Harmony and Heartbreak: 01/11/23
Harmony and Heartbreak by Claire Kann (2023) is the first book in the Suitehearts middle grade fantasy series. Cousins Rose and Cora live in the Hotel Coeur in San Francisco where they are training to be matchmakers. With the arrival of a red envelope each, the stakes are high — they either pass or they lose their magic!
Claire Kann builds a world here with a matchmaking culture similar that in Roselle Lim's adult romances, but with an underlying magical society that reminds me of Claribel A. Ortega's Witchlings (2022).
Like the matchmakers in Lim's novels, Cora has feelings for one of her Kindlings. Unfortunately for her she doesn't have the option of following her heart. She does, though, however, live in a world where there isn't one true match for everyone. She's also young and knows it — knows despite her feelings she's not ready for a relationship
Although most of the novel takes place in the hotel and at their school, Kann's version of San Francisco rings true. She gets its culture and geography. Maybe in later books we'll get to see more of the City.