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The Matchmakers

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  414 ratings  ·  39 reviews
A young woman decides to meddle in her widowed father's affairs and fix him up with an older widow in the neighborhood, but when she enlists the woman's son to help them get together, the outcome is completely unexpected.
Hardcover, 137 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Bethany House Publishers (first published October 1997)
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As I picked up the book, I thought it looked cute. It was a cute story. I kind of figured out who the "true matchmakers" were, so no surprises there. Not Ms. Oke's strongest story, I don't think, but a quick little read (especially for the challenge-hungry). It did leave me relating with one quote, of which I've already posted about on my blog. :D
Colleen Mertens
This was a quick reading story. It can be finished in a night. It tells of 1 couple trying to set up a 2nd couple and the adventures that ensue. It is funny at some points and tells a lot of life in such a small little book. Very fun, light, summer beach read.
Lori Henrich
Judith and Cynthia meet every week to catch up and just touch base. Cynthia is dealing with an over attentive father. Her dad Frank has taken over the family since Cynthia became a widow. She wants him to back off and let her figure out how to function as a single person. Judith comes up with the idea of getting Frank together with the mother of Preston, who has recently moved to town. So they begins an interesting courtship.

I love Janette Oke and her stories. I do like this better than some of
A nice little short read about a pair of matchmakers. It doesn't quite turn out how these ladies planned but the result is very heartwarming.
The idea behind this story intrigued me; but the actual story left me disappointed. Point: it was not as enjoyable as it could have been.
A young mother with 2 boys whose husband had died leaving her with her widowed father to help her raise her family. She has realized that she needs time of her own and also family time together with her children, but she does not want to hurt her father's feelings by telling him this since he has been lonely himself. They plan on "hooking" her father and a widowed woman up with eachother but in the end it seems as if they have a plan of their own brewing inside. A very quick read. The only reaso ...more
Very predictable, but a lovely, sweet story. Some thoughtful comments for people who have lost a spouse.
Stephanne Stacey
Predictable story ending. No character development, nor do they seem to have separate personalities. Yet not a terrible read. Quick, wholesome, and good natured is what I would call it.
Jacqueline kucharski
I couldn't stop reading it. It is a page Turner. It's a great heart songbook I first read.
A sweet short story set in a more modern era, The Matchmakers is about loss and love and family.
I generally enjoy novellas - but not so much this one - which is too bad because I've really enjoyed Janette Oke's longer historical fiction. I started out liking the book ok - Cynthia and Judith have a strong friendship and I enjoyed "sitting in" on their coffee shop visits. The attorney, "P.C." Weston, never felt like a real character to's a good ways in the book before he even says anything. And though this book is a romance, that didn't feel real to me either. Not enough detail...and ...more
I liked this book. It was a sweet little story, but too short in my opinion. I think it would have made a really great longer book.

I recommend this for anyone who wants a good short read. It only took me about an hour to read.
Diane Davis
Short but very sweet....
A fun quick read
Rayna Gausnell
It was ok.
Rebecca Rash
I'm not sure why she wanted to write such a short story on this subject. It easily could have been expanded into a novel. Small little book, reminds me of a child's book when I hold, but not child content. Sweet, quick, read, but could have been different.
Delightful, short, and warm book written in Janette Oke style :)

The book is centered on relationships and I Love the twist in the last chapter... Wonderful reminder that God is Sovereign & HE has a Master Plan for each of us!
Such a wonderful little story that tricks you in the end. I do wish it would have been a little longer and let you know what happened a little while down the road. Very true to life to the way people really think and feel.
Annie Kate
Sweet, light, funny and at the same time moving and thought-provoking.

A great read for an unexpected break from usual activities. I read it by sunset-light during a power outage.
Good book! a little confusing, but it was kind of a cute book about a daughter trying to match up her father! but she ends up falling in love!
Small book - 4 1/2 by 7 inches with only 137 pages. Ok to read but nothing exciting and would not check it out again.
Not satisfying at all. The characters weren't developed and the "surprise" ending was mostly just annoying to me.
This was pretty darn sappy. I gave it 2 stars instead of 1, simply because it is clean and Christian-based.
Nov 11, 2012 Ruth rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: faith
I thought it was a very sweet story. Our plans don't always line up with what God knows we need. :)
I expected more from this book and kept wanting more details. It was kind of boring for me!
This book is quite good and very sweet although not one of my favorites by Janette Oke.
The book was an easy read. It is a good easy book for a weekend read.
It was cute but I had figured out how the book would end about halfway through.
Borrowed from public library.
Interesting ending. Cute. Quick read.
Sweet short story, a little on the predictable side, but still enoyable.
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Janette Oke writes with a profound simplicity of what she knows best—real life, honest love, and lasting values. With over 23 million in sales, her historical novels portray the lives of early North American settlers from many walks of life and geographical settings. She also writes engaging children's stories and inspiring gift books that warm the heart.

Janette was born during the depression year
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