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When Emma’s interference in her friends’ lives backfires, will the consequences be more than she bargained for? Set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, The Matchmaker is an Amish retelling of Emma and covers the same issues of love, relationships, and pride within the community. SERIES DESCRIPTION: The Amish Classics series is a retelling of novels by Jane Austen in a conteWhen Emma’s interference in her friends’ lives backfires, will the consequences be more than she bargained for? Set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, The Matchmaker is an Amish retelling of Emma and covers the same issues of love, relationships, and pride within the community. SERIES DESCRIPTION: The Amish Classics series is a retelling of novels by Jane Austen in a contemporary Amish setting. The main story lines are accurately followed but told within the Amish culture and religion. These stories will introduce readers of Amish romances to these classics, while also being attractive to Jane Austen’s many loyal fans....

Title : The Matchmaker: An Amish Retelling of Jane Austen's Emma
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The Matchmaker: An Amish Retelling of Jane Austen's Emma Reviews

  • Brittany
    2019-02-03 17:09

    The author has done such a great job of combining the basic storyline of Emma into an Amish setting. The way the story is told just makes sense. I really loved that the book retains the same feeling as reading a Jane Austen novel. The depth of emotion, range of characters, and situations that Emma gets herself into kept my attention from page one until the very ending of the story.Sweet, meddling Emma…when will she learn? She has such a good heart, caring for your aging father and other widows in the community. However, she is a bit stubborn and things get quite mixed up when she begins her matchmaking attempts. Many life lessons are learned by Emma in this wonderful story. I enjoyed her character and appreciated the way that she grew throughout the story. The other characters in the book were similarly well-written. Gideon, the family friend that Emma has known since birth, was the epitome of a strong and wise Amish man in the community. I enjoyed getting to know him in this story and watching his transformation throughout the book, as well.I thoroughly enjoyed this charming story and look forward to reading the other books in this series.I would like to thank the author for the complimentary ebook that I received in exchange for an honest review.You can read this review on my blog and enter to win a copy of The Matchmaker (giveaway ends on 1/16/15):https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  • Carmen8094
    2019-02-11 16:46

    The matchmaker è il retelling dell'austeniano Emma ambientato nella comunità Amish; secondo, nella serie The Amish classics di Sarah Price, dopo First impressions.Anche questa volta l'autrice ha fatto un ottimo lavoro nel riproporre un classico del XIX secolo traslando la storia ai giorni nostri, ma in una comunità con usi e costumi così diversi da quelli riconosciuti da noi occidentali. Il risultato è quindi non solo un romanzo divertente, ma anche interessante, in quanto ci permette di guardare più da vicino lo stile di vita Amish.Leggendo The matchmaker, infatti, ho scoperto che anche in queste comunità vi sono delle differenze sociali ed economiche tra le famiglie (che io credevo invece tutte sullo stesso piano). Come nella storia originale, infatti, Emma, così come Gideon, il corrispettivo di Mr Knightley, sono piuttosto benestanti, mentre l'equivalente di Mr Martin si occupa dell'allevamento dei maiali, e non è visto di buon occhio dalla protagonista, né gli altri personaggi lo considererebbero mai adatto a sposare una ragazza come lei.Inoltre imperversano i pettegolezzi, che possono influenzare pesantemente la vita di una persona, trattandosi di una comunità così piccola.La trasposizione della storia è piuttosto fedele all'originale di Jane Austen; inoltre Emma è la mia eroina austeniana preferita e mi ha fatto piacere vederla descritta così bene. Inizialmente ci troviamo di fronte ad una ragazza spensierata, felice, legatissima a suo padre e ben contenta della sua vita, che però comincia a cambiare a partire dal matrimonio della zia / Miss Taylor.A poco a poco, quel mondo fatato in cui Emma viveva - o credeva di vivere - viene letteralmente capovolto. L'arrivo di Alice / Augusta, ancora più odiosa del personaggio originale, la mette in ombra; i suoi piani riguardanti la vita amorosa dell'amica Hanna si rivelano un fallimento; Gideon è deluso da lei e probabilmente preso da un'altra donna...L'autrice descrive molto bene questa fase della vita della protagonista, la sua depressione e il fatto di sentire di non avere più un posto nel suo mondo. Il rendersi conto, anzi, che quel mondo non esiste più.Ma anche qui, tutto ciò servirà a far maturare Emma e a condurla verso il suo lieto fine.A questo proposito, la storia ci rende partecipi di un matrimonio Amish molto più che il volume precedente, in cui tale cerimonia era solo stata descritta nei suoi caratteri generali.Il romanzo presenta molte scene emozionanti e credo risulti veramente piacevole a chiunque ami Emma.Una menzione particolare all'amabilità di Hetty e alla gita a Yoder / Box Hill, sempre dolorosa.

