In the first book of the Matchmaker of Edinburgh series, emotional issues become very complicated when turmoil enters the lives of two individuals. A man from England and a Scottish woman have a friendship in 1875, and while not everything in their lives is rosy, the many companionable moments they spend together bring much enjoyment. But it only takes one wrong decision to change both their lives forever. I eagerly kept reading to discover what would ultimately happen to them. Julia Kelly takes the couple down a path where choices are not always easy, and much soul-searching must be done when entanglements arise. THE LOOK OF LOVE has unpredicted developments, sincere feelings, and engaging characters.
Though most women Ina Duncan’s age would be looking for a husband, she plans to stay single since most men would not give their approval of her working on sculptures. While attending a gathering at the home of Moira Sullivan, she ends up in a situation where her reputation could be destroyed. With the host being a renowned matchmaker, she concocts a solution which will have Ina marrying her best friend, Gavin Barrett.
The writer has known Ina for several years, and although he has adored her since their first meeting, he has never revealed his feelings and just let her think of him as a close acquaintance. So when it is strongly suggested that he marry her so she will not be banished from society, Gavin readily agrees. When the couple wed, Ina has some rules for them to follow, yet like much in life, things do not always go as wished.
Julia Kelly begins her new series with a compelling theme about matchmaking, and THE LOOK OF LOVE is a historical romance filled with realistic challenges and heartfelt emotions. Although Gavin and Ina were very familiar with the other, neither thought a wedding would ever bind them together. I never knew what was going to happen to them, as one unpredictable incident after another keeps occurring. Both have aspirations that they want to achieve, but some type of obstacle often kept them from reaching a certain goal. During this time period, women were definitely hindered by how society dictated their behavior, while birth order frequently had a man seen as the less important son. Gavin and Ina may be good friends and share much of their life experiences with each other, but she is clueless as to how he really thinks about her. This secret plays a big part in the story, and what they come to realize as they explore the depths of their inner feelings could greatly affect their futures. Their relationship is believable, as reactions are candidly forthright, and some of their comments contain delightful humor. I enjoyed watching the couple go through the many ups and downs of being married. Julia Kelly has brought an entertaining romance to life with compelling details.
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Series: Matchmaker of Edinburgh – Book 1
Publisher: Pocket Star
Releases: October 9, 2017
Author website: http://www.juliakellywrites.com/
Rating: 4 Stars