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In the Scottish Highlands, and with the last lines of the movie Brigadoon fresh in her mind, Irene Redmond signs up for a tour, hoping to uncover secrets hinted at in her mother’s diary. Instead, Irene is transported back in time to the thirteenth century, along with the rest of the tour group. Logan Mackinnon, confirmed bachelor, has put his life on hold to help his fatheIn the Scottish Highlands, and with the last lines of the movie Brigadoon fresh in her mind, Irene Redmond signs up for a tour, hoping to uncover secrets hinted at in her mother’s diary. Instead, Irene is transported back in time to the thirteenth century, along with the rest of the tour group. Logan Mackinnon, confirmed bachelor, has put his life on hold to help his father care for his mother and honor her dying wish to tour Stirling Castle. Sparks fly when Logan and Irene meet, but their budding romance is tested when they learn the conditions needed for their return to the twenty-first century. Like Brigadoon, the castle is enchanted, and only a marriage between two people who truly love each other will break the spell— and vows must be said before midnight. Irene expected to unravel family secrets; instead she meets a fellow tour guest whose kisses awaken long-ago dreams of happily-ever-after. But are their feelings strong enough to break the castle's enchantment?...

Title : Match Made in the Highlands (Matchmaker Cafe Series Book 1)
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ISBN : 30985529
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Number of Pages : 138 Pages
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Match Made in the Highlands (Matchmaker Cafe Series Book 1) Reviews

  • Carrie
    2018-12-06 22:26

    After reading some things in her mother's diary and wanting to find answers Irene Redmond finds herself traveling to the Scottish Highlands to visit Stirling Castle. When arriving at the castle Irene believes she's signed up to do a historical tour but soon finds things aren't quite what she thought they were going to be starting with hearing the word matchmaker over and over again. The guests are decked out in clothing authentic to the thirteenth century and told to make no mention of the current era after entering the castle. Little does Irene know that the three sisters in charge of the tours are longtime matchmakers that have decided that Logan Mackinnon would be perfect for Irene.Not only does Irene find herself in the midst of the matchmaking but then finds the castle is enchanted sending the guests to the actual thirteenth century. But unfortunately this trip has come with some trouble makers and things get heated with our guests in danger of not being able to return to their own time. Match Made in the Highlands is the first book of the Matchmaker Cafe Series. For being a shorter read the story actually surprised me with just how much action the author packed into this story. I found Irene's quest turned into one that was rather entertaining as the story went along and found myself wondering just what may happen next in her adventure. Being a short read though I would say the story could have used a bit more depth and explanation here and there as with most novella type of books. I didn't find this one too terribly lacking though as the story does keep a reader entertained all throughout even without going further into the characters and plot. With time traveling, romance and a bit of historical action set in the highlands this certainly became an interesting read. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  • Vellum Voyages
    2018-11-28 05:06

    1 helmPlease follow me on my blog :) Review originally posted on Vellum VoyagesI struggled to finish this. The story didn't grab me, the characters were uninteresting and I just wasn't feeling it. The idea for the story was unique: a matchmaker tour that operated at Stirling Castle to help tour participants find their soulmates by the end of the tour. This tour is run by three sisters, who come from a long line of matchmakers. The events and explanations were a bit haphazard and the characters could have been more developed. There was too much going on for such a short story.There might have been more depth to the characters and the story if the central couple, Irene and Logan were the only couple focused on.Sorry Ms. Binder, I really do dislike dishing out such low ratings for books but this story just didn't capture me like I had hoped.*Thank-you Pam Binder, Netgalley & Wild Rose Press for the ARC.

  • Clare O'Beara
    2018-11-16 21:04

    My husband who is Scottish read this and said "This is quite a sweet book." The tale follows Irene, a young woman from Canada who goes to Stirling Castle in Scotland, where we have enjoyed a medieval banquet. Maybe that was the inspiration for the fantasy that a matchmaking tour takes the visitors back in time to the thirteenth century. Some trouble makers slip in to the mix and problems arise. This is a good fun read; I found some of it a little vague which is why I am not giving five stars. That could be just because I have read a lot of historical works; others may not need any greater level of detail. My favourite parts are when a man who does re-enactments picks up a flaming arrow and notes it has been made by hand, not machined, and seeing a senior lady with early Alzheimer's recovering her lucidity in the spell of the castle. I won this paperback through a Goodreads contest. It's a very nice quality light paperback of 170 pages and is first in the Matchmaker Café series. I would read more and I'm sure the author will grow into her storytelling. A review was not requested and this is an unbiased review.

  • Tamra LeValley
    2018-11-27 03:09

    The last 1/4 of the book felt choppy. As if the writer did not know how to put the crescendo into words. Stunted.

  • Kelly-Marie
    2018-11-15 02:13

    Was brilliant couldn't fault it loved everything about it thank you so much for my signed copy. Worth 5 stars.

  • Brenda
    2018-12-03 00:11

    Irene is left her mothers diary after she passes and it leaves behind a bit of a mystery around Stirling Castle. So Irene heads to a Christmas Eve castle tour looking for answers. This was a sweet book. I really enjoy time travels. I think this book set you up for a fairy tale romance to take place, and it falls short. The romance I was expecting it to go the other way. And I would have liked more of a spark there between the characters. I was expecting more of a highland feel to the book and rather it takes place in the castle not the highlands. It is still a good book. A short, sweet tale.