  • Karla
    2019-02-01 17:04

    I thought that I had read the best Sarah Price book ever, when I read "First Impressions", however , I was mistaken! I believe this new book is THE best, well, until she writes another new one! This author has a very special and different talent. She can remake a Jane Austen tale into one with an Amish setting and Amish characters. Who else could possibly take "Pride and Prejudice" and come up with a believable Amish tale? Now, once again Sarah has succeeded in retelling "Emma" in this new creation, "The Matchmaker". A perfect setting and a very different look at Amish life!! The main character, Emma, was one who made me angry, made me chuckle, irritated me beyond belief, all in one chapter with her judgmental attitude. At the beginning of the book, I just wanted to shake some sense into this young lady!! She appeared to be a meddling busy body, always involved in someone else's love life, totally ignoring her own well being and happiness. My opinion did change as I read on in the book, thank goodness, or I would have been up in arms throughout the whole story. To me, a good book is one that enables me to identify with at least one character. This book met my qualifications with no problem. Gideon, a close friend of Emma's dad, was one of the few people who could put her in her place and make her think. He was kind, well meaning and showed his care for her by stepping and stopping her from making some REALLY big mistakes. Sarah`s ability to picture and understand the characters is outstanding. I became part of this story!!The plot moved quickly with unexpected twists and turns withing every chapter. It was believable and realistic. It makes you realize that just because someone lives in an Amish community does not mean that they are exempt from the problems of everyday life. How they deal with them may be different but these individuals are human too. They make mistakes as do we!I highly recommend this book to those who are tired of the òrdinary, predictable Amish genre. Sarah Price is a writer with great imagination and puts her own twists in her creations.Definitely a five star book!This book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Debbie
    2019-02-14 10:45

    I just finished reading "The Matchmaker" by Sarah Price. It is a retelling of Jane Austen's "Emma" only Sarah's Price novel is written from an Amish persepective and I am thinking this is really good! My question is who has read Jane Austen? I haven't read any of Jane Austen's books because I thought I wouldn't like them but I read Sarah Price "First Impression" which is based on "Pride and Prejuice" by Jane Austen only Sarah's was Amish and loved it and then I read Jane Austen's version and loved it! So I am wondering why did I think I wouldn't like Jane Austen before, is it because I didn't think I would like the style, maybe the genre " classic" scared me off but then I loved "Gone With The Wind" and it is a classic. Well, with that said I haven't read "Emma" by Jane Austen but it is now on my to be list as well as the other novels by Jane Austen. "The Matchmaker" by Sarah Price is classic genre with an Amish twist. Emma is determined to never marry but she knows who is the perfect match for her new friend Hannah. At least she thinks she does. Emma means well but her plans aren't what God has planned and hearts are broken! Can they be healed and lives lived as only God planned?It was fun to read this book and see how Emma grows out of her prejudice ideals and learns to "Let Go and Let God" This is a fun book with plenty of secrets. I challenge you to read "The Matchmaker" and you will become a Sarah Price fan too!"The Matchmaker" is a five star book! I was given a pdf file of "The Matchmaker" for my honest review!

  • Catherine
    2019-01-31 12:54

    I liked this story.

  • Pamela Wood
    2019-02-15 17:12

    I like this book but there are a lot of characters to keep up with and it runs a little slow. Love the history and the Amish language.

  • Nicola
    2019-01-19 18:48

    I needed a 'retelling' for a book challenge and as I had recently read Emma I thought this might fit the bill. Unfortunately I didn't get very far - it read like fairly uninspired fanfiction, wooden prose and characters 'telling' instead of 'showing'. All fairly mediocre I thought and life's too short even if I do need to find another couple of books for my challenge now!

