A girl coming of age and falling in love... The Reformer by Jaima Fixsen (Review)

The Reformer
(Power of the Matchmaker)
by Jaima Fixsen
Adult Historical Romance
ebook, 256 Pages
December 1st 2016


Love at first sight...

Mary Buchanan has bigger worries than the radical journalist next door who’s spoiling her father’s digestion: unrequited love for a footman, a fractious aunt, patiently awaiting her destiny… She’s certain he’ll be handsome.

Then she meets the reformer, journalist Samuel Brown. Destiny is closer at hand than Mary has supposed—if she can just get Mr. Brown to realize it.

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My Review

THE REFORMER was a coming-of-age story about a girl who thinks she has fallen in love at first sight and finds that love and life are more complicated than she ever imagined. Throw in an avid imagination, being sequestered for most of her life, a controlling father and aunt, and a country at turmoil trying to reform the government and laws, and you have quite a story. With all that, it was well balanced with fabulous characters and a slowly-building romance. An enjoyable story with little surprises and tension that continually made things interesting. Would definitely recommend to historical romance readers.

I loved that the heroine, Mary, begins this story as a naive, hopeless girl, and ends it as a woman who has evolved over several months. She understands that her hopes and dreams have changed, that she has changed. That was probably my favorite aspect of this story. Well, except maybe for one of the men and the way he becomes a friend and then possibly something more. The last scene was very swoon-worthy and heartbreakingly sweet. I also loved Mary's neighbor, who I didn't recognize as Miss Pearl for a long time (it's like I forgot about her as being the Matchmaker because she was so well woven into the story).

I thought it was interesting to read a story set during England's political struggles of the time. The only other romance I've read that is even close to this time period would be North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (a dear favorite book of mine), but this was much more involved in a lot of ways being set in London. The heroine gets some first-hand knowledge of the struggle and plays a unique role in things as well, especially for a woman for the time period. It cast a unique twist on the story.

In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes! This was a little more sensual in parts than the other books in this series, but so many aspects of this story brought out all the feels. I loved the characters (even when I was frustrated with them) and loved the story!

Content: Some innuendo and mature subject matter, but clean.

Source: Received a complimentary copy from ebooksforreview.com, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

Other Books in the Series

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The Power Of the Matchmaker is multi-author project consisting of 12 stand alone novels from 12 different bestselling authors in 12 months. All books are separate from each other except they feature one reoccurring character, a magical matchmaker named Pearl. Since Pearl is magical, she lives for hundreds of years and roams the entire world helping people find their perfect matches. The books in this series are twelve of Pearl's matchmaking stories. They will vary in genre, but they will all have one thing in common: Pearl will be doing whatever it takes to make two people fall in love.

Power of the MatchmakerBroken Things to Mend (Power of the Matchmaker)Not Always Happenstance (Power of the Matchmaker)King of the Friend Zone
If We Were a MovieChasing Fireflies (Power of the Matchmaker)Four Chambers
O'er The River LiffeyTo Move the WorldHow I Met Your Brother (Power of the Matchmaker) by [Rallison, Janette]
(Linked to my reviews for the books I've read or Amazon or Goodreads.)

Have you read any of these from the series or any of these authors? Any favorites?

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