Thursday, April 27, 2023

Sophia Rose Reviews: Matchmaking Therapy by Lisa H Catmull #.5 Jane Austen Vacation Club

Today Sophia Rose returns with her review of Matchmaking Therapy Lisa H Catmull's prequel to her new Jane Austen Vacation Club series. Be sure to stop by now and see what Sophia Rose thought of this novella then put May 3rd on your calendar to stop back by for Sophia Rose's stop on the blog tour featuring Regency Therapy Jane Austen Vacation Club #1.

Matchmaking Therapy by Lisa H Catmull

#.5 Jane Austen Vacation Club


Publisher:  Saltair Press

Published:  10.25.22

Pages:  100

Rating: 3.5 stars

Format: Trade Paperback

Source:  Author

Sellers:  Amazon

ADD TO: GoodReads


GoodReads Blurb:

Is revenge real estate a thing? I just spent millions of dollars on a hotel after my boyfriend dumped me.

My friends think I rebound too, there's one tiny problem with leasing this resort—the owner. The tall, muscled owner with a tattoo peeking out of his shirt sleeve.

Rebounding with a hotel is one thing, but is this guy worth risking my heart?

Welcome to the Jane Austen Vacation Club! A behind-the-scenes glimpse at the people who run the Hartfield Regency Resort in Loveland, Colorado. Get to know how it all begins in this sweet romance novella. It’s only one-hundred pages, so you can probably read it in two hours!


Sophia Rose's Review:

A Jersey girl drama graduate channels Jane Austen’s managing Emma to show her ex and everyone else that revenge is a dish best served with fish tacos.  A new to me author flavoring her romantic comedy series with Austen overtones caught my attention with this prequel showing where the Jane Austen Vacation Club all began.


Matchmaking Therapy begins on the worst day of Jillian’s life.  I was immediately sympathetic even though I thought she could have avoided a lot of trouble if she’d listened to pretty much everyone in her inner circle about her on again off again boyfriend.  Like Emma of Austen’s original, she was blind to others and must now her life takes a new turn as a result.  Like any good self-respecting romcom, even if this isn’t a full-blown story, but rather the intro to the world and regular cast of characters for the series, it is madcap and a little over the top.


The surrounding cast of characters are as colorful and entertaining as Jillian.  Axel is not Jillian’s idea of a Mr. Darcy or any other Austen gentleman hero, but they send off great sparks from the get go and I can’t wait to see what comes along in future for this pair- and a few other interesting pairings that were hinted at.


Fun to see a resort with a Jane Austen theme coming together and the climax to the conflict introduced in this book.  Much is not a complete story and will carry through to other books in the series, but the major issue introduced right away does get dealt with and in a fun, satisfying way.


Short and quick, but highly entertaining, this prequel was a great table-setter and leaves me exciting for what comes next.  Definitely recommend others give it a look-see.


Author Bio:

Lisa H. Catmull is the author of sweet contemporary and historical romances. Popular series include the Jane Austen Vacation Club and the Seasons of Sugar Creek.

Her books have been nominated for Swoony, RONE, and Whitney awards.

She earned a Bachelor of Art in English from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and a Master of Education in Elementary Education from Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

Lisa taught Middle School English and History for seven years before pursuing screenwriting and writing.

She currently lives between a canyon and a lake in Utah with her husband, two cats, and two rambunctious children.


Sophia’s Bio:

Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, piano-playing, and gardening. Road trips and campouts, museums and monuments, restaurants and theaters are her jam. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.

As a lifelong reader, it was inevitable that Sophia would discover book blogs and the joy of blog reviewing. Sophia is a prolific reader and audiobook listener which allows her to experience so many wonderful books, authors, and narrators. Few genres are outside her reading tastes, but her true love is fiction particularly history, mystery, sci-fi, and romance. Though, sorry, no horror or she will run like Shaggy and Scooby.