Title: Love Is Come
Author: Heather B. Moore
Publisher: Mirror Press
Release Date: April 2016
Length: 264 pages
Series?: Power of the Matchmaker #4
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.
After the tragic death of both her parents only months before her 21st birthday, Nelle really doesn’t have any other option except to go live with her aunt in the country until her trust comes through. There’s just one problem: her aunt isn’t rolling out the welcome mat. She has her eyes set on neighbor Matthew Janson marrying her daughter, and she doesn’t want Nelle getting anywhere close to in the way of that.
Unfortunately, Matthew is only marring Alice out of obligation when his heart lies elsewhere, and Alice is not interested in the country bumpkin side of Matthew. She is more interested in turning her attentions to every other man at any social function.
Nelle’s friend Dottie comes to visit and accompany Nelle and Alice into the city. There they discover something shocking that changes their perceptions and feelings about Matthew and Alice. After returning home, Nelle uncovers the daunting affect the series of events had on her aunt, and the real reasons she was so rude and cold to her.
Nelle – a recently orphaned young woman a little lost in the world
Dottie – Nelle’s bubbly, adventurous friend who will soon marry
Aunt Corrine – a woman caught between a rock and a hard place, everything is riding on Alice’s marriage to Matthew
Alice – Aunt Corrine’s only daughter, set to marry Matthew, very flirtatious, believes in romanticism
Matthew – a young man who loves his farm and business, expected to live up to his mother’s wishes
Patrick – cousin thrown in the mix of a love square
Her aunt seemed to think it was 180, not 1908. In fact, there wasn’t even electrical lighting in her home.
The Highs and Lows
- Nelle. She is too incredibly self-sacrificing. She is that person you crave to hate because she’s just so…good. She would do everything to her own detriment if it means not hurting or infringing on anyone else. Even in the worst of circumstances, she makes up excuses for others and the way they treat her. Sometimes it was just too much. Did I mention she’s still not married in this Victorian time? Many comment on that fact over the course of the book.
- Aunt Corrine and Alice. These two are something else. Corrine gives off the air of a highly Christian woman, but sets Nelle up to be indebted to her. She has her own reasons, which are heartbreakingly revealed in the end. Alice, on the other hand, is just downright mean and deceitful. Despite these bad qualities in character, they both fare better in the end.
- Matthew. He is a man who knows how he wants to conduct his life. He’s running his father’s business and the farm, and doing pretty well at it. He enjoys it, despite his meddling mother nosing in every so often. However, he does exactly what he is expected to do and does not err for it, no matter what it may cost him.
- Classic Love Triangle. I don’t know how much more classic this trope could have been. Matthew is to marry Alice, as both their mothers expect. Alice is going to fulfill the needs of her family, while pursuing her own frivolities. And Nelle is slowly falling for Matthew, but will sacrifice that for Aunt Corrine and Alice. Except, then Patrick gets thrown in the mix like he was supposed to be a love interest, but it wasn’t anything. I wasn’t sure the point of his character.
- Pearl. The thing I loved about this book above every other one in the series so far. Pearl is the recurring character, the matchmaker, and although she pulls a disappearing act, more of her character is revealed in this book. At least, there was a character who took an interest in Pearl as a person and her own life, and I loved seeing that connection happen.
- Pacing. The pacing was excruciatingly slow. I thought the book was never going to get anywhere. Everything between Matthew and Nelle was so drawn out it seemed nothing was happening. I felt like everything was at a standstill for over half of the book.
I wanted to like this book so much. I liked certain parts of it, like when Nelle talked about feeling lost and then in the end when she talks some sense into Dottie about calling off her wedding. Alice’s love for romanticism. Matthew’s love for his crops and their success. His love for his alma matter and crew.
Recommendation – Buy, Borrow or Skip?
Although this is a Victorian historical romance and right up my alley, I struggle recommending it to others. I would skip and move on to the next book in the series.
Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author, with a dozen historical thrillers written under the pen name H.B. Moore. Latest is Finding Sheba (will be re-released Feb 2015 through Thomas & Mercer). Under Heather B. Moore she writes romance and women’s fiction and inspirational non-fiction, latest is The Fortune Cafe. Her various author names can be confusing so her kids just call her Mom.