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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 find that she’s inherited Blix’s Brooklyn brownstone along with all of Blix’s unfinished “projects”: the heartbroken, oddball friends and neighbors running from happiness. Marnie doesn’t believe she’s anything special, but Blix somehow knew she was the perfect person to follow in her matchmaker footsteps.

And Blix was also right about some things Marnie must learn the hard way: love is hard to recognize, and the ones who push love away often are the ones who need it most.

©2018 Maddie Dawson (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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I Wanted to Like It More

You’ll notice there are two female narrators and that’s because there are two main female characters, Blix and Marnie. Actually, one — Marnie — becomes a little more prevalent than the other and we know that will happen from the very beginning. Unfortunately, Marnie spends most of the book being an idiot. I know the author intended the idiocy to be taken as naivety, but it doesn’t work. I found myself really struggling to like her and that made it difficult to continue with a book built around her. I kind of didn’t care what happened to her because she was so dumb. The rest story and characters are nice but I wish the entire thing would have been about Blix. Maybe another book with no mention of the idiot.

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Disappointing

When I first started this book, I couldn’t stop listening to it. I liked Marnie ok, but I loved Blix. She was weird and wonderful and full of really good advice and life lessons. I was 7 hours in before I even realized it. But then Blix’s chapters stop, and we are only left with Marnie. And honestly, Marnie needed a lot of work.

I think the problem with this book is that they spent way too much time before Marnie actually makes it to New York. It gave us a whole hell of a lot of development on characters that we are never really supposed to care about, and then once she made it to New York, everything moved so quickly and we were supposed to instantly fall in love with all of these characters that just honestly weren’t that instantly lovable.

Don’t get me started on Patrick. While I did like him, I felt like their romance was stupid. It was nothing at all and then bam! Suddenly it was something. I hated how long Noah lingered. I hated that he was such a douchebag, and that Marnie couldn’t untangle herself from him. I hated how weak she was.

I hate how negative this is, because obviously I liked something about it, otherwise I wouldn’t have spent 12+ hours listening to it. But really, I don’t know if I would recommend it to anyone. It has its moments, and I think if I had actually been reading it instead of listening to it, I’d have liked it more because I could have skimmed a lot of the pre-New York crap. I hate books that tell you on the cover that someone is going to die, and a character is going to move and change her life, and then waste over half of the book before that even happens.

I’d have liked more Matchmaking (and for it to be more believable Matchmaking as well). I’d also have liked to be warned that the book was going to deal with so much magic and ridiculousness. I mean, I don’t mind magic. And I can suspend disbelief with the best of them. But the way the magic was handled here was just not good to me.

Overall, I feel like this book had a lot of potential that it completely squandered.

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Marnie is annoying

This story was okay, but I could not get past just how irritating Marnie’s voice is read by the narrator. I found myself torn between wanting to finish the book and wanting to quit it just to get away from that annoying voice! I’m about 3/4 of the way through, so it still remains to be seen which way I go...

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Exceptional

I downloaded this at 10 pm on a Friday night and finished it on Sunday afternoon. One or the best stories I have read in a long time.

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The Art of Being Selfish

The writing is enjoyable and the premise of love and magic was fun. But I'm just not picking up what the author was laying down. It felt as if we, the readers, were supposed to agree with her that of course she shouldn't like, love, or marry this perfectly sweet, nice guy who was once her best friend; of course she shouldn't want to live in a nice neighborhood with nice homes and lawns and *gasp* pools; of course she shouldn't want to live near and have a close relationship with her family; of course she should string said nice guy along while she cheats on him with her ex; of course she should be drawn to this city that she says is dirty and crowded, for no apparent reason. The whole story pretends to be about love, when really it's about selfishness. You can love oneself without being so self-involved. But this author seems to think otherwise.

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Loved it!

This was such an adorable story! I thoroughly enjoyed every chapter. Very sweet love story.

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Great narrator!

I enjoyed this story and the characters. The narrator was fantastic and I truly enjoyed her voice. (That’s such a huge thing to me!) I’m usually a psychological thriller girl but sometimes my brain needs a break....this was a great book for that.

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Love that!

A well written, well narrated tale of life, love, and death in Brooklyn. Interesting characters and a compelling plot.

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Could be a mini series!

This the first novel I have listened to from MD but wow it was spectacular, and of course who could complain about Amy McFadden (favorite narrator).
It is seriously like 3 stories in one and I could so see it as a mini series (maybe not BBC America because of the f-bombs) but it is so good!!! I paid for this because of the description but seriously it so much more. Well worth the investment!

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  • Jules
  • NEWPORT, RI, US
  • 08-17-18

Meh... Pass on this one. Also, Marnie is awful.

I wanted to like this book. I got it for a light read after some much heavier/darker listens - I wanted something very light (which I suppose this is). It's worth noting that I *did* finish it, so it can't be all that bad. Marnie is completely insufferable and I do not like the voice for her done by the narrator (fake southern accent mixed with ditsy stereotype) - she's just very annoying to listen to and unfortunately is the majority of the book. As others have mentioned, Blix is charming - Marnie... not so much. 2 stars because it's not the narrators fault that Marnie is so awful, and kudos for her for the different voices she does for all the supporting characters. It's really not even just Marnie's voice, her character is selfish, weak, and just awful. Don't even get me started on her poor FL fiance, which the book carelessly tosses aside. No one except Blix and some of the supporting characters are likable. I didn't even really like Patrick. Also all the "trying to be hip" language like "HASHTAG THIS" and "HASHTAG THAT" just falls short and comes off as trying to hard. I did want something very light, so I guess this fit the bill. I wouldn't recommend this book though - I had to work to get through it. Pass on this one.

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  • Dianne
  • 06-15-18

Loved it!

A wonderful story enhanced by brilliant narrators. not for sceptics as mentioned previously.

If you know that there is a kind magic swirling around us as we go about our daily lives, then you will love this story.