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The Reformer

(Power of the Matchmaker)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Love at first sight...

A charming tale, told beautifully" by the author of Amazon bestseller Fairchild.

Mary Buchanan has little to fill her life besides soothing her father's monumental temper and fetching pills for her aunt. Things only get worse when a radical journalist takes the house next door and ruins her father's digestion. Clearly, Mr. Samuel Brown will be
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published December 1st 2016
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Katie W
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Each book in this series can stand alone, although I recommend reading the very first book to get a feel for who the matchmaker is and how she came to be.

Mary is an oppressed young woman, living with her doctor father and his sister. She is very stifled and a chance meeting with a handsome neighbor opens her eyes to life and causes her to start to spread her wings--in a rebellious way. Samuel is a reformer and that's very attractive to Mary. His best friend, Neil, and another neighbor, Mrs. Chin
Julie Carpenter
This novel is the final book in the Power of the Matchmaker series. It has been such a fun series and I'm sad to say goodbye to Miss Pearl(the matchmaker and the one character who ties the series together), she has been fun to read about. Each author was able to portray her in their own way and give her however much page time they wanted, some more than others. But in all the books she was a fun, witty, sassy and great advocate for true love. If you haven't ventured into any books in this ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Another favorite from the Power of the Matchmaker series, and a new-to-me author discovered! I really enjoyed the writing style, the way the author protrayed the mundane and repressed life of Mary without it being boring, and her transformation into somewhat of a rebel. Mary's one passion she is allowed to have is drawing, and the descriptions of the caricatures she draws of those around her reveal a wry and cynical part of her personality, which make some of her later choices understandable. ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I'm so sad that we've reached the end of the Power of the Matchmaker series. What a fun adventure it has been. I have loved reading these books, all from different authors, that span the ages from contemporary to regency. Each book stands alone and you can read them in any order. They all share one common character- the matchmaker Pearl, who we meet in the novella that set this whole series in motion. I would recommend reading that book first before you begin this series, if you haven't already. ...more
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
This is the final book of the Matchmaker series. I have read all the Matchmaker books and have loved most of them. I love that this series has not been "cookie-cutter" at all! The Reformer was set in the 1830's in England. Mary Buchanan leads a very suppressed and sheltered life while she keeps hoping for destiny to change that. When political reformer Samuel Brown moves in next door, Mary's life is destined to change. And when Samuel's best friend, Neil Murray, shows up trying to discourage her ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To say Mary Buchanan leads a boring life could be considered somewhat of an understatement. She spends her days trying to keep her father's temperament in check and fetching powders or laudanum for her Aunt Yates' migraines and other 'ailments'. At almost 18 years old she hasn't had a season and doesn't seem to have any type of social life unless you count attending church. Although her father seems to be a busy and well respected doctor the family seems to live quite frugally, if the ...more
(4.5 stars) Mary's home life is tough. She's 17 years old, lonely and bored. Her mother died some years ago, and neither her father nor aunt will talk about her. She feels like she's tolerated rather than loved. Her political leanings are different than her father's but she keeps her opinions to herself to keep the peace in her home. Life gets more interesting for her when Samuel Brown, a reformer who writes for the Times, moves in next door. The more she learns about him, the more she knows he ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I have enjoyed my time with Pearl, a Chinese matchmaker who has a gift in bringing couples together. I am sad to see this series come to an end, but the books will still be there for me to read when I need a matchmaker fix.

This story focuses on Mary. She is the daughter of a prominent Doctor. She is sheltered an not allowed to do things that interest or enlighten her. Her father is against the English Reformation. He is very old fashioned, particularly where his daughter is concerned.

They have a
Brooke -Brooke's Books
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Has more mature content than some of the other Power of the Matchmakers.

Pat Hathaway
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Seventeen year old Mary Buchanan lives with her father, Dr. Sidney Buchanan, and his sister (her Aunt), Mrs. Susan Yates. Aunt Yatess favorite hobby is suffering (I love that line. LOL), and her favorite companion is her own ill- health. Dr. Buchanan is dead set on any kind of reform. You can imagine his distress when Mr. Samuel Brown, a reformer and writer for the Times, moves in right next door. It is the worst thing to happen to the neighborhood since an Oriental, Mrs. Chin, moved into the ...more
Amy Koster
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
When I first started reading The Reformer I had no idea it was part of the Power of Matchmaker series. I had also never read anything from Jaima Fixsen before. I was very excited to read this story as I love anything in Historical England.
The book takes place in 1830 England. At that time the country and people wanted a change. Mary Buchanan had a less than meaningful life. She occupied her time helping her ailing aunt, agreeing with her politically opinionated doctor father, and her love of
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I had a harder time getting into this book and never really connected with the characters. Marys life is very sheltered and her father and aunt do not treat her well. I felt for her, and liked seeing her grow and find her self-confidence, but never felt invested in her story. I didnt feel like I ever got to know Samuel, beyond his passion for the reform movement. Niall annoyed me in the beginning, but grew on me as the book went on. I did like the way things ended.

The romantic relationships are
Tori (Book Chick)
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was part of the Power of the Matchmaker series. However, it can stand alone.
Honestly, I had a really hard time getting in to this book. I missed seeing more of Miss Pearl- who appears in all of the Matchmaker books. I also never really connected with the characters.
I'm giving it 3 stars because the 1830's setting was neat and I think the historical aspect of the book was interesting. Overall, not my favorite of the series. It was just ok for me.
So this book was fascinating. Yes, it's a great romance, with an unexpected plot that takes place during the political chaos of 1830's England during the reformation period. Also, it's #12 in the Power of the Matchmaker series so our beloved Ms. Pearl is present and stirring things up as usual.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Between 3 1/2 and 4.