  • Maureen Timerman
    2019-01-21 13:04

    This newest book by Sarah Price is so good; I couldn’t put it down, and kept reading. The focus of this is on Emma Weaver, and right from the start I felt myself being she, I literally walked in her shoes.At first when I met Emma, and she pointed out to a friend some bad points about another person, I was a bit disappointed, and then realized that I might not say anything, but my mind would have the same thoughts. I also find that I am at times judgmental, and often find myself wrong. So Emma and I have a lot of the same traits, no wonder I thought she was a snob!Emma is also very considerate and caring, she has made a home for her Dad and really takes great care of him. She is also looking out for her elderly neighbors, and often times her visit to them when she knows that their primary caretaker is not home. There are some very funny happenings here, and I’m sure that you will find a good chuckle, she plays matchmaker, and things don’t seem, on each occasion, to turn out like she planned. Was a bit surprised that one of the characters was able to put together a new match very fast, and was married to another in record time. We also meet Gideon King, her sister’s husband’s older brother, and he is a dear family friend. Gideon and her Dad seem to spend a lot of time together, and have formed a wonderful friendship. Gideon also seems to be the one who can put Emma in her place, and she does realize how wrong she has been. Emma has vowed to never marry, she will continue to take care of her Dad, can one of these suitors she has picked out for her friend actually be the one God has chosen for her. We see her in action as she puts men in their place, and out spoken Amish woman. Come along and enjoy this unusual matchmaking story, Emma’s record doesn’t seem to be very good, but oh how I loved this page-turning read. Enjoy!I received this book from the Author Sarah Price, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Diana
    2019-02-16 12:50

    In her own distinctive voice, Sarah Price has created a wealth of memorable, delightful characters in The Matchmaker. Readers will love this unique blend of the Amish and Jane Austen's classic tale, Emma -- the story of an opinionated young lady who must learn the hard way that best laid plans may sometimes go awry. Emma Weaver's heart is in the right place in spite of her meddlesome ways. Just because she has no desire to be burdened down with a husband and children does not mean she cannot help others find their way to wedded bliss. With her smile as her armor and her laughter as her shield, she is content to help the widows in her Amish community and her aged father as well. After all, Emma feels that there is a 'lid for every pot' so to speak (except herself), and it is her place to sort all that out. However, will all of Emma's well-meaning schemes backfire on her?...and does she ever learn that matchmaking is best left in the hands of God!? To be quite honest with you, before I truly "met" Emma, I wanted to shake her. Filled with pride and a judgmental attitude, I felt that the good she did came from a pious self-righteous opinion of herself. But oh, how she finally endeared herself to me as she evolved throughout the story. Sarah Price portrays the Amish as human...who make mistakes and must own up to them, unlike many other Amish novels that portray them as being "perfect." I laughed out loud at some of Emma's antics and sayings, along with the secondary characters' as well. And I shed a few tears at the satisfying conclusion. With unpredictable twists and turns that Sarah Price is so well known for, and a charming main character that is not your typical Amish heroine -- this harmonious mix of contemporary and classic is truly a "match made" in heaven!

  • Nancee
    2019-02-11 18:58

    Emma's idea of helping others is a rare gift to the elderly Amish women she visits weekly, and she is highly praised for her godly and generous spirit. Devoted to her aging father, Emma decided that marriage is not for her, but her penchant for matchmaking is meddlesome if not calamitous. I thoroughly enjoyed Emma's zest for life and her positive outlook. There were moments when I'd like to have given her the evil eye, but I perceived Emma as an energetic, enthusiastic young woman whose motives are admirable, for the most part. As for the other situations she creates for herself and others...... well, let's leave it at that.Set in rural Pennsylvania Amish country, Sarah Price paints a clear and vivid portrait of the Amish community, and the close-knit relationships that the Amish share. Not all is painted as perfect, as the Amish are human and struggle with many of the issues we all share. Very familiar with the Northern Indiana Amish communities, I was easily transported to this Pennsylvania Amish setting, and felt right at home with the author's extensive knowledge regarding the Amish culture. The characters depicted in "The Matchmaker" are colorful, realistic and very well described. The events throughout this highly enjoyable novel provide a myriad of emotions! I thoroughly enjoyed this unpredictable tale created as an Amish version of Jane Austen's "Emma." A word of warning for those of you about to read this amusing and entertaining book, don't waste your time attempting to sleep. I simply couldn't put the book down! I was thoroughly engrossed until the very last page! Pick up a copy and enjoy!Disclaimer: I purchased a copy of this book for my own reading pleasure. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  • Cherie Kasper
    2019-01-22 12:58

    This is book 2 of the Amish Classics series, I haven't read the first one yet, but I'm sure to do it now that I have finished this one. It is one of the best examples of really getting to know how the Amish live and feel. The story is an Amish retelling of Jane Austen's Emma, and Emma Weaver played her part in this story very well. I was hooked at the very first of the story and did not lose interest at all throughout the whole book. The characters played off each other so well, I really felt like I was in the story with them. From the very first Emma is working her wiles to try to help a friend find who her husband should be, all the while saying she would never marry. So many things happen from that very first incident clear up to the last page. You will never guess what happens ahead of time. I love the push and pull of the characters as the story is revealed.Gideon King is a good friend of Emma's Dad's. He is very often found at their house visiting her Dad, a lot of the time just telling Emma what she's doing wrong, which just sets Emma's teeth on edge. Paul and Frances also come into Emma's life, but to what end. You'll just have to read the whole book to find out which one can make a difference.As far as Amish books go, I'm not always thrilled with all of them. Some do not really get me into the story about how they feel, what they do in everyday life, how the family dynamics work, and a lot of other things. I rated this book with 5 stars and recommend this to all who love Christian Fiction.I won this book in an author give-away and am doing this review with all my own opinions.

