About the Book
Book: A Match to Call Ours
Author: Merrillee Whren
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Release date: January 21, 2020
Brittany Gorman needs a job, but nanny to six-year-old twin girls isn’t exactly what she’s looking for. Their single father, Parker Watson, isn’t sure hiring Brittany is the right move, but he’s desperate for help.
Soon Brittany is charming the twins and their father as well. But Parker still clings to the bitterness of his past, a past that has made him a recluse on his isolated Montana ranch, distanced him from God, and kept him from finding love.
Can Brittany’s prayers and two little matchmakers soften Parker’s heart and help him find love with his perfect Montana match?
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About the Author
Merrillee Whren is an award-winning, USA Todaybestselling author who writes inspirational romance. She is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award for best inspirational romance manuscript presented by Romance Writers of America. She has also been the recipient of the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty- plus years, and has two grown daughters. She has lived in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Chicago and Florida but now makes her home in the Arizona desert. She spends her free time playing tennis or walking while she does the plotting for her novels. Please visit her Website and signup for her newsletter and connect with her on Facebook.
More from Merrillee
One of my writing goals is to set at least one book in every state in which I have lived. So far I have written books set in Washington State, Texas, Florida, South Dakota, Georgia, Ohio, Montana, Massachusetts, and Tennessee. I still have to write books set in Illinois and Arizona to complete my goal. Just for fun I’ve gone astray and have written a couple of Christmas novellas set in Maryland, where my older daughter lives. I’m currently working on the third book in that series.
A Match to Call Ours is my Montana book. I lived there when I was a little girl. We lived near Billings from the time I was four until I was ten, when we moved to South Dakota. So as you can imagine my memories are vague, but I’ve visited Montana numerous times as an adult.
Brittany Gorman, the heroine of the book, is originally from Washington State, and if you read my Pinecrest series, you first meet her as a teenager in Second Chance Gift. I have three teenagers in that series, and I wanted to write their adult stories. Brittany’s story comes first, followed by Max’s story, then Amanda’s story in the Front Porch Promises series. The characters take the reader from Montana to Massachusetts, then Tennessee, where the series includes Amanda’s younger sister, Kelsey.
In A Match to Call Ours the hero’s twin daughters are based on my memories of my fourth grade friend Rose. She belonged to the Crow Tribe and had long dark braids just like the twins in the story. I remember the snowstorms and having fun in the snow, sledding, and making snowballs. I got to put those memories to use in the story.
Because I’m what they call an organic writer, I don’t plot my stories. I start writing and see how things unfold. I’m always thankful that somehow God brings everything together when I write a book.
I really liked this book a lot. I noticed that the faith element threaded throughout the book and is an important part of the overall story. It is nice to read a story where God is at the center and enhances the need to renew your relationship if you have strayed from Him. I loved how one character wanted her uncle to reconnect with God and she told him,”I’m still prying for you and the rest of the family, too. I’m going to keep saying it until you get right with God.” It is a beautiful reminder to never give up on praying for someone.
I liked the way the author brought Brittany and Parker together. Brittany is between jobs, has broken up with her boyfriend and needs a new start. Parker is in need of a nanny and perhaps Brittany could be just what he needs to help with his girls. I really related to Parker because I know what it is like to be judged. No matter how much you try to prove your innocence some people have their minds made up. Can Brittany find happiness as a nanny? Will Parker find his way back to God?
Parker has isolated himself after the rumors about him, but I wanted him to find his way back to where he had friends and was accepted. The twins were so sweet and really brightened up the room when they came in. I did think that keeping them on the ranch and not allowing them to go to church or even to the library was something that needed to change. We can get caught up in our little bubble and start to isolate ourselves as well. When we step out of our comfort zone, then we can start to trust again and allow God to heal our hearts.
The story deals with bitterness and forgiveness. Those are two hard subjects for me. I had to choose to forgive in order to get free. If we continue in our bitterness we could miss the blessings God has for us. Parker will come to a point in his life where he must decide to forgive those who had treated him badly. Will he open his heart and allow God to take the bitterness out? Can he and Brittany find happiness together? Be sure to grab a copy of the book and take a journey as two people learn about trust, forgiveness and redemption.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion?
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To celebrate her tour, Merrillee is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of Hometown Promises!!
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thank you for hosting today and your review. Oh but this sounds like a wonderful story of watching God workReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing your review of A Match to Call Ours, this sounds like a wonderful story and I am looking forward to reading it myselfReplyDelete
Thank You for the review.ReplyDelete
That is very neat that you write your books in states you've lived at! The book sounds very goodReplyDelete
Good book for Summer reading.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the contest.
This sounds like a great book. Thank you for your review.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing A Match to Call Ours with me, Merrilee, your book sounds like a great read for me and I like the cover! Good luck with your book and the tour!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Texas Book-aholic, for sharing your review!
Have a terrific day!
I was a nanny in college and I am excited to read this book!ReplyDelete
I will like the scenes with the twins best.ReplyDelete
Sounds like an amazing book! & the cover is great! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete