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Matchmaking for Beginners: A Novel

Matchmaking for Beginners: A Novel

Scritto da Maddie Dawson

Narrato da Amy McFadden e Joyce Bean


Matchmaking for Beginners: A Novel

Scritto da Maddie Dawson

Narrato da Amy McFadden e Joyce Bean

valutazioni:
4.5/5 (260 valutazioni)
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12 ore
Pubblicato:
Jun 1, 2018
ISBN:
9781543674866
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descrizione

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.

Pubblicato:
Jun 1, 2018
ISBN:
9781543674866
Formato:
Audiolibro

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  • A magical read about the astounding power of love. A disastrous two weeks of marriage sends Marnie MacGraw down a new, unexpected path full of hijinks and good fortune. We're pretty positive this book is the perfect match for any hopeless romantic.

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  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed the concept of this novel because of love that comes to unexpected people and places. Marnie, the protagonist, meets her husband to be Great Aunt Blix at a holiday party and the magic begins. Love can be seen by those special individuals who can read your aura. The book is a quick read but leaves an impression.
  • (4/5)
    Read something else by this author, so I thought I'd try a second book. Enjoyable summer read.
  • (3/5)
    It was a charming, quick read imo. I only wished there would’ve been more developed on the actual matchmaking and magical realism part as that seemed like an interesting premise.
  • (5/5)
    Matchmaking for Beginners is a charming book. I wasn’t overly impressed at the beginning, but then the story grew on me. Marnie MacGraw, the protagonist, has a challenging time. We meet her at a holiday party given by her fiancee’s mother. She’s just turned down a canapés called Welsh Rarebit, because she thought it was made with rabbit.Blix, an older woman in poor health, is the eccentric aunt who takes Marnie under her wing. Blix has an unusual talent. She can tell when people are meant for each other, and she’s sure Marnie isn’t meant for her nephew. Blix also senses that Marnie has the same ability.Blix is so taken with Marnie that she wills her house in Brooklyn to Marnie, but Marnie has to live in it before she can take legal possession. Marnie’s life changes forever.The book is about love, life, and finally realizing what path should be taken.
  • (4/5)
    Marnie MacGraw is engaged to marry Noah Spinnaker, when she meets his eccentric, unpredictable, matchmaker great-aunt Blix Holliday. Blix takes a liking to Marnie--a liking she doesn't have for her nephew, Noah. When her marriage to Noah comes crashing down around her while they're still on what was meant to be their honeymoon trip, Marnie goes home to Florida and her family, and tries to put the whole thing behind her.

    Blix has other plans.

    Blix told Marnie she was destined to have a "big life." Marnie doesn't want a "big life." She wants a husband and children. She's connected again with her old high school boyfriend, Jeremy, when she receives a lawyer letter telling her Blix has died, and she's inherited Blix's brownstone in Brooklyn, NY.

    There are conditions, though, the most important of which is that she has to live in it for three months before getting full ownership.

    Marnie hasn't just inherited Blix's brownstone. She's also inherited Blix's neighbors and friends, her "projects" who need a little help finding their way toward happiness. Blix told Marnie several times that she shares Blix's talent for matchmaking and magic. Marnie doesn't believe it. Yet, at certain times, she sees the golden sparkles...

    Marnie is sweet, and kind, and wants happiness not just for herself, but for people around her. She also has a small gift for snark. This Nice Southern Girl doesn't know what to make of Brooklyn, where the buildings are old and well-worn, no one has a car and you have to shop every day, and you meet the most amazing diversity of people, just going about your daily business.

    Meanwhile, her family is nagging her to just sell the building and come home, and her ex-husband, Blix's great-nephew, has settled in to Blix's apartment in the brownstone with her. He says he's taking classes; he seems unduly interested in why Blix decided to leave the building to her, rather than to her niece, Noah's mother, with whom she has always had a really bad relationship.

    I'll just say right here that, if Marnie were a Sensible Northern Girl rather than a Nice Southern Girl, she'd have changed the locks on Noah, fairly early on. He's got nothing good to offer; he doesn't even like the dog who adopts her.

