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The Marriage Ultimatum He has three months to find a wife–or lose his estate. Spencer, Lord Ashwhite, doubts he'll find a suitable bride among the ton, until the unconventional Lady Amelia Baxley agrees to provide a list of candidates. It should be an ideal arrangement, were Spencer not growing attached to the one woman Amelia refuses to consider as a prospect: herself.The Marriage UltimatumHe has three months to find a wife–or lose his estate. Spencer, Lord Ashwhite, doubts he'll find a suitable bride among the ton, until the unconventional Lady Amelia Baxley agrees to provide a list of candidates. It should be an ideal arrangement, were Spencer not growing attached to the one woman Amelia refuses to consider as a prospect: herself.Independence means everything to Amelia, who has been burned in love before. The charming marquis is quickly putting her entire life in turmoil, and controlling her stubborn heart has never been such a challenge. But does the ever-practical Amelia dare to go from bride-finder to wife?...

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the matchmaker s match Reviews

  • Lynn Spencer
    2019-02-01 05:44

    As a September 2015 release, The Matchmaker’s Match has obviously not lingered long in my TBR pile. However, I thought it would be a perfect choice for this month’s TBR challenge. While I was in New York for RWA, I had a chance to meet Emily Rodmell, editor for the various Love Inspired lines at Harlequin. While we discussed inspirationals and the things that tend to be popular in that market, she recommended this book to me. She described it as a book that isn’t necessarily trendy, but one that a wide variety of folks at Harlequin had really enjoyed.That piqued my interest, so I bought the book and then, as is often the case, it sat in my TBR as I found myself with more books than time. Having now read it, I can say I’m glad I fished it out. And to Emily Rodmell – thanks for the recommendation!The Matchmaker’s Match is an engaging story and just enough different from the average Regency to linger in my mind. The heroine, Lady Amelia Baxley, craves independence. Not in the “I’m never going to marry, but just toss my curls and be rebellious forever!” sense, but more in the sense of deciding she would rather carve out her own little corner in the world than move in with relatives and live a life dependent upon others as many conventional spinsters would. Amelia had a chance at the Marriage Mart and would have taken a good match, but having received no offers, must come up with a Plan B.This is a partial review. You can find my complete TBR Challenge writeup at the All About Romance blog:

  • Kav
    2019-02-18 09:51

    Cue witty banter and we're off on a beguiling adventure with a rakish hero and a straight-laced lady of an independent nature. Seriously adored Amelia. You just have to love a woman who thinks of life's pivotal moments in capitals. Like The Great Disappointment. I should feel sorry that she had to endure such heartbreak but really I'm filled with glee because this story is the result! The premise of a matchmaker having the tables turned on her is priceless. Spencer is a heart throb of a hero and maybe just a little too amused by the prim and proper Amelia. He can't resist teasing her and I can't resist swooning every time he does. A sweet inspirational thread adds an extra zing to this Regency and makes it pretty nigh perfect in my humble opinion.

  • Crystal Collier
    2019-02-20 08:46

    It's rare I read a book where I just want to linger (because of the author's beautiful language/writing) and can't stop myself from burning through it. I was 100% immersed. This is a CLEAN regency romance with all the fun of a historical setting and all the joy of suppressed attraction, societal expectations, and a need to be proper. I hate to say it, but I'm disgruntled. Thoroughly. WHY DID THE BOOK HAVE TO END?! The characters are engaging. Their struggles are solid. The developing romance is so sweet, and the external conflicts make for a compelling plot. I've read far too many romances where the plot is the romance. *snore* How about some depth, people? Life is never about merely falling love. It's about the people who surround us and the external pull each one holds over our hearts, energy, and focus. I adored the emphasis on family and the values the story embraces.About the actual writing... Having penned a few things in the past, I was in absolute awe at how many different ways the author showed the characters responses/emotions. Every single reaction was unique. Do you have any idea how much effort/attention/time it takes to make EACH sigh, look, or touch completely unique for an ENTIRE NOVEL? Yeah. Blown away. I have to applaud Ms. Nelson for a job VERY well done.And did I mention I wanted to stay with the characters a bit longer? --Not because the plot didn't tie up nicely, but because I loved the book. Loved. I was ready for another regency from this author as soon as I closed the cover. (Come on, Jessica. Give me another, eh?)Christian themes... There are those. If they bother you, skip over them. *shrugs* It's like picking the raisins out of trailmix. If you love regency romance, read this book.Content warning: NOTHING. Absolutely nothing. Hand this story to your five year old and you won't have a single reason to blush. ...Not saying a five year old would appreciate the story...

  • Ane Ryan
    2019-01-31 06:57

    I fell in love with "The Matchmakers Match". In fact, I couldn't put it down. Be advised, once you start this little piece of romance, you won't be able to stop yourself, you'll be up all night desperate to finish this wonderful love story. And then you'll be sad, and have to start reading all over again.It was delightful. Well plotted, fast paced with well drawn characters. Definitely worth reading, and reading again. One for the keeper shelf.

