25 November 2016

To Move the World (Power of the Matchmaker) by Regina Sirois

To Move the World (Power of the Matchmaker) by Regina Sirois.
Audience/Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction.
Publication: October 1st 2016.
Eve Brannon never had to bother planning out her future. In the Yorkshire dales where life is harder, it is also simpler. Next in line to inherit her family's farm, she will raise another generation of children and sheep high in the uplands of England. Waiting until next year when she is 19 to marry her father's handsome hired hand, Alan, is the detail she added herself.

But in 1939 even the most stalwart corners of the world are vibrating with the tremors of change. Eve's long-anticipated proposal comes on the wings of losing Alan to the Royal Army and at the brink of the farm's profitable war years the sheep herd is decimated by a mysterious illness. With her steady future suddenly in the clutches of a capricious fate, Eve is introduced to Jonathon Doran, a land manager anxious to prove himself in a crisis, and she discovers that the solid earth beneath her feet is moving after all.

Reviewed by Kelly.

I’m not sure how I feel about the book. I suppose it may have more to do with the time or the location. I don’t understand some of the words and their meanings of people from that time. I had difficulty understanding some things. I would have to reread things before I got it. I suppose the feelings of an older teenager would think of love differently as well. I didn’t see the attachment she had. I also didn’t understand why she would end up doing the same thing the second time around. I wasn’t sure who she would choose in the end. I didn’t get to meet Miss Pearl until way later in the book.

Despite all those, I did like the story. I thought Theo was a hoot! She is a sassy friend to be sure. I liked Jonathon Doran and his family, even though his brother was a scoundrel!

If you like stories before the War, growing up, having to grow up early because you live on a farm, finding the right kind of love, heartbreak, then this might be for you.

Regina Sirois believes in a lot of things: running outside when it's raining, walking to the mailbox barefoot, banana popsicles on hot days, crisp, white sheets, and especially the power of words.

She identifies herself as a reader first and a writer second, and as such her loyalty lies with readers. She believes that a book should not just mildly entertain- it should change us.

She graduated summa cum laude from Missouri State's Departments of History and English and settled in the golden wheat fields of Kansas with her High School love. She is currently doing laundry (probably) and raising her two daughters. She fell in love the day she learned to read and cried the first time she did a word problem in math ("But it's not a problem..." sob, sob. "It's a story!").

In her debut novel, Sirois explores the many ways we get love wrong, and why, despite every disappointment, we keep fighting to get it right.

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