Matchmaking for Beginners

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...

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Title:Matchmaking for Beginners
Author:Maddie Dawson
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Edition Language:English

Matchmaking for Beginners Reviews

  • Kerry Anne King

    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.

  • DJ Sakata

    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!

  • Tanya

    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.

  • abby

    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.

  • Patricia Imperiale

    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!

  • Rose (Traveling Sister)

    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,

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Alaina Meserole

    Definitely made me think of Hallmark or Lifetime movies.

    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.

    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.

  • Xavier (CharlesXplosion)

    Matchmaking for Beginners is a nonsensical, overly sappy romance novel that features a incoherent story coupled with insufferable characters.

  • Jessa

    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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