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A touching new novel from bestselling 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 cl A touching new novel from bestselling 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.


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A touching new novel from bestselling 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 cl A touching new novel from bestselling 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.

30 review for The Matchmaker

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Egelston

    I didn't love this the way I've loved so many of Elin's books. The characters names drove me nuts - Dabney and Clendenin?! I didn't love this the way I've loved so many of Elin's books. The characters names drove me nuts - Dabney and Clendenin?!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gerard J. Medvec

    On page 90 of THE MATCHMAKER by Elin Hilderbrand, she writes about her two main characters; "The two of them with their Ivy League degrees had spent the past year on Nantucket working jobs that were beneath them." It was at this sentence that the rest of the standard story became unimportant. "Beneath them." That bothers me. Hilderbrand takes the omniscient point of view in the book, so that differentiating between the character's beliefs, the narrator's and her own are skewed. Yet every writer On page 90 of THE MATCHMAKER by Elin Hilderbrand, she writes about her two main characters; "The two of them with their Ivy League degrees had spent the past year on Nantucket working jobs that were beneath them." It was at this sentence that the rest of the standard story became unimportant. "Beneath them." That bothers me. Hilderbrand takes the omniscient point of view in the book, so that differentiating between the character's beliefs, the narrator's and her own are skewed. Yet every writer is responsible for what they write. From the above sentence Hilderbrand claims that those who graduate from Ivy League schools are too good to get their hands dirty, unless, perhaps, they are making scads of money doing it (as in archaeology). It also implies that people doing those lesser jobs for little money are "beneath," or lesser-people, than Ivy Leaguers. From there it is easy to wonder if the author feels that all collegians are above non-graduates. It's a disturbing line flung into a world where all people are created equal. More disturbing that it comes from someone who is university educated.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    “She had a gift for love, the way other people have an eye for color.” Slogging through the dregs of a humid Georgia summer eight months pregnant is uncomfortable, to say the least. And just the excuse I needed to elicit a second summer getaway to the beaches of Nantucket, courtesy of Elin Hilderbrand, and her lengthy beachy backlist. Dabney Kimball Beech proves to be the ultimate tour guide. And rightly so, given she’s a Nantucket native who has served as the Director of the Island’s Chamber of “She had a gift for love, the way other people have an eye for color.” Slogging through the dregs of a humid Georgia summer eight months pregnant is uncomfortable, to say the least. And just the excuse I needed to elicit a second summer getaway to the beaches of Nantucket, courtesy of Elin Hilderbrand, and her lengthy beachy backlist. Dabney Kimball Beech proves to be the ultimate tour guide. And rightly so, given she’s a Nantucket native who has served as the Director of the Island’s Chamber of Commerce for over two decades. Her love for people and place runs so deep, thoughts of stepping foot off the island elicits extreme bouts of anxiety. Not even the man who claimed her heart as his own when they were teenagers or their daughter could persuade Dabney to live anywhere other than Nantucket. Instead, she willingly bids her first-love Clem adieu, setting him free to chase his dream as a reporter in Thailand. Requesting no further contact from him, she vows to raise their daughter alone. Twenty-seven years later, the journalist finds his way back to Nantucket and Dabney. In the almost three decades that Clem has been off chasing the next big story, Dabney found love with a well-known economist. A patient man that undoubtedly knew in the back of his mind that he would never own Dabney’s whole heart. Still, that’s no excuse for Dabney’s misdeeds. While the title alludes to a story centered around Dabney’s matchmaking, that’s not the case. And what a shame. Some of the best parts of the storyline come courtesy of the flashbacks from her matched couples and the pink or green aura she uses to gauge compatibility. Instead, there are some not so subtle hints early on of where the storyline is heading for Dabney. And it’s eerily reminiscent of Hilderbrand’s latest release, 28 Summers. There are a host of similarities: Dabney (The Matchmaker) and Mallory’s (28 Summers) shared love for Nantucket and refusal to leave the island, to the infidelity they get caught up in, and ultimately where they end up in the end. Maybe the similarities wouldn’t have been so glaringly obvious had there been more time between my read throughs. Regardless of the overlap, I still enjoyed both trips to the island. Although, 28 Summers was the clear frontrunner.