    The tenants, Jessica and her son Sammy, and Patrick, the curmudgeonly ex-artist who was badly burned in a gas explosion, along with Blix's friend and neighbor Lola, and the bodega owner across the street, Paco, are all great characters who add to the flavor and enjoyment of the book.

    This book is just a lot of fun. Recommended.

    I bought this book.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book!! Right from the start I knew I would like this book. I blame it on Blix. She had a way with words and told it how she saw it. I laughed when she tells Marnie and her friends, while waiting for the groom to show up to his own wedding, that men are "smelly, sweaty, grunting ball scratchers." This book was a fun read. I loved the characters, story and writing style. The characters were my absolute favorite part of the book. Not all of them, just the ones in Brooklyn. So pretty much Blix and Houndy's friends. They all showed love and kindness and were always there to help their friends. Jessica, Patrick, Sammy, Blix and Lola treated Marnie better than her own family and didn't pressure her to be someone she wasn't. Honestly, I hated when Marnie's parents and sister would show up. They seemed to care more about their happiness how Marnie could fit into their own life. Marnie definitely makes horrible choices in men. First Noah and then Jeremy. Neither were a great fit for her. Noah was simply awful and I was glad when Marnie finally came to her senses and kicked him out. I don't know why she never changed the locks, especially after he took stuff the first time. She dodged a bullet by not staying in that marriage and being connected to his crazy family. I have several of the author's books on my to-read list and I'm glad I finally read one. This book was full of magic. It made me laugh and cry. I didn't want to put it down. It was fun getting to know everyone. I definitely recommend the book and can't wait to read more books by the author!!Thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and the author, Maddie Dawson, for a free electronic ARC of this novel.
  • (4/5)
    Do you know Robert Burns' "the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry?" If not, I'm sure you're familiar with the concept. No matter how well you plan something, no matter how many contingencies you plan for, no matter how solid everything seems, there's just no guarantee that fate will allow the plan to happen. And sometimes that's for the best, even if it doesn't seem like it at the moment. This is very true for main character Marnie MacGraw in Maddie Dawson's newest novel, Matchmaking for Beginners.Marnie is on the verge of marrying the man she loves and settling down into the happy, ordinary domesticity she's always wanted when she meets her fiance Noah's kindly and eccentric Great Aunt Blix. Blix, who the family thinks is batty (and not in a good way), tells Marnie that she's going to live a big, big life. Although this isn't what Marnie wants, she and Blix hit it off, realizing that they share some very special matchmaking and magic skills, both in tune with the people and environment around them. When Marnie and Noah's marriage has a rough start and then completely falls apart after less than two weeks, Marnie is completely devastated, returning home to Florida to heal and recover, and quickly ending up in a serious relationship, more or less by default, with an old friend who promises to want the same tame and conventional life that she does, the life she thought she would build with Noah. And it seems that Marnie will get her wish of a predictable and expected life until Blix, who has been ill for a long time, dies and leaves Marnie her quirky, slightly shabby Brooklyn brownstone and the assorted tenants and friends who live in it with the stipulation Marnie has to live in the house for three months in order to inherit. Surprising everyone, not least herself, Marnie agrees to the terms and moves in.As Marnie lives in Blix's house, she starts to question what she really wants, to get involved in the lives of Blix's beloved but emotionally damaged tenants, and to build a life in Brooklyn, starting to muster the courage to reject convention and find the life she's supposed to live. Marnie evolves from being uncertain, making poor choices the reader can see from a mile away, and allowing others to dictate her life and suppress her natural joie de vivre to embracing all the painful and wonderful chaos that is life, and learning, as Blix told her, that love is in fact the most important thing of all. The small touches of magic, like Marnie and Blix seeing sparkles around things and people, are both magic sounding and synesthesia-like and add an extra bit of charm to the story. The matchmaking, referenced in the title, actually plays a much smaller role than might be expected. The secondary characters mainly orbit around Blix and later Marnie although it would have been satisfying to have had more to their stories than there is. Blix was a lovely character and her personal mantra, "whatever happens, love that," sums up not only the way she lived her own life and advised Marnie to live hers but also the way that we readers should live ours as well. The novel is sweet and delightful and reminds us that we can control the color of the light that surrounds us. We can choose goodness and love no matter what. Readers looking for an ultimately affirming, positive book will be thoroughly gratified by the time they spend in the pages of this novel.
  • (5/5)
    Great! I'm glad I ran across this book and recommend it to others.
  • (5/5)
    I enjoyed listening to this book. It was my very first audiobook and I loved it. It was funny, sweet, appealing and intriguing. I like the way how the narrators read so perfectly like with emotions and allowed me as a reader to feel it to. I highly recommend that you listen it if you're thinking of that. ❤??
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed it from the very beginning. Light reading and yet it really moves the heart. I was surprised I liked it so much
  • (3/5)
    Pretty good story but the ending felt forced, and the declaration of love seemed out of the blue.
  • (5/5)
    This book was in my recommended list so I decided to give it a try. I wasn’t sure about the premise at first, but I remembered enjoying a book read by Marnie’s narrator, so I decided to give it a whirl. I really ended up enjoying it!
  • (3/5)
    Sweet, but the characters and plot fell pretty flat. It just didn't develop enough for the ending to make sense.
  • (5/5)
    While listening to this wonderful book I felt it was one of those I really didn't want to end.. I think I'm going to listen to it again now because I just want to keep living in that world with magic just a choice away.

