Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson

Matchmaking for Beginners

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 understandably shocked. She’s even more astonished to f...

Details Matchmaking for Beginners

TitleMatchmaking for Beginners
Release DateJun 1st, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Romance, 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • Charlie
    Loved it!This surprises me as an not a big fan of simple romance. This story has a wonderful texture to it and I highly recommend it. It's short, but complete. The best KIndle first read for me so far.
  • Val Charles
    Happy to have read this. This is perhaps not the type of book that I would normal!y choose. Surprisingly, the book, characters, and plot kept me interested andentertained. I highly recommend!
  • Diane
    This novel was listed in the Amazon First Reads for May. I selected Matchmaking for Beginners: A Novel as the Contemporary Fiction selection for the month. What a FUN book! The story is charming and developed well. The characters are quirky and interesting, even if you don't agree with all the decisions they make. This story Surprised Me. :) This is just a great summer read. ENJOY!
  • J.J. Rossi
    Everyone Needs a Blix in Their Life I read hundreds of books a year and I have to say this is one of the best, most wonderful books I have read in a very long time. I feel like I know the characters and it makes me want to go to find Marnie at her flower shop and just hug her. And Blix...I hope their is. Blix in everyone’s life. Thank you for bringing her to life.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Colleen Squires
    Magical and quirky, this book reminds us that choosing the safe path is not always best, especially if we want to lead a "big, big life". Although one of the main characters leaves the book much too soon, her presence is woven throughout as we follow Marnie through some much too safe choices on her road to finding the life she wants, rather than the life others would choose for her. I enjoyed the characters in the Brooklyn neighborhood Marnie is ...
  • donna jakeman
    You'll laugh and cry at the same time!It's one of the best books I've read in a really,really long time. The people and their lives make you laugh,cry,and want more! It's a must,must,must read!!!
  • Stephanie Mccallum
    I really enjoyed this book! It was quirky and weird and the characters where all so strange and some were quite damaged. Despite that, it was a warm story full of light and it had a great message. Sometimes things don't happen how you plan. Sometimes life is scary. It's wonderful.
  • Adelle
    This book just made me smile. Highly recommended!
  • Beth
    "Whatever happens, love that." "'s in the broken places where the light gets in." This was a book that was difficult to put down. The writing style is wonderful, and the plot was very, very good. Without giving anything away, I'm not so sure that some of the choices Marnie makes is really in character for her. The plot, however, was extremely interesting, and I absolutely loved Blix.
  • Janci
    I thought this book was going to be a little too "woo woo" for me but it was not, not at all. First, I loved the setting, so many of these love stories take place in some idyllic small town somewhere. I'm not at all sure that small towns are all that idyllic and it was nice to read about the best things of the big city. Second, I loved how Blix handled her family. Great, because you can't forgive someone if they're not sorry. Again, not the usual...
  • Janet E. McLean
    Loved itIt is a romance, a mystery, fantastical, and hopeful. I couldn't put it down. It definitely interrupted my sleep pattern. If you do not like whimsey and humor, and the idea of an eccentric old lady who casts spells, then skip this book.
  • Wendy Kidd
    Luminous...This is a beautiful story about perfectly imperfect people bound together by love, and possibly a little magic. It’s a delightful read, full of laughter, hope and happiness.
  • heather kilpatrick
    Great readIf you read one book, this should be it. I whole heartedly recommend it. The characters come to life and they are all wonderful! Love does conquer all, and we all need a little sparkle in our life!
  • Teresa Bates
    This book is wonderful.It is not the same old romance, even though I sometimes like the same old one. The characters were allowed to be human and odd. Some books are just delightful. They give you the best feeling in your heart. I know that sounds smarmy but I am smiling as I write.
  • Vicki Allmann
    This book surprised meFrom the very first chapter I was hooked. There seemed to be a magical sense of wonderment that kept me turning the pages. The characters were three dimensional in their quirky ways. Totally realistic, as was the description of the brownstone and Brooklyn. I could actually see these people and the setting. This author captivated me and I will definitely be looking for other books by her.
  • Robyn Burchett
    ExcellentThe characters are broken and this makes the reader card about them. The author does an excellent job of catching your attention on the first page and holds it till the last word.