About the Book
Book: Matchmaker’s Best Friend
Author: Kari Trumbo
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release date: March 30, 2021
“You’re just like a brother to me. I don’t like you in that way.”
When they dated ten years ago as teens, it almost destroyed their friendship. So Pen Reese did the only logical thing. She lied about how she felt—and still feels—about him.
She’s still paying for that lie.
A brilliant plan to set Mike and a friend up and get over him has one problem.
It’s breaking her heart.
When Pen pushed him away, Mike Gaines assumed she just didn’t understand his faith. People like her persnickety aunt even claim he’s part of a cult—ridiculous, but it’s true. Still, if she wants him to play the part of a big brother, fine. At least he can stay close this way.
At first, Pen’s attempt to set him up with one of her close friends hurts. But what if it’s the perfect opportunity to show her what she’s missing if she sees him with someone else?
In this friends-to-more-meets-second-chance romance, The Matchmaker’s Best Friend continues the Elnora Island romances of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.
The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.
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I’ll be honest, I didn’t like this installment in the Independence Island series, even though I wanted to! There were several aspects of the novel that I just did not like, and maybe it has more to the fact that a couple of those things I have personally experienced and I know how much it can hurt. So my dislike for this book is just because of me and some of my personal experiences, I’m sure if I didn’t have those experiences I would have loved this book.
First, I did not like how Pen won’t even really considering talking to Mike about anything regarding their friendship and future prospects, and honestly, Mike is just as bad because instead of going along with her plan he should have stepped up and put his foot down. But I also get why he doesn’t do that. I get that neither of them want to destroy their friendship, but in some ways they end up doing more damage to people around them. Second, I also didn’t like how Pen set her friend up with Mike just so she could get over him, especially a friend that struggles with insecurity and has never been in a relationship. Even though said friend went along with it, she still gets her hopes up. I have been in that position where I have gotten my hopes up over a guy just to have them completely dashed (thankfully I no longer have to deal with that, but being single was hard). In a lot of ways I spent my time mad at both Pen and Mike because of how the other person is treated, when I should have been growing to really like them.
However, I do appreciate that Mike is the better character. He is upfront and honest with the other person involved, even though it takes him a while to do so with Pen. I also didn’t fully understand why there had been issues between them as teens, is it because of his faith? Or is it because of a misunderstanding and they refuse to communicate? I could never really figure it out.
I will say, even though this was not my favorite book in the series, I did really enjoy the ending and I am looking forward to getting glimpses of what happens to all of these characters in future books.
About the Author
Kari writes swoony heroes and places that become characters with detail and heart.
Her favorite place to write about is the place her heart lives, (even if she doesn’t) South Dakota.
Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening, and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota, land of frigid toes and mosquitoes the size of compact cars, with her husband of over twenty years. They have two daughters, two sons, one cat, and one hungry wood stove.
More from Kari
Pen is Mightier than the Sword
Especially in sparkly, stacked espadrilles and pink power suit. Don’t let Pen Reese’s pink façade fool you, she’s a businesswoman to the core, with a heart of gold. She has built a party planning business from the ground up, and she’s about to create another.
Pen is one of those characters that I could just see CLEARLY as I was writing. She is about ninety percent Elle Woods from Legally Blonde and ten percent a close personal friend. I heard her voice in my head. I could hear her talking as I wrote the book. Her personality was perfect for the energetic party planner.
I’m sure if I put a character description up without context or clarity many people wouldn’t want to read the book, they would write Pen off as shallow. But she’s not. She’s heartbroken.
Do you still remember your first love? Maybe you still care for them? Pen fell hard for her first love and no matter how professional she is or how many lavish weddings she plans, she can’t forget the one wedding she’ll never get to create. Her own.
Pen things that if Mike falls for someone else, goes off and gets married, she’ll finally be able to move on. So, she sets a plan in motion. That’s when her world completely falls apart and you see the tender parts of Pen that she doesn’t show to just anybody.
She is a very complex character and I hope she touches you like she touched me.
I hope you enjoy Pen’s tale of matchmaking gone wrong.
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