Celia is in desperate need of a change–a change of scenery, a change of pace, and a complete redo of all relationships. Not knowing what else to do, she opens a map, closes her eyes, and lets fate decide her future. Then she packs her meager belongings and buys a one-way ticket to a little town on the fringes of Oregon’s Deschutes National Forest called Sisters. She’s wanted a family for years. Will she find one in Sisters?
What Celia doesn’t plan to find is a strange Chinese woman whose meddling ways keep throwing her in the path of a handsome, but reserved, forest ranger. But no matter how kind or dependable Silas seems to be, there are some things in Celia’s past that neither of them can escape, and this time, the damage might be too much to mend.
Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.
She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.
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I consider Karey White to be a great writer and it is always a joy to read her books. Her characters are everyday people and they become friends as you turn the pages of the book.
Broken Things to Mend is the first book in the Matchmaker series, a series of stand-alone books that will debut each month in 2016 featuring Pearl, a Chinese matchmaker. If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read it for free – Amazon. This book features Pearl and Silas, the son of a couple that she matched.
Broken Things to Mend is centered around Silas and Celia. Celia has had a rough life, yet possesses wonderful giving qualities under all of her hurt. Each of the characters have their own hurdles to cross – Celia has her secrets that she is unwilling to share, and Silas has a stutter that shows itself when he nervous.
When Celia arrives in the little town of Sisters, she is taken in by Silas’ aunt and Nancy ends up playing a pivotal role in both of their lives.
When I first posted my review, I had not yet completed the book. Now that I have, I have a few things to add. The little town of Sisters is located in the shadow of three mountains, Faith, Hope, and Charity. This theme runs throughout the book and reminds us often that we need to have these three important components in our lives.
As we read the story, we see how each plays a pivotal role in the lives of Celia and Silas; and how we can let them take on a positive role or a negative role. It is a choice we make each day. I will say that this is a positive story, but both Celia and Silas still struggle with having Faith, choosing Hope, and accepting Charity. It is a lesson we can all learn from.
The story was a joy to read. It is not a fast-paced book, but one that meanders at a slower pace that does justice to its character’s traits. The book is a great beginning to the series which promises to be a good one.
Each book is a stand-alone story.
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