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Finding A Man For Sylvia [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Lesh
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A well-intentioned but clueless romantic is determined to find love for her lonely neighbor over her exasperated husband’s objections.

Julia Hawthorne-Florez has the best of intentions, and everyone knows what the road to Hell is paved with. Her husband Javier accuses her of playing God with people's lives, but Julia is simply a fool for love. (Or maybe just a fool?)

When lonely Sylvia moves in across the street, Julia is determined to find her match. Of course, there are obstacles. Javier, for one, who's forbidden any further matchmaking attempts on his well-intentioned wife’s part. And there’s the little matter of Sylvia being in love with a man who's taken a vow of celibacy.

Julia schemes; the hamster wheel in her head spins furiously. Handsome Ted is Julia’s first choice. Except shy Ted happens to be interested in Julia's best friend, certified dominatrix Lisa. And so it goes. Julia spins her web; Javier laughs at her. But Julia always gets the last laugh in this Latin-infused contemporary romantic comedy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 663 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Musa Publishing (November 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,129 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I absolutely love the world that Margaret Lesh has created in "Finding a Man for Sylvia." I wish I could dive into the book (and I did--I couldn't put it down) and have the heroine, Julia Hawthorne-Florez, pour a margarita or two for me and then find a match for me! I'd move to LA in a minute. Julia is truly a heroic character, in the way that women see other women as heroines for their depth of character, perception, and fun.

This book is a charm. The writing is wonderful, the characters, from the clueless Ted to the powerhouse Lisa, are just the right amount of over-the-top to be entertaining and believable. But it's not just about the characters, there are real insights to be garnered from Julia, who shines as the woman you want to be friends with. While she might ask, "Why do some people have such a hard time finding love?" as she tries to understand why the people she loves can't find love, and why she is compelled to fix that by matchmaking, she also has great confidence to follow her heart. She has great insight into herself; as she thinks of her husband, the lovely Javier (I'm hoping that there's a real Javier I can meet), "In that moment, I felt grateful for everything, but perhaps most of all, I felt gratitude that he'd saved me from a life of searching, disappointment, and loneliness. I'm an acquired taste, I know this, not a person easy to live with, let alone put up with for any appreciable amount of time."

"Finding a Man for Sylvia" is the essence of a good read: interesting characters, plot that keeps moving and focuses on providing valuable insights into people, and on top of it all--lots of good food!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full Of Laughs! January 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I love when a book can make me laugh, and that is what this book did, almost from the very start.

The cast of characters is fantastic.

Julia is the matchmaker from hell. No matter who it is. Her husband Javier tries to stop her, with an emphasis on tries, but Julia is determined to make a match for her new neighbor.

That's when hilarity ensues, and it just keeps on. You know it has too, because when Sylvia lets Julia in on who she's crushing on, its a parish priest, albeit a very hot priest, but you know matchmaking for Sylvia is not going to be easy!

The best part about the book is how the people that seemed the most unlikely to hookup with one another are the ones that do, and not really with Julia's help.

I'm not sure which character I liked the best. Ted was so sweet, Lisa was a badass dominatrix, and Frank, Javier's father, was just crazy and lovable!

This is one of those must read books because it will leave you feeling so good at the end..and during..and well, it just really is so fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read January 20, 2013
By Lynelle
Format:Kindle Edition
A tongue in the cheek chick lit story about matchmaking from the match makers point of view.
We meet Julia Florez over eager friend and confidant who could not bare that people are lonely, not experiencing love as she did. In her attempts to do so it caused a few problems that put a smile on your face through out the book.
Her insightful wisdom into her friends and co workers lives, taking care of the smallest detail keeps the story entertaining and the plot interesting. The characters involved were Sylvia the main purpose of her self appointed assignment. New neighbor soon to be friend. Lisa her old school friend and get this a professional Dominatrix working her charm on every man she meets but at the end with a longing for a monogamous relationship which of course Julia had to help. Then there were Ted, co worker. Shy accountant at work, virgin at thirty two but barely containing his excitement about Lisa which of course could not work, in her opinion.
Then there were Frank, her father -in-law who just could not find the right woman for himself, Chris her gay brother and priest and Raul, Sylvia's brother.
Sylvia's cause set the whole plot in motion and Javier Julia's loving husband is stuck in the middle making the most amazing dishes to entertain her friends.
A good well written story of love and how it can find you in the most unusual ways. How unusual people can find love when you think it can never work. Delightful read with quirky tones, keeping it light and fast paced.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Matchmaking adventure December 30, 2012
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I could not put this down. I had to read it all the way through. A fun story with real characters makes for a delightful read. This book is perfect fun and a must read for anyone who has thought that two of their friends would be good together. Bravo!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE ENTERTAINMENT ! March 22, 2013
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4.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining March 12, 2013
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What is matchmaking? It's the simple act of bringing two people together... ha, I think Julia may have realised that there is nothing `simple' about it!!

Everybody should have a friend like Julia, not for her annoying matchmaking tendencies, but for the entertainment she provides when her plans don't go quite according to plan! All she wants is for everyone to be in a relationship, for them to be as happy as she is, in her marriage to Javier, so she makes it her mission to pair up every single person she knows. Unfortunately love isn't quite that simple and the people she thinks are perfect for each other aren't always that well suited.

Finding a Man for Sylvia is a fun read, narrated by Julia we get to hear all her good intentions first hand, and learn that she isn't the annoying busy body she may outwardly appear, instead she is a sensitive soul who just wants to spread the happiness, well her idea of it anyway! The book has a definite feel good factor and is an ideal companion for lunch time and coffee breaks....although be sure to set your alarm or you will be late back to work.

The writing and plot style put me in mind of Sophie Kinsella so if you enjoy her books this is one for you. A thoroughly, entertaining read.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lesh's style is funny, poignant
This is not my usual genre -- I read it because I read the author's other books, Let Me Get This Off My Chest and Normalish, and was so impressed I checked this book out... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars I WANT MORE!
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This book was wonderful! It was funny and warm and real! These characters seem so alive i feel its a shame we all couldnt meet them in real life!
Published 18 months ago by ArizonaHunny
4.0 out of 5 stars A real pleasure to read
Julia loves matchmaking. Her first success happened with two teachers at her eighth birthday party. Unfortunately that was her last success too and now her friends tremble with... Read more
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We definitely need more adventures of Julia, Margaret:). Very fast, very fun read. I can't wait for the next book.
Published 23 months ago by ML Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fun, satisfying modern-romantic read! A modern I Love Lucy with...
Wasn't sure what to expect as I seldom venture into the romance department, but when I was ready, this book was good, sassy chick-lit with a funny, romantic vibe. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Paperbach
5.0 out of 5 stars Happily Ever After.....Awhile
A self-proclaimed matchmaker who is happily married and desires the same felicitous state for all her friends and loved ones......what could go wrong? Read more
Published on December 15, 2012 by Ratbag
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Glass of Bubbly
Sparkling and funny, dry and refreshing. The scene breaks in the book are even little drink glasses! Julia is my new best friend. Read more
Published on December 6, 2012 by Cheap and Lazy
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California girl Margaret Lesh lives with her husband and son in a quiet suburb near Los Angeles. She is the author of the novels Normalish and Finding a Man For Sylvia as well as her memoir Let Me Get This Off My Chest: A Breast Cancer Survivor Over-Shares. Currently she is working on Book 2 of her Goethalsburg Ghost Squad Series for young (and young at heart) readers.

When she's not writing, she's thinking about baked goods, especially donuts, far too often. She believes tacos are magic.

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