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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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  • Tammy
  • GREEN BAY, WI, United States
  • 09-01-14

Enjoyed this!

Good love story! I like Elin Hilderbrand as an author and story teller. Thought this book was well written! Enjoyed it!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Unusual, for sure!

Have you listened to any of Erin Bennett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes and so far I like this one the best... by far.

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I think we all expect an interesting story, with a few twists and turns... but this book had so many possible real life situations. Choices in life are not always easy and coincidences dealt with differently.
THIS book just hit life straight on. I really loved that. I wish more of her books were less predictable and more thought provoking.

I've only listened to a couple, but now going back to try and find one I enjoy as much as this one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • CLT
  • CA
  • 09-01-15

Very Entertaining

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I thought The Matchmaker was very entertaining! It had just the right amount of romance and adventure. I was very engaged in the story and it definitely kept me awake on my long daily commutes. I would even sit in my car after parking to listen to a little more. I thought the reader was also excellent. She did a great job reading the different voices. It was easy to distinguish the characters. I would highly recommend this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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great story..

first time reading this author.. really like her style.. it was sad. but loved it

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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-Love at first listen

First read with this author. loved it all. Cried , don't usually do so easily.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great book

I enjoyed the twist and turns of this book. It had my emotions on edge wondering how Dabney would make her choices since so many would be impacted.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Theresa
  • banks, OR, United States
  • 07-09-14

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 .

4 of 6 people found this review helpful