Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Book Spotlight: The Matchmaker's Lonely Heart by Nancy Campbell Allen


·         Title: The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart: Proper Romance Victorian

·         Author: Nancy Campbell Allen

·         Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Mystery/Suspense, Inspirational Fiction

·         Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (September 7, 2021)

·         Length: (336) pages

·         Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook 


London, 1885

Amelie Hampton is a hopeless romantic, which makes her the perfect columnist to answer lonely heart letters in The Marriage Gazette. When Amelie plays matchmaker with two anonymous lonely hearts, she also decides to secretly observe the couple's blind date. To her surprise, the man who appears for the rendezvous is Harold Radcliffe―a grieving widower and a member of Amelie's book club.

Police detective Michael Baker has been struggling ever since his best friend and brother-in-law died in the line of fire. Because he knows the dangers of his job, he has vowed never to marry and subject a wife and family to the uncertainty of his profession. But when he meets Miss Hampton, he is captured by her innocence, beauty, and her quick mind.

When a woman's body is pulled from the river, Michael suspects the woman's husband―Harold Radcliffe―of foul play. Amelie refuses to believe that Harold is capable of such violence but agrees to help, imagining it will be like one of her favorite mystery novels. Her social connections and clever observations prove an asset to the case, and Amelie is determined to prove Mr. Radcliffe's innocence. But the more time Amelie and Michael spend together, the more they trust each other, and the more they realize they are a good team, maybe the perfect match.

They also realize that Mr. Radcliffe is hiding more than one secret, and when his attention turns toward Amelie, Michael knows he must put an end to this case before the woman he loves comes to harm.


"Allen pairs a matchmaker and a detective in this charming Victorian romance. Allen expertly combines mystery and romance into a fast-paced tale complete with plenty of surprises and a central relationship founded on mutual admiration and respect. Readers are sure to appreciate the strong, well-shaded heroine and twisty plot." —Publishers Weekly

"Allen's chaste tale of Victorian romantic suspense will also appeal to historical mystery readers, and it would be great for mother-and-daughter reads. This has great appeal for teens who like historical fiction laced with mystery and romance." —Booklist

“I was immediately drawn into the characters’ lives and enjoyed the unraveling of the mystery and the development of the romance.” —Mystery and Suspense Magazine


Nancy Campbell Allen is the author of fifteen published novels and numerous novellas, which span genres from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. In 2005, her work won the Utah Best of State award, and she received a Whitney Award for My Fair Gentleman. She has presented at numerous writing conferences and events since her first book was released in 1999. Nancy received a BS in Elementary Education from Weber State University. She loves to read, write, travel, and research and enjoys spending time laughing with family and friends. She is married and the mother of three children.



Join the virtual book tour of THE MATCHMAKER’S LONELY HEART, Nancy Campbell Allen’s highly acclaimed historical novel, September 6-19, 2021. Thirty popular on-line influencers specializing in historical romance, mystery/suspense, and inspirational fiction will join in the celebration of its release with a spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new Victorian-era novel set in London, England.

TOUR SCHEDULE               

Sept 06          Timeless Novels (Review)

Sept 07          The Book Diva Reads (Excerpt)

Sept 07          Wishful Endings (Review)

Sept 08          Robin Loves Reading (Review)

Sept 08          A Darn Good Read (Review)

Sept 08          Storeybook Reviews (Spotlight)

Sept 08          Austenesque Reviews (Review)

Sept 09          Bookfoolery (Review)

Sept 09          The Lit Bitch (Excerpt)

Sept 10          The Bluestocking (Review)

Sept 10          Bookworm Lisa (Review)

Sept 10          The Silver Petticoat Review (Review)

Sept 11          Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review)

Sept 11          My Bookish Bliss (Review)

Sept 11          Nurse Bookie (Review)

Sept 12          The Bibliophile Files (Review)

Sept 12          My Jane Austen Book Club (Spotlight)

Sept 13          Heidi Reads (Excerpt)

Sept 13          Reading with Emily (Review)

Sept 13          Our Book Confessions (Review)

Sept 14          Rosanne E. Lortz (Review)

Sept 14          Laura's Reviews (Review)

Sept 14          Beauty in the Binding (Spotlight)

Sept 15          All-of-a-Kind Mom (Review)

Sept 15          Gwendalyn's Books (Review)

Sept 15          Life of Literature (Review)

Sept 16          From Pemberley to Milton (Review)

Sept 16          Probably at the Library (Spotlight)

Sept 17          Greenish Bookshelf (Review)

Sept 17          Relz Reviewz (Review)

Sept 18          Novel Kicks (Review)

Sept 19          Historical Fiction with Spirit (Excerpt)                             



  1. The Matchmaker's Lonely Heart sounds excellent. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  2. Thanks for sharing the spotlight, Jolene. I really enjoyed being in Victorian London with this couple and hope you have a chance to read it. Best, LA