  • Melody
    2019-02-16 06:49

    I haven't ever read anything by Jessica Nelson before, but this certainly won't be the last time! I loved this story! I am a fan of regencies-as long as they are done well! This one surely was! The characters were utterly delightful! I love a heroine full of loveable spunk! :)

  • Carrie
    2019-02-07 10:47

    After months of waiting for a regency to pop up in the Love Inspired Historical line, I found The Matchmaker's Match, by Jessica Nelson, which was released this month. It's about Lord Ashwhite, a marquis who must marry within three months time in order to keep his estate, according to his father's will. Helping him is Lady Amelia Baxley, who is secretly running a matchmaking business on the side so that she can maintain her own household and live independently from her brother and his wife, the latter whom Amelia finds difficult to get along with. Ashwhite, a former rake, and a new believer, wants Amelia to find him a believing spouse, but as he spends time with her, he discovers that his interest lingers on Lady Amelia. However, her independent streak reminds him too much of his mother, with whom he has an estranged relationship. Amelia finds herself attracted to the Marquis, but has been disappointed in love before. She keeps telling herself that she will do better on her own without love, trying to secure enough income so that she can buy a small home of her own. On top of that, her own practicality doesn't leave much room for God. That eliminates her from the Marquis' list of prospects...or will God do something to bring these two together?I really liked Ashwhite; he's a charmer. He and Amelia first meet when she steps into an argument that Ashwhite is having with a former paramour, but somehow he finagles Amelia into a dance, leaving both being intrigued with the other. Amelia's life seems to have been quite defined by her Great Disappointment in love, so she has thrown herself into painting and writing letters to the House of Lords over political issues As I read the story, two questions were raised over Amelia's character. How would she come to faith in this story? Would she get over her broken heart and open herself to another love?As for Ashwhite, would he find someone to marry in time in order to save his estate? Will he be able to reconcile with his mother for all the past hurts that she has caused him? I felt a bit of tension when I read that he was struggling to forgive his mother while Amelia was still searching for the Lord. I wanted to call him a poor witness, but the truth is that, in reality, forgiveness is often a very difficult thing to do, whether one is a new or seasoned believer. Besides dealing with forgiving his mother, Ashwhite also has to deal with the fallout of his previous behaviour as a rake. Will people be able to forgive him of his past? Or has he irreparably damaged his reputation so that no respectable woman will give him a chance?There was a couple of confusing things that appeared in my copy of The Matchmaker's Match. Chapter Four gives details about the will that has created problems for Ashwhite. His lawyer tells him that he will lose his lands, except for property that will come to him through his mother, and that he will be able to keep the title "as Earl of Hartsacre" (p. 42). I suspect that this is a misprint and that it actually should have read, "Marquis of Ashwhite." Anyways, it makes me wonder if the Marquis was actually an earl in earlier drafts, but that is just speculation. As with many regencies, it is a puzzle to figure out what the actual given names are of the nobility, because they are often referred to by their titles, or by the name associated with the title's seat. It was tough digging for the Marquis' name, but I think that it is Spencer Broyhill. The name, Spencer, was often used in this book, but it seemed it could have done as either a first or last name. Anyhow, I found, "Broyhill," which is mentioned only once, in Chapter 2. This actually led me to speculate about another puzzle in this book. How long was the Marquis' father the holder of his title? We are told that the Marquis and Lady's Amelia's brother are old friends, and that she had previously known the Marquis as Mr. Broyhill before he ascended to the title. That would make sense if his father had assumed the title relatively recently, and with his death, passed it along to Spencer. However, it seems as if Lord Ashwhite had been raised and trained to know what to do with the marquisate, and there is reference to Ashwhite (property) being the site of the family home, so I suspect that his father had held the title for quite a long time, and that Spencer would more likely have been referred to as Lord Broyhill, or Lord "X" (whatever title he would have been referred to before assuming the title of marquis). Now that I've spent two long paragraphs on my musings over those minor points in the book, I would like to say that I did like this book. I think that Ms. Nelson did a good job in showing how the characters are attracted to each other, and also tied the minor plot lines (some of which I did not mention) quite well into the main plot. I hope that she writes more regencies. I certainly plan on reading them if she does.This review also appears on my blog:

