“Perfectly Matched” relates the story of newly marrieds Edward Palmer and his mail-order bride Anna who are definitely not perfectly matched by most standards. Edward is a skilled at making and repairing clocks and watches and expects his life and home to work with the same precision as his creations. He is somewhat obsessive-compulsive and is not at all certain how to relate to his free-spirited new wife. Anna is an inexperienced homemaker but is determined to work hard to make her marriage work; however her penchant for rescuing animals tends to cause disruption in the Palmer home as well as some misunderstandings. One thing the pair do seem to have in common is strong physical attraction which leads to frequent scenes that some may find uncomfortable although nothing graphic is shared.

Both Anna and Edward are set in their ways but little by little each learns to compromise and to allow their differences to be complimentary rather than divisive. A strong message about the importance of trust in a marriage is evident.

While not my favorite novel by Maggie Brendan, “Perfectly Matched” was nevertheless entertaining with several quite humorous incidents and contained some good historical background as well.

This book was provided for review by
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


Perfectly MatchedHis life runs like clockwork. Hers is a spontaneous adventure.
But God’s timing is always perfect.

Anna Olsen knows it’s time to leave her sister’s increasingly crowded house and start a life of her own. Following both sisters’ examples, she becomes a mail-order bride, and after a short correspondence with clock maker and jeweler Edward Parker, she moves to Denver to become his wife.

Almost immediately it’s painfully apparent that Anna and Edward are very different. Anna is a free spirit who would rather be painting and enjoying the company of friends than cleaning house. Edward is a consummate perfectionist who, on their wedding day, hands Anna a list of chores that need to be done around the house daily.

Can this mismatched couple see past their differences to a harmonious future? Or will their disparate passions create obstacles neither is willing to surmount?

“Once again, Maggie Brendan has created a refreshing read with a powerful heroine and a hero to match. Readers will especially love the devotion given to animals in this charming historical romance.”–Kelly Long, bestselling author of A Patch of Heaven series

Read an excerpt from “Perfectly Matched” HERE.


Maggie BrendanMaggie Brendan is the bestselling author of several books, including the Heart of the West series and The Blue Willow Brides series. She was a 2013 finalist for the Published Maggie Award of Excellence, a 2013 finalist for the Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award, a 2012 finalist for Inspirational Reader’s Choice award, and a recipient of the 2004 ACW Persistence Award in Atlanta. She is a member of the ACFW; Author’s Guild; Romance Writers of America; Faith, Hope, and Love; and Georgia Romance Writers. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, researching for her novels, and spending time with her family. You can follow her at her website, her blog , and on Facebook and Twitter @MaggieBrendan.