Wednesday, December 21, 2016

REVIEW: To Move The World (Power Of The Matchmaker) By Regina Sirois

Eve Brannon never had to bother planning out her future. In the 

Yorkshire dales where life is harder, it is also simpler. Next 

in line to inherit her family’s farm, she will raise another 

generation of children and sheep high in the uplands of England. 

Waiting until next year when she is 19 to marry her father’s 

handsome hired hand, Alan, is the detail she added herself.

But in 1939 even the most stalwart corners of the world are 

vibrating with the tremors of change. Eve’s long-anticipated 

proposal comes on the wings of losing Alan to the Royal Army and 

at the brink of the farm’s profitable war years the sheep herd 

is decimated by a mysterious illness. With her steady future 

suddenly in the clutches of a capricious fate, Eve is introduced 

to Jonathon Doran, a land manager anxious to prove himself in a 

crisis, and she discovers that the solid earth beneath her feet 

is moving after all.

As someone who was raised around and on farms and ranches I 

loved how different this book was from the other power of the 

matchmaker books.Giving a different prespective and adding a 

sweet farm girl lifestyle where you also have to be grown up at 

a young age as there is much to do. Loved this book.

This book was a very different read from the other books in 

series, from the completely different era set in the early dawn 

of WWII in the English hills on a sheep farm, to a personal 

journal style recounting of events.

Eve is what I would expect of her character, but the more you 

get a look into the inner workings of her rather complex mind, 

the more you discover there is so much more to her than just an 

English farm girl. She has this soft, yet very strong-willed 

personality, set in an era where woman don’t always have the 

luxury of having an own opinion and say in every matter. She is 

grown up in so many ways, taking care of the farm, and the men 

living on it, yet she is so young and inexperienced in matters 

of the heart. She longs to feel loved and wanted, but is so 

unfamiliar how to go about it all.

Then she is thrown in an engagement that she thought she always 

wanted, and feeling all kinds of feelings she’s not quite 

familiar with for Alan, when Jonathan Doran comes along and 

throws a spanner in the works. Poor Eve is torn in two trying to 

understand her feelings, and fighting to feel the ones she 

thinks are the right ones for the right man, when for us as 

readers it is all so very clear what she must do, and where her 

heart truly lies.

My heart went out to Alan. He is such a sweet, loyal guy, 

clearly not the perfect fit for Eve, but such a kind and loving 

guy under his very few words and very down to business exterior. 

Somewhere in my mind I could connect to him, even though I feel 

we have absolutely nothing in common. 

All in all, a good read, a nice change from what I am used to 

reading, and a nice addition to the series.

5 stars

Regina Sirois believes in intelligent books that challenge us to 

reach higher and be better. She believes in the powerful years 

of adolescence and loves to capture the raw moments when young 

adults begin to solidify into the people they were meant to be. 

She lives in Kansas with her high school sweetheart (also known 

as her husband), her two daughters, and their nearly hairless 

cat. She continues to write stories that won’t leave her alone.

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