  • Wendy
    2019-01-31 12:02

    BACK OF THE BOOK BLURBEmma Weaver is twenty-one years old and has found a passion for playing matchmaker with her friends. Her neighbor, Gideon King, warns her about interfering in people's lives, but she disregards his advice and plans to set up Paul, the son of the bishop with her friend Hannah.But when Paul misinterprets Emma's attention, believing she has feelings for him, he begins asking her to ride in his buggy after Sunday singings and shows up at her house for Friday evening visits. As she tries to repair the damage that's been done and mend the hearts that have been broken, she finds herself in trouble with the community. Will she learn her lesson and stop meddling in the affairs of others? Will she find a love of her own.MY REVIEWWhat a good series this is. Have you ever thought you were doing something positive for others and then mess up not only your own life but other lives as well? I really like the way Sarah tells the story and lets the reader see how Emma handles each situation. She teaches a lesson about letting 'nature' take it's course and not trying to take the 'course' in your own hands, especially when your are messing with other peoples lives. Great read Sarah! I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, "Second Chances" coming out in June of this year.

  • D.J.
    2019-02-09 12:48

    Oh boy… this story grabbed me right from the start! Like First Impressions (book 1) this is another book that holds your attention right to the very end… and an exciting conclusion.Emma is determined to marry off all her friends; don’t you think it’s a little funny that she has NO plans to ever marry? Nope, she intends to stay home and take care of her dad. It’s an honorable choice, but I think she goes about her matchmaking because of this very thing!Since she intends to stay single, she needs to feel like she’s helping others to find a mate. Unfortunately, she’s usually wrong…Just because one couple married, she took credit for their meeting and “falling in love” and is determined to do the same for her other friends, including poor Hannah, who has a chance for a wonderful relationship and possible marriage – but not if Emma has her way! Oh… if only she could see what her matchmaking is doing to others around her.Will Emma continue to match up her friends? Only time will tell… if you want to know what happens, read the book! I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!

  • J. W. Garrett
    2019-02-09 12:58

    The Matchmaker is a feel good book that makes you examine your behaviors and motivations and want to be a better person.This is book 2 in the Amish Classics Series, and is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. Sarah Price is an excellent story teller and her love of the Amish /Mennonite culture / society is evident in her writing. The names may have changed but the characters are true to form. The basic story premise is the same and stays true to Austen’s intent. Even though Price placed her story within the setting of Amish society… with the nature, behaviors and beliefs as the basis of the story… it does not deter from Austen’s story. In fact I thought it enhanced it. There naturally had to be adjustments for the time period, but I wasn’t offended by the minor changes. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more in this series. I also read book 1 First Impressions which was based on Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. To be honest…I enjoyed Book 1 better than this one.

  • Lucinda
    2019-02-15 16:09

    This was so much fun to read! I thought there would possibly be enough cultural differences that I might miss out on something but that wasn't the case at all. I still felt Emma was completely relatable and as funny as ever! I loved all the Amish touches on situations and phrases. I thought it was so clever and I'm so happy to have found Sarah Price. I hope to read more of her books soon. So wonderful finding a perfectly clean book that is completely entertaining and written so well! I only list 4 stars because sometimes it's a little slow, but I felt the same for Jane Austin's Emma. Pride and Prejudice is the book from Jane Austin that I adored the most, and Sarah Price has one for that as well that I will pick up next time I'm at the library. :) Very excited!

  • Tina Watson
    2019-02-05 11:54

    Do you like to read books that having walking in characters' shoes?Sarah will have you do just that in her new book The Matchmaker: An Amish Retelling of Jane Austen's Emma.Emma Weaver is the Matchmaker in the story, which we all know can back fire sometimes. Emma is a people please-er in her Amish community among the elderly.My favorite character was Gideon King. He was a few years older than Emma. He and her father were dear friends.He had a way of talking to Emma, but can she see what's in front of her??Sarah Price is my favorite author and I enjoy reading her books.I received a free copy of "The Matchmaker" by Sarah Price to give an honest review in my own words and no money was exchanged.

