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A PERFECT MATCH (A Peaceful Pilgrim Novel)
by Karen Wiesner
Release Date: 11/24/22
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Publisher: Writers Exchange E-Publishing
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Author Page: Karen Wiesner
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Peaceful Pilgrim is an unofficial series in no particular order set in Karen Wiesner's fictional town of Peaceful, Wisconsin. Peaceful is a modern-day small community with old-fashioned values and friendly people you'll want to get to know and visit often. Both the Family and Friendship Heirlooms series' are set in Peaceful.

        Dante Robinson's parents divorced when he was just a kid. His mother wanted "a better class of living"--i.e., more money and nicer stuff. But his father was a humble mechanic who believed the best in life was to work hard all week, then spend the weekend in a local tavern, getting drunk and, ideally, laid. While his dad wasn't a violent drunk, he was ineffective as a parent and taught his son by his extremely poor example. At the age of forty, Dante had barely finished high school, works as a mechanic and has since he was a teenager, and he's has never been in a serious relationship that wasn't more than a one- or two-night stand. When the college student who's a tenant in the upstairs apartment of his garage reveals that, on a lark, he and his friend started an online dating company, Perfect Match, all based on hacking media streaming services to "pair" their clients, Dante insists his tenant shut it down…until the kid offers to hook him up with a local "naughty librarian".

        Lena Young was born an old soul. At 32, she's spent her life trying to pay back her much-older brother Rick for his sacrifice in giving up his "free ride" college scholarship to raise her after their parents were killed in a factory accident. She's worked two jobs since she was in high school and her life has been no less nose-to-the-grindstone since she graduated. After Rick caught his wife cheating on him and he very publically threw her out of his house, he's done little more than become a bitter, abusive and reclusive drunk. Lena supports them financially, doing everything that needs to be done around the house, and she's raised her brother's daughter on her own. She has no personal life. While her friend Brayla convinced her to sign up for Perfect Match online dating, she can't get herself to go through with any "pairings"…not until Dante Robinson responds to her profile by asking her to swing by his house one evening.

        Developing a major crush on her brother's gorgeous friend Dante hadn't been difficult at all when Lena was a sheltered, impressionable girl. But, after Rick's horrific divorce, Dante hasn't been back to their house once and Lena hardly sees him around the small town of Peaceful they've both lived all their lives. Not surprisingly, considering the bad-boy reputation Dante's got, he's never come into the library where she works full-time during the week. And, after she finds herself fixing her hair, putting on makeup and flattering clothing she never ever wears to meet him, she discovers the shocking truth: that he only invited her over to his house to get laid--on the mistaken belief that she also watches the porn her brother does on the media streaming service under her name. She's mortified, but, the next day, an equally chagrinned Dante comes to the diner she works on the weekends and apologizes, saying last night made him realize how directionless his life is, how identically he's following his dad's pattern. He doesn't want to have nothing to show for his whole life. Lena wants to tell him to hit the road. Instead, she finds herself believing him, believing in his determination to become a better man…believing that, with him, she could have one thing in her life that brings her the kind of joy she's never known.

 

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