The Matchmaking Game


Evan returns to England from war to discover both his brother and father dead, his estate neglected, and his sister severely ill with a suspected heart problem. The only good thing is his childhood friend Rowena. Her spirit is irrepressible, and he finds himself falling in love with her as she works to lift his spirits — even as he courts another, upholding a promise he made to a deceased comrade. As Rowena  plays matchmaker for her father and Evan’s mother, she cannot help but hope for a match for herself. Will Evan marry the woman he loves, or will he marry as duty dictates? Who is truly playing the matchmaking game?

"The Matchmaking Game" is one of those light-hearted romances that doesn’t come around very often. The main characters are in love, and the main question is whether they will eventually end up together. Readers will chuckle over their misadventures, cheer their victories, and suffer their heartbreak when their love is announced but cannot be acted upon. Jane Austen would be proud to share this genre and era with author Donna Hatch.   The book is smoothly written, polished and easy to read. Unfortunately, the fun characters didn’t seem to grow throughout the story. Other than them loving each other and everyone else knowing it, there isn't much to draw readers close. It is a fun little romp, though, and Regency fans will love it. 
Yannie Sorensen