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
GenreRomance, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Reviews Matchmaking for Beginners

  • Larry H
    4.5 stars.What a terrific, sweet charmer of a book this was!!Every family has at least one oddball, one eccentric. Free-spirited Blix Holliday is her family's black sheep, and that doesn't bother her one bit, because she doesn't like them much anyway.She believes there's a perfect match for everyone, she believes in thought energy, watching people's auras, and her ability to wish things into existence—and she has a book of spells to prove it. N...
  • emma
    I saw the word “matchmaking” in this title and thought hell yeah, and then I saw the cover and thought hell yeah, and then I started reading and discovered the weird inclusion of strange spiritual lowkey magical realism and thought hell no…And then the rest of the reading experience was mostly the latter reaction.This just felt like it focused on all the things I did not want. The main character’s descent into sadness. The ma...
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books on Stereo
    Matchmaking for Beginners is a nonsensical, overly sappy romance novel that features a incoherent story coupled with insufferable characters.
  • Bibi
    *2.5 stars*My very first audible romance and the narrators, Amy McFadden and Joyce Bean, were pure joy to listen to; elevating the story from mundane to something quite remarkable.BlurbMarnie 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Chris
    An enchanting read with some magic forces at work, whether you believe them or not! The magic is not over the top; it consists of Blix Holliday, an elderly great aunt of Marnie’s fiancée, Noah. Noah once was a caring and loving nephew to his great Aunt Blix when he was very young; now he is an arrogant, immature, haughty, rude and absolutely spoiled young man.When Blix first sees Marnie at the engagement party, there is an immediate connection...
  • 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 ...
  • Heidi
    Magical realism meets chick-lit. In other words, simply charming. And now I want to move to Brooklyn too!!
  • Alaina
    Definitely made me think of Hallmark or Lifetime movies.Matchmaking for Beginners was a meh kind of book. Not boring but not really exciting either. Out of all the characters, only one was really my favorite: Blix. She is into all of this magic stuff, whether its getting people to fall in love or some tumor healing on herself. She was just full of spark and spunk and I love every second of her in this book.Besides her, you will also meet Marnie. ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Andrea
    “You need a mantra to help you. You can borrow mine, if you want: ‘Whatever happens, love that.’”Oh my. I hardly ever give lighter books like this a full 5 . Actually, rarely give 5 stars at all! But here’s the thing, from page 1 all the way until I closed the book, I had a great goofy smile lighting up my face. Oh, this was fun and quirky, emotional and overall just a great time. Excellent job Maddie Dawson, looks like I‘m off to...
  • Emily Wilkinson (enw_reads)
    Well, that was adorable!Marnie MacGraw wants an ordinary life—a husband, kids, and a home 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 matchmaking great-aunt who’s dying, and everything changes—just as Blix told her it would. Marnie’s life abruptly changes and she’s left to pick up to the pieces and try to find the “big lif...
  • MundiNova
    Marnie is the MOST unlikable character that's ever existed.I think the author meant for readers to like Marnie, but she's the worst. Let me count the ways:1) No agency. Life happens to Marnie, she doesn't make many decisions and all the action comes from stuff just showing up in her path.2) She's basic. Marnie spends half the book talking about how all she wants is a "normal life." She has no interests or hobbies or things she loves. I couldn't e...
  • Myrna
    Wow, there is a lot going on in this novel. It has a good mix of seriousness, humor, charm, and love. Marnie is not the most likable character but she does face some tough choices. The side characters most definitely made the novel. I keep floundering between 3 and 4 stars because *possible spoiler* I was hoping for more matchmaking in this novel instead of focusing on Marnie. 3.5s!I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway contest. Thank you Goodre...
  • 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!!!
  • Kate
    DNF because this is so boring.
  • Libby Harrison
    Why in the EFF is she talking her fiance into marrying her on their wedding day?!!A wedding day that he shows up an hour late to and TELLS HER he doesn't want to marry her. So what does she do? she tells him they should get married anyway and they could get divorced later. He refuses (good on him) but she talks him into itWhy???!!!her words: "I explain then how much more terrible it would be if one of us has to walk into that church and break the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Melike
    Such a charming, feel-good romance with lovable characters. Throw in some magick and new age tidbits and you have a book that puts a smile on your face in every page. I didn't want it to end.