  • Carmella Siciliano
    2018-12-02 00:29

    I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange fro an honest opinion.This is the first story I have read from this author and I really enjoyed it. I love "Highlanders" and also time travel. This story had a bit of a twist though which was interesting.Irene is a lawyer from the USA and has gone to Scotland to try and decipher clues that were left in a diary left by her recently deceased mother. Upon their mother's death, Irene and her twin discovered another whole part of their mother's life that they had no idea about. They need closure and questions answered.Irene, following the clues, goes on a Matchmaker's Tour. This tour is run by three sisters and they take their work seriously. Also on the tour is Logan and his parents. Sparks fly between Logan and Irene.Some uninvited characters have sneaked in also and they are unbalancing the balance that must be had. Then, a planned wedding falls through and all find out that there is more involved to the "really authentic" look of the castle and grounds. They find that a wedding must take place in order for them to all return.Will they ever return home? I like Logan and Irene as a couple. She had recently broken up with a man after he cheated on her. She wasn't particularly broken up, unhappy maybe. She realizes he really wasn't the one. Logan really appreciates Irene's wit and intelligence. Her beauty doesn't hurt either!They both have challenges to meet, especially Irene. She must figure out the missing parts of her mother's life, one that she never told her daughters about. Logan must deal with his parents.While I liked the story I felt like it needed a bit more. I felt like some of what Irene was searching for was side-swiped by some of the other issues such as the uninvited guests. I don't even think they needed to be involved in the story after they were turned away from the tour.The story of Logan's parents just broke my heart and added so much to the rest of the story. I don't do spoilers though!I do think I would buy this book though as the premise has such promise for a series.

  • booksofallkinds
    2018-12-01 00:20

    Irene Redmond has travelled from Seattle to Scotland on a quest. Armed with her mother's diary, she finds herself at Stirling Castle, a place that was so special for her mother, even though it appears that she has never travelled there. Leaving behind a stressful job as a Prosecutor and a cheating ex-fiance, Irene is searching for some connection to her mother, who passed away. And with the support of her twin sister Louise, Irene finds herself inside the castle, getting ready to go on a tour. But all is not as it seems. The re-enactment within the castle walls is unbelievable, and when the group finds themselves in danger, what was a story is beginning to feel very very real. And when Irene finds herself drawn to Logan, a very handsome and kind tourist, who knows what magical mayhem might ensue...MATCH MADE IN THE HIGHLANDS by Pam Binder is the first book in the Matchmaker Cafe Series. A fantastical, historical romance, this short, light read is the perfect solution for when you are having a bad day. With delightful description, the reader is transported to Stirling Castle in the 13th Century, and with danger in their midst, is it possible to fall in love at first sight? With the mystery surrounding Irene's mother, and the three sisters that organise this unusual tour, there is a lot to grip the readers' attention. MATCH MADE IN THE HIGHLANDS by Pam Binder is a delightful romance and is sure to make to smile.*I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway*

  • Anna Swedenmom
    2018-11-26 04:31

    Fantasy , reality, romance, twists and drama ... Its a buy buy book.I had to downgrade this read for at times it was a little too out there and I felt that some parts were rushed as well as the characters needing a little more development..... However,I was engrossed in the story as it was indeed a little different then the normal time travel romance. During the read, I was transported from the modern world into the other era. It was an interesting plot line written to capture your imagination and keep you wondering what is going to happen next. I really enjoyed all the little pieces of mystery and drama as well as the final passion. I was given this book in return for an honest review. Anna Swedenmom

  • P Leslie
    2018-11-21 03:16

    I received this book from net gallery for an honest review. Irene is intrigued by the hints in her late mother's diary. Her mum spent a lot of time at Stirling Castle, Scotland but she never spoke about it. Irene goes to Scotland and joins a tour to visit the castle. What was her mum hiding and why? Can Irene solve the mystery surrounding the castle? The book had an interesting narrative but at times it felt rushed. The subtle hints made it obvious that the tour group had travelled back in time. The chemistry between Logan and Irene was ok but I was expecting something a lot more intense when they kissed. There were times I felt bored; nothing really stood out and grabbed my attention.

  • Ilonita50
    2018-11-17 03:27

    I received the book via Goodreads first-reads, thank you!This is a short fantasy story that takes place in Stirling castle, Scotland. The main character, Irene goes there for a historical tour on Christmas to find out some leads to her mother's secrets. Soon she is about to find its more than regular museum visit, with changing costumes and very, indeed, historical atmosphere. The tour turns out to be focused to find a match for its visitors and although Irene did not know what she jump into when booked the tour, shes about to find the answers and not only those.Its a fast moving story with great deal of exciting moments and suspense.

  • Katriona Murphy
    2018-12-10 22:23

    I really enjoyed this book. I hadn't any idea of what it was about so I was pleasantly suprised. As it went on and I got an idea of what it was to be about and I thought it might be a bit far fetched. It wasn't though it was really interesting and I kept coming back to it wanting to see what would happen. I've passes it on to my mum as I enjoyed it so hope she does too.

  • Linda
    2018-12-04 03:03

    A Christmas Eve tour of Scotland's Stirling Castle brings the participants back to the 13th century. I enjoy both time travel novels and the film they referenced (Brigadoon), but the events in this book seemed rushed and the characters were less developed than I like.