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The Matchmaker: A Novel | [Elin Hilderbrand]

The Matchmaker: A Novel

48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others - like her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech, and her daughter, Agnes, who is clearly engaged to the wrong man - call it meddlesome, but there's no arguing with her results: With 42 happy couples to her credit and all of them still together, Dabney has never been wrong about romance.
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Publisher's Summary

A touching new novel from best-selling author Elin Hilderbrand in which a woman sets out to find love for those closest to her - before it's too late.

48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others - like her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech, and her daughter, Agnes, who is clearly engaged to the wrong man - call it meddlesome, but there's no arguing with her results: With 42 happy couples to her credit and all of them still together, Dabney has never been wrong about romance.

Never, that is, except in the case of herself and Clendenin Hughes, the green-eyed boy who took her heart with him long ago when he left the island to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist. Now, after spending 27 years on the other side of the world, Clen is back on Nantucket, and Dabney has never felt so confused, or so alive.

But when tragedy threatens her own second chance, Dabney must face the choices she's made and share painful secrets with her family. Determined to make use of her gift before it's too late, she sets out to find perfect matches for those she loves most. The Matchmaker is a heartbreaking story about losing and finding love, even as you're running out of time.

©2014 Elin Hilderbrand (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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    Leah Ebensburg, PA, United States 06-27-14
    Leah Ebensburg, PA, United States 06-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved~another hit by Elin Hilderbrand!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Matchmaker the most enjoyable?

    The flow of the story. Excellent Narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Always the island of Nantucket! The stories of relationships that feel so real. Dabney and her love of people and Nantucket and Clendenin.


    What does Erin Bennett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Erin Bennett brings life to the story and it's easy to become part of the characters! Her voice is relaxing which makes listening enjoyable. Love her narration!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Life on Nantucket!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed all Elin Hilderbrand's books. I feel she brings true life relationships and problems into her books that most everyone can identify. All her characters feel real. It's always interesting how these relationships/problems will transpire! She makes reading fun and I always look forward to her next book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 08-15-14
    Amy 08-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I couldn't stop listening!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I kind of knew what the outcome was...but I thought the characters were great. I couldn't wait to listen to the entire story. I listen to audio books during my long work commute and I would sit in the car at work to listen to the end of a chapter and wish I had more time to listen to the rest - all in one shot!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ROBIN SODDY DAISY, TN, United States 06-18-14
    ROBIN SODDY DAISY, TN, United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Awful, or just awful for Elin Hilderbrand ??"

    I think I have listened to everything Hilderbrand has ever written, and I am usually a big fan.
    But, although the narration is very good, this story is just awful. I was very disappointed.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa banks, OR, United States 07-09-14
    Theresa banks, OR, United States 07-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "summer reading"
    Would you try another book from Elin Hilderbrand and/or Erin Bennett?

    eventually, but not soon


    Would you be willing to try another book from Elin Hilderbrand? Why or why not?

    This book was ok, but really not believable and a bit boring.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    narration was good, setting well described


    Do you think The Matchmaker needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, one was more than enough


    Any additional comments?

    an ok book if you dont have anything better .

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia NIWOT, CO, United States 07-31-14
    Patricia NIWOT, CO, United States 07-31-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Don't waste a credit!"
    What would have made The Matchmaker better?

    The story was simply dumb and the writing was very poor! The continual "he said and she said" over and over.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elin Hilderbrand again?

    Maybe?


    Did Erin Bennett do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Considering how boring the characters were the narrator did the best she could do with them.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Huge disappointment!!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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