at her website www.MaggieBrendan.com, her blog www.SouthernBelleWriter.blogspot.com, and on Facebook and Twitter @MaggieBrendan.

My thanks to Revell Books for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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