By Elin Hilderbrand
In this moving story about losing and finding love again, a woman sets out to find the perfect matches for those closest to her.
48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others, her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech, and her daughter, Agnes, who is clearly engaged to the wrong man, call it meddlesome. But there's no arguing with her results: With 42 happy couples to her credit and all of them still together, Dabney has never been wrong about romance.
Never, that is, except in the case of herself and Clendenin Hughes, the green-eyed boy who took her heart with him long ago when he left the island to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist. Now, after spending 27 years on the other side of the world, Clen is back on Nantucket, and Dabney has never felt so confused, or so alive.
But when tragedy threatens her own second chance, Dabney must face the choices she's made and share painful secrets with her family. Determined to make use of her gift before it's too late, she sets out to find perfect matches for those she loves most.
SO SAD but so good4By vikirI was 100% unprepared for how sad this book was, having not read any of the reviews before purchasing and being familiar only with other books by Elin that feature happy endings. So while I wouldn't characterize this as her standard beach read, unless you want to be crying behind your sunnies and into your margarita, I do think it's a good book that features characters I felt for and enjoyed getting to know.
Waste of my money1By Kittyusa2015And big waste of my time
Lovely5By KadeediI enjoyed this book,as much as do all of Elin's books. Sad but satisfying.
The Matchmaker1By No-answerTwo words: Depression Session While her books are beach candy with just enough current food and fashion trends inserted to feel a bit more upscale than the average beach book, this is a disappointment. Too much bummer for my summer with the abandoning Mother, life long anxieties, and the all time buzz kill.....cancer. I want my money back. And an ice cream cone.
Not bad3By dscroWas not one of my favorites but grew on me the more I read it.
The Matchmaker3By DKCMCI love to read, but this story just didn't hold my attention nor sound plausible enough to identify with. Found myself skimming to the end.
The Matchmaker5By Mimi's LoftElin Hildebrand just keeps getting better. I loved this book.. Loved the characters. When I read the descriptions I wasn't sure I even wanted to spend the money. But she didn't let me down! Great book !
Moving, touching, excellent!5By Ldspb7Must get to Nantucket. Beautiful, well-written, all about love and forgiveness. Another excellent book by Hilderbrand - she does not disappoint.
The Matchmaker4By KaththomAt first I was put off by the characters and their names, but the book grew on me and I ended up loving it and crying at the end. The only thing I don't like about Ms. Hilderbrand's books is that she injects her political beliefs, albeit in a subtle way, into every single book. It is not necessary to any of the stories, and she does it every time.
Short but lovely5By ms_cherrieWhat a lovely book. I don’t pay this much on a book but this is worth it.