  4. 4 out of 5

    howsweeteats

    Elin is probably my favorite author of all time. While I didn't love Beautiful Day as much as some of her others, I read it on Nantucket last year which heightened the experience. But! The Matchmaker has been one of my favorite reads of hers in a long time. For not being a crier, I basically bawled my eyes out for the last 20 pages. I'm a huge sucker for long lost love and this story spoke to my heart. I loved ALL the characters (okay, minus that Elizabeth woman), couldn't get enough and of cour Elin is probably my favorite author of all time. While I didn't love Beautiful Day as much as some of her others, I read it on Nantucket last year which heightened the experience. But! The Matchmaker has been one of my favorite reads of hers in a long time. For not being a crier, I basically bawled my eyes out for the last 20 pages. I'm a huge sucker for long lost love and this story spoke to my heart. I loved ALL the characters (okay, minus that Elizabeth woman), couldn't get enough and of course flew through the book quicker than I should have and am sad it's over. This is quite possibly up there with The Blue Bistro and The Island for me. SO GOOD.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marisa

    Library Request, so happy I was able to sign this out from the library and not have spent money. I think I will stay away from any more novels from Elin Hilderbrand in the future. I can't tell you how I do not abide adultery for any reason, and yet this book I felt was rubbing it in my face and condoning it all because they claimed they loved the person, pleaaaaaase give it a rest already it's all about sex and selfishness on the adulterers position. But yet they continue to be selfish in carryi Library Request, so happy I was able to sign this out from the library and not have spent money. I think I will stay away from any more novels from Elin Hilderbrand in the future. I can't tell you how I do not abide adultery for any reason, and yet this book I felt was rubbing it in my face and condoning it all because they claimed they loved the person, pleaaaaaase give it a rest already it's all about sex and selfishness on the adulterers position. But yet they continue to be selfish in carrying with affairs instead of dealing in allowing the spouses freedom to escape an unfair situation they caused them, to leave with there dignity in place. But no there selfishness isn't thinking about them at the time of all the great sex they were having. Sorry I went off in a tangent there for a bit, but this book I felt did not provide any escape for me, that I enjoy when I pickup a good book. The characters and the writing I felt were so old sounding, it put me off from the start. Sorry if I could take back my time spent in reading this book I would have.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lyndsay

    So disappointing. Extremely predictable and Dabney is pathetic.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lauradorable

    "spoilers" This story is located in charming Nantucket and features these wonderfully dynamic characters: Drabney: a middle-aged woman who avoids working all summer to get her hanky panky on with Clendenin. This leaves her best friend to do all the work and lie for her. Agnes: Drabney's dimwitted daughter who is engaged to an abusive psychopath until nearly the end of the book and is surprised when he beats her up (after EVERYONE warns her of his controlling nature). Clendenin: Agnes father and Dr "spoilers" This story is located in charming Nantucket and features these wonderfully dynamic characters: Drabney: a middle-aged woman who avoids working all summer to get her hanky panky on with Clendenin. This leaves her best friend to do all the work and lie for her. Agnes: Drabney's dimwitted daughter who is engaged to an abusive psychopath until nearly the end of the book and is surprised when he beats her up (after EVERYONE warns her of his controlling nature). Clendenin: Agnes father and Drabney's former lover. He has no personality or redeeming qualities. Box: a nice man who Drabney is married to. She doesn't bother to tell him she is having an affair even after being caught. She then takes the easy road out and dies of cancer, never having to own to her mistakes. Celerie: a vegetable. Riley: the sweet, kind, adorable, guitar-playing, always-there-for-you, handsome, holds your hand, respectful, just-tall-enough, ambitious but laid-back friend that Agnes begins to hang out with over the summer. I'm sure it was a complete shock to us all when they got together at the end.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    Some parts of this book were actually pretty good, but others annoyed me so much it made my rating downgraded. Here are the things I disliked: 1. No matter how you approach the idea of "a perfect match" infidelity is infidelity and that leaves a horrible distaste in my mouth. So if he was your perfect match, tell your husband and separate. And don't get me started about leaving the job every day at noon for these trysts and how everyone covered up for her. 2. What is the author's obsession with al Some parts of this book were actually pretty good, but others annoyed me so much it made my rating downgraded. Here are the things I disliked: 1. No matter how you approach the idea of "a perfect match" infidelity is infidelity and that leaves a horrible distaste in my mouth. So if he was your perfect match, tell your husband and separate. And don't get me started about leaving the job every day at noon for these trysts and how everyone covered up for her. 2. What is the author's obsession with always using first AND last names when mentioning a person. Never Nina, always Nina Mobley, never Elizabeth, always Elizabeth Jennings. Like we couldn't keep people straight, because the names (Celerie for heaven's sake) were not unique enough? It wasn't a horrible book, and if you follow her Nantucket books, this one is helpful as part of the scope of people who live there, but it isn't all that great.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mairzi

