In The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay, Kelly Harms weaves together a small town and big dreams into a delightful and heartfelt tapestry of friendship, love, and getting what you deserve, in the way you least expect. I was hooked from page one, then laughed out loud and teared up while reading—exactly what I want from romantic women’s fiction. Kelly Harms is the real deal.
As you can tell, I loved this book! I’ve known Kelly since we were part of The Debutante Ball together in 2013 as our first novels (mine, The Glass Wives, and hers, The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane) were published, but I couldn’t have imagined I’d adore her second book more than her first. For an author, that’s like choosing a favorite child. But for a reader? It comes a little easier.
I loved the small town and winter setting of Minnow Bay, Wisconsin. I’m not a cold weather lover in real life, but for the story it provides a certain intimacy, a coziness, a way to get close to the characters because, well, it’s cold outside. At the heart of the story is Lily, who “remembers” after ten years that she never did divorce the guy she mistakenly married in Vegas one weekend. Oops. And since everything in her life is falling apart, she decides to just handle it in person.
This story is surprising and funny, touching and whimsical. It’s balanced with heartfelt realistic emotions as well as a bit of charming dreams-come-true.
Five snowballs to The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay!
Read more about Kelly and her books, here: kellyharms.com