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O'er The River Liffey

(Power of the Matchmaker)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  684 ratings  ·  150 reviews
From the Power of the Matchmaker series:

Irish heiress Caroline Fulton knows this house party, ostensibly celebrating the victory of Waterloo, is really an audition: will she make a suitable wife? Her host, an English lord, has already won over her father, who’s determined to buy a title with Caroline’s dowry. She is far from taken with the baron, however, especially once s
Paperback, 300 pages
Published June 1st 2016 by Dunhaven Place Publishing
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Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
This is a beautiful story. It's a slower paced tale but I'm glad I stuck with it. Niall tells a lot of stories which slow the pace of the book down but I enjoyed his tales so it worked for me. Endearing characters. Another great Matchmaker book!

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3.5 stars

Niall Doherty is surprised when a woman calling herself Miss Pearl appears out of nowhere and tells him that his fate lies in Dublin. There he will meet the one who will make him the happiest of men. Niall scoffs. He has no money to go to Dublin since his father gambled away everything they had. Plus the bridge where he will supposedly meet this lady doesn't even exist yet! Instead of heading to Dublin, Niall takes a tutoring job in Donegal at Lord Bissell's home. Lord Bis
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was such a sweet story! I loved the characters. Caroline was such a good, kind person and I wish I were more like her. I also loved her friend Fiona. I liked the way they supported and loved each other. I also really enjoyed seeing their interactions with the two little boys in the story. Niall was a master storyteller. I loved reading the Irish tales he told. They added a unique aspect to the story.

This book is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series, so Miss Pearl was also in the story
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I usually enjoy a good Regency, but this one moved a little too slowly with not enough character development and too much mundane narration and conversation. I'd say it has an overall vibe of pleasantness, with Caroline as the consummate beauty in a perpetual good mood, her sidekick friend always willing to giggle at her little remarks, and Niall overcome by all her goodness. They are immediately attracted to each others physical appearance, develop a very proper and polite friendship, and bemo ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Here is another book in the Power of the Matchmaker series. I love this series because each book is so different as they are written by different authors but they carry a common thread that ties them all together. Each book is meant to stand on it's own which is awesome because you can read these books in any order, at any time. My only suggestion would be to read the prequel novella to understand the common thread of Miss Pearl, the matchmaker.

This book has a more sedate pace to it. It is gentl
Regan Walker
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency, irish
Irish Girl Saved From an Arranged Marriage to an English Lord

If you are a fan of the Irish tales and mythology, you will enjoy this story. The hero, a man who was raised to be a gentleman but now tutors a baron’s younger brothers because his family fell on hard times, tells many throughout the book.

Set in 1815, this is the story of Caroline Fulton, an Irish girl whose father, a man of self-made money, wants her to marry a man with a title. But the English baron he has in mind is old and not to C
Kellyn Roth
Not so good. It wasn't a bad story overall, and I enjoyed the Irish mythology, but there were quite a few problems.

1: insta-love & physical attraction being the main reasons for the hero/heroine's romance.

2: mysterious moans in the night that no one but the heroine can hear.

3: mysterious moans in the night that wouldn't have reached the house through closed windows because they were coming from some distance AND (view spoiler)

4: bas
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I love a good story. What I found in this book is a good story that has a character who can spin a great story. I loved the Irish way of tellin' tales about the rich folklore and history.

The story has some fantastic characters. I would say that Niall Doherty was my favorite. He is the storyteller. He is also a man who has been a victim of circumstance who continues to thrive in spite of his circumstances. I loved the strength of his character and his patience and understanding with everyone, the
Julie Carpenter
This was a sweet clean romance novel that took place in 1815/1816 at a country house party in Ireland. Niall Doherty has lost his inheritance, his home, his father and his plans for his future. He is returning home to Ireland after a tour of Europe with his Professor to become a tutor for a couple young boys. His path crosses with a couple French soldiers trying to avoid returning to France. They become friends and Niall is about to share an Irish story with them on their last night together. In ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Another too much unrealistic historical romance, as for me. As I wrote it before, in another review, I would have forgiven many historical errors (in manners and so on) if the story had gripped me. But it didn't. After 1/5 of the book I had enough. There is too much better books to wasting time for those which didn't speak to me at all.

