Book 1 of a The Matchmaker trilogy. Story of three Crabtree sisters who are set up by a matchmaker: "The Matchmaker" cute and funny early west love story of youngest sister, Molly Crabtree who wants to be a bake shop owner and businessman, Marcus Copeland. Light, easy reading.
Very fun read, interesting subjects, romance, lumber mill and bakeshop in a small town setting, everything i like to have in a cozy read. Was a fast read--wish there would of been more- wish they would put book #1 and #2 in the same book-- I hate waiting to find #2. It was that good.
Cute story. A little too lighthearted at times, almost bordering on silly, I nevertheless enjoyed reading it.
A complaint though- it sure seemed like the story finished about halfway through when the characters professed their love. What followed was page filler, easy to read but not necessary, pages that just stretched the story out to the appropriate length. I've never really felt this way before about a Harlequin Historical but it sure seems to me this story was written shorter to start with and had to be padded.
I'm just not sure. I'm interested in checking out the other two related books but only if the author can provide an interesting read throughout the entire book. Guess I'm on the fence where she's concerned.
Jerri B. (aphra) reviewed The Matchmaker (Morrow Creek, Bk 1) (Harlequin Historical, No 674) on
Helpful Score: 1
This was the first book I read by Lisa P)Lumley, and it hooked me on the author. This story, the first in a trilogy, is delightful. A secret matchmaker drives the men in town to try to find and stop such activities. Because the family is free-thinking, the Crabtree sisters are the primary targets. Read this first, then the next two in order. I read mostly western historicals, and many are heartbreaking, sad, or challenging. (I like those, too.) The lighthearted nature of this is a welcome change. I'd give this book 5 stars out of 5!
This is the first in her series set in the Arizona territories during the latter part of the 1800's. The series revolves around the Crabtree sisters and the men they love. Molly is the youngest in a family of free thinkers constantly seeking a new project. Currently she is the town baker, but her baking leaves a lot to be desired. She decides to take her wares to the local lumber yard to sell, and decides to set her sites on the owner, Marcus Campbell. Marcus has taken on the quest, along with many of the other men in town to find 'The Matchmaker.' The person responsible for all of the women in town leaving rifle cozies, picnic invitations, and posies with all of the single men in town. He thinks Molly will be an easy conquest, only to find himself falling for the quirky baker himself.
This was a fun lighthearted book about Marcus Copeland and Molly Crabtree. Marcus has been eleted to "investigate" who was matching up men and women all over town and these men believed that it was time this nonsense stopped.
Marcus Copeland had been elected to "investigate" the most likely suspect. But he didn't have time to romance any secrets out of the unconventional Molly Crabtree. He had a lumbermill to run. And besides, this buxom, beautiful baker was proving to be one tough cookie!
Coming from a family of freethinkers, Molly Crabtree knew she'd be a success if only someone would take her seriously. But who'd ever have thought it would be the arrogant Marcus Copeland? And was his proposition strictly business--or secret pleasure?
Because I'd enjoyed another book by Lisa Plumley, I decided to start the 'Morrow Creek' series. To say this book is lighthearted is an understatement.
The town of Morrow Creek is in an uproar. Actually, it is the bachelors in town who are agitated. It seems that there is a new matchmaker in town who is encouraging the unmarried lasses to approach a man they are interested in and persuade the man to attend them. Now these young men think the men should be the ones to initiate contact and don't look kindly upon the matchmaker. In fact, they would like to give the matchmaker a piece (or three) of their minds. Unfortunately, the identity of the meddlesome matchmaker is unknown.
The members of the Morrow Creek's Men's Club think they must unmask the matchmaker and short-circuit some of the unmarried women's plans, if they are going to have any peace. They convince lumber mill owner Marcus Copeland to get close to Molly Crabtree to find out the identity of the pesky matchmaker.
Molly Crabtree is a member of the free thinking Crabtree family; Adam is the editor of the town's newspaper. Molly is the youngest of 3 daughters and she is the most stubborn of the lot. She has been babied and protected all her life. She wants to prove her worth by going into business with her own bakery. Unfortunately, her goods are awful.
Marcus just wants to find out who the matchmaker is and get back to his lumber mill. He has no interest in romancing some girl. But once Molly meets Marcus, she washes over his whole life like a tidal wave.
This sounds like a cute yarn, so why the low score? The story was essentially finished about the half-way point in the book; the rest seemed to be filler to produce a 300 page manuscript. Also, there is the HUGE MISUNDERSTANDING -- also used to extend the story. And finally, there were parts that seemed downright silly -- not just lighthearted. On the other side, be sure to pay attention to Molly's accounting system for her business. It is priceless.
*** 1. The Matchmaker (2003)
2. The Scoundrel (2006)
3. The Rascal (2006)
4. Mail-Order Groom (2010)
5. Wanton in the West (2011)
6. The Bride Raffle (2011)
7. The Honor-Bound Gambler (2013)
8. Morrow Creek Runaway (2015)
9. Morrow Creek Marshal (2015)
From the back cover: Marcus Copeland had been elected to "investigate" the most likely suspect. But he didn't have time to romance any secrets out of the unconventional Molly Crabtree. He had a lumber mill to run. And besides, the buxom, beautiful baker was proving to be one tough cookie!
Coming from a family of freethinkers, Molly Crabtree knew she'd be a success if only someone would take her seriously. But who'd ever have thought it would be the arrogant Marcus Copeland? And was his proposition strictly business-- or secret pleasure? Only the matchmaker knew for sure...!