    An excellent story with full, vibrant characters and a glorious take on how life can be truly fully LIVED.

    This one is going on my favorites shelf.
  • (5/5)
    Very well written and even better read. I enjoyed this audiobook very much. Highly recommended.
  • (5/5)
    What a wonderful story about multiple loves! The story kept my attention the entire time and I loved how well it was read!
  • (5/5)
    This book was a joy to listen to. The writing style is quirky and engaging. The characters are endearing, heartwarming, and unique, and you instantly fall in love with Blitz’s unconventional way of living life to the fullest and in the moment.
  • (5/5)
    Such a great book! I always love to see multi- generational love represented. Love is not just for the young!
  • (5/5)
    Magical

    It grabbed me immediately and lifted me up. Well written and moved along quickly with wonderful characters. It has been a long time since I have liked a book this much.
  • (4/5)
    I quite enjoyed the character of Blix and I was willing to be sympathetic to Marnie because obviously she can't seem to get herself together when it comes to relationships. But ultimately the story was forgettable.
  • (5/5)
    This is the best book I have ever read. The author chose the perfect words for each and every sentence and Marnie... she is a women everyone women wants to be and the book makes you feel like you can actually accomplish this.... it's so funny, the narrator had an outstanding delivery and it's warm sad just about every emotion you can think of. Listen to this book next. You will love it guaranteed!!
  • (3/5)
    Matchmaking for Beginners promises everything in the Happily Ever After trope. There is romance, of course. There is obstacle, for what good is romance, if there is no obstacle to overcome?

    There are also two matchmakers, one a master, and the other, a novice.

    Marnie MacGraw is rooting for an ordinary life — a husband, kids, a house in the suburbs, and a minivan, and she is on her way to getting it.

    But, when she meets her fiancé’s parents, more importantly his rapscallion great aunt, Blix Holliday, her plans for the simple life come crashing down.

    For you see, great aunt Blix posses the uncanny ability to forsee the love potential of any couple, and sadly Marnie and her fiancé, don’t have the aura of sparkles around them.

    Marnie, secretly knows this; she hasn’t seen the sparkles herself, but defiant in the face of fate, she readies for her wedding two weeks later, only for it to end in two weeks.

    Chasing shadows in her room and observing dust particles suspended in the sunlight, Marnie is ready to wallow, but great aunt Blix has plans for this potential matchmaker.

    In her will, great aunt Blix left Marnie her ageing brownstone in Brooklyn and along with it, all of its tenants, who range from oddballs and shut-ins, to the whimsical, and who, most importantly, need that slight nudge to run towards happiness and love instead of away from it.

    The book is pretty standard in its portrayal of a slow-burn arc, or second- chances, and even love at first sight, but its magic lies in its essence of everyday treatise of what love is and should be – a suspension of logic and just a feeling of emotions.

