Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Book Review: The Match Maker by Karey White
Author: Karey White
Enjoyment Rating: ***
Content Alert: a clean read
It's been six months since Charlotte and Kyle broke up, and Charlotte, who was heartbroken, has kept herself off the shelf to regroup and figure out what she wants from life. Kyle, however, has gone and gotten himself engaged (just like all of Charlotte's previous boyfriends). Once Charlotte realizes that Kyle has moved on, she makes a deal with her friend Aleena that she will fix Aleena up with her best friend Angus, and she will go out with Flynn, a tourist from Scotland who will surely ease her back into the dating scene. But as time passes and Charlotte watches Angus and Aleena fall in love, it becomes clear who she wants to spend her own future with. But is it too late for Charlotte to have a happily ever after?
Fans of The Husband Maker will undoubtedly be satisfied with The Match Maker. White does a nice job progressing the story in exactly the direction readers want it to go, while throwing some interesting complications in the way. Instead of an antagonist, Flynn was a satisfying diversion for Charlotte, an opportunity to expand her character and help her know herself better than she did before.
The book is a quick, easy read. I finished it in a day, which tells me that I was compelled enough by the story to keep listening. I do think that the story spends a lot of time on details that could be omitted (bagel flavors, descriptions of clothing, etc...), and I'm not sure if it's because I listened to the audiobook, but the dialogue tags ("Charlotte said," "Angus said," "everyone said") started to grate on me after a while. I'm not sure if this was because of the reader or because there were entirely too many dialogue tags. That said, I enjoyed listening to The Husband Maker, and look forward to seeing how Charlotte can win Angus back in the third volume.