Sophie Go's Lonely Hearts Club
by Roselle Lim
Publication Date August 16, 2022
Published by Penguin
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Genres: Fiction / Asian American, Fiction / Magical Realism, Fiction / Women
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
A new heartfelt novel about the power of loneliness and the strength of love that overcomes it by critically acclaimed author Roselle Lim.
Newly minted professional matchmaker Sophie Go has returned to Toronto, her hometown, after spending three years in Shanghai. Her job is made quite difficult, however, when she is revealed as a fraud—she never actually graduated from matchmaking school. In a competitive market like Toronto, no one wants to take a chance on an inexperienced and unaccredited matchmaker, and soon Sophie becomes an outcast.
In dire search of clients, Sophie stumbles upon a secret club within her condo complex: the Old Ducks, seven septuagenarian Chinese bachelors who never found love. Somehow, she convinces them to hire her, but her matchmaking skills are put to the test as she learns the depths of loneliness, heartbreak, and love by attempting to make the hardest matches of her life.
Sophie Go’s Lonely Hearts Club by Roselle Lim is a heartwarming story of love, loneliness, and the power of love to heal.
Sophie Go is back in Toronto after attending a matchmaking school in Shanghai. She’s ready to take on the Toronto matchmaking scene with her new skills. However, her own mother outs her at a large party as a fraud. Her mother is partially right, she did fail to graduate from the matchmaking school, but all she needs are a few clients to prove herself and she’ll be able to petition the school to get her qualifications.
Sophie, now unable to find any clients due to her mother’s interference, is determined to prove herself as a matchmaker. She stumbles upon a group of older Chinese men who meet regularly in her apartment building and they call themselves the Old Ducks. She overhears them discussing their loneliness, and decides to make a deal with them to find matches for them.
Sophie Go’s Lonely Hearts Club is a very heartwarming story. Sophie has a terrible relationship with her family, especially her mother, and only has her best friend, who still lives in Shanghai. Her mother is horrible, and a bit over the top terrible, and I never did understand her relationship with her parents.
The romance was pleasant and I was rooting for both of them to figure it out. Sophie doesn’t believe that as a matchmaker, she can be matched to anyone. But, the romance was definitely the second place to Sophie’s own growth and realization of her own worth. Working with the Old Ducks and finding clients, and making impossible matches does more for her self-esteem than anything else.
There is a bit of magical realism which just added to the beautiful story. I loved how Sophie could see the red threads and know who was destined to be matched and to whom. For me, it added a bit of whimsy to the story that I just loved.
I highly recommend Sophie Go’s Lonely Hearts Club to anyone who enjoys Women’s Fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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