    Dawson hinges the story on the belief – ‘love is hard to recognize, and the ones who push love away often are the ones who need it most.’

    Written from the perspective of both Blix and Marnie, the narrative alternates between a seasoned voice on the joy and beauty of love from the one who has it, and from the naive voice of one who thought she had it, but is now realising otherwise. Delightful, because you can see Marnie learning and picking up on those little clues that her ‘abilities’ push her into recognising love and embracing it for herself and others.

    A light-hearted read; perfect for those days when you just want to lose yourself into a book for a few hours. Also, Blix sounds like a fun person to hang out.
  • (5/5)
    Funny, heartbreaking, heartwarming and magical ❤️ I listened to this entire book in less than a day
  • (1/5)
    This book dragged on. Sadly I couldn't get into it.
  • (5/5)
    Magical

    It grabbed me immediately and lifted me up. Well written and moved along quickly with wonderful characters. It has been a long time since I have liked a book this much.
  • (5/5)
    I absolutely love this book. The mantra of whatever happens love that is going to be my motto! Love heals!
  • (5/5)
    Not Main Street,all over,crazy like Blix, fabulous MADE ME HAPPY I wish I knew a Blix
  • (5/5)

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    A tale as old as time...was never nearly as charming!

    I loved the concept of this book and how the author wrote in just enough magic to keep us guessing, but not so much that those leery of the topic would feel hocus pocused out. It made you want to believe that there is someone out there for everyone...even those of us that feel most damaged...and the way those connections developed felt real. It wasn't all TADA...we're a match made in heaven...it was more hey, we're gonna struggle, we're gonna fight, but IT'S WORTH FIGHTING FOR...with the locked gate swinging open on hearts long left in the dust and lost souls reaching towards the light. There isn't a soul in that charming Brownstone that wasn't worth the effort, that didn't deserve to love and be loved...and the sum of their struggles, the story they shared, made them a family in every sense of the word.

    In the end, I was so swept up in the magic of it all, I didn't even remember to add it to my CURRENT reading list...if that tells you anything. The characters are memorable (Patrick! Houndy! Sammy!), the story quite charming, and the obstacles faced (Noah...*grr*), overcome with flair and sparkles to spare. You'll have your favorites and some of the bumps in the road will stick more than others, but that's simply part of the story's magic...its ability to make each reader's journey personal, while reminding us that life brings many things, but how we choose to react to it makes our life path uniquely our own.


    **copy received for review

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  • (5/5)

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    Deserves more than 5 stars!

    Wow. This book was so much fun to read!!!! There are no words to describe how much I love Blix. She truly is a wonderful character and her willingness to embrace others is endearing. Marnie thinks that she knows exactly what she wants, but she has no idea that her life is going to change in unexpected ways. The journey to love is filled with quirky people with their own problems. Like Blix, she embraces them. Love hurts, but it is worth every ounce of pain to be with the right one.
    The tenants loved Blix. She was their rock and the heart of the place. Patrick shut himself off from the world due to his inability to forgive himself. Lola doesn't feel like she needs love. Jessica is still in love with her ex, but refuses to admit it. William wants to marry his best friend's widow. Sammy longs for his parents to reunite. Blix left so many unfinished projects for Marnie. How will she ever live up to the task?

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  • (5/5)
    I read this on the suggestion of a friend. While I didn't find it as funny as she did (I suspect because I am too like Marnie), I fell in love with this gentle romance with more than a hint of magical realism. It is perfect vacation reading, in my opinion.Marnie has made a terrible decision in her choice of a "true love," with the marriage ending quickly. Blix, who is her great-aunt by that marriage leads an unconventional life, shocking her oh-so-conventional relations. Fortunately, Blix knows a kindred soul in Marnie and eventually leaves Marnie her Brooklyn brownstone, horrifying Blix's greedy family. I like how Marnie learns the truth about Noah, the wrong true love for her. I love how Blix's influence lasts throughout the book. I knew how it had to turn out, but was surprised at the paths it took. The book can really be summed up in this quotation: 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 like magical realism or gentle romances (no steamy sex scenes), then you should try this book. I think you will like it.