Matchmaking for Beginners
Marnie MacGraw wants an ordinary life—a husband, kids, and a minivan in the suburbs. Now that she’s marrying the man of her dreams, she’s sure this is the life she’ll get. Then Marnie meets Blix Holliday, her fiancé’s irascible matchmaking great-aunt who’s dying, and everything changes—just as Blix told her it would.When her marriage ends after two miserable weeks, Marnie is understandably shocked. She’s even more astonished to find that she’s inherited Blix’s Brooklyn brownstone along with all of Blix’s unfinished “projects”: the heartbroken, oddball friends and neighbors running from happiness. Marnie doesn’t believe she’s anything special, but Blix somehow knew she was the perfect person to follow in her matchmaker footsteps.And Blix was also right about some things Marnie must learn the hard way: love is hard to recognize, and the ones who push love away often are the ones who need it most.

Matchmaking for Beginners Details

TitleMatchmaking for Beginners
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 1st, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
ISBN-139781503900684
Rating
GenreRomance, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Matchmaking for Beginners Review

  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.What a terrific, sweet charmer of a book this was!!Every family has at least one oddball, one eccentric. Free-spirited Blix Holliday is her family's black sheep, and that doesn't bother her one bit, because she doesn't like them much anyway.She believes there's a perfect match for everyone, she believes in thought energy, watching people's auras, and her ability to wish things into existence—and she has a book of spells to prove it. Now in her 80s and terminally ill, she wants to live 4.5 stars.What a terrific, sweet charmer of a book this was!!Every family has at least one oddball, one eccentric. Free-spirited Blix Holliday is her family's black sheep, and that doesn't bother her one bit, because she doesn't like them much anyway.She believes there's a perfect match for everyone, she believes in thought energy, watching people's auras, and her ability to wish things into existence—and she has a book of spells to prove it. Now in her 80s and terminally ill, she wants to live whatever time she has left on her own terms, surrounded by joy and those she loves."This is a family that is rotten at its core, no matter what the decor tells you. I see things as they are, right through the fakery and pretense. I can still remember when this place really was authentically grand, before Wendy Spinnaker decided to throw thousands of dollars into some kind of fake restoration of its façade. But that sums up this family's philosophy of life perfectly: plaster over the real stuff, and slap a veneer on the top. Nobody will know. But I know."When she meets Marnie MacGraw, her great-nephew's fiancée, she immediately feels the two are kindred spirits. Both share some of the same abilities, like the ability to see when two people are destined for one another. But Marnie just wants a normal life—husband, kids, a house in the suburbs—so she doesn't believe Blix when she tells her that there's a great big life out there waiting for, an exciting one far beyond the comforts she craves."The subversive truth about love is that it really is the big deal everyone makes it out to be, and it's not some form of security or an insurance policy against loneliness. It's everything, love is. It runs the whole universe!"Marnie's marriage ends shortly after it began (and it never quite began), but she still can't believe that Blix was right, and that she's capable of exciting things. Little by little, she pulls her life back together and starts to trust her heart again, only to be thrown for another loop, when she learns that Blix has died and bequeathed her brownstone in Brooklyn. (Of course, the bequest isn't as straightforward as she expected.) But it's not just the house—Blix has "left" Marnie all of her pet projects; namely, her friends who are all desperate for love but they just don't see themselves as ready, or even worthy.So now Marnie finds herself in Brooklyn, uprooting her life and those closest to her once again. She's looking for a quick resolution to the whole brownstone issue, so she can get back to Florida and the plans she's made for her future. She doesn't understand how Blix thought her capable of greatness, because she just wants ordinary comforts. Yet as she settles into her life in Brooklyn and deals with some unexpected surprises and challenges, she starts to realize that perhaps Blix's work needs to be carried on—and maybe she's the one who needs to do it. The only challenge is, she needs a little of this work herself."Everybody wants love, and the ones who appear to want it the least actually need it the most."This was one of those books that feels like a great big hug. It hooked me from the very first page and didn't let go, and I found myself utterly immersed in these characters. Is it predictable? Sure. Did it matter? Not in the slightest. This book was the perfect antidote to the heavy books I've read most recently, and it not only made me smile, but it made me tear up through the smiles, too.I thought Maddie Dawson did such a terrific job creating quirky and complex characters. Not everyone is likable (just like real life), and not everyone is 100 percent good or selfless (again, just like real life), but even though the book made me believe that just a little touch of magic and mysticism can exist in our world, it also was tremendously believable, because quite often the people who can be difficult to love are the ones who need that love most.Three cheers for Matchmaking for Beginners . When you need something to charm you, pick this one up.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.
