When her marriage ends after two miserable weeks, Marnie is understandably shocked. 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. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
I didn't even smile. The story was tragic. If you like to laugh at people destroying there lives then this book is for you.
I couldn't wait to be done with it. I got no satisfaction from reading it.
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I was not even entertained. It runs the whole universe. It's everything, love is. Some may say too sappy and they would be rightsome would say too predictable yes that too but overall it was sweet and light. It's the meringue of beach reads for the year. Our heroine Marnie can "see things"but she can't see that being dumped by her husband of 2 weeks is really the beginning of her big, BIG life that has been prophesied over her by Blix her fiance, nee husband, nee ex-husband's crazy aunt.
Hope that makes sense. The both of them Marnie and Blix send out vibes and receive them back, they kind of guide them to see who would be potential mates. Hence the Matchmaking moniker.
Throw in the fact that you have neurotic mothers and MIL's, a pregnant hormonal sister who seems to have it all and a terminal illness. Whew, that a lot of stuff to cram into a book. This is book where you really suspend reality and laugh at the things that are obviously coming down the pike with more than a little foreshadowing. But I give the book four stars because it tugs at the heart and brings a little tear and some warm fuzzies too.
Very mild potty language and some non descriptive sex scenes make this one you could pass along to your mom without worry. Overall, I did not like this book. I enjoyed the beginning and the character of Blix.
However, I did not like the main character, which made the second half hard to get through. That was one of my favorite statements from Blix. I was frankly disappointed when I perused the First Reads selections for this month. No Sci-Fi. No Paranormal. No interesting horror.
Just like last month which I passed on. Determined to read an "ordinary' novel if I had to, I closed my eyes and picked this one. Turns out I'm pleased to have chosen this book. Blix, the strange Great Aunt.
My favorite character in a long time. She was wonderfully eccentric and lovable. The first half of this book was alternating POV'swhich worked rather well. It enabled the reader to get to know both main characters and their thought processes. Because of Blix, I was sucked into the story more easily than I would have been if things had only been told from the Heroine's viewpoint.
Because Marnie the? She was a bit too emotionally damaged, and she really didn't treat Jeremy one of her love interests all that well.
There was family drama. There was love gone bad and good. There was humor-I actually laughed out loud when Marnie and Patrick attempted to cook live lobsters.
I hate to give a spoiler, but I will say that the lobsters won. Through it all, Blix made the entire story worthwhile, even when she wasn't physically present. And there was even just a touch of 'maybe' paranormal, which for me, made it even that much better. Best of all, it's a complete story. No 'Book 1'.
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No cliffhanger ending. I'd almost forgotten just how satisfying that can be. Disclaimer: I got this book for free as part of my Prime membership. I enjoyed this book a great deal, but I couldn't buy the main romance. The guy is nice enough but I didn't believe he was meant for Marnie, or Marnie for him. It felt like they should just be good friends. There was so much else going on in the book that did work, so it's worth reading for a nice relaxing fun time.
I think that was part of the problem, that the romance couldn't be slowly built from the start because there was a ton of other plot to get through, so it felt a bit rushed for me. A fun read, but I won't be rereading it. See all reviews from the United States.
Top international reviews. I adored this book - charming, funny, but also offering some very thoughtful insights into human nature. I found it to be full of love and generosity, as shown by the central motivator in the novel, Aunt Blix - a truly wonderful character.
I found myself bookmarking so many little thoughts and phrases - uplifting and also beautifully and carefully written. Will be reading more from this author. Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again. Charming and delightful. A lovely read with quirky likeable dharacters. The one condition, she must live in the house for three months, then she may choose to sell up or stay. Her fiance and family in Florida are not pleased, but she is determined to give it a go.
Having never been to NYC, she is a bit apprehensive, but she quickly embraces the city and her new neighbors. Uplifting and fun, highly recommend. One person found this helpful. I liked that it was quite creative and not very judgemental. I thought it could have been more racially diverse. Although the ending of this book was quite predictable, the journey to get there was surprising and enjoyable. Some of the insights about life and its meaning were surprisingly thought-provoking. Loved this felt like I was really there didn't want it to ever end.
The whole experience felt like home like family. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and having the intelligence to organise them into this beautiful whirlwind of pure joy xx. Load more international reviews. Quirky characters Well structured content Easy and light hearted Definitely recommend this A story of love, betrayal and finding your true self.
I enjoyed this book more than I expected to do.
Jun 01, Maddie Dawson grew up in the South, born into a family of outrageous storytellers. Her various careers as a substitute English teacher, department-store clerk, medical-records typist, waitress, cat sitter, wedding-invitation-company receptionist, nanny, day care worker, electrocardiogram technician, and Taco Bell taco maker were made bearable by thinking up Brand: Brilliance Audio. I had been hearing a lot of buzz about Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson in my book club, so when it went on sale in the Kindle store over the holidays, I knew I had to get it and take a read for myself. I'm fascinated with the art of matchmaking (my mother-in . "Matchmaking for Beginners is a flat-out delight! Maddie Dawson is a master at creating compulsively readable stories, full of heart and wit, and the kind of characters we wish were real. (Everyone should be blessed with a great-aunt Blix!)/5(K).
