I can clearly remember the holiday where my daughter and I brainstormed ideas for the zany senior citizens at the heart of the stories. There are five of them: JW the former Green Beret, Sam who was a NASA genius, quirky, impulsive Daisy, Lizbet a highly successful businesswoman, and earth-mother Hannah.
From their Florida seniors’ residence, they invent the most successful matchmaking program in the world. I knew right away the crew would have endless fun messing with the lives of their grandchildren. Each story is a new match. And each new match brings tougher challenges to the seniors who have to surreptitiously throw their heirs into the paths of their perfect mates and keep them there long enough to let the magic—or the science, depending on who you ask—go to work.
It started with An Unlikely Match, featuring a nerd and an aspiring actress in Southern California. An Impractical Match pairs an uptight perfectionist of an event planner with slightly wild motor cross racer. In An Extraordinary Match, a float plane pilot puts the daughter of his family’s arch-enemy in prison. While a typo in the matchmaking program has a construction contractor reluctantly attempting to match the perfect woman with his brother in An Astonishing Match.
That brings us to number five, An Unpredictable Match. Obviously, the crew can’t leave the brother from book four all alone and lonely. He’s a brilliant, independent, workaholic, coerced by his grandmother into offering his mansion as a film set. She’s a charming film producer battling a tyrannical boss. For good measure, the seniors toss in a beautiful starlet as a red herring.
Summer’s nearly here, and I’m looking longingly outside at the sunshine. Still, I can’t help thinking about book number six…
Barbara Dunlop is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fifty romance novels. A three time finalist in the prestigious RITA award, she is also a two time winner of the RWA Golden Heart award. An Unlikely Match, the first book in her acclaimed Match series, was a number one bestseller on Amazon. Barbara makes her home in Yukon with her bush pilot husband and the moose and bears that wander through their yard.