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  • abby
    January 1, 1970
    Marnie knows where her life is headed. She's engaged to the love of her life, Noah, and together they will create a stable, ordinary life. Yes, Marnie can see her future. The problem is that she's 100% wrong.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 o Marnie knows where her life is headed. She's engaged to the love of her life, Noah, and together they will create a stable, ordinary life. Yes, Marnie can see her future. The problem is that she's 100% wrong.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.
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  • Patricia Imperiale
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this book. It was a cute, quick read. I liked Blix although I would have liked to hear more about her. Marnie got on my nerves at times, especially when Noah continually came into the house to take things. After the first time, what idiot doesn't change the locks? The man came in the house, uninvited, to take things, four times!
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  • Kerry Anne King
    January 1, 1970
    MATCHMAKING FOR BEGINNERS walked straight into my heart, trailing a shower of golden sparkles. Dawson has created a magical world inhabited by characters so engaging and real it seems plausible they might drop by for a cup of coffee. By turns funny, wise, and poignant, this is a story about falling in love—with the painful, messy, joyful business of living.
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  • Jessa
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to love this book, and there were aspects that were good, but there was too much happening in what could have been a much more streamlined/focused story. And Marnie was SO very unlikable to me?? I didn’t feel any sympathy for her, and honestly, I think she and Noah deserved each other. She def didn’t deserve Patrick. And wow, I hate how shabbily she treated poor Jeremy, the real underdog of the story.
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  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    there were some things i liked about this book and some things i didn't. which is the way of most things, really.how deep am i??review to come---------you had me at "matchmaking"! (because i'm interested in literally every book that mentions matchmaking) (please, if you ever see one...send it my way) (please i need it)
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  • Bibi
    January 1, 1970
    *2.5 stars*My very first audible romance and the narrators, Amy McFadden and Joyce Bean, were pure joy to listen to; elevating the story from mundane to something quite remarkable.BlurbMarnie MacGraw wants an ordinary life—a husband, kids, and a minivan in the suburbs. Now that she’s marrying the man of her dreams, she’s sure this is the life she’ll get. Then Marnie meets Blix Holliday, her fiancé’s irascible matchmaking great-aunt who’s dying, and everything changes—just as Blix told her it wou *2.5 stars*My very first audible romance and the narrators, Amy McFadden and Joyce Bean, were pure joy to listen to; elevating the story from mundane to something quite remarkable.BlurbMarnie MacGraw wants an ordinary life—a husband, kids, and a minivan in the suburbs. Now that she’s marrying the man of her dreams, she’s sure this is the life she’ll get. Then Marnie meets Blix Holliday, her fiancé’s irascible matchmaking great-aunt who’s dying, and everything changes—just as Blix told her it would.When her marriage ends after two miserable weeks, Marnie is understandably shocked. She’s even more astonished to find that she’s inherited Blix’s Brooklyn brownstone along with all of Blix’s unfinished “projects”: the heartbroken, oddball friends and neighbors running from happiness. Marnie doesn’t believe she’s anything special, but Blix somehow knew she was the perfect person to follow in her matchmaker footsteps.And Blix was also right about some things Marnie must learn the hard way: love is hard to recognize, and the ones who push love away often are the ones who need it most.
