The Irish Matchmaker

A Novel

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Making the perfect match is both art and science--but love doesn't always follow the rules.

As daughter of a well-known matchmaker, Catríona Daly is no stranger to the business of love--and sees it as her ticket away from the sleepy village that only comes alive during the annual matchmaking festival. When Andrew, son of Lord Osborne, returns to the festival after being disappointed by a rival matchmaker's failed setup, Catríona seizes the opportunity to make a better match for the handsome man--and for herself!

Cattle farmer Donal Bunratty is in desperate need of a wife after loss left him to handle the farm and raise his daughter on his own. Shy and lacking the finer social graces, he agrees to attend the matchmaking festival to fulfill his daughter's birthday wish. But when he arrives, it's not any of the other merrymakers that catch his eye but rather his matchmaker--who clearly has eyes for someone else.

Catríona will have to put all her expertise to work to make matches for the two men that could change their lives--and hers--forever. Will her plan succeed? Or will love have its own way?

The Author

  1. Jennifer Deibel
    Katherine Marini, Photography by Katherine Nicole

    Jennifer Deibel

    Jennifer Deibel is the author of A Dance in Donegal (winner of the Kipp Award for Historical Romance), The Lady of Galway Manor, The Maid of Ballymacool, and The Irish Matchmaker. With firsthand immersive experience abroad,...

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"Deibel returns to provincial Ireland for an irresistible tale of matchmaking mishaps and second chances."

Publishers Weekly

"Deibel deftly matches up a period-perfect early twentieth-century Irish setting with a full complement of endearing characters. The end result is an absolute delight."


"Filled with delightful twists, The Irish Matchmaker is an immersive story about faith and finding loving in unexpected places. Deibel skillfully weaves Donal and Catriona's stores, creating realistic characters and a fascinating storyline."