My Rating: 4 Stars
A prequel novella to the POWER OF THE MATCHMAKER Series
Mystical . . . Beautiful . . . Romantic . . .
12 novels by 12 bestselling authors
Released once a month in 2016
Read the matchmaker’s story to find out where it all starts . . .
Li has been in love with Chen Zhu for years, and he with her. But when
the matchmaker arrives at the Zhu family home, she recommends another
village girl for Chen.
Heartbroken, Mae Li watches as Chen does
his duty by marrying another. Mae flees her village with the clothes on
her back and her only possession—a pearl embedded comb, given to her as a
goodbye gift from Chen Zhu.
Upon Mae’s arrival in Shanghai, she
quickly learns that she’ll starve within days unless she sells her
prized comb or joins a courtesan house. She goes to the Huangpu River
and promises the River God that she’ll always be selfless if he will
save her from becoming a prostitute . . . Her wish is granted when Ms.
Tan, the matchmaker of Shanghai, finds Mae. But Mae must completely
change her future and her name if she is to become the next matchmaker.
My Thoughts: I've been taking a class on Chinese religions, so when I found this novella up for review, I couldn't pass it up. I'm so glad I did, because the novella so well written and perfectly incorporated Chinese traditions and beliefs.
The novella prequels a series of books, each by book by a different author with one released each month of 2016. Now, since the other books are written by different people and are all set in different time periods, I don't know if the other books will be as good as this but I am interested in trying them none the less.
I received this book through I am a Reader, Not a Writers ebook review program in exchange for an honest review.