    I usually find Hilderbrand books entertaining bits of fluff but this one is just awful. There is not a character that I cared about or a plot development I didn't see coming for miles. Usually when I read her books, I long for a trip to the beach but not with this one. All I wanted to do was be finished reading it. Not since (which coincidentally plays a role in this book) have I cared so little when a main character dies. Ooops, should have said spoiler alert before including that but sinc I usually find Hilderbrand books entertaining bits of fluff but this one is just awful. There is not a character that I cared about or a plot development I didn't see coming for miles. Usually when I read her books, I long for a trip to the beach but not with this one. All I wanted to do was be finished reading it. Not since (which coincidentally plays a role in this book) have I cared so little when a main character dies. Ooops, should have said spoiler alert before including that but since everything in this book is obvious from the first chapter, I didn't think it was necessary.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ang

    My coworker told me this was her favorite Hilderbrand. To put it bluntly: NO. FUCKING. WAY. I'm not going to spoil it for you, but let me just comment on the names. Dabney. Clen. Box. Riley. Celerie. CELERIE. There is a character named after a vegetable. Listen, Ms. Hilderbrand, people named Jane can live on Nantucket and have books written about them. I mean, good riddance. Celerie. My coworker told me this was her favorite Hilderbrand. To put it bluntly: NO. FUCKING. WAY. I'm not going to spoil it for you, but let me just comment on the names. Dabney. Clen. Box. Riley. Celerie. CELERIE. There is a character named after a vegetable. Listen, Ms. Hilderbrand, people named Jane can live on Nantucket and have books written about them. I mean, good riddance. Celerie.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I really, really enjoy Elin Hilderbrand's books, but this one was just SO AWFUL for many, many reasons. The names are just ridiculous, and listening on audio made them even more pronounced. I became increasingly annoyed by them as the story progressed and particularly loathed "The Economist" and Agnes (a grown woman) calling her mother "mommy". I did not like even ONE of the characters, and the plot was just bad. There were so many moments in this story that I thought, "This wouldn't happen" or I really, really enjoy Elin Hilderbrand's books, but this one was just SO AWFUL for many, many reasons. The names are just ridiculous, and listening on audio made them even more pronounced. I became increasingly annoyed by them as the story progressed and particularly loathed "The Economist" and Agnes (a grown woman) calling her mother "mommy". I did not like even ONE of the characters, and the plot was just bad. There were so many moments in this story that I thought, "This wouldn't happen" or "Is this REALLY happening?" One of my favorites is when Dabney loses her job and is shocked by it, even though she basically didn't work for an entire summer. I don't care if you're the Olympic gold medalist of your field...you are probably losing your job if you well, stop going so you can make sweet, sweet love in the afternoon. This has replaced Nantucket Nights as my least favorite by the author.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    First, let me say that I received an ARC from the publisher through the Firstreads. Thank you! I tried to like this book but just could not relate to the main character (Dabney) at all. Dabney's identity is too wrapped up in things other than herself. Early in the book she is upset because she forget to bring lemon tarts to a festival. Her husband tells her it doesn't matter. She gets more upset because to tell her the tarts don't matter is basically saying she doesn't matter. Dabney is too conce First, let me say that I received an ARC from the publisher through the Firstreads. Thank you! I tried to like this book but just could not relate to the main character (Dabney) at all. Dabney's identity is too wrapped up in things other than herself. Early in the book she is upset because she forget to bring lemon tarts to a festival. Her husband tells her it doesn't matter. She gets more upset because to tell her the tarts don't matter is basically saying she doesn't matter. Dabney is too concerned about frivolous things, material things. In addition to not connecting with the main character, the writing is just too simplistic. Hopefully the numerous errors will be corrected before the final release. This book just didn't do it for me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Bamberger

    Just finished reading The Matchmaker ! I've read all of Elin's books and can never put them down . This one was no different .As usual , from the first page to the last , you feel the happiness , the sadness , the love , the hate , the heartbreak ,the sand under your feet and can hear the ocean waves in the distance . Without giving too much away , this is my favorite book yet ! I'm just upset I have to now wait more than a year to enjoy her next book ! Just finished reading The Matchmaker ! I've read all of Elin's books and can never put them down . This one was no different .As usual , from the first page to the last , you feel the happiness , the sadness , the love , the hate , the heartbreak ,the sand under your feet and can hear the ocean waves in the distance . Without giving too much away , this is my favorite book yet ! I'm just upset I have to now wait more than a year to enjoy her next book !

