The Power of the Matchmaker by Heather B. Moore
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Received ebook in exchange for an honest review
As stated in the summary, this is going to be a series where 1 book is released each month for 12 months. Put them all on your Goodreads shelf. To see which books are coming out which month and their beautiful covers, check out Heather B. Moore's Blog. I am looking forward to reading each of these.
This novella introduces the reader to the Matchmaker who will be involved in each of the books released next year. We learn about her heartbreaking youthful love story. We learn how she survives and heals from her heartbreak. We learn how she is mentored by the local Matchmaker. And, ultimately, we learn how she becomes the Matchmaker.
This story is a great introduction to what is coming next. It has definitely gotten me excited for each of the books and seeing how Mae Li, aka Miss Pearl, works her magic in being the Matchmaker.
I would let my 17 year old read this book.