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  • Books on Stereo
    January 1, 1970
    Matchmaking for Beginners is a nonsensical, overly sappy romance novel that features a incoherent story coupled with insufferable characters.
  • DJ Sakata
    January 1, 1970
    Favorite Quotes: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 ab Favorite Quotes: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.My Review: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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  • Tanya
    January 1, 1970
    So here's the thing....sometimes you want a book that is sweet and lighthearted and with a happy ever after. It has been a long time since I read purely for fun.And this book was sweet. Less lighthearted than I expected. It had a lost inheritance and lots of love and a "bad guy" and more than one good guy and you can't forget about the magic. But, the reason I gave it 5 stars, is because I didn't expect to love two of the characters - Blix, and her lover, Houndry. Blix could have felt silly but So here's the thing....sometimes you want a book that is sweet and lighthearted and with a happy ever after. It has been a long time since I read purely for fun.And this book was sweet. Less lighthearted than I expected. It had a lost inheritance and lots of love and a "bad guy" and more than one good guy and you can't forget about the magic. But, the reason I gave it 5 stars, is because I didn't expect to love two of the characters - Blix, and her lover, Houndry. Blix could have felt silly but she had such warmth and love written into her. And Houndry just exuded contentment.I really like the motto of the book: Whatever happens, love that.The world could use a little of that these days.
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    An enchanting read with some magic forces at work, whether you believe them or not! The magic is not over the top; it consists of Blix Holliday, an elderly great aunt of Marnie’s fiancée, Noah. Noah once was a caring and loving nephew to his great Aunt Blix when he was very young; now he is an arrogant, immature, haughty, rude and absolutely spoiled young man.When Blix first sees Marnie at the engagement party, there is an immediate connection between the two women and Blix calls Marnie over to An enchanting read with some magic forces at work, whether you believe them or not! The magic is not over the top; it consists of Blix Holliday, an elderly great aunt of Marnie’s fiancée, Noah. Noah once was a caring and loving nephew to his great Aunt Blix when he was very young; now he is an arrogant, immature, haughty, rude and absolutely spoiled young man.When Blix first sees Marnie at the engagement party, there is an immediate connection between the two women and Blix calls Marnie over to introduce herself. The conversations and deep-connection between these two will continue whether they write to each other, see each other, or “messages/feelings” are conveyed to each other. Blix has told Marnie that she’s amazing and is powerful and is in line for a big, big life (whatever that is - read the book to find out!). That there are lots of surprises in store for her and that the universe is going to take her to great heights. Without giving away the story, there are for sure, lots of surprises in store, beginning immediately on leaving the engagement party. Blix “sees” this relationship is not going to go well but she’s rooting for Marnie and sending her positive messages through something like telepathy? There was also discussion between them of being matchmakers, being able to see auras and seeing “sparkles” when two people are truly matched together. Blix had the ability to “coerce” their compatibility and Marnie kind of has it too. In time, Marnie recognizes and strengthens this ability. However (and unfortunately) it does not work on yourself so we experience her desperation, her bad love choices, her angst, her betrayal of her family, reuniting with her first love, her mistakes, her losses, her gains, her new friends, a new job, her new life, and in the end, a true love and feeling of belonging that she never could have imagined, without the magical help and insight of Blix and an understanding of herself. I was somewhat irritated with some of Marnie’s bad decisions through the story. They were so obviously bad choices! I know it was meant to be - “part of the plan of the universe” - according to Blixx, for Marnie to go through it all and then “get it” and get to where she finally was meant to be in her life. A good book and a nice light hearted read. I loved Blix; a free spirit and lover of all things, and a wise old woman who wanted some of her ways and means passed down to Marnie, to live on and be carried out into the future.
