Author: Taylor Dean
Series: Power of the Matchmaker #7
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: July 1, 2016
Publisher: Taylor Dean Books
My sisters think I’m crazy.
But, I’ve never forgotten the mysterious woman from my childhood who told me Paul is the name of my one true love. She told me to search far and wide for him.
I haven’t stopped looking ever since.
When I stumble across an article about a successful American entrepreneur named Paul who lives and works in China, I’m intrigued. When the opportunity to teach English in China presents itself on the same day, I know it’s not a coincidence.
My sisters say I’m chasing a dream.
Just like the fireflies we tried to catch on the warm summer evenings of our youth, the dream seems beyond my grasp. Will my quest for the elusive Paul always be just short of fulfillment?
My sisters tell me it’s a fool’s errand.
Until I remind them of the day we saw the Red Bird. The memory silences them.
The Red Bird Incident remains inarguable—and proves my search for Paul is not a silly fantasy.
I will find Paul… I will.
Rating: Mild+. Mild kissing; mild sensuality.
Although part of the POWER OF THE MATCHMAKER series, a multi-author project featuring the recurring character of Pearl the matchmaker, this book is a STAND-ALONE novel.My sisters say I’m chasing a dream, but I WILL find Paul. CHASING FIREFLIES #cleanromance #contemporary Taylor Dean Click To Tweet
I absolutely fell in love with this book! The writing is beautiful, the characters were amazing. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and everything else in between. I loved it.
Despite my misgivings over some of Savannah’s choices, this story grabbed me and drew me in. It’s told in first person perspective so I felt like I was really in her head as the story progresses. There are still surprises along the way as Savannah alludes to significant events in her life that are fully revealed later in the book. I related to her shyness and struggle with socializing, and admired her attempts to reach beyond her comfort zone to more fully experience life. She meets and befriends a wide variety of people on her adventure in China, and they all create a colorful palette as she searches for her one true love. The romantic moments are oh-so-romantic, well-described and drawn out enough to savor, which I absolutely loved! This novel is definitely one of my favorites from the Power of the Matchmaker series!
This is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series and can be read as a stand alone but I’d recommend reading the prequel novella – Power of the Matchmaker first because it makes everything about the matchmaker make more sense. I didn’t read it first and my first experience with the series left me wondering what was going on. After that, the order doesn’t matter.
Savannah seemed younger than her actual age which may at least in part be due to being treated as the baby of the family even as an adult. I was happy to see her mature as the story went on and she learned from her mistakes. It was interesting to hear her thoughts on her own personality traits of being shy and introverted. I could kinda relate to some of it but I think it was eye opening to hear.
Julian was pretty much a dream come true. What a great guy. I loved that even though Savannah had spent most of her life being invisible often by her own choice, Julian saw her from the start. She was never invisible to him. He was fun with his quirky sense of humor. And ideal in his caring ways.
So I hate the Pina Colada song which makes me have very mixed feelings on that being such a big part of their relationship. It was cute how it was used in the story but I just hate that the whole basis of the song is two people planning on cheating on each other. So I kind of have to say a big GAH! for that one.
By the end of this book all my questions were answered but I began to feel frustrated that we didn’t get full explanations until the end. I would have liked maybe a bit more insight earlier into what exactly happened to Savannah when she was eleven and twelve years old and why her engagement was broken off. At least more of a peek. It might have helped me better understand her obsession with Paul. At first I thought she was looking for her ex-fiance far and wide and I was thinking that was pretty desperate and pathetic. Having that idea in my head made for some confusion in parts of the book.
Over all I liked the story. It was interesting to have it take place in China and get some of the culture.
Sex: kissing, some innuendo