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

Diane Moody
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Book Description


From bestselling author Diane Moody, Strike the Match has over 100 "Five star" reviews.

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.


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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
            

From the Author

Thanks for downloading Strike the Match. Get info on my other novels at dianemoody.net

Product Details

  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: OBT Bookz (November 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006CC6ZTU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,000 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Sherrie
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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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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 24 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Hot times in Waterford Bay April 28, 2014
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Who is heating up the small town in Oregon where Keri has returned to help her dad with his log home business? Keri is quickly tested when, on the day she returns, her dad's latest building is torched. Her aunt wants Keri to connect with her boss, publisher of the local weekly which is not in Keri's plans. As they work together to find clues to solve the arsons taking place, Keri discovers that Grant is much more than meets the eye and far more interesting than she first thought. And what's up with his dad and her aunt? Find out by reading Strike the Match!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The teacup novellas
These books are so sweet...just what I needed to read right now. I really enjoy the story the author builds around each teacup. On to the next.
Published 1 day ago by Hedwig5221
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok!
I truly didn't have a hard time falling for every character in this book, except the main character! Keri was an absolute snob, self centered, spoiled rotten brat. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short story
Excellent short story. The characters showed faith, love, and a willingness to share faith and trust in God that all will work out well.
Published 13 days ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written story full of Inspiration and Adventure!
A story full of inspiration and adventure keeping your attention clear to the surprise ending.
Published 22 days ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun story
I wish it would have been longer. It was a good,fun, clean story with a s good mystery too. Clean language and no sexual content.
Published 25 days ago by Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant romantic series
Great romantic novella!
Published 1 month ago by mothercarl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I enjoyed this teacup book as well as book 1.
Good clean reading for anyone!
Published 1 month ago by Carols Stable Pal
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique teacups...Unique story
I am loving this series. Each book is unique yet tied together from one to the next as a writer pulls you into her own life behind the scenes.life
Published 1 month ago by cjbj
5.0 out of 5 stars i loved this book
i loved this book!! i am so guilty of allocating this wonderful God we serve and love a few minutes of time daily, but knowing there is more to walking this life and that i am... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rebecca Tellez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice mystery with the ever hope-filled Christian undercurrent.
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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 (author McMillian Moody) 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 dianemoody.net and her blog, "just sayin'" at dianemoody.blogspot.com

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