“I have to remind myself to breathe—almost to remind my heart to beat.” —Wuthering Heights
From the Power of the Matchmaker series: LOVE IS COME
Nelle Thompson lives a life of privilege during the turn of the century New York City. When her parents are killed in a terrible accident, she’s forced to live with her aunt’s family in a small town in Connecticut, and treated as a poor relation with no financial independence. Broken hearted and riddled with insomnia, Nelle’s health begins a downward spiral. When a locked part of her heart blossoms around her cousin’s fiancé Mathew Janson, Nelle doesn’t know if she can endure one more heartbreak. Miss Pearl, owner of the local apothecary shop, becomes a mother figure to Nelle, but a fateful summer day has Nelle questioning everything she's ever believed and wondering if she’ll ever love again.
A touch of the supernatural added a twist
A lovely book with a sweet romance and a touch of the supernatural (a very gentle touch), On the whole, a well-developed, well-edited, well-proof-read book. The grief experienced by our heroine felt real and sincere. I like that one of the cures for her grief ( and the hero's mother's malaise) was to do unselfish, uncompensated service. I didn't particularly like that the H went ahead with his plans to marry and, to me at least, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense that the h is so hung up on not cutting out her cousin, but the romantic tension has to come from somewhere! On the other hand many of the characters changed during the novella and we watched them change for the better. Heather B. Moore always delivers quality. Definitely a worthwhile and satisfying read.
A warm and wonderful story of true love.
Nelle has been through a huge shock with the loss of her parents, but still keeps her wits about her through all her trials until she can't prove the existence of her new friend Pearl. She feels a failure because of this and isolates herself, denying herself of the love and marriage she truly desires with Mathew, until the day Pearl returns to set things straight with all the people who matter most in Nelle’s life.
I liked Nelle and Mathew and enjoyed the tension between them. The story portrayed a variety of characters and good conflicts. Moore writes some nice lines that draw the reader into the beauty and peacefulness of the setting. I felt transported.
Christina Rossetti's A Birthday poem provides the basis of this tender novel about an early 20th century New England heiress who must come to terms with very changed circumstances and new ideas about love. Author, Heather Moore, did a fabulous job of writing an dramatic romance, including interesting tidbits of what life might have been like for some in the upper class at the turn of the century. I found tears forming in my eyes as I found myself understanding the difficult circumstances of the characters and cheering them on as they made the best of their individual situations.