Miss Adeline Hayes is the perfect lady's companion: pleasant, conversational, and unceasingly proper. But when her closest friend, Charity Edgeworth, breaks off her arranged marriage without explanation, even Adeline's superior skills are put to the test. Charity's father banishes the two young women to the country, sending Adeline with a charge to find Charity a husband—or suffer dire consequences. As Adeline takes on the role of reluctant matchmaker, she discovers more than one obstacle in her path. Not only does Charity prefer escaping in books to socializing, but Adeline soon finds her own attentions distracted by the standoffish—and irritatingly handsome—Mr. Evan Whitfield. Amidst an eventful foxhunt and the unexpected arrival of Charity's former betrothed, Adeline simply doesn't have time for a battle of wits with Evan. But the two are continually drawn together until Adeline begins to question her tightly guarded convictions about love and marriage.
However, when secrets are revealed and truths made known, Adeline must face her most fearsome obstacle yet: herself.
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2019|
|Audiobook Narrator||Louise McCance-Price|
|Audiobook Runtime||Approximately 10 hrs.|
I give the book 5 stars for good characters, writing, and romance. Loved it!
I give the reader 3 stars. Decent character voices and good pacing, but a weird iambic quality in every. single. word/phrase. Very distracting.
Next time I’ll probably get the book and read it myself.
I absolutely adored this book! Such an enjoyable story.
There were a few unexpected twists that made the story extremely fun.
I am quickly becoming a Joanna Barker fan. This book is definitely worth reading!
Romance, clean, period;
Adeline and Evan's story was an interesting read. Seeing this story through Adeline's eyes as she struggles to save herself, her family, and help her friend was so heart-wrenching, lovely, sad, and tension filled.
Adeline, her job, her heart, her cares and concerns are so gorgeously portrayed. As she interacts with her foe, and soon to be friend and love of her heart, Evan was a beautiful story of two hurting hearts finding each other and 'being'. What a perfect fit for each other as they softened, spent time together, and finally shared secrets, sorrows, mistakes, and finally, hearts.
Beautiful setting and back story, well written side characters, and a lovely HEA made for a lovely read for me.
Joanna Barker has written a regency romance that is hard to put down. You follow along with Adeline as she plays matchmaker for her heart broken best friend, worries over her fathers health, and finds love when she doesn’t expect it or have time for it. She then, of course, makes a fine mess of things in the process.
Joanna gives you two love stories in one book and does a great job of conveying the characters feelings through a simple look across a room or touch of a hand. It is one of those books where you come to love the whole cast of characters and you find yourself truly sad when you finish it because you want more!
From the distinctive, creative cover to the setting in Regency England, this novel quickly pulled me in. With the addition of vividly-drawn, endearing characters and a fascinating plot, I was hooked. Joanna Barker is very talented at creating characters that come alive on the page. I had no trouble envisioning them in my mind, and her descriptions of the different scenes were exceptional. Who could resist the brooding, outwardly reserved but inwardly kind-hearted Evan, and the lovely, well-meaning, but often misguided Adeline? I loved seeing their relationship grow amidst the banter and their encounters. Charity was also an interesting character, who unfortunately had to put up with Adeline’s imprudent matchmaking attempts. Adeline, of course, makes a mess of it all, and has to eventually face the consequences.
This is a well-written story with great emotional depth. I enjoyed the character growth and development as the story progressed, and the tender message of forgiveness of self and others. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
The person who narrates this audiobook has one of the worst fake accents ever. It’s a HUGE distraction and detracts from the book.
This is the best regency romance I've read in a long time.
MISS ADELINE'S MATCH is another heartfelt Regency romance from this author. With likable characters, some decidedly good chemistry, friendships, turmoil from mistakes, and redemption, this story will tug on readers' hearts. Definitely a worthy read for sweet historical romance readers!
Dear Adeline... what to do with her? She was so misguided in so many ways, but oblivious to her mounting mistakes. She had such a good heart and I really loved her character, thank goodness since at one point I was screaming in my head "How could you?!!" This was one of those stories where a character truly weaves her own web that she then gets stuck in. Thank goodness Adeline was surrounded by those with good heads on their shoulders and who cared about her even when she didn't deserve it and felt unworthy of it.
I also enjoyed seeing Charity's character evolve a little as the story progressed. It took a lot for her finally to take charge (and it also took facing deep pain), but I applauded her when she finally did. I also enjoyed some of the secondary characters. Some of them were quite one dimensional, but they still played their parts well.
Then there was Evan... goodness! If you're looking for a dark and brooding hero who is also intelligent, kind, and dashingly good looking, look no further. He could definitely give Darcy a little competition. I loved, loved how the small things between Evan and Adeline were so meaningful. Banter, looks, simple touches, just being near each other, how intently he looked at Adeline, and how much all these small things meant. The chemistry between these two was fantastic!