[Fortunately, I got it for free on Amazon, about two weeks ago.]
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
A sweet Irish matchmaking!!

~~~I received an ARC of O’er the River Liffey by Heidi Ashworth for an honest review!~~~

This book is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series, but can stand alone easily. Each book in this series is written by a different author with one minor character, Pearl, included in all the books. Pearl's story is the prelude to this series and I would recommend reading it prior to any books in this series.

Heidi Ashworth has done a lovely job of penning the tale of Caroline F
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is another installment in the Matchmaker series! I have enjoyed each of these books so far. This one moves at a slower pace but I still enjoyed it. Pearl, the matchmaker, makes a few very short appearances (each consisting of a few paragraphs) at various parts of the book. She felt like more of a random character than the driving force behind bringing this couple together.

Caroline and her father, along with her friend Fiona, travel to the home of a baron. Her father is hoping for a marriage
Brooke -Brooke's Books
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another great story in the Power of the Matchmaker series. This one doesn't have as much of Miss Pearl as some of the others.

This book was very touching, and filled with Irish stories. Caroline is a daughter of new wealth, but her father wants her to have a title. He finds an older titled man, in need of money. Caroline, and her best friend Fiona, along with her father travel to a house party, to meet the possible intended. He is not at all what Caroline wants, in fact the gentleman tutor is more to her liking . He was a born a titled gentleman, whose father died, after playing cards, and loosing all. The story is del ...more
I’m beginning to think that Georgette Heyer has spoiled regency era romances for me permanently. I probably will never be able to pick one up and not compare it to Cotillion or Frederica.

It’s the typical scenario, as many romance novels go. Boy meets girl; they fall in love. There are lots of flirting and eye-gazing. Conflict enters in the form of class differences. She’s a rich heiress and he’s an impoverished gentleman. Her father’s in search of a title for his daughter and the love interest
I loved that this installment in the Power of the Matchmaker series was set in Ireland. This is a great story with a steady pace and main characters so nice that you want to keep reading to see what happens to them. I love how Niall shares his Irish fairy tales with such ease and enchantment and how he treats his rascally charges with kind firmness. I also liked how Caroline is intelligent and kind and non-assuming in spite of her wealth and her bear of a father. With a little bit of danger and ...more
Jun 02, 2016 added it
Shelves: clean-romances
Just couldn't get into this. Tired of cookie cutter characters and don't like the whole matchmaker idea. I have disliked almost all of these. Read half. ...more
May 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Plot: "O'er The River Liffey" is a romance novel featuring Niall Doherty, a handsome young Irishman with an interesting past and Caroline Fulton, a young eligible heiress. The novel is set in Ireland in 1815. Mr. Fulton takes his daughter to a house party hoping that she will marry a title. Caroline, however, is more interested in the young tutor working at the estate.
I liked the mystery element to the plot, which made it a lot less predictable.
I really liked the setting of the story, which remi
Dec 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
This is a very sad story that ends happily but after many years. I loved the writing. The scenery that the author put us in was easily seen in my head and I longed to go there. The characters are relatable.

Caroline has only a father left. He has made his money and is determined to find his daughter a husband with a title. Caroline is okay with that. She loves her father. But when she gets to the home of the possible future husband, she meets his brothers tutor. He is well mannered and kind and
 The Flipped Page (Susan K)
This was a wonderful read. Miss Pearl didn't play as big of a role in this as she did in many of the other novels in this series. For me that was fine, I really did love Caro and Niall's story. It was a perfect portrait of their moments. I loved how perceptive the children were. The other side characters weren't as much a part of the story, although I loved how they all contributed. It was really being inside the minds and hearts of Caro and Niall. Their kindness, genuine tender feelings, their ...more
Sam B
3.5 stars

I received this ebook through ebooksforreview in exchange for an honest review.

This book is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series. The story in general was pretty good, the characters were likable and the setting was beautiful, but there were a few things that brought down the rating for me.

