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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Sensible Match by Teryl Cartwright

A Sensible Match by Teryl Cartwright
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Genre: Historical, Inspirational
Length: Full Length (276 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Poinsettia

Abby’s parents want her to marry a man she’s never met. But how can Abby marry someone who’s secretly insulted her? The only solution is to make sure he doesn’t propose. After all, Abby knows the only sensible match is a love match.
Everyone believes that Abby and Edwin’s marriage is sensible, everyone except Abby and Edwin.

Abby lives in the shadow of her younger sister, Constance. Though both women are reasonably attractive, Abby is very shy and has never been very popular with the young men of her village. In contrast, Constance is flirtatious and the center of attention wherever she goes. Abby’s mother decides that Abby will never find a husband on her own, so she arranges a match with Edwin, the son of an old friend. Abby is mortified at the thought of having an arranged marriage and decides she won’t have to marry Edwin if he never proposes. She endeavors to drive Edwin away, but isn’t entirely successful.

Edwin, as the youngest son, won’t inherit the family estate, but will serve as a vicar in a country church. Since he is to take over the church in Abby’s village, his mother decides a marriage with Abby will be perfect. Like Abby, Edwin isn’t thrilled with the prospect of an arranged marriage, but he agrees to at least meet Abby. When Abby and Edwin meet, neither are what the other expected. As they spend more time together, they find they have more in common then they first imagined. Just as they begin to fall in love, tragedy strikes both families in very different ways. Will Abby and Edwin trust in God’s plan for them, or will they let pride tear them apart forever?

Abby is a wonderful heroine. As the older daughter, Abby is torn between fulfilling her own wishes, living up to her parents’ expectations, and discerning God’s plan for her life. If that weren’t enough, she also feels responsible for her younger sister and tries hard to set a good example. While Abby isn’t facing a war or anything on such a large scale, her problems are very real. I feel that Abby’s struggle to balance all the facets of her life and solve her everyday problems make her a very relatable character. Abby was also a very shy woman, but this should not be mistaken for weakness. Though Abby is awkward in social situations, she displays enormous amounts of courage and strength when the people she loves need her.

Edwin is a very solid hero. Like Abby, he is loyal to his friends and family. Though his family decided that he was to become a vicar, he genuinely feels that he has a calling to serve God in that way. He isn’t simply looking for a comfortable situation. His desire to do God’s work is sincere. Though Edwin is eager to serve God, he isn’t so eager to marry Abby as everyone seems to expect. Edwin had preconceived notions of what Abby would be like, but she is nothing like he imagined. Will Edwin get to know who Abby really is, or will he let his pride stop him from discovering the love Abby has to offer?

I really enjoyed reading A Sensible Match. When the story ended, I felt as if I knew all the characters, and I was sad to leave them behind. I highly recommend A Sensible Match to anyone who loves a sweet historical romance filled with interesting and very relatable characters.