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  • Jill Urie
    January 1, 1970
    ok. I wanted to love this. I really liked the idea of the plot. And ultimately that is what kept me reading. I wanted to know how it ended. But I struggled with the writing. A lot. And I wouldn't say that I'm overly particular about that usually. But. It just felt amateur. The dialogue, especially, rubbed me the wrong way. It often felt completely implausible or stilted or a million other off-putting things.Also. Marnie just annoyed me. Her name annoyed me. Her relationship with Noah? And Jeremy ok. I wanted to love this. I really liked the idea of the plot. And ultimately that is what kept me reading. I wanted to know how it ended. But I struggled with the writing. A lot. And I wouldn't say that I'm overly particular about that usually. But. It just felt amateur. The dialogue, especially, rubbed me the wrong way. It often felt completely implausible or stilted or a million other off-putting things.Also. Marnie just annoyed me. Her name annoyed me. Her relationship with Noah? And Jeremy? Oi vey. She is just not a terribly likable character. And how the heck is she supposed to have a 'big life' when she is such a passive character!? She waits around for everything to just happen to her. I will end my tirade there. I really wanted to like this. But I just couldn't.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    Magical realism meets chick-lit. In other words, simply charming. And now I want to move to Brooklyn too!!
  • Alaina
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely made me think of Hallmark or Lifetime movies.Matchmaking for Beginners was a meh kind of book. Not boring but not really exciting either. Out of all the characters, only one was really my favorite: Blix. She is into all of this magic stuff, whether its getting people to fall in love or some tumor healing on herself. She was just full of spark and spunk and I love every second of her in this book.Besides her, you will also meet Marnie. She's meh in all sorts of ways. She annoyed me con Definitely made me think of Hallmark or Lifetime movies.Matchmaking for Beginners was a meh kind of book. Not boring but not really exciting either. Out of all the characters, only one was really my favorite: Blix. She is into all of this magic stuff, whether its getting people to fall in love or some tumor healing on herself. She was just full of spark and spunk and I love every second of her in this book.Besides her, you will also meet Marnie. She's meh in all sorts of ways. She annoyed me constantly because she marries this guy, who doesn't want to be married, and then gets upset when she's handed divorced papers. THEN she ends up in another boring relationship and engaged quite quickly. Of course, her love life definitely had it's downs because she was terrible in those said relationships. However, I can't blame her for everything. The first guy, Noah or whatever, was a douche in so many ways. I didn't care one bit about him. Then the second guy, I don't even remember his name, was lower than meh. HE was creepy as fudge too. Way too needy and such a god damn turn off. I just wanted to kick him in the nuts so he could man the heck up.Besides those two noobs, there was Patrick - who I actually liked (a little bit) but his insecurities were very annoying to deal with. Heck, this book was annoying to deal with that I'm so freaking happy I listened to the audio while working today.Overall, it was meh. Would I reread this? No. Would I watch this if it ever became a movie? NO - well, unless it was just about Blix and had no one else in the movie.
