Matchmaking for Beginnersby Published 01 Jun 2018
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A Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller.
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" Reviews
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.
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!
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.
This is the kind of book that will likely get made into a holiday rom-com starring an awkward mishmash of celebrities in a couple years, but it made me laugh quite a bit, so it gets 3.5 stars.
The concept is...funky: a dying great-aunt (Blix) conjures romantic magic all around her, and she wants to leave behind her legacy for a young woman she hardly knows (Marnie) because there's some sort of kismet between them. The characters seem to be compelling and quirky enough to carry this thing. Okay, I'll bite.
"It's hard to make room for love when anger still feels so good."
And so it begins. Marnie doesn't know what to do after a Kardashian-quick marriage, but her family does! Move home to Florida! Find a job you hate! Make lots of rash decisions that you're in no mental state to make! They urged her to do the absolute worst things for her emotional health, then acted surprised when she repeated the cycle. They were insufferable.
"He was always so proud of the way we never fight. But maybe if you never fight, it only means you don't care enough."
So, naturally, we fall into the exact same trap one more time. This is where I think Dawson was trying to throw things in to make the book longer. Yes, Marnie is experiencing a major life change, but that doesn't mean we need to drag hapless random characters through the mud who won't end up meaning anything. There were unnecessary plot lines that weren't integral at all to Marnie finding her way, but we're supposed to buy them as whimsical speed bumps. #JUSTICE4JEREMY.
"So this, this is what I've come to: being thrilled I can screech loudly enough to possibly scare him out of his mind."
This was one of those laugh-out-loud moments for me that made it a worthwhile read. I really enjoyed the themes of embracing one's vices and letting go because the world will find a balance for you. It almost made up for the atrocious mental health crimes in the first half of the book. And the charm factor was pretty high, which kept me reading despite the confusing plot points. While Marnie herself did unforgivable things, she also had unforgivable things done to her. By the end, once she's figured out how to help herself, she also helps everyone else, who are mostly good people.
Blix, Patrick, Sammy, and a great dog and cat were just a few examples of characters that kept this thing afloat. I'm probably not perfectly suited to review romance novels because I'm normally either reading something suspenseful or nonfiction about, like, political injustice. But this was a cute read perfect for a summer self-care weekend.
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.