From the Publisher:
Eve Brannon never had to bother planning out her future. In the Yorkshire dales where life is harder, it is also simpler. Next in line to inherit her family’s farm, she will raise another generation of children and sheep high in the uplands of England. Waiting until next year when she is 19 to marry her father’s handsome hired hand, Alan, is the detail she added herself. But in 1939 even the most stalwart corners of the world are vibrating with the tremors of change. Eve’s long-anticipated proposal comes on the wings of losing Alan to the Royal Army and at the brink of the farm’s profitable war years the sheep herd is decimated by a mysterious illness. With her steady future suddenly in the clutches of a capricious fate, Eve is introduced to Jonathon Doran, a land manager anxious to prove himself in a crisis, and she discovers that the solid earth beneath her feet is moving after all.
To Move the World is a stand alone book, but part of the matchmaker series of books written by 12 different authors. I’ve really enjoyed this series, because it has twelve different books that are being released, one each month this year. So every month I know I have a new book waiting for me! While you can read each book separately there is one reoccurring character, Pearl (The Match Maker) in each book. I really love this idea and really liked the prequel novella about The Matchmaker. While I am familiar with some of the authors, some of them are new to me and I am excited to see how this all turns out! I also really like how the different books in the series are set in different periods of time, some are modern day and some are historical fiction. It is a really good mixture for me.
This might be my favorite out of the series so far…and yes, I just might say that every month, but I really adored this book and her writing style. I have not read anything by Sirois before, but I was so pleasantly surprised by her writing style. To Move the World is written in a journal format from the main character, Eve’s point of view. I adored her character and her wit. She is honest and makes mistakes and laughs and cries. I found her character totally relateable. I usually don’t find myself highlighting favorite sections in fiction books, as much as I do nonfiction, but this book was just full of little pieces that I loved.
“What a curse to be a romantic person. No one will ever put as much thought into you as you put into them.” Eve Brannon, Chapter one
This book is set in WWII on a sheep farm, so it is completely different than most of the Matchmaker books, which the majority set in modern day. One of the earlier books in the series was set in history too, and it wasn’t my favorite (which surprised me, because I am a huge historical fiction fan), but this one hit home for me and I really enjoyed the time period. I’ve read a lot of war fiction this year too, so maybe that had something to do with it.
I loved that there was a bit of a love triangle in this book and when I thought I had it figured out, there was a twist and I wasn’t sure who Eve would end up with and how the story would end, and honestly, I found both of her suitors likable and had a hard time deciding which one I would pick for her myself. But in the end I was happy. I noticed about half way through the book that I hadn’t seen Pearl make her appearance, and that is about the time she does pop up. She is not as prominent as some of the other books, but in the end her character and appearance was crucial and I loved how it all tied together.
I loved this edition in the series. If you haven’t read these books and you love clean romance books, then I highly recommend them. You do not need to read them in order, but the prequel is a good place to start. If you have Kindle Unlimited you can read many of these books for free too. You can read my other reviews below:
- Power of the Matchmaker, Karey White, Rachael Anderson, Kelly Oram, Heather B. Moore, Julie Wright, Heidi Ashworth, Taylor Dean, Michele Paige Holmes, Janette Rallison, Regina Sirois, Sheralyn Pratt, Jaima Fixsen
- Broken Things To Mend, Karey White
- Not Always Happenstance, Rachael Anderson
- If We Were a Movie, Kelly Oram
- Love is Come, Heather B. Moore
- Four Chambers, Julie Wright
- O’re the River Liffey, Heidi Ashworth
- Chasing Fireflies, Taylor Dean
- Between Heaven and Earth, Michelle Paige Holmes
- King of the Friend Zone, Sheralyn Pratt
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