About the Book
Book: The Matchmaker’s Request
Series: Larkhall Letters #4
Author: Ashtyn Newbold
Release Date: January 8, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance
His new challenge: Keep himself from falling in love again at all costs.
At odds with love, Matthew Northcott has firmly decided that he will never marry, much to the dismay of his relatives…and nearly every young lady he meets. Rather than seek a marriage for himself, he attempts to find matches for others, grateful to see that love is not entirely cruel—just cruel to him.
When a letter arrives from Matthew’s friend Jack, asking an immense favor from him, Matthew undertakes a new challenge: Find a husband for Jack’s spinster sister, Miss Cassandra Warwick before the end of the season. Though a strange request, Matthew is determined to help his friend. But as he comes to know Cassandra and the circumstances which placed her in his path, he begins to wonder who the matchmaker truly is.
The Matchmaker’s Request is a sweet and clean regency romance novel, book four in the Larkhall Letters series.
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I have been eagerly and impatiently waiting for Matthew’s story since book one. His character has been one of my favorites since the first book in this series. Boy, has the wait been worth it! The Matchmaker’s Request by Ashtyn Newbold is FANTASTIC. I loved every moment in this story, and I am so sad my time with these characters is over … for now. So, what did I like about this story? I really love storylines where one character emphatically declares he will never fall in love ever again. These storylines are always my favorite, and they make me laugh. I know I’m going to get a fun journey where at least one character’s stubborn walls are broken down. And, typically, these stories include humor. On all these counts Newbold delivers, and The Matchmaker’s Request ends up being one of the best reads in this series. I really did have a ball reading this story and cannot recommend it enough!
Matthew and Cassandra are delightful characters and the chemistry between the two is electric. Matthew makes for a great hero, and he is quite relatable to anyone who has ever suffered through heartaches. I love how loyal he is to those in his inner circle. When Matthew says, “Yes,” to Jack’s request to become the unofficial matchmaker to Cassandra, it’s because that’s what he does. Matthew is a natural protector and it’s in his nature to make sure those he cares for are secure and supported and safe. I appreciate Matthew’s internal struggle — he stubbornly wants to hold onto his past hurts like a shield in an attempt to protect himself from ever being emotionally hurt again, but he’s feeling real, deep feelings for Cassandra and he doesn’t quite know the best way to deal with these pesky love feelings. I like this struggle because I feel a lot of people can relate. No one wants to be hurt in love, but it happens. Preventing ourselves from love in case of pain is simply foolish. I love that it’s Cassandra who gets Matthew to recognize this. Cassandra is the perfect heroine for Matthew — she is a great blend of beauty, intelligence, humor, wittiness, and quirkiness. She becomes that safe space for Matthew to be who he is regardless of his faults and struggles. What a blessing to have someone in your life who lets you be you no matter what. I think this leads to the best kinds of friendships.
There is a lot to love about The Matchmaker’s Request — I didn’t even touch on the awesome humor that pervades this storyline. Cassandra is AMAZING and one of the best heroines I’ve read in a long time. And there are personal topics that come up that lend for some good conversations. But if I talked about all these things, this review would be like 22 paragraphs long. LOL! Truly, if you love well-written Regency Romances then you will definitely want to check out this excellent book.
I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on January 27, 2022, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.