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Publisher's Summary

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.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining read

I liked the story well, it's an entertaining, light, positive read.
I heard it as an audio book though and even if she reads well Amy McFadden has the annoying habit to finish every phrase with a sound that reminds me of a creaking door. Once you conciously hear it you can't overhear it anymore . Joyce Bean's performance is excellent

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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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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...

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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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Loved it!

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

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Predetermined destiny takes away the fun...

(Possible Spoilerish Elements Be Aware)

The performance of this book was incredible and Blix was truly brought to life in this audiobook. Marnie was a wonderful character and the story really fills you up on light fluffy happiness, but the thing that holds me back from giving five stars is Blix’s pronouncements for each character. You know it will end the way it does and there was little to no surprise at the end of any of the twists. I would say it’s predictable, but it’s even more spelled out than that in the novel itself. It took away some of the fun of reading this. Still a pretty good read.

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Beautifully performed!

The story is about magic and love. One that would be a nice read anytime but the real magic is in the performance! It’s so beautifully read with all the emotions!
I would give the performance so many more stars if I could!

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a little cheesy but fun easy listen

knocked off one star because it's not something I will read over and over, nor would I recommend it to any of my guy friends. but it's a fun easy listen.

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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.