Summary of "Perfectly Matched":
His life runs like clockwork. Hers is a spontaneous adventure. But God's timing is always perfect.
Anna Olsen knows it's time to leave her sister's increasingly crowded house and start a life of her own. Following both sisters' examples, she becomes a mail-order bride, and after a short correspondence with clock maker and jeweler Edward Parker, she moves to Denver to become his wife.
Almost immediately, it's painfully apparent that Anna and Edward are very different. Anna is a free spirit who would rather be painting and enjoying the company of friends than cleaning house. Edward is a consummate perfectionist who, on their wedding day, hands Anna a list of chores that need to be done around the house daily.
Can this mismatched couple see past their differences to a harmonious future?
Or will their disparate passions create obstacles neither is willing to surmount?
Joy In Our Journey's review, by Jan:
What would it have been like to have traveled far away from all that you have known to be married to man you have only met through a few exchanged letters?
This is the situation that 17 year old Anna has found herself in. Was this austere man really who she has agreed to marry? Perfectly Matched, by Maggie Brendan explores this premise with humor and understanding for the feelings of such a young girl.
Anna has much to learn. Her new husband, Edward, has a schedule and list for everything, even for the wedding night! How is she ever going to learn to respect this man, as her mother instructed, much less learn to love him as her husband?
She has little idea of how to keep a house, or cook a meal, but she does love animals. When Baby arrives, Edward is shocked. Anna wants to keep him in the house!
“A dog in the house? Never!” shouts Edward. But just as Anna learns to keep his house, Edward learns to love her animals. He even helps her to start a chapter of the ASCPA, and makes a place for some unwanted animals in his barn.
This was a fun book to read, and I could identify with both Anna and Edward as they struggle to become a family. This book is probably more appropriate for older teens rather than younger ones, as there are scenes from a newlywed couple getting acquainted, but they are tastefully done. I enjoyed the humor and the "funny to the reader" situations and would recommend Maggie Brendan’s new book Perfectly Matched, for a good read.
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