Mystical . . . Beautiful . . . Romantic . . .
Read the matchmaker’s story to find out where it all starts . . .
Mae Li has been in love with Chen Zhu for years, and he with her. But when the matchmaker arrives at the Zhu family home, she recommends another village girl for Chen.
Heartbroken, Mae Li watches as Chen does his duty by marrying another. Mae flees her village with the clothes on her back and her only possession—a pearl embedded comb, given to her as a goodbye gift from Chen Zhu.
Upon Mae’s arrival in Shanghai, she quickly learns that she’ll starve within days unless she sells her prized comb or joins a courtesan house. She goes to the Huangpu River and promises the River God that she’ll always be selfless if he will save her from becoming a prostitute . . . Her wish is granted when Ms. Tan, the matchmaker of Shanghai, finds Mae. But Mae must completely change her future and her name if she is to become the next matchmaker.
Length: 60 pgs
Review: I was a little hesitant to read this book because I wasn’t sure I would like it. As it turns out, I liked it a lot. I’m glad I took the opportunity to read it.
I liked the idea that Mae Li had to sacrifice in order to be the person she was meant to be. I was a little disappointed in Chen Zhu that he didn’t sacrifice and go after Mae Li, but that would have negated the whole premise of the story! The choices Mae Li had to make helped her become who she is meant to be. I struggled with her and wanted things to be fixed and made right, but, of course, in order to become the Matchmaker, she had to suffer trials and make the ultimate sacrifice. I felt like the author was able to show us Mae Li’s feelings and I could imagine myself in her shoes. This novella is well written and makes me anxious to read the full length novels in this series. I think knowing the background of the Matchmaker will make the series that much more enjoyable. Can’t wait to read them!
Sex - 1 (Mention of prostitution as a choice to make a living)
Violence - 0
Language - 0
Overall Content Rating - PG (Intended for adults, includes adult situations)
Source: Review Copy