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The Matchmaker: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Elin Hilderbrand
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (462 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A touching new novel from bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand in which a woman sets out to find love for those closest to her - before it's too late.

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.

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"Hilderbrand's surprisingly original take on the wedding disaster novel...A wedding readers won't be able to resist crashing."—Kirkus Reviews

"Hilderbrand's latest is the perfect beach read....[her] straightforward style pulls the reader into the minds of her characters, and all the secrets and sorrows that create the universal messiness of major family events."—Publishers Weekly

PRAISE FOR SUMMERLAND:

"Summerland is as readable as any beach book, but with a much bigger heart."—Boston Globe

"The Queen of the Summer Novel...Hilderbrand blends real-life issues - depression, teen alcoholism, bullying - with her signature soapy twists and illicit romances."—Joanna Powell, People

"Hilderbrand has once again written an engaging story wonderfully illustrating the often complex lives of young people struggling toward adulthood."—Booklist

"A sensitive glimpse into the lives of damaged people groping their way toward healing."—Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Elin Hilderbrand has lived on Nantucket for twenty years. She runs every morning, delivers her children to their sporting events, and frequents the front row at the Chicken Box. The Matchmaker is her thirteenth novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 584 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316099759
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (June 10, 2014)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FPQA7HK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,112 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Depressing June 15, 2014
By CGU
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have three favorite authors--EH, Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner. Every summer, I look forward to their latest releases. Well sad to say, I am 0 for 2 and only have Jennifer Weiner to look forward to.....

This book was decently written--EH knows how to keep a reader engaged but I found the heroine and her plight to be depressing. I did not like the convenient discarding of key characters and had to put the book down half way through--sorry to say.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars summer reading - RUINED! June 17, 2014
By Cubby
Format:Hardcover
my "summer reading season" has started with an elin hinderbrand book for the past several years. it is the book i look forward to the most each year. i was SO disappointed by this book. it was just too much. everyone loves dabney, she is just the center of EVERYONE'S universe -- really? i rolled my eyes and audibly groaned throughout the book. agnes ate oysters the way other children ate pepperidge farm goldfish? darling this, darling that. and the names!!! clenendine? box? dabney? ugh, it was all just groan-inducingly bad. i am sure i am nitpicking but I am usually a huge fan and now i am worried e.h. has lost her touch. i feel like reading blue bistro or summerland just to cleanse my palate. i read that she is coming out with a book at Christmastime, so i will just wait and hope. maybe lianne moriarty and jojo moyes won't let me down this summer.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing June 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Every year I wait for Elin's new summer read. Was going to wait till vacation to read but couldn't wait. Should have waited. Slow read, characters I just could not get into. Just disappointed altogether.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it June 12, 2014
By ib
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The only reason I'm giving this one two stars is that it takes place on Nantucket. I've read all of Hilderbrand's novels and enjoyed most of them. This one is just depressing. Didn't really like the characters or the plot. I skimmed through the last part - I just didn't want to read about a painful tragic death. Yes, I realize that it is part of life, but I like my beach novels a bit more light hearted.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sappy, predictable, and depressing! July 28, 2014
Format:Hardcover
Not my idea of an enjoyable read. I found the characters to be mostly annoying, especially the main character Dabney. Wears pearls even when jogging? Really? And with the first mention of her not feeling well, it was all too predictable from there.

And now I am wondering when the Lifetime movie is coming out for this book, because it seems like it was written for Lifetime!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This was a nice (not always the most positive adjective one can assign) little summer story that had numerous characters, few of whom seemed real. I would have to agree with the other reviewers who found the book somewhat disappointing. Neither Dabney or Clenendin demonstrated any really admirable qualities, they were mired in self-interest. Clenendin and Dabney's "love affair" wasn't the stuff of Dr. Zhivago, it was more extreme stupidity that lacked credibility. Not to mention selfishness. Dabney suffers from a disorder that won't allow her to leave the island (other than to receive a degree from Harvard, really? That seems like a smear against the University's mind-broadening capabilities!) She then lets her "soul mate" leave the island to pursue a career (why else would you get a degree from Yale?) refusing to go with him, even though she's pregnant. She ultimately marries a decent man whose tragic flaw is that he's committed to his work, at which he's brilliant, she still refusing to leave the island even though he tries to open the world to her. He's sentenced to a life of constant commuting, living life as a bachelor (and faithful, to boot) at Harvard, where he teaches. Ultimately he feels guilt because he wasn't "attentive enough." Please. Almost three decades later the love of Dabney's teenaged life returns and destroys her marriage, even though he's been absent for almost 30 years and has had no part in raising his daughter, Dabney's husband took on that task, even adopting her. Hard to feel sympathy for the woman....yes, she did a great job for the chamber of commerce, but did she ever really sacrifice her wants for either her "great love" or her more than decent husband? Hardly. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok... June 15, 2014
By Lyndam
Format:Kindle Edition
I felt that this was just cranked out, not as much character development as her other books. Also, I found many typos and mistakes . I love reading her books and being transported to Nantucket, and I thought the idea of Dabneys character was interesting but I never really warmed up to any of them. And I was irritated every time I read Clenendines name (really?)
Maybe she needs to slow down a bit
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Maybe the title should have been Dabney and her alcoholic family and friends. Liquor was a major component of the book, so I'm surprised more of the characters weren't sick. It detracted from the plot and seemed over the top. Also,it wasn't realistic that a girl with such a phobia of leaving Nantucket could live in Boston for 4 years and go to Harvard. It wasn't believable that the old boyfriend, Clen would stay away from Dabney when she was pregnant, not contact his daughter, and come back years later and Dabney would throw her husband over for him. It was disappointing that there weren't more beach scenes and descriptions of Nantucket. I wouldn't catagorize this book as capturing summer.
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Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.

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