- Hardcover: 380 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (June 1 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1503900681
- ISBN-13: 978-1503900684
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 499 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Matchmaking for Beginners: A Novel Hardcover – Jun 1 2018
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About the Author
Maddie Dawson grew up in the South, born into a family of outrageous storytellers. Her various careers as a substitute English teacher, department-store clerk, medical-records typist, waitress, cat sitter, wedding-invitation-company receptionist, nanny, day care worker, electrocardiogram technician, and Taco Bell taco maker were made bearable by thinking up stories as she worked. Today she lives in Guilford, Connecticut, with her husband. She’s the bestselling author of five previous novels: The Survivor’s Guide to Family Happiness, The Opposite of Maybe, The Stuff That Never Happened, Kissing Games of the World, and A Piece of Normal.
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-Michelle @ Fab Book Reviews
I received a copy of this book courtesy of Thomas Allen & Son in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and comments are my own. Review has been edited.
Pay no attention to Wendy… She missed the class on manners because she was attending two extra courses on personal intimidation.
The life force is running out of this room! I’ve been at funerals that had better vibrations than this.
We never got married because I’ve finally learned that if you have to bring the law into your personal relationships, then you’re doing it wrong.
One time he said to me, “You know, I had a great six-pack when I was young,” and I said to him, “Bragging about beer is so unbecoming for an old man.”
It’s like he’s a person who has his emotions in a safety deposit box somewhere, and he forgot where he put it.
Matchmaking for Beginners was the second superbly written book of Maddie Dawson’s that I have had the pleasure of reading. It produced a near-constant smirk and frequent subvocal chuckling. I have a strong compulsion to stop everything and simply indulge in all the various publications of this woman’s clever and creative work as I reveled in her word skills. I adored her highly amusing, clever, and keenly crafted storylines from start to finish. Her quirky characters were each uniquely, inexplicably, and magnetically intriguing, even the villains.
The main character of Marnie was an oddly unobservant bubblehead who was all too easily tilted off the rails and careening towards ruin. While I may have wanted to give her a few smacks to the head with my Kindle, I also found her extraordinarily endearing and held my breath for her on numerous occasions. Ms. Dawson’s humor was well-honed, shiny, and crisp. I particularly enjoyed the witty exchanges between Marnie and Patrick, the “luminous” misanthropic hermit living in the dank basement. Sigh, more, please!
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A very sentimental tale that weaves heartbreak, familial love, agape love, philia love and eros love with more than a dash of mystical magic mojo. Some may say too sappy (and they would be right), some would say too predictable (yes that too) but overall it was sweet and light.
It's the meringue of beach reads for the year.
Our heroine Marnie can "see things" , but she can't see that being dumped by her husband of 2 weeks is really the beginning of her big, BIG life that has been prophesied over her by Blix (her fiance, nee husband, nee ex-husband's crazy aunt). Hope that makes sense. The both of them (Marnie and Blix) send out vibes and receive them back, they kind of guide them to see who would be potential mates. Hence the Matchmaking moniker.
Throw in the fact that you have neurotic mothers and MIL's, a pregnant hormonal sister who seems to have it all and a terminal illness. Whew, that a lot of stuff to cram into a book.
This is book where you really suspend reality and laugh at the things that are obviously coming down the pike with more than a little foreshadowing. But I give the book four stars because it tugs at the heart and brings a little tear and some warm fuzzies too.
Very mild potty language and some non descriptive sex scenes make this one you could pass along to your mom without worry.
Blix, the strange Great Aunt. My favorite character in a long time. She was wonderfully eccentric and lovable. The first half of this book was alternating POV's , which worked rather well. It enabled the reader to get to know both main characters and their thought processes. Because of Blix, I was sucked into the story more easily than I would have been if things had only been told from the Heroine's viewpoint. Because Marnie (the ?Heroine?) didn't always appeal to me. She was a bit too emotionally damaged, and she really didn't treat Jeremy (one of her love interests) all that well.
There was family drama. There was love gone bad (and good). There was humor--I actually laughed out loud when Marnie and Patrick attempted to cook live lobsters. ( I hate to give a spoiler, but I will say that the lobsters won). Through it all, Blix made the entire story worthwhile, even when she wasn't physically present. And there was even just a touch of 'maybe' paranormal, which for me, made it even that much better. Best of all, it's a complete story. No 'Book 1'. No cliffhanger ending. I'd almost forgotten just how satisfying that can be.
I enjoyed this book a great deal, but I couldn't buy the main romance. The guy is nice enough but I didn't believe he was meant for Marnie, or Marnie for him. It felt like they should just be good friends. There was so much else going on in the book that did work, so it's worth reading for a nice relaxing fun time. I think that was part of the problem, that the romance couldn't be slowly built from the start because there was a ton of other plot to get through, so it felt a bit rushed for me. A fun read, but I won't be rereading it.
Noah's great-aunt Blix only meets Marnie twice, but she instantly recognizes a fellow spirit, another matchmaker who can see the magic and love in the universe. She's also convinced Marnie has a big, big life in store. And it doesn't involve Noah. It turns out old Aunt Blix might have been onto something, because Noah and Marnie's marriage goes south before it even starts. Reeling from the break up, Marnie is shocked to learn that she's inherited Blix's house in Brooklyn. Just one problem: moving to Brooklyn doesn't fit into Marnie's plans. It also comes with an unexpected roommate-- Noah, of all people-- and several tenants who are struggling with their own relationships. Marnie is determined to sell the house and move back home, but, even from the grave, Blix has her way of making sure everyone discovers their destiny.
This book was a bit of magic, a touch of humor, and a lot of romance. It reminded me of the chick-lit books that were popular 20 years ago but have become unfashionable, crowded out of the market by sullen women's fiction and creepy psychological thrillers. Let's just say I'm on board for the revival. I absolutely loved the author's sense of humor. And, yes, Marnie is a complete idiot most of the time, but you get used to it. This book wasn't profound literature, but it's a great summer read and a lot of fun. This is the first Kindle First selection I have honestly enjoyed. Most months, I don't even bother to download one. Don't hesitate to give this one a try.