My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Clean Romance
Book Description: A prequel novella to the POWER OF THE MATCHMAKER Series
Mystical . . . Beautiful . . . Romantic . . .
12 novels by 12 bestselling authors
Released once a month in 2016
Read the matchmaker’s story to find out where it all starts . . .
Mae Li has been in love with Chen Zhu for years, and he with her. But when the matchmaker arrives at the Zhu family home, she recommends another village girl for Chen.
Heartbroken, Mae Li watches as Chen does his duty by marrying another. Mae flees her village with the clothes on her back and her only possession—a pearl embedded comb, given to her as a goodbye gift from Chen Zhu.
Upon Mae’s arrival in Shanghai, she quickly learns that she’ll starve within days unless she sells her prized comb or joins a courtesan house. She goes to the Huangpu River and promises the River God that she’ll always be selfless if he will save her from becoming a prostitute . . . Her wish is granted when Ms. Tan, the matchmaker of Shanghai, finds Mae. But Mae must completely change her future and her name if she is to become the next matchmaker.
My thoughts: If the "Power of the Matchmaker" series is anything like the prequel, we are in for a treat.
Mae Li has anxiously awaited the matchmaker pairing her and Chen together. They are in love and want to be together. In a tragic mistake, they are not paired and Chen has decided to not risk his family honor and marry the other girl.
The heartbreak she suffers brings her to a place where she can make better decisions and help guide the destiny of other's lovingly. Through her struggles she is able to become a strong woman who gives selflessly.
This is a great beginning. I loved it from start to finish and look forward to seeing Mae Lin (aka Pearl) in action.
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