The Matchmaker

A Novel

Hilderbrand, Elin

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Matchmaker
Storied matchmaker and Nantucket resident Dabney Kimball has her own life and match turned upside down when her true love of twenty-seven years prior returns to the island. "48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others - like 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. The Matchmaker is a heartbreaking story about losing and finding love, even as you're running out of time" - from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316099752
Branch Call Number: FICTION HILDERBRA 2014
Characteristics: 360 pages ;,25 cm


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Dec 22, 2014
  • annphi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Vintage Hildebrand. This was a lovely
story and although you knew heartache
was pending, the author eased into a very
emotional ending, which lingers with the
reader. A wonderful read

Nov 08, 2014
  • jfd5 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

a must read for all women - mothers & daughters....very enjoyable.....an easy read.

It's an "ok" read, not elin's best book by far. Somewhat predictable. 3/5

I loved this book! It seemed a bit "frivolous" at times, however, as you get closer to the ending, it knocks you over!
As another reviewer said, "I love books that make me cry." This was a real tear jerker!! Can't remember the last time a book made me cry! Kristen Hannah books can do that sometimes.
Totally enjoyed!!

Jul 28, 2014
  • rachelcherise rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great summer read!

Jul 25, 2014
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

In THE MATCHMAKER, Hilderbrand returns to the elements that made her earlier books so special: a clear love for the people who live (as oppose to play) on Nantucket; food; family; and relationships and mistakes. A nearly perfect read.

What a great summer read. I love a book that makes me cry. And I really felt that I got to know the main characters. I highly recommend!

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "Great descriptions of Nantucket, as are common in this author's books, but a complete tearjerker. Definitely keep tissue on hand!"

Jul 05, 2014
  • ladydebv rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a wonderfully emotional story about lost love. I love Elin's books. This story is anything but predictable. Be prepared to cry and I mean really cry. I can't remember the last time a book made me cry like this. You will not be disappointed!

Jun 11, 2014
  • JanieHH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A perfect escape book, just right for summer reading.


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