  14. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    I know, I know....beach reading, right? My daughter said to me tonight, "Mom, don't give in to the girly and the light!! Go back to your dark and drafty reading material, quick!" I know. But, honestly, Elin Hilderbrand just can't be resisted. Her stories that take place on Nantucket are like cherries dipped in chocolate glimmering on a cold, silver plate to me. I can't help myself...I'm just hooked every summer! This is a particularly gripping story of Elin's. It starts out light and fluffy, I'l I know, I know....beach reading, right? My daughter said to me tonight, "Mom, don't give in to the girly and the light!! Go back to your dark and drafty reading material, quick!" I know. But, honestly, Elin Hilderbrand just can't be resisted. Her stories that take place on Nantucket are like cherries dipped in chocolate glimmering on a cold, silver plate to me. I can't help myself...I'm just hooked every summer! This is a particularly gripping story of Elin's. It starts out light and fluffy, I'll give you that. But, before you know it, you're a huge fan of the main character, Dabney. You're feeling like her best friend. And, you kind of remember well that boyfriend you had that you were madly in love with in high school that you haven't seen in years. And before you know it, you're drawn in and can't stop reading. Elin Hildebrand's characters are simply charming. They are the friends you never had but wish you did. They are real and vulnerable, wholesome and lovable. The family members she writes about are your family, too. I just couldn't get enough of the people that populate this novel. As Dabney is reunited with her first love, my heart was laid out right there with hers. As she negotiated around all the obstacles in their path, I held my breath for them. And when tragedy began its viney way towards them, I was shell shocked along with them. This is the first book in a long time that's lifted my heart; made me laugh and cry in the same sittings. In fact, I cried a bucket at the end. It's a summer read, of course. But, it's a great one! 5 stars Deborah/TheBookishDame

  15. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    The names were completely ridiculous. Dabney, Clendenin, and BOX.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Judy D Collins

    Elin’s Hilderbrand’s latest novel, The Matchmaker is a story of a forty-eight year old Dabney who grew up on the island of Nantucket with her family. Married to John, a famous professor at Harvard with a daughter, Agnes. Dabney possess match making skills and has a pretty high success rate. When Dabney finds out she has pancreatic cancer, and her high school sweetheart, Clendenin, a journalist returns to the island (learned about this relationship from her novella –The Tailgate) which was not a b Elin’s Hilderbrand’s latest novel, The Matchmaker is a story of a forty-eight year old Dabney who grew up on the island of Nantucket with her family. Married to John, a famous professor at Harvard with a daughter, Agnes. Dabney possess match making skills and has a pretty high success rate. When Dabney finds out she has pancreatic cancer, and her high school sweetheart, Clendenin, a journalist returns to the island (learned about this relationship from her novella –The Tailgate) which was not a bad read. However, I am finding Elin’s novellas are better than the actual novel). In The Tailgate, we learn Dabney was seeing a therapist every week to discuss her issue of agoraphobia. After eight years of therapy, she found she could not be fixed; however her therapist helped her manage it. Nantucket was her oxygen. It was the only place she felt safe, healthy, whole. Dabney and Clen fell in love years ago; however, he was offered a job he could not refuse and Dabney chose not to go with him, remaining on her beloved Nantucket because of fear. She was raising Agnes as a single parent until the older professor and he adopted her. Now twenty years later, and her current illness causes her to second guess her life. Unfortunately, cannot recommend this book as could not wait for it to be over (listened to the audiobook), as most of the book involved the main character, complaining about things which were of no importance. I have read all Hilderbrand’s books and enjoyed her earlier ones in years past; however, the last few have been lacking substance.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda Vilardo

