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Reviewed by Lori Fox
"Mangum has created a character so engaging and endearing that her personality continues to shine long after you close the book."
Laurie Holbrook has always known she wouldn't marry. She wants it that way, but just because she doesn't intend to get married doesn't mean she doesn't think everyone else should. After successfully setting her sister up, and her single's pastor with her overly punctual co-worker, she's looking for a new challenge.
With her new accomplices (her co-worker's cute brother and her new pretty co-worker) in tow, Laurie sets out on a matchmaking marathon second to none. Unfortunately for her little helpers, she's determined to make one of them the next match.
In the midst of all of this matchmaking Laurie's widowed father has decided that being alone is not the way to live, and is determined to find his own match---something Laurie never expected and isn't sure she likes. Weddings, proposals, and babies are surrounding her, and now she isn't sure that the single life is the one she wants either.
It's not easy to describe a book that's so heavily character based, the plot consisting mostly of Lauren Holbrook's plans and how they don't always mesh with God's (and guess who's plans win?). Whether your plans often include matchmaking doesn't really matter. Most of us can see a little of ourselves in Laurie. Of course, if you believe that you've been called by God to introduce certain people to other specific people under controlled circumstances, you really will find something here that will speak to you.
Laurie is definitely the most unique character I've ever had the blessing to "meet". She's actually named her pillowcase and comforter Walter and Opal. I kid you not. This coffee guzzling, chocolate munching, modern day Yenta will tug at your heart---and everyone else's.
ReMatch is Erynn Mangum's second novel. While she does a good job of conveying important information from her previous book, Miss Match, I recommend reading the first before reading ReMatch. Just like the rest of us, Laurie's past experiences fuel the decisions she makes now. It makes her more complex, and while ReMatch can be enjoyed alone, reading MissMatch first will enhance your experience.
Mangum has created a character so engaging and endearing that her personality continues to shine long after you close the book. When you're looking for a fun read with a heroine like no other, look no further than MissMatch and ReMatch.
Lori Fox is a freelance writer who is working on her first novel as well as writing reviews for TitleTrakk.com. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, making jewelry, and taking as many trips to Walt Disney World as possible with her wonderful husband Kyle. Visit her online at her website.