About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Saturday, February 19, 2022

An Undaunted Matchmaker by Anne Greene

An Undaunted Matchmaker

Not everything that glitters is gold in California gold rush country. Eve Molloy passionately imports six young ladies from the San Francisco Hibernia Orphanage to Eureka, California, to meet the loves of their lives. But Eve refuses to prospect that gold mine herself. Eve is determined to return to the orphanage and bring six more young ladies waiting their turn to match with a husband.

Problem is, Eve travelled to the gold rush boomtown expecting to link up with her uncle who financed her trip. But robbers murder Eve’s uncle, which leaves her penniless and stranded in the woman-hungry town. 

Rafe Riley, a wealthy mortician, fights to overcome the galaxy of males desiring to marry Eve. But the independent Irish matchmaker has no desire to lose her freedom and hates the mortuary business. She prefers working a gold mining claim.

Does the Ultimate Matchmaker have a different plan for Eve?


An Undaunted Matchmaker is a lovely novella that is set in 1850, as Eve Molloy finds herself alone in Eureka, California, robbed of her possessions, and needing to get back to San Francisco. Eve is stunning in appearance, but her inner beauty is even more alluring, because she has made it her mission to find suitable husbands for the young girls who are no longer permitted to live at the Hibernia Orphanage. Eve herself was an orphan there, and she fully understands the danger that unmarried eighteen-year-old girls face. Rafe Riley is the mortician in Eureka, and he is immediately smitten with Eve, but sadly, she's isn't as impressed with him. Oh, yes, he is good looking and seems to be very kind, but he touches dead bodies! Will Mr. Riley be able to convince this Matchmaker from San Francisco that he is the perfect match for her?

I was immersed in this story immediately, and I found myself smiling at Eve's determination to resist Rafe's charms. It's apparent that they truly are meant to be together, and it's obvious that he is everything she wants in a husband. He is handsome, he has a comfortable living, and best of all, he is a Christian man who values her and the beliefs that she holds dear. If she can just forget the way he makes his living! (Since my husband has been a funeral director, I was especially drawn to this part of the plot). 

Anne Greene has a knack for creating intriguing characters, placing them in exciting adventures, and including interesting historical details of the time and place. Panning for gold in this Gold Rush country is a big part of this story, and Greene perfectly describes the people and the lust and greed that can sometimes overtake men. She also shares how God and faith can help all of us overcome our desires.

An Undaunted Matchmaker
is a captivating story with adventure, love, and a powerful faith message. I recommend it to all who enjoy historical Christian romance.

I received a copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation of a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Anne’s home is in the quaint antiquing town of McKinney, Texas, just a few miles north of Dallas. Her husband is a retired Colonel, Army Special Forces. Her little gold and white Shih Tzu, Lily Valentine, shares her writing space, curled at her feet. She has four beautiful, talented children, and eight grandchildren who keep her on her toes and running.

Besides her first love, writing, she enjoys travel, art, reading, and way too many other things to mention. Life is good. Whether writing contemporary or historical, her books celebrate the abundant life.

Anne loves writing about alpha heroes who aren’t afraid to fall on their knees in prayer, and about gutsy heroines. Her suspense novel, Shadow of the Dagger, is the first book in her CIA Series. Her Women of Courage series spotlights heroic women of World War II, first book, Angel with Steel Wings. Her Holly Garden Private Investigating series blasts off with Red is for Rookie. Enjoy her award-winning Scottish historical romances, Masquerade Marriage and Marriage by ArrangementAnne hopes her stories transport you to awesome new worlds and touch your heart. She is the author of over thirty published books!

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