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  • Siv30
    January 1, 1970
    ספר מקסים ומחמם את הלב. בתחילה חשבתי שהוא בז'אנר הרומאן הרומנטי אבל הוא לא בדיוק נופל לקטגוריה הזו והוא כל כך נעים לקריאה וגם משעשע שמפליא אותי אחרי כל כך הרבה ספרים בקטגוריה הזו שהסופרת הצליחה לכתוב ספר כל כך מרענן.מארני נישאת לנואה, אהובה מזה שנתיים. הוא עשיר בן למשפחה די פלצנית ובמסיבת ההיכרות עם משפחתו היא פוגשת בבליקס, הדודה האקסצנטרית שעוסקת בשידוכים, קסמים ואהבה אנושית פשוטה מלב אל לב. אחרי שבועיים נואה מתגרש ממארני והיא פשוט יורדת מהפסים. כשהיא חוזרת לבית משפחתה באיווה, היא מקבלת מכתב מ ספר מקסים ומחמם את הלב. בתחילה חשבתי שהוא בז'אנר הרומאן הרומנטי אבל הוא לא בדיוק נופל לקטגוריה הזו והוא כל כך נעים לקריאה וגם משעשע שמפליא אותי אחרי כל כך הרבה ספרים בקטגוריה הזו שהסופרת הצליחה לכתוב ספר כל כך מרענן.מארני נישאת לנואה, אהובה מזה שנתיים. הוא עשיר בן למשפחה די פלצנית ובמסיבת ההיכרות עם משפחתו היא פוגשת בבליקס, הדודה האקסצנטרית שעוסקת בשידוכים, קסמים ואהבה אנושית פשוטה מלב אל לב. אחרי שבועיים נואה מתגרש ממארני והיא פשוט יורדת מהפסים. כשהיא חוזרת לבית משפחתה באיווה, היא מקבלת מכתב מהעורך דין של בליקס שמבקש ממנה להגיע בדחיפות לברוקלין.הספר מתאר את קורותיה של מארני שהיא טיפוס די מיוחד ומקסים, ממש שובה את הלב. בברוקלין מארני פוגשת את חבריה של בליקס וגם את נואה שחוזר לחייה. אבל לבליקס ישנן תוכניות אחרות עבורה וגם אם מארני מתמרדת וסקפטית היא נכנעת לבסוף למציאות. בדרך היא עושה כמה טעויות ומגלה את עצמה.Big like לספר, לדמות של מארני ולסופרת שמצליחה לכתוב ספר מרענן ומקסים שכזה.
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  • Christine Nolfi
    January 1, 1970
    A magical confection about two women at opposite ends of life’s funny, messy, joyful dance. You’ll cheer for the eccentric Blix and root for Marnie, her young, unexpecting protégé. Highly recommended—with sprinkles on top.
  • Rachel McMillan
    January 1, 1970
    stayed up finishing this.I LOOOOOOOOVED it!first off, it had one of the most arresting voices i have read in a long time. it balanced humour and tragedy deftly and it was an utter delightwhimsical and with splashes of magic realism, it has the notes of Sarah Addison Allen but with the joy and sly asides of Rainbow Rowell, not to mention the textured characters of Billie Letts.Marnie is a completely relatable and snort-your-coffee-out hilarious commentator on what is happening around when she inh stayed up finishing this.I LOOOOOOOOVED it!first off, it had one of the most arresting voices i have read in a long time. it balanced humour and tragedy deftly and it was an utter delightwhimsical and with splashes of magic realism, it has the notes of Sarah Addison Allen but with the joy and sly asides of Rainbow Rowell, not to mention the textured characters of Billie Letts.Marnie is a completely relatable and snort-your-coffee-out hilarious commentator on what is happening around when she inherits a Brooklyn brownstone rightly (?) hers.....A treatise on the impressions we make and the community that melds into family, this is a GLORIOUS summer readto add, the love story was just my catnip---the hero flawed and funny ( oh so funny--- )and smart and the soft way in which they intersect at destiny winsome and loveable.LOVED IT!super thanks to EVERYONE who recommended it to me.now playing pass it onkeeper shelf.
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  • Nanda
    January 1, 1970
    This book started promising but unfortunately it went downhill from there, the protagonist is an immature, self-absorbed and a cheater on top of it all, she hurts this actual sweet guy twice and the hurt she causes in his life is dismissed as “he was too boring and now he can find his true love” but the thing is that there’s nothing more boring than her, she’s the least exciting person in the book, every other character is more interesting and complex than her. My feelings about this book can be This book started promising but unfortunately it went downhill from there, the protagonist is an immature, self-absorbed and a cheater on top of it all, she hurts this actual sweet guy twice and the hurt she causes in his life is dismissed as “he was too boring and now he can find his true love” but the thing is that there’s nothing more boring than her, she’s the least exciting person in the book, every other character is more interesting and complex than her. My feelings about this book can be described with the good and old “disappointed but not surprised”!!