    Blah! This book was so ridiculously predicable it made me angry. I was also angry with every single shallow character she wrote about. Agnes was pathetic, Dabney was pathetic and so was the Box character. I could've written this book myself and that is no compliment. Not one surprise. One of the most shallow things I've read in recent memory. One a good note, it was a very fast read, if only to be done with it. Blah! This book was so ridiculously predicable it made me angry. I was also angry with every single shallow character she wrote about. Agnes was pathetic, Dabney was pathetic and so was the Box character. I could've written this book myself and that is no compliment. Not one surprise. One of the most shallow things I've read in recent memory. One a good note, it was a very fast read, if only to be done with it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alissa Patrick

    Usually at this time of year I reach for a Elin Hilderbrand book because it's a nice, beachy summery read set in Nantucket. All her books are different, all her books are the same. You expect a nice bubbly read with a tad of drama but that's it. Not this one. Wow. ALL. THE. FEELS Usually at this time of year I reach for a Elin Hilderbrand book because it's a nice, beachy summery read set in Nantucket. All her books are different, all her books are the same. You expect a nice bubbly read with a tad of drama but that's it. Not this one. Wow. ALL. THE. FEELS

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cammie

    Elin Hilderbrand's novels just mean summer to me--the beach, summer, Nantucket... Dabney 's character is magical and flawed. She has the uncanny ability to match couples and has matched dozens of couples successfully. Her own personal relationships are a bit messed up though. Elin Hilderbrand's novels just mean summer to me--the beach, summer, Nantucket... Dabney 's character is magical and flawed. She has the uncanny ability to match couples and has matched dozens of couples successfully. Her own personal relationships are a bit messed up though.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Wow. How disappointing. I liked reading the author's books during the summer back when and enjoyed them. Nantucket is the location of choice for all of her books. As a Boston native that has visited the island a few times, location has always been the draw for me. The Matchmaker is so juvenile. Written for an 8th grade intelligence. Once in a while I like a light summer read (when I'm buried in the snow) but there are certainly better ones out there. I'm going to switch back to Martha's Vineyards Wow. How disappointing. I liked reading the author's books during the summer back when and enjoyed them. Nantucket is the location of choice for all of her books. As a Boston native that has visited the island a few times, location has always been the draw for me. The Matchmaker is so juvenile. Written for an 8th grade intelligence. Once in a while I like a light summer read (when I'm buried in the snow) but there are certainly better ones out there. I'm going to switch back to Martha's Vineyards reads. After all, I got married there. Kindly giving a 2 out of 5 stars due to location.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Connie G

    The Matchmaker is a summer read about family, romance, and island life. The author is obviously fond of Nantucket making the main character, the vivacious Dabney, the head of the Chamber of Commerce. Dabney has a special magical talent of matchmaking, seeing a rosy pink aura when a couple is perfect for each other. Unfortunately, things are not going so smoothly in her own family who have emotional and health problems. This light book is a bit predictable, but would be fun to take along on a bea The Matchmaker is a summer read about family, romance, and island life. The author is obviously fond of Nantucket making the main character, the vivacious Dabney, the head of the Chamber of Commerce. Dabney has a special magical talent of matchmaking, seeing a rosy pink aura when a couple is perfect for each other. Unfortunately, things are not going so smoothly in her own family who have emotional and health problems. This light book is a bit predictable, but would be fun to take along on a beach vacation.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?

    Dabney Kimball Beach is the head of the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce. She is also known as the island's resident Matchmaker. As summer begins in Nantucket, she receives an email from her ex-boyfriend some 27 years before, Clendenan Hughes, that he will be back on the island the very next day. Dabney wasn't sure what to make of this news or what she was going to do when she saw Clen again. He has been the love of her life, the father of her child and the man she was supposed to be with. But now, Dabney Kimball Beach is the head of the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce. She is also known as the island's resident Matchmaker. As summer begins in Nantucket, she receives an email from her ex-boyfriend some 27 years before, Clendenan Hughes, that he will be back on the island the very next day. Dabney wasn't sure what to make of this news or what she was going to do when she saw Clen again. He has been the love of her life, the father of her child and the man she was supposed to be with. But now, she is married to John "Box" Miller Beach and they have a wonderful life together on Nantucket, with their daughter Agnes who is now and adult and living her own life in New York City. But this summer is going to be one that none of them will ever forget. I am really starting to enjoy Elin Hilderbrand's books. They are perfect for the summer and they make me want to visit Nantucket. I haven't really visited to many northern beaches always preferring to go south. This was a cute story about a woman who had matched over 40 couples in her life. Whenever she saw people that should be together, there was a rosy aura around them that only she could see. When they weren't a match, the aura was green and murky. I'm not sure what kind of special powers she had, but it was an interesting concept. Most of Nantucket loved Dabney she was always there whenever she was needed and kind to everyone. But this summer is different. Dabney isn't herself. She thinks, it's because she is love sick with Clen being back in the picture and she is married to Box. She sneaks away from work to see Clen to see if what they had in the past can be rekindled. My reviews are always shorter with the books that I listen to, since I don't feel as immersed in it as if I had read it myself. But I did enjoy this book and I think I'm going to read more from Ms. Hilderbrand this summer.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Scidmore

