#FuturisticFriday Review: The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay by Kelly Harms

the matchmakers of minnow bay

Photo Credit: St. Martin’s Press, 8/9

This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay

Summary: A young painter, Lily has reached a crossroads in her life. Her career hasn’t taken off, her best friend may no longer be the trusted friend she thought, her boyfriend is a disappointment, and now she can’t keep up with the rising cost of living in the city. With no one to turn to, Lily is forced to move from her beloved apartment, but while packing she comes across a piece of mail that had slipped to the back of her junk drawer: a letter detailing further action needed to finalize the annulment of a quickie Vegas wedding. Ten years ago!

Lily decides it’s time to turn over a new leaf and the first item on her list of things to fix is getting the annulment… but you can’t just send a reply ten years later, “Hey by the way we are still married.” This is something that must be addressed in person. Lily takes to the road to track down her husband – the charming, fun, and sexy man she connected with all those years ago – Ben Hutchinson.

Ben Hutchinson left a wealthy dot-com lifestyle behind to return home to his family and the small town he loves, Minnow Bay. He’s been living off the grid and the last thing he expects is a wife he didn’t know he had to show up on his doorstep.

By chance, Lily arrives at the magical Minnow Bay Inn, and there she will discover not just a place to lay her head, but new friends, a thriving art community, and maybe even the love of her life.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

I missed out on Kelly Harms first book, but when my fav publicist contacted me about this book- I had a good feeling from the cover and the description. Did my good feeling last as I read the book? Let’s discuss!

It delivered on the cutesy feeling I was expecting from the cover, but….

Lily. I was reading the book in the pool on Sunday. It was a hot day. I was wanting cutesy and fun. Nothing too taxing for my brain- just a good story I can sink into.

Kelly Harms did deliver on most of those counts. But for awhile, Lily was just almost unlikeable to me. Like I felt sorry for her being evicted, having a douchebag boyfriend and her BFF being all “Let’s putdown Lily’s life!” BUT… Lily is in her 30’s. She needs more. She should be making more responsible choices. It’s like this other book I read one day where the main character is being all cute and saying “Bill suck.” Cute when you are just post-college. Not so cute when you are in your 30’s. While Lily never actually said that- I could see her saying that.

But, location change did a wonder for Lily. Once she arrives in Minnow Bay- I began to enjoy her quirky personality a whole lot more. She became someone I could root for. I think it was around the time she began opening her eyes a bit more!

I LOVED the Minnow Bay area. So cute. So charming. Kind of reminded me of a Stars Hollow area.

I loved, loved, loved, loved the cover.

Bottom line: While the book was a bit more quirky at times than I normally like and the main character could be frustrating at times- overall, it’s a quick way to pass an afternoon or so- and worth visiting Minnow Bay!


* This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All Thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*

* This book is also an August Futuristic Friday selection by Traveling With T.*


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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