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  • Mhairi
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of my favorite kind of books, you know the ones I am talking about, the ones that leave you with a tear in your eye and a smile on your face. The kind of book you don't want to end..... This is not my normal genre but I am so glad I gave this book a chance. This book is full of wonderfully colorful characters and the ups and downs of life and once you pick it up it will be hard to put down. Welcome to Blix Holliday's world.
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  • Marleen
    January 1, 1970
    Maddie Dawson's Matchmaking for Beginners was unexpectedly delightful. Just when I think that I've been disappointed by too many books lately, along comes this little gem, and yes I live for these delicious surprises. What most compelled me was Dawson's writing style; it's engaging, witty and it hits the right tone. I enjoyed how so much wisdom about love, life and death was dispersed with humor and lightheartedness, coming through even clearer because of it.There's so much heart in these charac Maddie Dawson's Matchmaking for Beginners was unexpectedly delightful. Just when I think that I've been disappointed by too many books lately, along comes this little gem, and yes I live for these delicious surprises. What most compelled me was Dawson's writing style; it's engaging, witty and it hits the right tone. I enjoyed how so much wisdom about love, life and death was dispersed with humor and lightheartedness, coming through even clearer because of it.There's so much heart in these characters; a little bit quirky, but actually quite normal and loving; especially dear old Blix; who only saw the good in people, or tried to, at least. Blix has the ability to see which people fit together and when she meets Marnie, she knows she has found her successor for her matchmaking projects. Blix leaves her house in Brooklyn to Marnie; and from there the story only gets more entertaining.I will not get into more detail; so as not to give away spoilers. I would just recommend everyone to read it - good vibes can only come from it. Sparks even.
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  • Myrna
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, there is a lot going on in this novel. It has a good mix of seriousness, humor, charm, and love. Marnie is not the most likable character but she does face some tough choices. The side characters most definitely made the novel. I keep floundering between 3 and 4 stars because *possible spoiler* I was hoping for more matchmaking in this novel instead of focusing on Marnie. 3.5★s!I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway contest. Thank you Goodreads!
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  • Marilyn Rothstein
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic fun, fabulously well-writtenI loved this delightful, honey of a novel and recommend it to all. Maddie Dawson, thank you for the entertainment, the escape as well as your knowing commentary on life and love.
  • Vero Rinconin
    January 1, 1970
    3'5Es un libro diferente, divertido, tierno y duro, hay amor peeero no es un libro romántico.Cuando comencé a leer pensé que me iba a gustar mucho, que sería un libro épico, pero la verdad es que se fue desinchando muy rapidamente. La premisa no está mal pero creo que es la forma de narrar de la autora la que hizo que no me enganchara realmente.Para mi gusto personal sobran muchas partes de pensamientos y faltan más diálogos.Me esperaba sentir más cosas durante la lectura pero resultó que fue un 3'5Es un libro diferente, divertido, tierno y duro, hay amor peeero no es un libro romántico.Cuando comencé a leer pensé que me iba a gustar mucho, que sería un libro épico, pero la verdad es que se fue desinchando muy rapidamente. La premisa no está mal pero creo que es la forma de narrar de la autora la que hizo que no me enganchara realmente.Para mi gusto personal sobran muchas partes de pensamientos y faltan más diálogos.Me esperaba sentir más cosas durante la lectura pero resultó que fue un libro entretenido. El toque de la magia y del "matchmaking" me gustó es diferente.Pero para ser un libro donde hay magia y casamenteras no veo yo mucho love en el air, esa parte se quedó muy escasa.Marnie es una protagonista complicada pero hubo momentos que me hizo dudar de su madurez mental se comportó como una adolescente en vez de como una adulta. Fallos los tenemos todos pero lo de este personaje se lleva la palma. Patrick es un personaje que me gustó mucho, su historia, su aislamiento llega al corazón del lector.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    DNF because this is so boring.
