Paradise Cove: Matchmaker Bay #2 by Jenny Holiday

Paradise Cove: Matchmaker Bay #2 by Jenny Holiday

Jenny Holiday comes to the blog with the second in her Matchmaker Bay series with  

Paradise Cove  

Welcome to Moonflower Bay where the locals know everyone and everything, are determined to ‘matchmake and manage’ lives (with all the best intentions) and are anxiously awaiting their new local physician after doing without for a couple of years.  Nora was an ER doc in Toronto, but after her relationship ended in spectacular fashion and an opportunity to get her medical school loans forgiven and move away from her ex opened, she jumped.  Arriving in Moonflower Bay, she arranged for a 2-year lease of the practice – giving her time to save money and have a change of pace.   

From the start, the residents are welcoming and perhaps a bit intrusive, and when her rental turns out to be from the local slum landlord, in walks Jake.  A man of few words but seemingly everywhere to take care of simple to complex, she finds Jake building her deck, doing the little ‘house maintenance’ issues that have been ignored for years.  As a matter of fact, while Jake has his own heartbreak and grief, he finds himself attracted to and sharing tidbits of his life that he  shares with no one. Ever.  

Throughout the story, as Jake and Nora get closer, she finds herself with many firsts: the first man she’s comfortable with and doesn’t need to ‘adjust’ for, solid friendships, people helping without agenda, and even her being roped into (in the best ways) the town festivals – both for tourists and locals.  The two are consistently ‘not in a relationship – but just friends’ – but it’s clear to everyone that it’s much much more.  A few twists, plenty of turns and lots of ‘moving through’ grief and that ever-present hole when someone leaves your life – the story is heartfelt, happy, solidly emotional and clearly honest – with the feelings of fear, love and confusion as they get closer and close.  It will take some serious determination and plenty of communication for them to pick (and stay) on a path that is determined, almost from the first page, they are meant to travel. A lovely read set in a little town just off Lake Huron, the story is sure to please many with lots of info and moments with characters from the earlier book.  

Paradise Cove: Matchmaker Bay #2 by Jenny Holiday

Title: Paradise Cove
Author: Jenny Holiday
Series: Matchmaker Bay #2
Also in this series: Sandcastle Beach
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Grief, Second Chance, Setting: Canada, Small Town
Published by: Forever
ISBN: 1538716542
Published on: 28 July, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 368
Rated: four-half-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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From the USA Today bestselling "master of witty banter" (Entertainment Weekly) comes a hilarious and heartwarming romance about a big city girl who never expected to find the man of her dreams in the tiny town of Matchmaker Bay.

Dr. Nora Walsh has just been dumped in spectacular fashion, making it the perfect time for a major life change. She taking over the medical practice in tiny Matchmaker Bay for a couple of years will help her get over her broken heart, and then she can head back to the big city. But when the first man she sees looks like a superhero god, she wonders if maybe there's something to small-town living after all.

Jake Ramsey also has a broken heart -- one he never expects to heal. He doesn't need people anyway and is content hiding out in his secluded cottage on the beach. But after helping Nora with a medical emergency, he finds himself opening up to the witty, warmhearted doctor. Soon the local matchmakers are working overtime to pair them off, and Jake begins to wonder if his campaign to get Nora to stay is for the town or because he can't bear the thought of her leaving.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Jenny Holiday

Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny’s featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered.

From then on, she was always writing, often in her diary, where she liked to decorate her declarations of existential angst with nail polish teardrops. Eventually she channelled her penchant for scribbling into a more useful format. After picking up a PhD in urban geography, she became a professional writer, spending many years promoting research at a major university, which allowed her to become an armchair astronomer/historian/particle physicist, depending on the day. Eventually, she decided to try her hand again at happy endings—minus the bloodbaths. You can follow her on twitter at @jennyholi or visit her on the web at


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