Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson

Matchmaking for Beginners

A Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller. Marnie MacGraw wants an ordinary life—a husband, kids, and a minivan in the suburbs. Now that she’s marrying the man of her dreams, she’s sure this is the life she’ll get. Then Marnie meets Blix Holliday, her fiancé’s irascible matchmaking great-aunt who’s dying, and everything changes—just as Blix told her it would.When her marriage ends after two miserable weeks, Marnie is understan...

Details Matchmaking for Beginners

TitleMatchmaking for Beginners
Release DateJun 1st, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreRomance, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Reviews Matchmaking for Beginners

  • abby
    Marnie knows where her life is headed. She's engaged to the love of her life, Noah, and together they will create a stable, ordinary life. Yes, Marnie can see her future. The problem is that she's 100% wrong.Noah's great-aunt Blix only meets Marnie twice, but she instantly recognizes a fellow spirit, another matchmaker who can see the magic and love in the universe. She's also convinced Marnie has a big, big life in store. And it doesn't involve ...
  • Patricia Imperiale
    I liked this book. It was a cute, quick read. I liked Blix although I would have liked to hear more about her. Marnie got on my nerves at times, especially when Noah continually came into the house to take things. After the first time, what idiot doesn't change the locks? The man came in the house, uninvited, to take things, four times!
  • Kerry Anne King
    MATCHMAKING FOR BEGINNERS walked straight into my heart, trailing a shower of golden sparkles. Dawson has created a magical world inhabited by characters so engaging and real it seems plausible they might drop by for a cup of coffee. By turns funny, wise, and poignant, this is a story about falling in love—with the painful, messy, joyful business of living.
  • Rose (Traveling Sister)
    This is the kind of book that will likely get made into a holiday rom-com starring an awkward mishmash of celebrities in a couple years, but it made me laugh quite a bit, so it gets 3.5 stars. The concept is...funky: a dying great-aunt (Blix) conjures romantic magic all around her, and she wants to leave behind her legacy for a young woman she hardly knows (Marnie) because there's some sort of kismet between them. The characters seem to be compel...
  • DJ Sakata
    Favorite Quotes:Pay no attention to Wendy… She missed the class on manners because she was attending two extra courses on personal intimidation.The life force is running out of this room! I’ve been at funerals that had better vibrations than this.We never got married because I’ve finally learned that if you have to bring the law into your personal relationships, then you’re doing it wrong.One time he said to me, “You know, I had a great...
  • Xavier (CharlesXplosion)
    Matchmaking for Beginners is a nonsensical, overly sappy romance novel that features a incoherent story coupled with insufferable characters.
  • Jessa
    I really wanted to love this book, and there were aspects that were good, but there was too much happening in what could have been a much more streamlined/focused story. And Marnie was SO very unlikable to me?? I didn’t feel any sympathy for her, and honestly, I think she and Noah deserved each other. She def didn’t deserve Patrick. And wow, I hate how shabbily she treated poor Jeremy, the real underdog of the story.
  • Tanya
    So here's the thing....sometimes you want a book that is sweet and lighthearted and with a happy ever after. It has been a long time since I read purely for fun.And this book was sweet. Less lighthearted than I expected. It had a lost inheritance and lots of love and a "bad guy" and more than one good guy and you can't forget about the magic. But, the reason I gave it 5 stars, is because I didn't expect to love two of the characters - Blix, and h...
  • Siv30
    ספר מקסים ומחמם את הלב. בתחילה חשבתי שהוא בז'אנר הרומאן הרומנטי אבל הוא לא בדיוק נופל לקטגוריה הזו והוא כל כך נעים לקריאה וגם משעשע שמפליא אותי אחרי כל כך הרבה ספרים בקטגוריה הזו שהסופרת הצליחה לכתוב ספר כל כך מרענן.מארני נישאת לנואה, אהובה מזה שנתי...
  • Christine Nolfi
    A magical confection about two women at opposite ends of life’s funny, messy, joyful dance. You’ll cheer for the eccentric Blix and root for Marnie, her young, unexpecting protégé. Highly recommended—with sprinkles on top.
  • Mhairi
    This is one of my favorite kind of books, you know the ones I am talking about, the ones that leave you with a tear in your eye and a smile on your face. The kind of book you don't want to end..... This is not my normal genre but I am so glad I gave this book a chance. This book is full of wonderfully colorful characters and the ups and downs of life and once you pick it up it will be hard to put down. Welcome to Blix Holliday's world.
  • VeroRinconin
    3'5Es un libro diferente, divertido, tierno y duro, hay amor peeero no es un libro romántico.Cuando comencé a leer pensé que me iba a gustar mucho, que sería un libro épico, pero la verdad es que se fue desinchando muy rapidamente. La premisa no está mal pero creo que es la forma de narrar de la autora la que hizo que no me enganchara realmente.Para mi gusto personal sobran muchas partes de pensamientos y faltan más diálogos.Me esperaba s...
  • Rachel McMillan
    stayed up finishing this.I LOOOOOOOOVED it!first off, it had one of the most arresting voices i have read in a long time. it balanced humour and tragedy deftly and it was an utter delightwhimsical and with splashes of magic realism, it has the notes of Sarah Addison Allen but with the joy and sly asides of Rainbow Rowell, not to mention the textured characters of Billie Letts.Marnie is a completely relatable and snort-your-coffee-out hilarious co...
  • Jill Urie
