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The Matchmaker: A Novel Hardcover – June 10, 2014
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"A new Elin Hilderbrand novel has come to signify the start of summer to readers. With the idyllic island setting and her eye for details, her books make you want to plan a trip to Nantucket even before you've turned the last page. Her stories are always chockfull of relatable characters and situations, sprinkled with a little bit of escapist fantasy for good measure. Like a good summer barbeque, there's something for everyone here....So get a nice comfy chair in a shady place and dive in!"―The Book Reporter
"The queen regent of the easy-breezy summer read."― The New York Post
"Charming, poignant...Hilderbrand's narrative is thoroughly readable, with likable heroes and believably despicable antagonists...an engaging read."― Publishers Weekly
This is my favorite read of the summer so far."― Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press
Praise for BEAUTIFUL DAY:
"A perfect summer read."―Ladies Home Journal
"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
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Like many people I found the main character annoying, but more for her ignorance and moral ambiguities. I also was bothered by the ending which I felt tried to put a positive spin on adultery. Overall I thought it was an extremely warped book on love and commitment.
The story itself is mildly interesting and not really the problem. There at just so many annoying things. Phrases like "she was too sick to rise from bed" (who says that?) and "She gazed up at him through her cinnamon bangs, a siren's look" (seriously? What are 'cinnamon bangs', are they something sirens have? So stupid).
Also the main character's matchmaking includes seeing a red or green fog, to indicate if a couple is a match or not. Totally ridiculous, is this chick lit or sci-fi. She also for some reaaon wears a grosgrain headband and pearls everywhere she goes, on Nantucket, in 2014, even to exercise. She's afraid to leave Nantucket and seems especially afraid of NYC specifically Morningside Heights which, again, in modern day times makes me think the author has never actually been to NYC.
Overall, a big miss as far as an Elin Hilderbrand book. I made it to page 211 and rarely quit on a book but I can't stand any more of this one.
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.
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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I accidentally downloaded this to my kindle. When the blizzard came, I spent the day reading it. It's a tearjerker, but if that's the mood you're then it's a good read. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jean Levinson
A feel good must read. So well written that I felt like I was part of the love story and matchmaking. I look forward to reading Elin's other books too!!Published 11 days ago by trelis730
A riveting novel that make you want to not put the book down! Starring a person you will fall in love with.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Elin Hildebrand writes another fine tale with wonderful cast of characters and Nantucket as a backdrop. Sit beach, relax, and feel them come to life.Published 12 days ago by Cjo
You can always count on Elin Hilderbrand for an insight into human nature. I often see myself in some of her characters.Published 17 days ago by Tonia M. Lewis