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Power of the Matchmaker Kindle Edition
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I'd already read two of the books in this series (without realizing that they were part of a series at much less the same series) and found the matchmaker part of the stories confusing. After reading this prequel it all makes so much more sense. The Matchmaker's story is a sad tale but sets up everything for the rest of the series. Definitely want to read this one before the others. After this one, I don't think the order matters.
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 story is easy to read, a very short read, and sends a message on selfless acts of kindness.
The story is about a young woman who cannot abide by the matchmaker’s decision to marry someone other than Chen. Chen and Mai love each other. Chen will do as tradition holds and marry another. Mai leaves with little money, clothing and a pearl hair comb from Chen. She finds the harsh realities of life and is at the brink of death when the matchmaker of Shanghai finds her and brings her back to life. Mai has one year to decide if she wants to take the position of matchmaker. Then she has to declare that she gives up on her own true love.
Time slows down for the matchmaker. So, even though the next stories may be in different time periods it will be the same matchmaker.
Amazing and mystical! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!!