Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The Matchmaker of Kenmare is the perfect reading addition to any reader’s bookshelf!
Kate Begley came from a line of matchmakers. It takes some skill to be a matchmaker and Kate is a natural. Kate is known as the Matchmaker of Kenmare. Kate is a little flighty but she has lots of personality and people just become drawn to her like a moth to a flame.
Ben McCarthy from Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show has returned as the narrator in this book. When Ben first met Kate, he had come to write a story about matchmaking. Ben worked for the Folklore Commission. As Ben gets to know Kate, he becomes intrigued by her. They soon form a friendship.
When Kate meets the dashing, Charles Miller, an American solider in the Army, she and Charles share feelings towards each other. They marry. Charles role in the Army takes him all over Europe. Kate worries about Charles and convinces Ben to travel with her to find Charles.
You could read The Matchmaker of Kenmare as a stand alone novel, but to really appreciate this book and the characters, I would suggest reading Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show. In the beginning there are past memories of events that Ben makes mention of that transpired in the prior novel. Ben makes a few references comparing Kate to his lost wife, Venetia. I could tell that the years have been hard on Ben as he was narrating the story. It was nice though to get to see a glimpse of the old Ben. I give credit to Kate for this. Mr. Delaney is a prolific writer. He really knows how to bring the story and characters to life. The Matchmaker of Kenmare is the perfect reading addition to any reader’s bookshelf!