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Monday, December 8, 2008

Disrupting Harmony

Disrupting Harmony by Kara Lynn Russell
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Short
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 books
Review by Jasmine

Orchard Hill Residents – lock up your hearts!

Pansy Parker and Misty Green are rivals in romance. Each believes she is the town’s best matchmaker. Now, they’re going to settle the question for once and for all. They’re keeping track to see who can make the most matches in a year’s time.

No heart is safe in Orchard Hill – not even their own.

Harmony Solberg is happy with her quiet, orderly existence. Then, widower Joseph Velasquez and his brood of noisy children, teenagers, and pets, moves next door, shattering her peace. Against her will, she is drawn into the children’s lives. Soon she’s sewing Halloween costumes and helping out with the church’s fall harvest party.

Harmony realizes that she’d rather have a loud, chaotic life with Joseph and family than go back to her lonely old life, but Joseph doesn’t seem to think she’s cut out for it.

Will she be able to convince him, with a few tricks and maybe a treat or two?

Pansy Parker and Misty Green are back at it again: the matchmaking battle! It all started in the beginning of the year when both stated that they were the best matchmakers that Orchard Hill had ever seen. To prove their point they challenged each other to a battle: whoever makes the most number of matches within the year, they are the real matchmakers. In the last book in the series, Pansy finds a friend in Misty’s father and Misty finds one in Pansy’s son. Seeing that they were forming close relationships, Misty decided to hold out the olive branch and stop the competition before it affected their personal relationship. But Pansy was having none of it. She decided to go ahead and match a couple together. Her latest victims: Harmony and Joe.

Harmony Solberg is happy to live in her isolated house in Orchard Hill. She has left a difficult career, family and boyfriend behind and she is happy with her life. Until Joseph Velasquez and his brood of kids move in next door. Harmony first met Joseph when he was up on a ladder picking apples, and one of the twins that he raises upset the ladder and a rain of apples fell on Harmony who was standing underneath. And from then on she was not too keen on associating with the noisy Velasquez bunch. Now that they have moved next door, how can she avoid them?

Joseph Velasquez is still struggling to raise his children after the death of his wife. Added to that, his sister’s children, the terrible triplets, as they are not-so-fondly called, are also living with him. When his family moves next door to Harmony, he knows that trouble is sure to follow.

Once again Ms. Russell has managed to write a captivating story about two individuals that are so completely opposites of each other. I enjoyed this story as I was able to follow the lives of other couples whose stories have already been told. I enjoyed the antics of the triplets and the way Harmony tries to reform them as she teaches them manners and etiquette. The writing was fast paced and kept the story moving. The struggles of Harmony and Joseph are something that the average reader can relate to. I highly recommend this series and this author. And I am looking forward to the next battle between Misty and Pansy!