The Words Shimmer by Jenn Matthews

Rated 4.25 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
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Author: Jenn Matthews


Yorkshire anatomy lecturer Ruby Clark considers her life low-maintenance. She teaches at the local university, has two well-behaved teenage daughters, and what she doesn’t know about human anatomy isn’t worth knowing. Unfortunately, that knowledge doesn’t stretch to plants, and she’s been asked to help out on a school garden project.


Being a paramedic doesn’t do Melissa Jackson’s back or knees any favours, so she’s looking into university courses to try a less strenuous line of her work. But the brash, proudly out, down-to-earth woman’s biggest challenge is keeping her dyslexia a secret. That, and living down the stigma that follows her when people find out.


A university open day throws the two women into each other’s orbits. When Mel, an expert green thumb, makes a few helpful suggestions on Ruby’s garden project, Ruby convinces her to team up to make it a success.


Personality-wise, they couldn’t be less compatible. Mel’s brazen attitude, cocky jokes, and affinity with earthworms immediately rub the hyper-professional, straight-laced Ruby the wrong way. Can they ever find common ground?


A sweet, lesbian romance about growing something unexpected and wonderful from the roots up.

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Publication Date

August 2019


epub, mobi, and pdf


80,000 words




978-3-96324-244-1 (mobi), 978-3-96324-245-8 (epub), 978-3-96324-246-5 (pdf)


Ylva Publishing

4 reviews for The Words Shimmer by Jenn Matthews

  1. Betty Harmon
    Rated 4 out of 5


    I have mixed feelings about The Words Shimmer by Jenn Matthews. I did enjoy reading the book, and there are quite a few elements that I like. However, if you asked me to choose between this novel and Ms. Matthews’ first book, Hooked on You, I would have to pick her debut novel as my favorite.

    The Words Shimmer does have some really good qualities. It is a character driven tale which is one of my favorite types of books. The two main characters, Ruby Clark and Melissa (Mel) Jackson are both mature women in their forties which, for me, is refreshing. I loved the fact that the author made these two almost a lesbian Odd Couple. Ruby is very prim and proper, who likes everything to be in its place at all times. She is also a very private person. Mel is almost the complete opposite, being very open and out there with a “take me as I am or leave me alone” type of personality. This is a great conflict element, and I wish the author had used it more in the story. It seemed to become less noticeable as the story progressed, though it did not completely disappear.

    I admired that the author included a disability in the plot. Mel has dyslexia, and this is something she wants to hide from Ruby and others, even though she has done well in her life in spite of it. Both main and secondary characters are well-developed, and are easy to connect with. The slow-burn romance is really too slow in this novel. The story actually dragged for me after a while, and I think this was part of the problem. Despite this, I did like this book overall, and will definitely be looking for more from this author.

    I received this as an ARC from Ylva Publishing for an honest review.

  2. Karola
    Rated 4 out of 5


    ***free ARC
    Ruby and Mel met in the cafeteria of the University and didn’t like each other at all. A few months later they met again while Mel needs help with her crutches and broken leg and Ruby, as a nurse is always trying to help, is there to offer it. Their connection starts from that moment and is getting stronger by the week. The disability Jenn Matthews describes (dyslexia) is sure a tough one, nothing a normal reader can imagine. But I sometimes wished for, I don’t know, something more in the dialogues, descriptions?
    All in all a good book.

  3. petra
    Rated 4 out of 5


    I liked this book because it is a little different. A realistic opposites attract romance. Both Ruby and Mel are likeable well developed characters who slowly make their way from an initially reluctant friendship to romance. They both have normal everyday jobs and have to work through issues and hangups (mainly Ruby). The storyline is interesting and Ruby and Mel have plenty to work through as they join forces for a school garden project.
    The school children, Ruby’s daughters and one of her students add another layer, humour and depth to the story.
    I received an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  4. Miira
    Rated 5 out of 5


    Ruby, a university lecturer, is roped into a gardening project with young school kids. She’s the opposite of a green thumb. Mel, a down-to-earth paramedic, would be an ideal partner for the project but Ruby and Mel are complete opposites and don’t like each other.

    In the mix: some prejudice, dyslexia (what’s that got to do with anything? read and find out), relatable situations with children and older students and – wow.

    Super entertaining but also thought-provoking read, this is a slow-burn romance peppered with interesting facts; I could hardly put it down!

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