First, I was really deceived about Pearl's appearance. She was only featured twice and both time said about a sentence before leaving. I really like Pearl! She's the link between all of these bo
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Niall Doherty is intelligent, kind and Irish. He is also a master story teller, but there is little hope of him getting his own happy ending. As tutor to Lord Bissell’s two younger half-brothers he meets Caroline Fulton when she comes to the baron's house party as a possible suitor for Lord Bissell. She has the wealth that Lord Bissell needs and Lord Bissell has the title that her father is determined that she marry.

It had been foretold (by Pearl, the Matchmaker, of course) that Niall would meet
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was given a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review. Niall has a tutoring job in Donegal. He is sad because it will be unlikely that he will find a wife. Out of the shadows a woman tells Niall that it is in Dublin that he will find the One on a metal bridge that spans the River Liffey. Miss Pearl doesn't see it clearly, but she has blue eyes and her name begins with an L. Caroline and her father are visiting Lord Bissell. Her father wants her to marry him. When she meets Lord ...more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet regency. I love the main characters, Niall and Caroline, and enjoyed the Irish folk tales and the poems masterfully intermixed with the story. I'd classify the pace of the book much more a sweet ballad than a vigorous jig. The story is not a romp, all silliness and jokes, nor a lust-fest. It is a true romance, where two people are immediately attracted to each other and then discover many things in common and develop deep and lasting feelings for each other. That love motivates them ...more
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a fun weekend read! If you love witty, adventure filled, clean reading romance novels this is a great one. I love Heidi Ashworth's other books and this one doesn't disappoint. This book has it all; the classic yet impossible love story, fun witty characters and adventure. I love how the characters seem to find themselves as the story progresses. I also love how the heroine of the story is a strong and bold female. She is independent, compassionate and can make her own decisions. All in all ...more
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Delightful book that honestly took me longer to read than most books the same size. I believe the reason is just like eating a seven course gourmet meal ~ one takes their time savoring every bite of every course, much of which is a new experience. Heidi has a delightful way of infusing all kinds of interesting 'flavors' in this literary meal through the description of wearing apparel, furnishings , proper etiquette, landscapes etc.
Definitely ......waiting patiently for the
next creation Heidi '
Lisa Mason
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a part of the Power of the Matchmaker series, O'er the River Liffey was one of the best yet! I absolutely adored the Irish setting and characters. This story truly illustrates that love manifests on its own and sometimes we can control its outcome when we listen to our heart (and matchmaker lady!!!!). I almost believed that love would not pull through for Niall and Caroline.....the author did a fine job of playing with my emotions! Such a fun read! ...more
Nancy Runyan
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Love the attention to detail and characters.
Rosanne Lortz
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
After Niall Doherty's father loses the family fortune, Niall is forced to rely on his professor's generosity to finish his studies, and his reduced circumstances compel him to take a post as a tutor to two mischievous young lads at an estate in Ireland. On his way there, a mysterious matchmaker promises that he will meet his true love on the bridge o'er the River Liffey. At his new post, Niall is in the awkward position of being neither servant nor gentleman. But when a house party thrown by his ...more
Jeanne Johnston
I don't know if it was the stilted, overly flowery dialogue or the Irish angle in particular that bothered me but something about this annoyed the crap out of me. Maybe it's that for a culture known for being colorful and passionate, these people were so painfully proper and dull. Maybe it was he labored way to convey their Irish-ness (I've read some stories with Scots that me, too, but I'm sure I'm more forgiving because I relate to them and attempts to convey the burr aren't as annoying).

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Award-winning, best-selling author Heidi Ashworth lives with her husband and three children in the San Francisco Bay Area. She writes sweet, traditional, Regency-era romance, romantic comedy, and mystery. She is the author of the Miss Delacourt series, published by Montlake Romance. The third book in The Lord Trevelin Mysteries releases October 2019.

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