    ok. I wanted to love this. I really liked the idea of the plot. And ultimately that is what kept me reading. I wanted to know how it ended. But I struggled with the writing. A lot. And I wouldn't say that I'm overly particular about that usually. But. It just felt amateur. The dialogue, especially, rubbed me the wrong way. It often felt completely implausible or stilted or a million other off-putting things.Also. Marnie just annoyed me. Her name ...
  • Marilyn Rothstein
    Fantastic fun, fabulously well-writtenI loved this delightful, honey of a novel and recommend it to all. Maddie Dawson, thank you for the entertainment, the escape as well as your knowing commentary on life and love.
  • Nanda
    This book started promising but unfortunately it went downhill from there, the protagonist is an immature, self-absorbed and a cheater on top of it all, she hurts this actual sweet guy twice and the hurt she causes in his life is dismissed as “he was too boring and now he can find his true love” but the thing is that there’s nothing more boring than her, she’s the least exciting person in the book, every other character is more interestin...
  • Marleen
    Maddie Dawson's Matchmaking for Beginners was unexpectedly delightful. Just when I think that I've been disappointed by too many books lately, along comes this little gem, and yes I live for these delicious surprises. What most compelled me was Dawson's writing style; it's engaging, witty and it hits the right tone. I enjoyed how so much wisdom about love, life and death was dispersed with humor and lightheartedness, coming through even clearer b...
  • Kelli's fire
    Not at all what I expected, but a wonderful story nevertheless.I expected a cheesy comedy about matchmaking, but what I got was a touching, mildly amusing story about someone finding themselves and helping a few others along the way.No sex (at least not the vulgar kind), no violence (just the pissed off wife kind) and only a couple of dirty thoughts make this a good read for those who like a "feel-good" story.
  • Julie Daniels
    I love this book! I'm in love with the way this author writes. How she sees people and manages to capture all of them and put it on the page in a way that the reader can see them just as she does. It was almost magical, just as the story she told. And the story she told! Oh my goodness can this woman tell a story! I was enraptured from the first page! This book, this story, these characters- it ALL spoke to me! I really connected with everything ...
  • Bette Crosby
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  • Crystal
    A wonderful messFirst off, I just want to say that I thought this book was wonderfully written. I have struggled with how many stars because the book was charming and fun and definitely witty. It was my kind of book but not my kind of book. The characters are full of life. What I did not care for at all were the numerous f words. It’s probably the cuss word I dislike the most and this book is full of them. While this book did not contain descri...
  • Mahoghani 23
    Talk about a book that speaks volume. This story was witty, romantic, full of spells, greedy people, and love all rolled into one.Marnie marries Noah and two weeks later, she finds herself divorced. His great-aunt, Blix, tried to tell her that Noah was not the right man for her but Marnie followed her heart. Now she's miserable and has moved back from California to Florida and living with her parents that thinks they know what's best for her. Bli...
  • Aura
    Delightful "kindle first" eBook for May. I tend to lower my expectations somewhat when I download a book for free and I become giddy when free downloads turn out to be good or great. I am now a fan of Maddie Dawson and I am giddy to have found this book. In Matchmaking For Beginners, Dawson takes a fun look at the intuitive powers that apparently some people have in finding love for other people. Marnie is a twenty nine year old who can see spark...
  • Gabi Coatsworth
    I think this is Maddie Dawson's best book to date. She's blended her characters, the setting, and the sparkles of magical realism into something greater than the sum of its parts. I know this is a world she conjured up. But I want to live there too. Even if it's as the crazy old lady next door.
  • Maryanna Gabriel
    Delightful StoryI loved this delightful story, the delightful characters, and the wonderful world view expressed. This is not a formula romance. The characters have the complex problems of the twenty-first century and the magic is brought about by positive thought and the personal growth we all experience over our lifetimes. This author has deep insight into the human psyche. Excellent read!
  • Claudia Staude
    Whatever happens, love that!Loved this novel! Marnie has a wonderfully messy life and when Blix steps into it, things get even more wonderful and messy. You will laugh, cry, and believe in magic again while reading this book! Simply delightful!!!
  • Adelle
    This book just made me smile. Highly recommended!
  • Lindsay Williams (Bibbidi Bobbidi Bookworm)
    4.5 Stars rounded up...This book was provided for free by Little Bird Publicity, Lake Union Publishing, and the author in exchange for my honest review.Sometimes I crave "brain candy" books for more than just the entertainment they provide. Sometimes I also need the lightheartedness and positivity that goes along with them. There is depth and beauty to be found in happy books too, and here lately, I have wanted to read almost nothing BUT lighthea...
  • Libby Chester
    3.5 ‘Matchmaking for Beginners’ by Maddie Dawson is the most fun book I’ve read so far this year. With a great deal of levity, Dawson offers up some serious themes like living life on your own terms, death with dignity, hope springs eternal, and love comes calling. A good dose of humor sparkling with a measure of woo-woo becomes a delicious recipe for depth and fascination in Dawson’s new novel. My favorite character is Blix Halliday, an ...