Book Review - Match Me If You Can by Michele Gorman
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publication Date: 14 January 2016
"Catherine's ex-husband and business partner drops a bombshell over their Chardonnay: he’s about to marry his twenty-three year old girlfriend. Catherine has bras that are older than his new fiancée, yet he’s about to install her in Catherine’s beloved matchmaking business.
Meanwhile, architect Rachel is battling romantic mistake, James, to win their firm’s biggest project. So when she joins Catherine’s website, RecycLove.com, where everyone recycles an ex for the chance of an upgrade, she knows just who she’s going to trade in.
And it’s time for homebody baker, Sarah, to stop worrying about everyone else for a change. She reluctantly joins RecycLove.com with Rachel, but as minor adjustments to improve her chances turn into a complete overhaul, will her newfound popularity be worth the sacrifices she’s making?"
I sometimes find storylines which are told from a variety of perspectives too much. The initial 'getting to know each character' chapters can be overwhelming. A total information overload which leaves me struggling to connect with any of the characters. I'm pleased to say, however, that this book introduced me to each character in a natural, somewhat gentle way. I could feel the connection between them and I think this is why I found it so easy to fall into the storyline.
In the middle of everything was a dating website with a twist - the clients joined with their exes (an odd yet intriguing concept in my opinion). There was also a yummy sprinkling of baking, perfect for fans of The Great British Bake Off. The kind of drama that can only come from having to deal with your ex-husband's soon-to-be second wife on a daily basis and even the competition of working with an ex.
But, if I thought the lighthearted, funny moments were as far as it went then I was wrong. There were scenes which pulled at my heart strings and gave the book much more depth than I had initially expected - what a bonus!
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love watching characters develop and grow in front of my eyes. Catherine, Rachel and Sarah did just that. Each of their journeys in dating, careers and life in general had me flipping the virtual pages of my Kindle and hoping for the best possible outcome.
For me this was an easy book to read. I really looked forward to picking it up each evening (yes my reading time is now limited to just once a day) and finding out what was next for these characters who I had become rather close to.
Match Me If You Can was a fun yet heartwarming read that took me on an unexpected journey.
Thank you to the publisher for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook in exchange for my honest opinion.