I enjoyed this story. It took me some chapters to get used to the voice, it wasn't my favorite.

It's a well researched historical and the main character went through some growth. I also liked the scenes with Pearl.
Rachael Anderson
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Jaima's smart and witty style. Her books are always well researched, her characters unique and real, and her language beautiful. A wonderful finale to the Power of the Matchmaker series.
For the most part, I enjoyed The Reformer by Jaima Fixsen. Mary is young, naive, and impressionable at the beginning of the book. She has a deplorable home life with a distant angry father and a hypochondriac aunt who rules the house with an iron fist. But with the help of the cook and a maid, Mary finds her freedom in occasional outings and in her talent with drawing. When she fixates on the reformer, Mr. Samuel Brown, who moves in next door and also becomes friends with another new neighbor, ...more
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Mary lives a life that would definitely make anyone dream for release! Her father and aunt are less than loving in a world of reform and politics. Mary finds the new neighbor Mr Samuel Brown, a journalist, attractive and appealing. Her father is not on the same political stand as Mr Brown and Mary wants to know what makes Mr Brown tick. So with her drawing talent, she finds a way into his world by drawing cartoons to match his articles in the "other newspaper". Her Papa would definitely not ...more
Sam B
3.5 stars

I received this ebook through ebooksforreview.

This is the last installment of the Power of the Matchmaker series.
We bid Miss Pearl goodbye...

This one wasn't my favorite in the series, but was still good. The British reform isn't necessarily my favorite time period, though I learned a lot about it reading this book. It was very liberal and political, but the story still intrigued me.

Mary was hard for me to like. She is very stubborn and disobeys her father and aunt on multiple
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved it!

This a timeless, well researcher historical coming of age page turner that kept me up late reading into the night. Through (our heroine) Mary Buchanan's rebellion from her aunt and father her eyes are opened more to the English world around her, to relationships and to herself. It really is a delightful read. Mary's character is so endearing that you want to be her best friend and your heart is right with her through her escapades.

Regency romance purists, this story is about the
 Mummy Cat Claire
I recently switched phones and I lost a number of books and the notes that went with them. Sadly, this book was apart of my sad tragedy with my books. I will do my best to review.

This book is the last book in the Power of the Matchmaker series. It can be read as part of the series or as a stand alone.

Mary Buchanan is a young woman who lives with her father and aunt. She is a secluded being and doesn't leave her London home much.
Samuel Brown is an out spoken political reformer who moves in next
Author Jaima Fixsen has written a delightful and engaging story in The Reformer. I thoroughly enjoyed this story that takes place in England during the time of the reform. Filled with charming characters, including the spunky and opinionated Mary Buchanan, who becomes politically with the man next door. He writes political articles for the newspaper and she draws political cartoons to go along with his articles. Although this is a historical romance novel, there was not as much romance in the ...more
Maureen Timerman
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
This is the final book in the matchmaker series, and I have enjoyed reading them all, all different and yet based on the same premise.
We are back in the 1830s in merry old England, only its not merry at all, a lot chaos going on, and our girl Mary behind a pseudonym hides her art. A very controversial art, political cartoons, and we end up having a writer next door that writes for the paper. A match made in heaven?
What a great historical look at the political unrest at this period of time in
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mary loves to escape her complaining Aunt, her absent father, and her boring London life by walks outside. When she gets caught in a downpour and the house is locked up, Samuel, her controversial new neighbor, invites her into his home to get dried off and warm. This book in the Matchmaker series is WONDERFUL! The characters are likable and the historical aspects are fascinating.
Katey Thompson
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The start of this book was very strong, and while I was eager to keep reading and finish the story, this one did not have the same charm on each page that I have come to expect with this author that keeps me delighted to the very end. Still a good book, but I prefer her other ones more. Was expecting to give it a five, wanted to, but can only give it a generous four.
Dawn Pearson
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Reformer is much more than a simple, shallow romance. You either "get it" or you don't. In my mind, it approaches real literature with its layers within the story.

First, you have the real history that's going on in England. At the end, the author gives a recap of the actual events that she used in the storyline. As someone who appreciates history, I found this fascinating.

Second, you have the characters. Each character has a "story to tell." Each character grows and develops. For example,
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
This is my second book in the Power of the Matchmaker series (I previously read To Move the World). It's quite surprising how the two books seem so similar in quality yet are written by two different authors.

The setting is 1830s in London as the government is on the brink of change with Samuel (a journalist reformer), his best friend Neil (an engineer and a helper to the reformist movement), and Mary (a young fearful woman trapped in her own home who is a talented sketcher) as the main
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
She was quite alone, a shadow who watched and sketched. Miss Mary Buchanan has been sheltered and secluded from society. Raised by her Aunt Yates and her father, this little brown house sparrow is naïve and coddled. She simply desires to help and serve and be loved. His grief was to her advantage. It gave her more time to grow up, educate herself, and study how to make herself useful to him. Her courage and determination propel her to make life changing, completely unsuitable choices. I really ...more
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
The Reformer by Jaima Fixsen is set in London, England in 1830, during the time that reforms were beginning to take place to protect poor laborers. Mary Buchanan is a 19 year old girl who has been brought up by her father and aunt and has been extremely sheltered throughout her life. When a newspaper journalist from the liberal London Times moves in next door, Mary begins to come out of her shell and begins defying her father by getting to know her neighbors, reading the Times and educating ...more
Each book in the Power of the Matchmaker series is a stand-alone read. There is no order in which to read them but like your favourite snacking treat, while you reach for one to have just a taste, you'll find yourself going back for more and more until you've finished them all.

This is the first book I have read by Jaima Fixsen and I really enjoyed it from start to finish so I will certainly read more in the future. I was given this ebook in exchange for an honest review and here it is:
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