Jess Templeton was on his way home, too sick to remain in church, when the stage arrives with a young lady who says she’s his mail order bride. He marries her immediately before his mother gets wind of things. Jess didn’t think the woman his mother wanted him to marry would suit. However, the town gets in an uproar trying to figure out who the secret matchmaker is.
This was a rather fragmented story with too many characters, plot elements that didn’t add up, and mundane moments as the people talk to each other to try to figure out the mysterious matchmaker. The author needed to do a better job of letting the reader know who each character is, since there were so many of them and it’s often a good time span between books in the series for a reader. I wondered why Jess’s parents got to see him when he was contagious but his new bride couldn’t. *Spoiler> [It made no sense the way the story read that Jess had sent for Sarah. He was completely shocked when she showed up saying she was his bride-to-be. In addition, he had lied over and over again, saying he knew nothing about it; and when he confesses, Sarah doesn’t seem concerned that he lied to her.] <
The book was also riddled with grammar usage errors. Here are just a few examples:
- “Whomever can bring me proof”
- “I’m know she’d had a hard time”
- “Married to who?”
- “I’m sure the matchmaker don’t mind”
- “about you and I”
This book started out quite good, but it got more boring all the time. At least it was short.