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Strike the Match (The Teacup Novellas Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Diane Moody
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)

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Book Description

With over 100 "Five star" reviews.
Strike the Match - The Teacup Novellas Book Two

The last place twenty-four year old Keri McMillan wants to be is back home in Waterford Bay, Oregon. But after two years at prestigious New York University pursuing a degree in journalism, her bank account is drained. Keri is determined to move home for one year - and one year only--- to make some serious money working for her dad's log cabin company, but her goals all go up in smoke when the company's new showcase home burns to the ground.

Six months ago, Grant Dawson bought the Waterford Weekly, a small newspaper in his father's hometown. Burned out as a reporter for the L.A. Times and tired of all the inherent politics, he welcomed the slower pace of this Oregon coastal town and the more relaxed lifestyle producing a weekly paper. He enjoys being close to his dad again, a quiet man who captains a whale-sightseeing boat.

Grant is surprised at his unexpected interest in Keri, the niece of columnist Luby Sanders. He thinks Luby is a hoot and can't help but adore her. But she's also playing matchmaker, trying to interest him in her niece. When Keri shows up at a log cabin fire in the middle of the night, she's not the geeky college kid he expected. But he's not about to fall victim to Luby's orchestrations.

Even if her niece is beautiful.
And vulnerable.
And apparently in need of a job.

Editorial Reviews


The Teacup Novellas - Bestselling author Diane Moody does it again this time with her delightful novella series based on a family heirloom collection of vintage teacups. Each delicate cup and saucer inspires a unique stand-alone story, whether it's set in a college town in Texas, a quaint seaside village in Oregon, or a small rural town just down the road from Nashville. Follow the legacy of these teacups through tales of romance and mystery with a touch of faith. - OBT Bookz

Book One - Tea with Emma
Book Two - Strike the Match
Book Three - Home to Walnut Ridge
Book Four - At Legend's End
Book Five - A Christmas Peril

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Product Details

  • File Size: 473 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: OBT Bookz (November 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006CC6ZTU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,688 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Lucy' does it again! December 29, 2011
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Lucy and her teacups make for great storytelling. This time it's about Keri--an undergrad with journalistic dreams meeting a burned out newsman--or is he? And speaking of burned out--there's an arsonist on the loose in the small Oregon coastal community. Sure, it makes for some great headlines for the budding reporter, but maybe what's really at stake is Keri's heart.

I look forward to the next installment of Lucy's teacup novellas...something about Tennessee?? Bring it!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What I'm beginning to expect from Moody January 28, 2012
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This is a continuation of the 'Teacup novellas'. What I said in that review applies here. It takes more skill and carftsmanship, in my opinion, to build a satisfying short story. This story is ok, but not particularly satisfying. A novella gives a little more 'wiggle room' than short stories do, but it too often comes out as a long short story (and even too long). It's not easy to strike the proper balance. I've known many portrait and landscape painters and sculptors. They all say the trick to art is knowing when you're finished with the work. The same is true of stories. Some stories have strong characters or fun characters or riveting plots which beg for a longer format. Some get squashed into short stories or novellas, where there isn't enough canvas on which to draw out the stories or characterizations. It's the mark of a very good writer to know what kind of canvass to use, or to be able to fit their work to the format required.

Moody's title for this work was not quite a fit: It suggests more action than actually takes place. Her characters are pleasant, engaging, but not overly well developed. Her female characters have more depth. The males are paper standup figures, for the most part--at least in these novellas. I have more Moody works in my Kindle. I'll save them for a rainy day, or for a day when I need a light lift.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ended Too Soon December 7, 2012
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Going to a prestigious university in New York to study journalism cost much more than Keri McMillan thought, so, after two years, she comes back home to work for her dad's construction company in Oregon. When his latest project burns to the ground, she discovers he's near bankruptcy. Grant Dawson is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, so Keri can't understand why he chose to leave Los Angles to run the little Waterford Weekly. After the fire, he hires her as a reporter, and gives her the assignment of finding the arsonist.