My only complaint is that possibly things were tied up too prettily. Having said that, I'm really not complaining as the ending was adoringly sweet, especially having my emotions pulled all over the place. Not every story can make me angry, want to swoon, and cry all in one sitting. I was happy to see how these two friends and those they loved find happiness in the end.
In the end, was it what I wished for? I thoroughly enjoyed this story and am anticipating this author's next release. If you enjoyed her last story or enjoy reading sweet Regency romances, then this comes highly recommended!
Source: I received a complimentary copy from Covenant Communications, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.
Such a moody vibe in this Regency romance, and I think much of it has to do with the winter setting! I felt transported and could practically feel the chill of the snow and wind. Adeline is an interesting character, unlike any lady's companion I've read in other stories- she is better at navigating Society than her charge/friend, Charity, and has a confidence that doesn't reflect her lower standing. I appreciated her witty retorts to the gossipy ladies who made Charity uncomfortable with their remarks. She also knew when it was prudent to rein herself or Charity in. She has a flaw of becoming manipulative, justifying that she's doing it because she sincerely wants what's best for Charity... but there are some personal motivations influencing her as well and her social juggling is bound to come crashing down. She and Evan (love that name) don't have the best first impression of one another, which makes it all the better as they get to know and fall in love with each other. I truly enjoyed seeing Evan's personality open up from a dour Mr. Darcy to an enchanted Mr. Knightley. There is plenty of emotion and angst as heartbreak, loyalty, secrets, and rejection play a role in each character coming to a place of understanding and forgiveness. Loved it and looking forward to more from this author!
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Miss Adeline's Match is a very enjoyable read. I didn't like the cover at all and would probably pass by it on a shelf, but if you find yourself feeling the same way, ignore the cover and dive in. It is a quick, clean read and I was so intrigued by what had happened for Charity to call off her engagement. And also how Adeline would handle things with her closest friend amidst the pressure given by her employer.
Adeline seemed to be a very good friend, until she wasn't. One decision she made (although she had good intentions) was so cringe worthy. The author really did a great job of keeping me interested in how that decision would turn out.
I liked the relationship between Adeline and Evan. It started out very rocky and grew at a fairly realistic pace. I enjoyed reading about their growth (both individually and as a couple) throughout the story.
I can see myself reading this book again.
Adeline will do almost anything for her closest friend, Charity, but she almost takes things too far in her matchmaking attempts. Addie seems slightly selfish in her efforts to thwart a former suitor, yet she's completely selfless in helping a young boy and his family. It's safe to say that her loyalties lie deep and she'll stop at nothing to help those she's loyal to.
Maybe it's even safe to say that Adeline's emotions run deep. Her intense dislike, and undeniable attraction, to Mr. Whitfield is quite apparent from the first encounter. The romance is a slow-to-grow type, which is good in this tangled up tale of secrets.
This is a classic case of an enemies-to-lovers romance and leans more towards enemies for a good chunk of the first half. I always wonder what a couple thinks when they look back on their first interactions.
I loved the secondary cast of characters and the way Adeline was able to form connections with some of them. The foxhunt and other activities that draws this group together were entertaining and made this story delightfully charming.
Content: mild romance
*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*
I love this cover. I would have picked up the book just for that. The story was equal to the cover and did not disappoint. Miss Adeline was a perfect companion. I loved how she did everything she thought was best for Charity with the best of intentions. Isn't that we all do? And doesn't it feel like those best intentions sometimes blow up in our faces? I was very impressed with how she handled each situation she was in and accepted the consequences of her actions with dignity. The ending was perfect. I would recommend this to anyone who loves to see how someone gets through a sticky mess of their own creation while in the midst of trying not to fall in love.
I love the cover of this book! Don’t you love the way it differs from all the other Regency romance books you’ve ever seen?
And the story inside…oh my! Joanna Barker has done it again. I love the way she writes. Her characters almost seem to step off the pages for me.
This one features Adeline Hayes. I was a bit confused at the beginning, because Addie is the lady’s companion to Miss Charity Edgeworth. Normally Regency romances are from the lady’s perspective, not her companion. But Addie is the perfect character to have seen this story through.
One thing that really made me love this book was that there is not just one romance in it. There are a couple. There’s Addie’s story, but you also get Charity’s. I loved the uniqueness of that.
Addie is the only character that you get to “know” in this book. I loved the way she saw herself. She knows that she is the only person that Charity trusts to help her though things. And, at first, she does things with Charity in mind. But as the story goes on, that changes. Addie doesn’t become selfish, really, but she doesn’t have Charity’s best interests at heart. So she messes up several times.
Then there’s the mess she makes of her own love story. I loved her love story. The way it takes so long to get everything to work out and the mess she had to go through taught Addie so many lessons about life, love, others, and herself. I loved that! And the sweet scene with her dad, it brought me to tears.
You really need to read this one! I loved everything about it!