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Sunday, October 16, 2022

About the Book

Book: The Matchmakers of Holly Circle

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Christian / Romance / Christmas

Release date: November 21, 2014

They’ve been in love for ten years, but it takes an interfering neighbor with a penchant for poker to unravel the mystery of their persistent platonic relationship.

Flirtation can be an art, or so they say. Well, if so, Ruth and Richard are “the old masters” of the flirting game. Despite their strictly platonic relationship, there’s “something there,” as so many of their friends and families say. Neighbors and friends for ten years, neither seems willing to change the course of their relationship.

Three doors down, at the end of the cul-de-sac, Mason Dickenson has watched his favorite neighbors with an interested eye, but he’s finally had it with the dance. So, with a pack of cards and a few tricks up his sleeve, he’s determined to get them out of the “friend rut” and into romance.

Thanks to Mason’s unique matchmaking scheme, Ruth and Richard concoct one of their own—a deeper, stronger, eternal love and relationship that nothing on earth can match.


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About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author of Aggie and Past Forwardseries, Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

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I loved this book because of the old time romance feel it had. The days when a gentleman walked a woman home and made sure she arrived safely was nice to read. To be excited to go for a stroll and enjoy the night as the stars twinkle in the sky is just about the perfect ending to a day. Richard and Ruth have been dancing around a relationship for years. Dear Mason has a mission to get these two together and finally admit they love each other. 

Richard is my favorite character and he stole my heart right away. He has loved Ruth for so long I felt sorry for him at times .  He is always a gentleman who doesn’t want to mess up the friendship he has with Ruth. I think sometimes he walks on egg shells around  her simply because he is unsure of himself. Maybe with Mason’s help he will finally tell Ruth how he feels. 

Ruth on the other hand has confidence and makes decisions without thought. Well maybe she sometimes does things to irritate her sister but that’s another situation we can’t get into right now. What is holding her  back from the charming Richard? Is she having  doubts about her feelings or is it because she is a bit shy? 

I can’t forget to mention Mason because he truly is the glue that holds this story together. The more time Ruth and Richard spend with him, the more we see how a death has caused him pain for years. It was so beautiful to read how much he loved this person. It is hard for him to have lost the one he  loved deeply. You can find him visiting the person’s grave at first but over time he stops going. Perhaps he wants Ruth and Richard to find that kind of love where they are forever committed to each other. 

I wasn’t prepared for the  ending and ugly cried. Yes I cried for a character who showed me how to forgive and be set free. Through words that were spoken this person was gently lead to Christ. Sometimes a gentle spirit can reach even the most stubborn person. I loved how this illustrated that we can lead someone to know Jesus by our example and words with compassion and grace. 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.   

Blog Stops

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Lots of Helpers, October 19

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 20

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Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 22

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Cover Lover Book Review, October 23

Blogging With Carol, October 24

Simple Harvest Reads, October 25 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

For Him and My Family, October 26

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, October 26

Splashes of Joy, October 27


To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.



  1. Thanks for sharing The Matchmakers of Holly Circle with me, Chautona, your book book sounds like an excellent holiday read for me!

    Thanks, Texas Book-aholic, for sharing your review!

    Have a fabulous week!

  2. This sounds like a great story. Thank you for your review.

  3. The Matchmakers of Holly Circle sounds like a wonderful romance to enjoy during Christmastime, but I'll remember to have tissues on hand for that ending.

  4. Good book for Fall reading.
    Thanks for the contest.