A Mother in the Making by Gabrielle Meyer

Title:  A Mother in the Making
Author: Gabrielle Meyer
Publisher:  Love Inspired Historical
Release Date:  September 6, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

Matchmaking with a Mission  

Practical, steady, levelheaded: all qualities single father Dr. John Orton expects in both a governess and a wife. But his children's temporary governess Miss Marjorie Maren seems set on finding him an impractical woman to love…despite his plans of marrying solely for convenience. Nothing could be more exasperating to the handsome widower—except his increasing interest in Marjorie.

Vivacious and fun-loving: that's the kind of bride the reserved doctor needs. Before Marjorie leaves to pursue her acting dreams, she intends to match him with a suitable wife candidate. Yet growing affection for her four charges and their dashing father has awakened a new hope—that she might be his perfect bride. But can she convince her employer to take a chance on love and claim real happiness before it slips away?

Delightful is not the only word I can think of when it comes to Gabrielle Meyer's debut full novel, A Mother in the Making. No, not at all, but it sure sums it up quite nicely. First off, lets give that cover another good stare.  Here, I'll give you another image of it so you can just fall in love with it again. The sweetness and tenderness one sees in this cover is exactly what we'll encounter as you read A Mother in the Making, as well as the slight mischievousness in the little boy's face. I'll stop there so not to spoil anything. 

Gabrielle has such a way with a story that speaks volumes. With whimsy and depth, we find comical moments when we need a laugh, as well as emotional ones when circumstances are beyond our and the characters' control. As Marjorie tries to find a wife for Dr. Orton so she can leave the children in good hands, she didn't expect to fall for not only the kids, but the practical doctor, himself. Now, what is a girl to do? When the impossible seems possible, will distrust and uncertainty drive this new family apart? 

Sometimes God's answers may just be right there in front of us all along, but our eyes and heart are blind to it.  It may not be what we had hope for, but sometimes, all we need to do is blindly trust that God has our back, and He knows exactly what and who we need. This message in A Mother in the Making had me contemplate for a bit. It may not be obvious, but it could also be that I had blinders on. *wink wink.  Keep your blinders off and grab a hold of A Mother in the Making. Keep it on your shelf for some shelf candy and spend an afternoon reading this light, yet insightful story of when practicality meets God's plan.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



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Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River with her husband and four children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people and events. Gabrielle can be found on her website gabriellemeyer.com where she writes about her passion for history, Minnesota, and her faith.

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  1. Excellent review! Sounds like a really good book!

  2. Beautiful review! The cover is gorgeous!

  3. I have had this book in by wishlist for a week now. Hopefully I'll be able to actually buy it soon. My book budget was blown by a new HVAC system in July.

  4. Thank you for this beautiful review, Annie! I'm so happy you enjoyed John and Marjorie's story. I'm especially fond of the cover, too. I cried when I saw it for the first time and I smile every time I see it now. The art department really captures my characters well. So fun to be on your blog!!


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