The Matchmaker's Lonely Hearts by Nancy Campbell Allen ~ Book Review

September 6, 2021


About the Book 

Book: The Matchmaker's Lonely Hearts    
Author: Nancy Campbell Allen
Genre: Victorian Historical Romance
Release Date: September 7, 2021

Amelie Hampton is a hopeless romantic, which makes her the perfect columnist to answer lonely heart letters in The Marriage Gazette. When Amelie plays matchmaker with two anonymous lonely hearts, she also decides to secretly observe the couple’s blind date. To her surprise, the man who appears for the rendezvous is Harold Radcliffe—a grieving widower and a member of Amelie’s book club.

Police detective Michael Baker has been struggling ever since his best friend and brother-in-law died in the line of fire. Because he knows the dangers of his job, he has vowed never to marry and subject a wife and family to the uncertainty of his profession. But when he meets Miss Hampton, he is captured by her innocence, beauty, and her quick mind.

When a woman’s body is pulled from the river, Michael suspects the woman’s husband—Harold Radcliffe—of foul play. Amelie refuses to believe that Harold is capable of such violence but agrees to help, imagining it will be like one of her favorite mystery novels. Her social connections and clever observations prove an asset to the case, and Amelie is determined to prove Mr. Radcliffe’s innocence. But the more time Amelie and Michael spend together, the more they trust each other, and the more they realize they are a good team, maybe the perfect match.

They also realize that Mr. Radcliffe is hiding more than one secret, and when his attention turns toward Amelie, Michael knows he must put an end to this case before the woman he loves comes to harm.

My Thoughts 

If you are looking for a book that focuses more on the mystery rather than the romance, you will definitely find it with this one!! This is my first by this author and she had me captivated from the very beginning. I had to look her up and lo and behold she has a plethora of books out there! 

The author does a great job at setting up the story and making you feel like you are right smack dab in the 1800's.  This is the time where we start seeing women gaining more rights and freedoms and we definitely see that in our main character Amelie. She is quite lovable and you can't help but to cheer her on. Our hero is Detective Michael Baker and he although a tough man turns into putty when around Amelie. That was entertaining to read. 

The mystery was on point and kept me engaged the whole time. It definitely keeps you turning pages and I didn't want to put it down. This is a wholesome clean read that I know you will enjoy!

My Rating: 4 Stars/Really Liked it

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. 

About the Author

Nancy Campbell Allen is the award-winning author of eighteen published novels and several novellas, which encompass a variety of genres, ranging from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. Her most recent books, which include Regency, Victorian, and steampunk romance, are published under Shadow Mountain's Proper Romance brand, and the What Happens in Venice novella series is part of the Timeless Romance Anthology collection published by Mirror Press. She has presented at numerous conferences and events since her initial publication in 1999. 

Nancy loves to read, write, travel, and research, and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She nurtures a current obsession for true crime podcasts and is a news junkie. She and her husband have three children, and she lives in Ogden, Utah, with her family, one very large Siberian Husky named Thor, and and obnoxious but endearing YorkiePoo named Freya. 

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