Power of the Matchmaker Kindle Edition
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That's the lead sentence for this series and the clearest explanation I can give for this series. I didn't read this first but once I did, it was just amazing to the series. All of the books are stand alone reads. I haven't read all of them yet, but I definitely will. This is a Inspirational series and its just wonderful.
Mae Li is devastated when the matchmaker choses another village girl for Chan Zhu. The only solution is for them to run away, leave the village and make their own lives. But Chan Zhu would never dishonor his family. Mae Li will not marry the man chosen for her, so she leaves on her own. And her life will never be the same. Read this book, I promise you will love it!
The Matchmaker doesn't begin as a matchmaker - rather she is a young woman, Mae Li, who runs away from home when the matchmaker in her village decides the man Mae Li loves would be better suited to another woman. Chen Zu, obedient, honorable son that he is, goes along with the matchmaker's and his parents' wishes and marries another young woman. Mae Li runs away from home. Along the way, she encounters hardships and nearly starves.
She is rescued by a woman who actually senses her presence before the two meet in person. Mrs. Tan is a matchmaker in a large city in China where Mae Li has gone to try and get work. Mrs. Tan will teach Mae Li (Pearl) how to become a matchmaker thus preparing her to go forward into her future with a gift which brings her an amazingly long life enabling her to successfully matchmake for many, many years. Pearl has one last meeting with the love from her youth - very touching.
I was needing a fast, short fluff type read yesterday(it was a very emotionally trying and hard day) and I thought "Well this will be the perfect one." I think I was a little off in that decision. This was not a light fluff read, it was emotional watching Mae's journey from loving someone, who could be considered her one true love or soul mate, to being separated from them and her journey leaving everything behind and heading into an unknown world. The situations she finds herself in and her determination to survive and not become what everyone says she must become for her to survive made me really love her character. The ending was happy and sad, I don't know if I would have it in me to give the same sacrifice as she did. But she embraced her calling with all her heart and sacrificed so that others could be helped to find true love.
It was short and took me a little more than a half hour to read and even though my emotions were in turmoil and this book is sad and heart wrenching to a point, it actually helped me to calm down and forget my emotions for a little bit.
I can't wait to start into the books for the series. My only question is can they be read as stand alones? Or does Mae's story continue to build throughout the individual books that you want to read them in order? Call me OCD if you will but I sure enjoy reading things in order and having everything built up from beginning to end so I don't miss a single reveal or build up.
I downloaded this free from Amazon. It's definitely a clean read and I would recommend it for any age 12 or up.
This one is actually written by Heather B Moore to kind of show us the Mae Li's backstory and how she became the matchmaker. It's really well-written. I loved spending an evening getting to know Mae Li. I was kind of sad that she didn't get her "fairy-tale ending" but knowing that she has a hand in other people's kind of takes the sting out of that.
This one's a novella, so it doesn't take very long to read and you want to make sure you pick up this book and all of the ones coming out next year, I can't wait!
Mae loves Chen, but the matchmaker has other ideas which sends Mae away from the home and family she loves to find another destiny. This is a short story which introduces the idea of the matchmaker and Mae's backstory. There are a few places which are a little brutal as she deals with having no food and no family to go to, but it leads to a very satisfying place.
The very last bit is obviously the lead in to the other novels which focus on Mae and her future and doesn't necessarily go with the story which has been told before, but I was willing to accept that because in my mind the main story had concluded anyway.
A very nice little before bed read, took me maybe an hour to read. No explicit content.
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