  • Crystal
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful messFirst off, I just want to say that I thought this book was wonderfully written. I have struggled with how many stars because the book was charming and fun and definitely witty. It was my kind of book but not my kind of book. The characters are full of life. What I did not care for at all were the numerous f words. It’s probably the cuss word I dislike the most and this book is full of them. While this book did not contain descriptive sex, there was much talk of sex and fidelity a A wonderful messFirst off, I just want to say that I thought this book was wonderfully written. I have struggled with how many stars because the book was charming and fun and definitely witty. It was my kind of book but not my kind of book. The characters are full of life. What I did not care for at all were the numerous f words. It’s probably the cuss word I dislike the most and this book is full of them. While this book did not contain descriptive sex, there was much talk of sex and fidelity and marriage were rated very low in this book. So, while I can appreciate a well written book, I give it fewer stars because it is not my kind of book. I like to read all kinds of books, but I prefer ones that align better with my values and morals. You read it and decide for yourself.
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  • Libby Harrison
    January 1, 1970
    Why in the EFF is she talking her fiance into marrying her on their wedding day?!!A wedding day that he shows up an hour late to and TELLS HER he doesn't want to marry her. So what does she do? she tells him they should get married anyway and they could get divorced later. He refuses (good on him) but she talks him into itWhy???!!!her words: "I explain then how much more terrible it would be if one of us has to walk into that church and break the hearts of my parents and all the people sitting t Why in the EFF is she talking her fiance into marrying her on their wedding day?!!A wedding day that he shows up an hour late to and TELLS HER he doesn't want to marry her. So what does she do? she tells him they should get married anyway and they could get divorced later. He refuses (good on him) but she talks him into itWhy???!!!her words: "I explain then how much more terrible it would be if one of us has to walk into that church and break the hearts of my parents and all the people sitting there by announcing there will not be a wedding"
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  • Claudia Staude
    January 1, 1970
    Whatever happens, love that!Loved this novel! Marnie has a wonderfully messy life and when Blix steps into it, things get even more wonderful and messy. You will laugh, cry, and believe in magic again while reading this book! Simply delightful!!!
  • Emily Wilkinson (Life with Emily)
    January 1, 1970
    Well, that was adorable!Marnie MacGraw wants an ordinary life—a husband, kids, and a home in the suburbs. Now that she’s marrying the man of her dreams, she’s sure this is the life she’ll get. Then Marnie meets Blix Holliday, her fiancé’s matchmaking great-aunt who’s dying, and everything changes—just as Blix told her it would. Marnie’s life abruptly changes and she’s left to pick up to the pieces and try to find the “big life” she wants. review: I thought this was such a cute, charming read! If Well, that was adorable!Marnie MacGraw wants an ordinary life—a husband, kids, and a home in the suburbs. Now that she’s marrying the man of her dreams, she’s sure this is the life she’ll get. Then Marnie meets Blix Holliday, her fiancé’s matchmaking great-aunt who’s dying, and everything changes—just as Blix told her it would. Marnie’s life abruptly changes and she’s left to pick up to the pieces and try to find the “big life” she wants. review: I thought this was such a cute, charming read! If you’re looking for a book that will pull you in from the beginning, then grab this one! I was so immersed with the characters and found myself SO tuned into the story. The characters are relatable and likable for the most part! This was one of those books that I couldn’t put down! rating: 5 out of 5 ⭐️
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  • Libby
