HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Building a Perfect Match
Author: Arlene James
Publisher: Love Inspired, 2012
Related website(s): http://www.LoveInspiredBooks.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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James, Arlene. Building a Perfect Match (Published in 2012 by Love Inspired Books, 233 Broadway, New York City, NY 10297). Petra Chatam, 28 years old, has returned to Buffalo Creek, TX, the hometown of her parents, both physicians in Waco, TX, where she grew up, to oversee the renovation of the historic Vail Hotel for her employer Garth Anderton, CEO of Anderton Hotels, with the hope of eventually becoming hotel manager. While in town, she is staying at Chatham House, her family’s ancestral home where her elderly triplet aunts, Hypatia, Magnolia, and Odelia, the last of whom is soon to marry her childhood sweetheart Kent Monroe, all reside. Petra wants to be a career woman, and even though her twice-divorced older boss is interested in her, she has managed so far to fend him off while keeping her job, but Garth is persistent.
Then Petra meets handsome contractor Dale Bowen, junior partner of Bowen and Bowen, who is project manager for the hotel remodeling. The two are attracted to each other, but Petra is concerned that she could never be the kind of wife that Dale wants, while Dale is worried that Petra could never find happiness with a simple, small-town construction worker. Garth will brook no rival and so demands that Petra remove Dale as project manager. What does Petra decide to do? Will she choose Garth, or Dale, or neither? And how can her three love-minded aunts help her? Building a Perfect Match (Book 6) is one of several stories in the Chatam House series of romances from Love Inspired Books. This is good, clean romance reading from an interesting author who emphasizes the need to love God.
There are some important spiritual lessons illustrated in the plot. Petra has always felt the odd one of her three other siblings who had found their nitch in life, and, with her business degree, she had no idea what she was supposed to do. Dale just wants to settle down and get married to a nice girl who would be willing to be a stay at home mom and raise his children. They both learn that sometimes what we yearn for in life is totally opposite from the plan that God has for us and that people may have to change what they have wanted for a long time, but for something or someone better. The story line and main characters are believable, the morality is Biblical, and the ending is surprising.