  • ASC Book Reviews
    2019-01-23 10:45

    Lovely read! This is the first book I've read from Jessica, and I'm happy to say I'd happily read more! :) Amelia and Spencer immediately became favorite characters from the very beginning! Getting lost in regency times is always something I enjoy doing and I really enjoyed the plot and twists! Entertaining from the start and when you get closer and closer to the end more and more things happen to these two! From injuries to redemption! I love independent characters and you can't get more independent than Amelia! LOL! She kinda reminded my of Beatrix Potter! Loved this book and recommend it!Songs: "Matchmaker" from Fiddler On The Roof - Soundtrack, "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" by Chris Tomlin, and "I Am New" by Jason Gray Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASCJeremiah 29:11~ASC*I requested and received a review copy of The Matchmaker's Match for the purpose of giving my honest opinion. This did not affect my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings. ~ASC

  • Rachael
    2019-01-27 08:31

    An entertaining read with an interesting premise - not the woman, but the MAN must marry to maintain his inheritance. Enter the matchmaker. I appreciated that the matchmaking is scandalous (especially for a lady) and therefore not an official or known position. The hero is quite charming, while Amelia is not as sensible as she thinks herself to be. I definitely liked Spencer the best.There are some errors (cookies in Regency England?), but it was still a likable story.

  • Jeanette Levellie
    2019-01-28 07:44

    Intriguing, entertaining, unique I can always count on Jessica Nelson for a fun, well-written romance. Her style is unique enough to keep the story intriguing, and her characters are entertaining, but with spiritual depth. I read The Matchmaker's Match in less than two days, it was that tremendous!

  • Heather
    2019-02-01 11:58

    This book was well written, but the characters seemed a bit flat to me at times. I will also say that I found it to be relatively predictable. If you like historical fiction and independent women, you'd probably still enjoy this read, but it's not one that I would highly recommend over other similar books.

  • Denise Petrovich
    2019-02-07 09:38

    I loved this book. It made me laugh and smile. This book had a way of keeping me intrigued and I really enjoyed how Lord Ashwhite and Lady Amelia came to grips with not only their attraction for each other but their love. This is a timeless romance. The story is written well and the characters play well off each other for a very good read. Thank you Jessica Nelson for a delightful book!

  • Harlequin Books
    2019-02-17 07:45

    "With three-dimensional characters, attention to detail and excellent witty banter, Nelson outdoes herself here. The Matchmaker’s Match is impressively written and well deserving of a Top Pick" (RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars TOP PICK!).

  • Alisha Grant
    2019-02-08 05:47

    a delightful story with engaging charactets

  • Rachel
    2019-02-18 04:41

    It was ok. I enjoyed the authors other book A Hasty Betrothal more.

  • Glenda Parker
    2019-02-08 08:58

    I really enjoyed this book. The story is well written, humorous, and heartwarming. I like the way Jessica has woven in her faith throughout the story. I'm sure you will enjoy it.Lord Spencer Ashwhite was once considered a rake but bored by the whole ton scene he takes off to America. In America he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior, he has come home a new man. Spencer is informed upon his father's death that if he doesn't find a suitable wife with in three months he will lose his title and his estate. His estate will be given to a distant cousin. His father is still trying to control him even in death. The Marquis of Ashwhite hears of a matchmaker that just happens to be his best friend's sister. He does everything he can think of to convince her to help him. Lady Amelia Baxter is what she considers an spinster. After her first season she endured what she thinks of as the Great Disappointment and is now permanently on the shelf. Her brother and his distraught wife controls her and her purse strings; so to pay for paints and other necessities she help young women find the right match for a price. It's a nice little business that she really enjoys but her brother announces she can't do any matchmaking again. If she continues he will move her home to the family country estate. She has no choice but to turn down Lord Ashwhite.A journey of two disillusioned people trying to find a way to save the Lord's estate and his people. Attracted to each other neither of them could trust the other. God has a plan for these two and it's far greater than either of them had dreamed. God has a plan for you too. Give him control of your mess and watch Him turn things around. God is so good.

  • Laura Hamadi
    2019-02-10 04:31

    I really wanted to like this book . . . but unfortunately it never clicked for me. I loved the premise of a female matchmaker trying to make a match for a man (very scandalous). I found the characters a little flat. I just felt that their "hidden pasts" and "dark secrets" weren't really that deep or dark at times. When we found out the reason why Amelia doesn't trust men or want to marry, I thought, "Really? This is her reason?" I don't want to spoil anything, but the reason why she broke it off with her first fiance is something that I'm sure was done by every man in that time period. There wasn't much connection between the two main characters either, at least not that I could tell. It felt like the author was trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. The last thing I didn't care for in this novel was the references to religion and God. While I do believe in God, I found it to be a total buzz-kill for this novel. I felt like I was sitting in a sermon the entire time I was reading this book. I was really looking forward to a traditional romance, with some steamy scenes in it. This was definitely not it, and I would actually classify this as Christian fiction. Maybe that's what it is classified as, but perhaps I missed that somewhere along the way. It's most assuredly not a romance novel.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-19 09:54

    So much of this just did not flow, nor read well. Felt like it was a first time book for someone who didn't bother to research the era nor read ANY historical romance period.