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 ‘Matchmaking for Beginners’ by Maddie Dawson is the most fun book I’ve read so far this year. With a great deal of levity, Dawson offers up some serious themes like living life on your own terms, death with dignity, hope springs eternal, and love comes calling. A good dose of humor sparkling with a measure of woo-woo becomes a delicious recipe for depth and fascination in Dawson’s new novel. My favorite character is Blix Halliday, an eccentric older lady at the end of her life. At her niece, 3.5 ‘Matchmaking for Beginners’ by Maddie Dawson is the most fun book I’ve read so far this year. With a great deal of levity, Dawson offers up some serious themes like living life on your own terms, death with dignity, hope springs eternal, and love comes calling. A good dose of humor sparkling with a measure of woo-woo becomes a delicious recipe for depth and fascination in Dawson’s new novel. My favorite character is Blix Halliday, an eccentric older lady at the end of her life. At her niece, Wendy Spinnaker’s post Christmas party, Blix meets her grandnephew, Noah’s fiancée, Marnie MacGraw. Marnie is a nursery school aide and as Wendy describes her to Blix, “Family isn’t anybody to speak of-- the father’s in insurance, and the mother doesn’t do anything for anybody.” Wendy is all about wealth, appearance, and accumulation. Years ago, Blix was maneuvered out of her inheritance by Wendy’s mother. Since then, Blix has become the “family misfit, you see, the one who has to be carefully watched.” When Blix meets Marnie, she recognizes her right away as someone like herself, who has the magical ability to know another person’s soulmate. Marnie has the talent for matchmaking, just like Blix; she just doesn’t know it yet. Marnie, not knowing the shark infested waters of the snobbish world she’s attempting to enter, commits a dreadful ‘faux pas,’ declining to taste her future mother-in-law, the hostess’s rarebit. Marnie also has beach hair and is dressed in gray without any sparkly jewelry and doesn’t have proper shoes for the occasion. Oh my! Blix is totally entranced and delighted.Marnie and Blix are our two extraordinary main characters. I love Marnie, but as an older person, I’m so happy to meet Blix, who doesn’t give two cents for convention, but collects about her a plethora of misfits and free spirited folks. The best and most quotable lines in the novel go to Blix and are worthy of reading all by themselves. “Just look at all the fake smiles and sour faces around here. I’m going to have to take a bath with a wire brush to get all this negativity off me.”“He spent his one wild, precious life on Earth researching the life cycle of a certain kind of green-headed insect.”“The subversive truth about love is that it really is the big deal everyone makes it out to be, and it’s not some form of security or an insurance policy against loneliness. It’s everything, love is. It runs the whole universe!”If you think Dawson’s tone is a little too light and syrupy for your taste, why then, you’re probably right. I found it just the right touch to balance some of the dark, heavy stuff of which life is made. When Noah turns out not to be the man of Marnie’s dreams, Blix manages to reach out from the great beyond and envelop Marnie in the life she’s meant to live. Like a fairy godmother. Who doesn’t need one of those?
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  • Mahoghani 23
    January 1, 1970
    Talk about a book that speaks volume. This story was witty, romantic, full of spells, greedy people, and love all rolled into one.Marnie marries Noah and two weeks later, she finds herself divorced. His great-aunt, Blix, tried to tell her that Noah was not the right man for her but Marnie followed her heart. Now she's miserable and has moved back from California to Florida and living with her parents that thinks they know what's best for her. Blix has thrown a wrench in the plan by leaving her b Talk about a book that speaks volume. This story was witty, romantic, full of spells, greedy people, and love all rolled into one.Marnie marries Noah and two weeks later, she finds herself divorced. His great-aunt, Blix, tried to tell her that Noah was not the right man for her but Marnie followed her heart. Now she's miserable and has moved back from California to Florida and living with her parents that thinks they know what's best for her. Blix has thrown a wrench in the plan by leaving her brownstone to Marnie in Brooklyn, NY. When Marnie arrives, Blix has inserted other stipulations in her will that will start the funny and romantic escapades.Tremendously funny and full of fun characters that you can relate to. The storyline is plausible and witty. It's a story that deals with tragedy, love, sadness, and faith. The book talks about magic spells and matchmaking; a combination that does not seem feasible but the author uses them sparingly throughout the story. This book could be read by an audience of 16-yr olds and over.
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