Do you love Christian Historical Fiction? Does a London setting of 1881 sound just about perfect? And if the story is part of a trilogy, isn’t that even better? If you answered ‘yes’ to any or all of these questions, I know just the book for you! “The Artful Match” was written by Jennifer Delamere and published by Bethany House in the spring of 2019. It is the third book in a favorite series of mine, “London Beginnings”, and tells the story of the youngest of three sisters as she finds her way in the world, and discovers romance at the same time. A continuing saga in all three stories is also tied up as we finally discover once and for all what happened when the girls’ father disappeared so many years ago.
“The Artful Match” tells the story of Cara Bernay as a terrible accident restructures her entire future. Finding herself alone in London, Cara decides it’s now or never to begin following her dream of becoming a full-fledged artist – but this path isn’t without some extremely difficult decisions along the way. In fact, I was quite surprised at some of the choices she (and several other characters) made, a handful of them being what I consider inappropriate. For me this was a slight downfall to the story, as I didn’t find it to be quite as ‘squeaky-clean’ as the previous two stories.
Overall this third installment in one of my much-loved series of recent years was a satisfying conclusion. No, it was not personally my favorite of the three, perhaps because I could never quite identify with Cara, her choices, and her personality (I am more like the two older sisters, I suppose!). However this does not take away from my overall enjoyment of this good, mostly wholesome story with a delightful setting, strong characters, and a sweet conclusion to the entire series. I do recommend reading “The Captain’s Daughter” and “The Heart’s Appeal” before this one, to fully understand all the backstory of the sisters, but this is not required to enjoy “The Artful Match” on its own.
“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”