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Book Review of To Win Her Hand (The Gentleman's Match Book #1) by Jen Geigle Johnson
Have you ever seen the movie Hitch with Will Smith? I love this movie! It’s so funny! When she falls off the jet ski into the Hudson River and his face swells up like a balloon—so funny! Well, picture this movie set in the Regency era. Now, add a second matchmaker, for the woman. Yep! To Win Her Hand by Jen Geigle Johnson has dueling matchmakers—one for the gentleman and one for the lady. To make it even better, add some romantic tension between said matchmakers. What do you end up with? A very fun book with lots of romantic vibes, some embarrassing moments, and a bunch of happy people.
An expert at winning a woman’s hand. A woman who cannot be won.
Lord Featherstone has the world on his shoulders. Or at least his world. With two brothers and a failing estate he must make funds somehow. But what happens when he falls for a woman? Will his tactics work when the situation is so close and personal?
Everyone thinks Lady Loveluck is a wealthy widow. What they don’t know is that she is on the brink of hiring herself out as a Governess in order to pay for her next meal. The only thing keeping her from employment is a growing reputation as a matchmaker. As long as she never falls for another man, as long as she doesn’t allow herself to be fooled into marrying, she will be just fine.
But she never counted on being caught up in the beguiling tactics of London’s renowned and not so secret matchmaker for men.
My Book Review:
I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of To Win Her Hand! It’s a fun concept because there aren’t many Regency books told from the gentleman’s point of view. I thought it was fun because it added a unique twist to the story. And the cover photo…I wish my husband would dress like that! He’d have me swooning all day long!
The book is well written. The book tells the story from both Lord Featherstone’s and Lady Loveluck’s points of view. I felt like the story flowed well and seamlessly progressed. In fact, I enjoyed hearing from both of them. The author does a great job giving Both Lord Featherstone and Lady Loveluck unique voices. In some books it’s difficult to figure out who is talking, but I didn’t feel like that at all in this book.
I felt as though both characters were well developed, interesting, authentic, and real. Lord Featherstone has the unfortunate position of needing to help his brothers and upkeep his estate, which isn’t doing well. In an effort to raise some extra money, he starts helping men find matches. Lady Loveluck seems from the outside as if she is wealthy. That is not the case, however. Her late husband left her with mounds of debt, and the only reputable way she knows how to earn some extra cash is by providing women with matchmaking services.
I found both of these characters to be relatable and likable, which is important in a story. There are some very funny moments between them! A little awkward, a little cringy, a little funny, a little embarrassing, and a lot of fun. It’s not all fun and games, though. They both have serious financial responsibilities riding on their success in the matchmaking business. Is there room for both of them in the same scene??
To Win Her Hand is such a fun book, and I found it enjoyable and entertaining. It’s well written, has great characters, and has a distinctive story line. There’s a whole lot of romance, and even though some of it is a bit awkward, it’s fun to read. I found myself fully immersed in the story and wishing I could be there and watch it unfold in person.
Content Rating: PG-13
- Profanity: None
- Intimacy: None (Brief Kissing)
- Violence: None
Age Recommendation: YA (13-18yrs) and up
My Rating: 4/5
Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.