It was a nice break from studying! It did take me a while to get into this book I admit but that wastage books fault. But when I had time to read I couldn't put this book down and I read the second half in one sitting. I had tears in my eyes and my heart was bursting. Brilliant read. Great story of magic, loss, pain and redemption.
This story was lovely. It suspends reality for a while and makes you believe in magic and love! I can imagine this happening in our world, I really enjoyed reading this bookit was Sparkly and Magical, easy girlie read. Loved it X. Found this a little sad,and hard to get into,rather a shame. A really good read. You've read the top international reviews. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The Opposite of Maybe: A Novel.
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Maddie Dawson, a transplanted Southerner living in the Northeast, is the Washington Post bestselling author of eight novels. She specializes in humorous literary fiction, about people stumbling toward love, family, connection, and hope-and usually finding it . Matchmaking for Beginners: A Novel - Kindle edition by Dawson, Maddie. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Matchmaking for Beginners: A Novel/5(4K). Written by Maddie Dawson, Audiobook narrated by Amy McFadden, Joyce Bean. Sign-in to download and listen to this audiobook today! First time visiting Audible? Get this book free when you sign up for a day Trial.
Samantha is a professional seductress and con artist with a heart of gold. Abe is the doctor and Sam's partner in crime.
Except for the kidney stealing. So, all for a good cause? You decide. Of course, it's hell on his social life. Marnie MacGraw wants an ordinary life - a husband, kids, and a minivan in the suburbs. When her marriage ends after two miserable weeks, Marnie is understandably shocked. 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.
Actually, one - Marnie - becomes a little more prevalent than the other and we know that will happen from the very beginning.
Unfortunately, Marnie spends most of the book being an idiot. I found myself really struggling to like her and that made it difficult to continue with a book built around her. The rest story and characters are nice but I wish the entire thing would have been about Blix. Maybe another book with no mention of the idiot. I liked Marnie ok, but I loved Blix. She was weird and wonderful and full of really good advice and life lessons.
I was 7 hours in before I even realized it. And honestly, Marnie needed a lot of work. I think the problem with this book is that they spent way too much time before Marnie actually makes it to New York. While I did like him, I felt like their romance was stupid. It was nothing at all and then bam! Suddenly it was something.
I hated how long Noah lingered. I hated how weak she was. I hate books that tell you on the cover that someone is going to die, and a character is going to move and change her life, and then waste over half of the book before that even happens.
And I can suspend disbelief with the best of them. But the way the magic was handled here was just not good to me. Overall, I feel like this book had a lot of potential that it completely squandered. The writing is enjoyable and the premise of love and magic was fun. But I'm just not picking up what the author was laying down. The whole story pretends to be about love, when really it's about selfishness.
You can love oneself without being so self-involved. But this author seems to think otherwise. I loved the personalities that came through the performances.
It was like listening to the sparkles in the story. I enjoyed the quirky characters in this novel and enjoyed touring for any success in their daily lives. A very fun read. I cannot say there were no tears as some parts of this lovely novel hit close to home. I will come back to this one again. I liked the story well, it's an entertaining, light, positive read. I heard it as an audio book though and even if she reads well Amy McFadden has the annoying habit to finish every phrase with a sound that reminds me of a creaking door.
Once you conciously hear it you can't overhear it anymore. Joyce Bean's performance is excellent.
Marnie MacGraw is engaged to marry Noah Spinnaker, when she meets his eccentric, ufireemblemheroestips.comedictable, 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. 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. I bought this audiobook. This was such an adorable story! I thoroughly enjoyed every chapter.
"Maddie Dawson has written another wonderful book that will touch your heart and have you rushing back to your chair to finish the story. A sequel to her best-selling Matchmaking For Beginners, Dawson picks up where we left off with Marnie and Patr " Read more of this review4/5. Title: Matchmaking for Beginners Published by: Lake Union Publishing Release Date: November 27, Pages: ISBN Synopsis. Marnie MacGraw wants an ordinary life-a husband, kids, and a minivan parked in front of a suburban house. Now that she's marrying the man of her dreams, she's sure this is the life she'll get. Maybe because Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson is a complete valentine to what the experience can be like to move to NYC A previous personal experience that I found to be true and still hold very dear. Over and over again, the main character will be faced with choosing anger or choosing love after enduring bitter disappointment.4/5.
Very sweet love story. I found myself torn between wanting to finish the book and wanting to quit it just to get away from that annoying voice! I enjoyed everything about this book - the plot, the characters, the pacing, the narrators A wonderful story enhanced by brilliant narrators.
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If you know that there is a kind magic swirling around us as we go about our daily lives, then you will love this story. Matchmaking for Beginners A Novel. By: Maddie Dawson.
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