A Match Made in Heaven: 6 Inspiring Tales of Unexpected Love

by Karen Green

In An Unexpected Amish Romance by Patricia Davids, Helen Zook is a young woman starting over after a broken engagement. She begins working for Mark Bowman, a brusque carpenter and though the chemistry between the two is palpable, Helen resists revealing her desires. However, an eccentric aunt, and a clever basset hound have their own plans for these two. Let the matchmaking begin!

As with Mark and Helen, couples often need a little bit of help finding their potential together. Luckily, there are no shortage of matchmakers in fiction, and as in these seven stories, they are all willing to do the work to bring worthy people—whether asked to do so or not. Call it a conscious coupling, for these matches truly seem to have been made in heaven.

 

Mountain Country Courtship (Hearts of Hunter Ridge) by Glenna Kaye

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Jilted would-be groom, Denny Hunter, is back in Hunter Ridge renovating a run-down old inn with the lovely Lillian Keene. He doesn’t know she’s a runaway bride—or that her niece has serious matchmaking plans. But it doesn’t take long for Denny and Lillian discover that the most important restoration starts with the heart.

A Man for Honor (The Amish Matchmaker) by Emma Miller

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With four children and a dilapidated farmhouse, Amish widow Honor King asks Seven Poplars’s matchmaker to find her a secure and reliable new husband. Someone the opposite of her first love—who left her at the altar nine years ago, yet whom she’s never been able to forget. Luke’s back in town, and also looking for a new partner. For him, there’s only one candidate to be his wife—the woman he let get away

Twin Blessings by Carolyne Aarsen

(originally published in 2001)

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Logan Napier wants to provide his orphaned twin nieces with a stable and loving home. Hiring a summer tutor is part of the plan, but he never expected the spirited and beautiful Sandra Bachman to turn their lives topsy-turvy! Logan and Sandra have nothing in common—except two matchmaking girls. With a wink and a prayer from the two scheming sisters, will Logan and Sandra discover a love they’ve never dreamed of?

Frontier Matchmaker Bride (Frontier Bachelors) by Regina Scott

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Successful Seattle matchmaker Beth Wallin has her most challenging assignment yet—find Deputy Hart McCormick a bride. Beth’s still smarting after the handsome lawman spurned her affections a year ago. But if she finds Hart a wife, Beth will gain favor with the city’s most influential women … and perhaps free her own heart, as well.

A Family for Easter (Rescue River) by Lee Tobin McClain

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When single mom Fiona Farmingham rents her carriage house to widowed Eduardo Delgado, it’s purely in friendship. Insecure over her late husband’s betrayal, Fiona hides her attraction to the humble landscaper. Between them they have six children, two dogs—and a world of differences. But with half a dozen little matchmakers involved, can they find the courage to reach for happiness once more?

 

Which of these tales of surprise beginnings and happy endings will you reach for first? Let us know in the comments!

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