When I read the first chapter of Miss Match, I couldn't wait to put it down but something deep inside compelled me to read more. I kept reading, right to the end, and I quickly got my hands on the other two books in the series. And I'm extremely glad I didn't stop with the first chapter because the entire series was wonderful.
The story centers on Lauren Holbrook, a photographer in her early 20s who fancies herself as a matchmaker for her friends. Lauren is a quirky character who is unlike any other I have read in Christian fiction (she also has a coffee and chocolate obsession that makes me look like a health nut). In the series, Lauren admits that she is weird and a little annoying but that's why people love her. As the reader, I found this to be true. Sometimes I found myself thinking, "I can't believe you did that Lauren," but as I read her thought process or the actions that followed I found myself smiling and laughing a bit. But one thing remained clear, Lauren had a heart for God, which showed in the books. In fact, you could see her grow as a person throughout the series.
Lauren is surrounded by a cast of lovable characters, which includes her supportive but eccentric family (after a while you can see why she is the way she is), her best friend/boss, cranky coworkers she won over, and so many more. In fact the people who worked at the eating establishments she frequented seemed so real and fun I wished they were so I could eat there too.
In the first book Miss Match you are introduced to the quirky matchmaker Lauren, who plans on never marrying, and you cheer with her as she tries to set up a coworker with her pastor. As you can guess things don't always go as planned, but there was always something to smile about. The second book Rematch focused on Lauren trying to set up her two best friends and coming to terms with the possibility of her dad dating and marrying. It also has romance for Lauren with her sort-of boyfriend Ryan, who was introduced in the first book, even though she doesn't necessarily recognize the romance. Everything comes to a conclusion in the final book Match Point. Since all her friends are in relationships, Lauren tries to find new friends so she can play matchmaker. But she doesn't count on her friends and family playing matchmaker to her.
These books are available in paperbacks and eBooks. You can find them on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Christianbook.com. If you like chick-lit, you will like the Lauren Holbrook Series. Even if the first chapter isn't your favorite, keep reading about Lauren and her friends. I'm sure you'll find something to love in that fresh, quirky character.