Title: The Match Boy
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Characters: Vern, Oren
Sub-Genre: Fantasy, Holiday, Romance
A familiar tale with a twist. Vern’s life as a poor match boy is hard and cruel. Starving and freezing, he loses consciousness, and when he awakens, thinks he must have died and gone to heaven.
Instead he finds he’s been rescued by Oren, a doctor and inventor, who lives with his sister and brother-in-law.
Each man is attracted to the other, but each fear to speak of the attraction, thinking it would be misinterpreted–especially when a friend of Oren’s seeks to keep the couple apart.
But Vern has a plan. He crafts a gift for Oren, intended to reveal his heart in a way he’s unable to put into words.
Will the match boy’s gift win the heart of the inventor?
I’ve read several books by Pelaam and I’ve enjoyed them all, but I have to say that this one might just be my favorite written by her. The Match Boy is a beautifully romantic holiday story that is a perfect read on a cold winter’s night. I loved every moment I spent reading this book and I truly hated to see it come to an end.
Both the characters are noble, likable men. I loved how Oren opened his home and heart up to Vern. His generous nature and thoughtfulness could easily capture anyone’s heart. I thought he and Vern were perfect together and enjoyed watching the sweet and loveable, Vern, really grown into a more confidant man. Vern blossoms under Oren’s affection, friendship and love and it was truly a lovely thing to watch.
I also liked how Ms. Pelaam told a spin on a well-loved tale, but still was able to make it her own in both originality and a strong romance. Although the publisher doesn’t label this book as steampunk, instead calling it a fantasy, I will easily go out on a limb and say both steampunk and fantasy lovers will definitely enjoy this gem of a story. If you are looking for a very romantic, well-written tale that will live in your heart long after the story is over, The Match Boy is definitely for you!
Reviewed By: Gabbi