Make Me A Match Mass Market Paperback – 5 Oct 2006
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Diana Holquist's charming and funny Warner Forever debut features a woman whose life is flipped upside down when she reluctantly learns the name of her one true love.
About the Author
MAKE ME A MATCH is Diana Holquist's first novel. She lives in upstate New York with her family
Top Customer Reviews
Finn Concord doesn't believe in True Love but he is smitten with Cecelia Burns even if she does seem to think he's dying. But with his lonely daughter, her rent-a-granny, psychics and enough other Finn Concords to make your mind boggle - winning Cecelia's heart is going to take quite a lot of work.
It took me a while to get into this book and I suppose that should have been some indication of the story as a whole. It wasn't hard to finish but I felt little to no emotional connection with the stories or the characters.
I wanted to like Cecelia but she was a little uptight and mean, especially to her sister. I know she was supposed to be like that and loosen up as the novel progressed but she was just very hard to like at times. I also didn't think her reactions rang true and I wondered if Finn would be better off without her. Finn was a little more likeable as a rugged construction worker but I felt he wasn't strong enough to handle Cecelia and he was obviously so hung up on his first wife that I didn't think he was ready to move on.
The psychic stuff and the storyline overall was fine and handled well it was just that everything was too convenient and too bizarre to make it believable, even with the magic.
I finished this book and was rooting for the characters but in the end it just didn't do much for me. A good read if it's on your bookshelf but nothing I would run out and recommend.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
It was funny, and moved along briskly, with a page turning and surprising plot. And educational - insight into gypsy psychology, as well as that of various ordinary people. The book taps into the universal fantasy that there is one person, in all the world, who is your soul mate, your one true love. And he may be dying. But he doesn't know who the heck you are, and you have to find him fast, and save him, and not scare him away becuase you might appear to be a psycho.
The romantic scenes were original, to say the least. Slowly building and culminating with a tryst in the cosy dwarf house of a mineature golf course - I would bet the farm that's never been written before. A satisfying read - I would recommend it.
Fin arrives in Baltimore with his eight year old daughter Maya. They are visiting granny Trudy. Fin continues to work as a carpenter renovating an old house while Maya gets to spend time with her grandmother. Finn's wife Sally died, leaving him to raise Maya alone and Maya is desperate for female companionship so she found an ad in a magazine for a rent- a-granny.
Finn and Cecilia are not hitting it off and Amy has more at stake than Cecilia's true love, so she has enlisted Trudy and Maya to help her. As the craziness gets crazier Fin and Cecilia grow closer, but if Finn is really dying they don't have a future anyway. What is Amy up to and can Cecilia stop her before it's too late for all of them?
Make Me a Match is a funny, sexy, out of this world romp. There were several times when I thought it might not work and that made me a wee bit frustrated, but thankfully things do work out in the end. Ms. Holquist kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Everyone who reads Make Me A Match will wonder if knowing your One True Love is good or bad, but I don't think most of us really want the answer to that question! Pick up Make Me A Match for an outrageous and amusing read.
Reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed
It is a time in Cecilia's life that she wishes to forget. To make matters worse she tells Jack she hears voices and they tell her The One True Love of the person she is talking to.. Amy lets it be known that Jack is not Cecilia's true love but Finn Concord, who is dying, is. Finn and Cecilia meet at a sporting event. Sparks fly but Cecilia tries to ignore then because she doesn't want to lose the life she has. Finn's daughter and Amy play matchmaker and when Jack finds out what is going on, he asks Amy to tell him who his one true love is. Her answer sends him out of town and bring Cecelia and Finn closer together but she fears Amy's other prediction that he is dying.
MAKE ME A MATCH is an off beat quirky and totally endearing paranormal romance in which these are three protagonists. Amy is the catalyst that keeps the action moving and readers would like to see her story told in a future book. Diana Holquist writes beautiful romance scenes that are right out of an adult fairy tale. Both Finn and Cecilia are interesting characters who have a lot of baggage from their past to discard if they want to be together.