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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Xavier (CharlesXplosion)
    Matchmaking for Beginners is a nonsensical, overly sappy romance novel that features a incoherent story coupled with insufferable characters.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • Samantha (AK)
    Marnie thinks she has her entire life figured out. She's going to marry the 'right' guy, set up in the 'right' house, and have a perfectly normal suburban American life. She's wrong. Her perfect marriage shreds apart as soon as it begins, leaving her idealistic dreams in tatters. But life's not through with her yet.At she tries to gather up the remnants of her life, she finds out that her (now ex-)husband's great-aunt Blix (who she's met twice), ...
  • 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...
  • Ed Davis
    Halfway through this book I thought I was going to give it one star. It had nothing to do with the writing because Maddie Dawson is a wonderful writer. It was Marnie. She forced a man who didn’t love her to marry her, and then practically had a nervous breakdown when he dump her two weeks later. What she did to Jeremy was so awful I didn’t think I could forgive her. It was Patrick and Blix who saved Marnie. The supporting characters in this b...
  • Doreen
    “I shouldn’t have come, and that’s the truth of it. It’s not even five o’clock in the afternoon, and I’m already fantasizing about a swift, painless coma. Something dramatic, involving a nice collapse to the floor, with my eyes rolling back in their sockets and my limbs shaking” (location 69). This was my first book by this author and I liked parts of it (like that great beginning) and disliked other things about it. The biggest dra...
  • 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!
  • Teresa
    This book “sparkles” with magic, romance, humor, and a wonderful cast of characters. Life gets a little messy but it is delightfully entertaining.
  • Melissa
    I got this book as a kindle first book. It is probably not a book that I would have naturally grabbed in any other way, but I'm so glad I got the chance to read this. It was super sweet with lots of happily ever afters and people finding happiness in their crazy and unpredictable lives. This is the story of Marnie, a Florida girl who is getting ready to marry the love of her life, a guy who also has the maturity level of a prepubescent llama. Let...
  • Joy H.
    Added June 11, 2018.(Published June 1st 2018 by Lake Union Publishing)I got this book free because I am subscribed to Kindle-Unlimited.[Kindle Unlimited is explained at the following FAQ link]: This book seems to have a light-hearted atmosphere so far. I just started reading it. We'll see.(I'm so tired of reading about the horrors of war in other books!)I found the book by searching through the Kindle-Unlim...
  • 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...
  • Maggie
    I'd opened it thinking I'd be reading a humorous book - and the first chapter did not disappoint. But there is more sadness in the book than I'd anticipated. Having geared up for light-hearted fun, I was taken aback.In the first chapter we learn that Blix sees Marnie as a younger version of herself. Perhaps that's why we're expected to forgive Marnie the multitude of poor decisions she makes as she has life experience to gain. But, given her age ...
  • Bradeigh
    Delightful! So much funnier and sweeter and lovelier than I expected going in. Definitely recommended if you’re looking for an entertaining, light-hearted read.
  • Marcia
    Great book to lift your spiritLoved, loved, loved the characters in this book. Great light read that will put a smile on your face. My sister lived in Park Slope, in a brownstone, and I enjoyed picturing the rooms. A warm and fuzzy read.
  • Sparktest
    A joyous book!Wonderful cast of characters and family of the heart. I think every misfit struggles a little bit like Marnie's character does. But like the pin I bought in college many years ago says, "Why be normal?". Sometimes it's just not in your DNA.