  • april geary
    2019-02-11 12:07

    Great bookSarah you have out done yourself again all I can say is wow and I couldn't put the book down again I fell in love with Emma she has to my favorite so far of the characters but I've only read the matchmaker and sense and sensibility love them both can't wait to read the other books I'm in love with you Jane Austen series im going to be sharing these books with my mom but I will also be telling all my friends of your books and recommending they read them I've read other amish authors but I'm totally in love with ur books and there isn't a book I haven't read that I have not loved and I loved all the authors you recommended to read through your online book discussions and I have my mom hooked on reading the new authors you have recommend and she loves them to

  • Christy
    2019-02-11 16:59

    I enjoy Sarah Price's writing; this one was not my favorite but was still a true Amish story without the many English characters through-out much of the Amish Fiction written these days. I appreciated that more than anything. It is becoming quite difficult to find Amish Fiction that is not equal parts English fiction. I might not have been as appealed to the many hosts of unlikeable characters in this story. I enjoyed Emma, Henry and Gideon and the seniors that Emma took to visiting. I wanted to understand the meaning behind Francis and Paul's choices but never did. There might have been a little too much secrecy and conspiring for my liking but it was still a good read. I will revisit the series again with Second Chances!

  • Carolyn E
    2019-02-16 10:45

    I enjoyed this story. I am looking forward to reading the third book in this series, Second Chances: An Amish Retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, which is scheduled for release on June 2, 2015.I also noticed that Sarah Price has another new book scheduled for release on March 21, 2015, entitled An Amish Spring. This will be the first book in the "Amish Seasons" series.

  • Jennifer Goins
    2019-01-30 16:51

    I just finished reading the book called The Matchmaker by Sarah Price. It is retelling the story of Jane Austen's Emma, In some way Emma sounds a lot like me I take care of my stepdad. only Sarah Price noval is written from the Amish point of view. I didn't know this was the 2nd book but I liked it a lot. I couldn't put it down I had to keep reading it. Can't wait to read more about the Amish ways and more books from Sarah Price. I rated this a 5 star it was a good book. Would like to say thank you to GoodReads Frist Reads for the free book and to Sarah Price for the book.

  • Delta
    2019-02-15 12:06

    I was surprised I liked this book as much as I did. I have never read Emma, but I'm familiar with the themes and character types Austen puts in her books and I think Price did an excellent job keeping with the Austen spirit. Reading about the Amish culture and lifestyle is very interesting and this might be the best example I've seen so far.**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

  • Reina Williams
    2019-01-21 19:04

    I really liked this Amish retelling of Austen's Emma. The Amish setting/world seemed a natural fit for the storyline from the 19th century. (The storyline, general themes, and some of the names are all that are similar to Austen but since I don't expect most to write like Austen, that didn't take away from my enjoying this book.) If you like sweet Austen retellings, I recommend this. I hope to read the other books in this series.

  • Kme_17
    2019-02-07 17:46

    I received this as a first read.This one was a cute book. It was a take on the Jane Austen 's Emma but set in the Amish country. I enjoy the way the author really pulled you in the setting. However she still stays true to the sprit of Emma. A great mix. I did sometimes get frustrate with the heroine. In the end though I liked her a lot.

  • Carol
    2019-01-27 11:50

    I always enjoy Sarah Price's books, and this book did not disappoint, although I have Loved some of her other books more! She has her own style, which I ALWAYS LOVE and find hard to put down! I would give this book a 4.5* rating! This is my own opinion, of this purchased book! Keep writing, Sarah!

  • Robin Rector
    2019-01-18 15:47

    This book is an Amish retelling to Jane Austen's Emma. Since I love all of Jane Austen's works, I decided to give this book a try. I certainly enjoyed it and while the storyline didn't always fit perfectly, it was still a very good version.

  • Candace Lazzaro
    2019-02-02 14:51

    I enjoyed this retelling of Jane Austin's "Emma." Not quite Austin quality BUT an enjoyable read.Finished. A delightful retelling of Emma with Amish characters. Emma is still Emma...the matchmaker.

  • Darlene Dufrene-estay
    2019-02-10 16:58

    This was a very good read. I love books about the Amish fiction or not. I would recommend this book to everyone !!!! very very enjoyable !!!!!!

  • Samantha
    2019-02-11 13:55

    Review coming soon

  • Judith
    2019-01-24 15:46

    I think I read this series out of order so this was the last one for me and I feel the author ran out of steam on this one.

  • Felicia
    2019-02-15 11:47

    I recieved this book from GoodReads First Reads. This is a great book, I did read the first in the series but this could be a stand alone too. Wonderful story and great author.