Heaven help the residents of Dry Gulch, Texas when one of their own decides to play matchmaker! This sweet collection of western romances brings in well-established authors Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy and Carol Cox and newer-to-the-genre Regina Jennings, each penning stories about cowboys, widows and town folk who find love.
Neill is “A Cowboy Unmatched” (Witemeyer), who finds his hands full once he starts helping Clara, a stubborn widow. Fans of the Archer Brothers series will like this companion novella but may be disappointed that Neill doesn’t merit his own book.
In “An Unforeseen Match” (Jennings), tempers flare when a cowboy and former schoolteacher clash and an unexpected plot twist further complicates things.
When Lucy leaves to be a caretaker for Andrew’s daft aunt, she finds there is “No Match For Love” (Cox), but is Aunt Martha really crazy or is something sinister afoot?
In “Meeting Her Match” (Connealy), readers learn the identity of the matchmaker, and the town of Dry Gulch decides to give her a taste of her own medicine, although their method feels rushed. This collection is ideal for new readers looking to sample each author’s style but will appeal to anyone who enjoys inspirational frontier romance.
This review first appeared in the May 2014 issue of The Historical Novel Review. I was provided with a copy of the book for the purpose of a review.