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Kaye Dacus pens another wonderful story in her Matchmaker series with Turnabout's Fair Play. Her characters are endearing and their escapades will have you continuing to turn the pages to see where they lead. This is a delightful story about friendships: those from the past, the present and future hope for those friendships to continue. It's also a story about changes in our lives and opening our hearts to God's plan for us. I hope you enjoy this inspirational romance as much as I did. --Vicki Ferrell Fresh Fiction 2011-10-13

Kaye Dacus has written a humorous tale of 2-for-1 matchmaking gone right. Turnabout's Fair Play is a sweet, fun, dual romance with just the right touch of "dork" to make you smile long after you've turned the final page. --Serena Chase USA Today's Happily Ever After 2011-11-13

Book Description

When Maureen O’Connor begins meddling in her grandson’s love life, the last thing she expects is a romance of her own. But when she secretly plans a double date for herself and Jamie with Flannery McNeill and her grandfather Kirby, anything can happen. Will these couples find true love where they least expect it?

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Product Details

  • Series: The Matchmakers (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc. (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602609918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602609914
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,396,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kaye Dacus is the author of humorous, hope-filled contemporary and historical romances with Barbour Publishing, Harvest House Publishers, and B&H Publishing. She holds a Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, is a former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, and currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers. Kaye lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is a full-time academic advisor and part-time college composition instructor for a local university. To find out more about Kaye and her books, please visit her online at

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WriterChick on December 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
I so enjoyed Turnabout Is Fair Play by Kaye Dacus. The book centers on two sets of romances. Maureen and Kirby are the grandparents of Jamie and Flannery, respectively. The grandparents are trying to set up their grandkids and the grandkids are trying to do the same with the grandparents. The grandchildren are clearly defined as characters, with believable fears and hang ups about love. I found the grandparents a little thin, but no less enjoyable to see in the story.

The way the romances came together was lovely. Plus, I enjoy any story that has gamers, Mille Bornes, and King Arthur in it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jolanthe on November 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
Flannery McNeill has a promising editorial job and two friends that are both involved in serious relationships. With an upcoming wedding for one of her friends, Flannery worries that her friendships will all be changed and she will be alone. Flanner also has a general mistrust of men ~ especially ones that are good looking and smooth talkers. Her immediate distrust of Jamie O'Connor, an usher at her friend's wedding, is no surprise to some of her friends.

Jamie O'Connor is hoping for a promotion at the advertising firm where he works, but developments at work cause him to rethink his future. His grandmother sees an opportunity to push him toward Flannery. She works together with Flannery's grandfather to make a match between the two, but in their rush they don't see the tables being turned on them. Flannery and Jamie have a matchmaking scheme of their own in store for their grandparents.

The question then becomes ~ who will give in first?

My Thoughts

Two matchmaking schemes in one book make the last book in The Matchmakers triology so much fun! Dacus continues the stories of the characters from the first two books in the series, but Turnabout's Fair Play can also stand alone {not that I would recommend that you do that!}.

The banter between Flannery and Jamie was absolutely hilarious in parts of the book. Again Dacus tackles some issues in the story that are not typical in most storylines, including job changes and breaking out of traditional stereotypes for job roles. This isn't just a quick matchmaking story, but one that has depth and fun all mingled together ~ and another one that I'm adding to my bookshelf to keep.
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By rhonda on November 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
It started slowly for me than I got to the point that I did not want to put it down. I believe this is the first book I have read from Kaye Dacus. I hope to read more from Kaye in the future.
Flannery is moping because her best friend is getting married and her other one is engaged to be married. She is afraid they will leave her behind like what happened to her when her sister's got married.
Their grandmothers were all moaning that none of their grandchildren were married so they stepped in with a goal of getting at least one grandchild of each of them married. Only Maureen had just one grandchild and Jamie was not interested at the time.
Flannery thought Jamie was stuck up and did not like him. Jamie was interested in her but tended to be a dork around her. Flannery grandfather Kirby
was comming to visit her each weekend so his church would except his retirement. Because he tried to retire two years ago and church asked him to keep working till they found someone. So he decided to be out of town on weekends.
Maureen met Kirby when he came to church with his granddaughter Flannery and they thought to set up Flannery and Jamie. Jamie noticed how they were interested in each other so tried to arrange them to get together.
Jamie thought he was getting promoted instead their company was sold and his whole department was let go. Jamie was thinking of making some changes and going back to school. Got back with friend who he lost touch with 5 years ago. Jamie asked if Kirby wanted to stay with him on weekends because he had extra bedroom. So they double dated some.
It is a charming story. Its has no sex scenes, talks about church and prayer. Lots of different friendships and how important they are.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest reviews.
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When Maureen O' Connor decides to set up her grandson Jamie with Flannery, the granddaughter of the handsome visitor at her church, she never expects to find love for herself. Jamie and Flannery know their grandparents are right for each other, so they endure hanging out to throw the elderly couple together. Through a series of mishaps trying to set each other, the four characters find their own matches.

I enjoyed this book. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the first two books and gotten to know the characters better.

I like the surprise connection between Flannery and Jamie, their shared secret interest. I didn't like the "big" conflict that seemingly tears them apart for a bit---it seemed over-dramatic for a response on Flannery's part.

I loved Maureen and Kirby and found their romance at an old age to be sweet and a nice addition to the typical romance. Although I don't see myself reading a romance novel about two characters in their 80s, I enjoyed it as a secondary plot.

So, while the book didn't cause me to think deeply, I would recommend it (although I would read the first two first) to fans of Christian fiction looking for a relaxing summer read.

I received this book in exchange for my thoughts. My opinions are my own.
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