Love Is Come
Heather B. Moore
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“I have to remind myself to breathe—almost to remind my heart to beat.” —Wuthering Heights
From the Power of the Matchmaker series: LOVE IS COME
Nelle Thompson lives a life of privilege during the turn of the century New York City. When her parents are killed in a terrible accident, she’s forced to live with her aunt’s family in a small town in Connecticut, and treated as a poor relation with no financial independence. Broken hearted and riddled with insomnia, Nelle’s health begins a downward spiral. When a locked part of her heart blossoms around her cousin’s fiancé Mathew Janson, Nelle doesn’t know if she can endure one more heartbreak. Miss Pearl, owner of the local apothecary shop, becomes a mother figure to Nelle, but a fateful summer day has Nelle questioning everything she's ever believed and wondering if she’ll ever love again.
I really liked this story. I have read several from the Power of the Matchmaker series (including the opening novella which I highly recommend!) and this one is my favorite. Maybe it was the time period, maybe the characters but I just thought everything worked so well together. I love characters who are positive in the face of sadness, but also allow themselves to be human. My surprising favorite character is Nelle's friend. I thought she was going to be trouble but ended up being a great character. Highly recommend.
A Solid Addition to the Matchmaker Series
Note: I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review.
Heather Moore has delivered a solid addition to the Matchmaker series of books. It covers a lot of ground and issues, yet everything is wrapped up in the end about as well as I've ever read before. Even the secondary characters are taken care of.
Nelle Thompson is a single woman approaching the age of 21. She's content living with her parents and the love they provide. Marriage would be nice, but she doesn't feel compelled to force the issue. However, life does not always proceed as planned. One night she awakens to the realization that something is terribly wrong. Her worst nightmare is confirmed when she is visited by the Constable. Reeling from the trauma she has endured and mired in grief, she leaves the city and travels to stay with her aunt until her birthday when she will be eligible to receive her trust money.
Matthew Janson just wants to make his mother happy and live up to the dreams of his father. Growing up, he'd always believed that he would marry their neighbor's daughter, Alice. He figured that even if they didn't love each other, they would at least be friends. However, when he encounters Alice's cousin, Nelle, he feels a totally new emotion. Yet, he's essentially committed to Alice. What is he supposed to do now?
Pearl makes another appearance in this book. And, the story delves a bit into her background which is nice if you have not read the prequel book to the series.
This book deals with a lot of heavy, somber topics, yet I never felt weighted down by them, which is unusual. The pace is steady and the timeframe believable.
Themes covered - death / grief / depression, propriety / morality, faithfulness, and prejudices / hypocrisy
Sub themes - lies / hiding the truth / keeping secrets; associating with the wrong people, and sanity / psychology
Nelle goes through a lot of emotional upheaval, but I respect her strength of character to not compromise herself. She always tries to do what is right for others, sometimes at her own expense. Fortunately, everything is made right in the end.
Romance - PG - some kisses. There's also a reference to one of the character's moral failure.
Language - clean
My rating - 5 stars
Christina Rossetti's A Birthday poem provides the basis of this tender novel about an early 20th century New England heiress who must come to terms with very changed circumstances and new ideas about love. Author, Heather Moore, did a fabulous job of writing an dramatic romance, including interesting tidbits of what life might have been like for some in the upper class at the turn of the century. I found tears forming in my eyes as I found myself understanding the difficult circumstances of the characters and cheering them on as they made the best of their individual situations.