I didn't like this novella quite as much as I did the first one in this series, TEA WITH EMMA. Keri was too self-centered, prickly, mouthy, and hard. I knew who was setting the fires from the first time he came in the picture, but this only made me feel good, and didn't detract from the story. STRIKE THE MATCH left too many questions unanswered. We don't even know if Keri's dad is able to weather his financial storm or if she'll finish her degree or stay in Waterford. This one should have been longer and really finished. It almost appeared as if the author became tired of it too soon.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dislike the main character April 4, 2012
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The main female character, Keri, is rude, obnoxious, rude, self-centered, rude, unlikable, and did I mention ... rude! I just fininshed chapter 3 and I don't think I'm going to finish reading it. I very rarely not finish a book.
Usually you get to know a character and like them ... and if they say or do something not nice, you can excuse them. But when a character starts off being horrible .. not inspired to keep reading to see if she ever gets nice. I like everyone else in the book except her, and frankly at this point I could care less what happens to her.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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First, I thought the prologue and epilogue was quite interesting. I was hoping the story would be more like that, but I found it disappointing.

The story itself was ok but I really didnt get the romance part of it. The main character seems immature and very petty, and it really didnt flow how he suddenly came to love her after their interactions were mainly of her being rude, and him thinking she was immature.

I got this book thinking it was a Christian romance (as it was listed on a Christian book list), and I did see references to "faith", more so from the aunt. Keri was not a believer by her own admission and there did not seem to be a struggle of coming to faith (or any indication that God for her was Biblical). Her moving in that direction was a vague voice in her head she attributed to God, and yet that seemed enough for Grant, who it seemed was a believer.

Anyway, their romance seemed to come out of nowhere and to me was not terribly believable.

The rest of the story was mostly interesting, but as a package, I was left wanting more.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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This is Book Two of (The Teacup Novellas) by Diane Moody. I just finished this book today. As with Book One "Tea With Emma", this book held my interest. If you like love stories with substance and a good foundation to build a story on, this is for you. I also love Diane's books because she includes "Faith" in her characters. As for me, I could not survive without my "Faith", so I relate to this. You get a mixture of the good and the bad. Just so many stories within the story that you want to turn that page to see what is coming next. When you think you have it all figured out, her characters will keep you guessing. As I always say, I don't like to give reviews that give the story away, but you can read the introduction to the book and know there is much more to come. I will be reading many more of Diane's books in the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
It was an enjoyable read with a few little twists and turns. Light and nothing dark.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i loved the book
i loved the book. i loved the mystery and the romance. And i really like the author inserting herself into the story
Published 1 month ago by DORA SUE JONES
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
I have read 3 of the 4 teacup novels..loved each one.Good characters and well developed stories. Each is a stand alone novel with a common thread ie the teacups.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carolyn Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this series
Just absolutely loved this book, such a good writer, gets you hooked from the very start, you will love it too.
Published 2 months ago by Pamela Norris
4.0 out of 5 stars cup of tea
Just the right amount of suspense and what great surprise love story for the aunt. Somewhat of a surprise on the arsonist
Published 2 months ago by Ardis Pieper
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
The story was a good one. It was a real story that was easy to follow... This writer has a good thing going with her books.
Published 2 months ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to spend a summer afternoon.
A wonderfully written story about life and how plans change. Going home may not be as bad as you think...
Published 2 months ago by Tina Armstrong
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good book.
Not extremely exciting, but easy and quick to read. The characters are interesting, even if I think it would have been better to give them a little 'closure' in the storyline. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dorothy Inglima
4.0 out of 5 stars Confession
Actually have not had a chance to read. But I am an avid reader. Even read the cereal box, at the breakfast table. Read more
Published 3 months ago by craftymom
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, light reading, but enjoyable.
This was an enjoyable short story. Not a deep story but a quick light read. Not a book that I'd tell someone they really must read, but I don't regret reading it.
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More About the Author

Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, Diane Hale Moody is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. She lives with her husband Ken in the rolling hills just outside of Nashville. They are the proud parents of two grown and extraordinary children, Hannah and Ben.

Just after moving to Tennessee in 1999, Diane felt the tug of a long-neglected passion to write again. Since then, she's written a column for her local newspaper, feature articles for various magazines and curriculum, and several novels with a dozen more stories eagerly vying for her attention.

When she's not reading or writing, Diane enjoys an eclectic taste in music and movies, great coffee, the company of good friends, and the adoration of a peculiar little pooch named Darby.

Visit Diane's website at and her blog, "just sayin'" at

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