A compelling novella prequel, Power of the Matchmaker tells the love story of the matchmaker who figures in the Power of the Matchmaker series which will be released throughout 2016. As a young village girl Mae Li travels to Shanghai and eventually becomes the matchmaker Pearl. This is her story of love and loss and fulfillment.
I really liked this novella. I thought the Chinese setting was quite realistic. Especially when Mae Li runs away to Shanghai, the writer deftly explores how vulnerable a poor pretty young country girl would be in a large city trying to find her way. I liked how when Mae Li learns about different paths to happiness, she chooses the one where she can be true to herself.
Power of the Matchmaker was a poignant, well-written story, and I look forward to reading the whole series. Heather B. Moore gave me a complimentary copy of Power of the Matchmaker for my candid review.