    This is the second book I've read by Elin Hilderbrand and one positive thing I have to say is it was just a tiny bit better than the first book Beautiful Day. I've heard such good things about this author, I really want to give her a chance. But I was pretty aggravated with this book. The characters were so damn whiny it drove me crazy. I was so tired of hearing about Dabney's mother who deserted her at a young age, it became to repetitive. And I like when there is a nice MC but Dabney was like a This is the second book I've read by Elin Hilderbrand and one positive thing I have to say is it was just a tiny bit better than the first book Beautiful Day. I've heard such good things about this author, I really want to give her a chance. But I was pretty aggravated with this book. The characters were so damn whiny it drove me crazy. I was so tired of hearing about Dabney's mother who deserted her at a young age, it became to repetitive. And I like when there is a nice MC but Dabney was like an extra helping of corn syrup in your soda...a little too much. I felt no real connection to any of the characters. Now that I've gotten the bad out here are some good points. Dabney shocked me by doing a very UnDabney thing and I felt a flicker of interest towards her and she got just a bit like able to me. And I hate to say it but I really didn't get interested in the book until the very end when tragedy struck, that was the only compelling part of the book. I also liked the concept of Dabney as a Matchmaker setting people up for the long haul, but that part of the story could have used some work as well. I honestly don't know what to think, if I should try one more book by Ms. Hilderbrand or call it quits. But after some debating I may give her one more try, but if the next books doesn't wow me I'm call it a three strikes out.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is one of my favorite books of 2014 so far. I loved Dabney the main character. I read The Tailgate, a short novella about Dabney and Clen, the love of her life and the father of her daughter, Agnes. I loved Dabney from the beginning. I wanted to know if her and Clen really stayed together all those years or if life got in the way. Which, of course, it did. Books that have the storyline of love lost and then rekindled are always bittersweet to me. Especially, when you like the "new lover" an This is one of my favorite books of 2014 so far. I loved Dabney the main character. I read The Tailgate, a short novella about Dabney and Clen, the love of her life and the father of her daughter, Agnes. I loved Dabney from the beginning. I wanted to know if her and Clen really stayed together all those years or if life got in the way. Which, of course, it did. Books that have the storyline of love lost and then rekindled are always bittersweet to me. Especially, when you like the "new lover" and the 'old lover" comes back! OMG...I love that!! This book was so much more than that though. It had story lines going on throughout. The daughter Agnes, the husband and his assistant. I loved the everyday life of living on the island. It makes me want to at least have a summer home on Nantucket Island or live Dabney's life if only for a day. But of course tragedy strikes, even in a place as wonderful as Nantucket. So sad but,I loved this book and I think you will too.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Schwartz

    I was given the galley copy of this book by the publisher, and when I first received it I was a little apprehensive. Romance is not usually a genre that I read, but this book is actually quite remarkable. I understand that Ms. Hilderbrand is known for writing summer novels. Her books are meant for reading while lying on the sand soaking up the sun's rays. I suppose that this book could fall into that category, but it is a wonderful and terribly sad novel about a woman by the name of Dabney Kimba I was given the galley copy of this book by the publisher, and when I first received it I was a little apprehensive. Romance is not usually a genre that I read, but this book is actually quite remarkable. I understand that Ms. Hilderbrand is known for writing summer novels. Her books are meant for reading while lying on the sand soaking up the sun's rays. I suppose that this book could fall into that category, but it is a wonderful and terribly sad novel about a woman by the name of Dabney Kimball Beech who lives on the island of Nantucket. Nantucket itself almost becomes a character in this book so realistically is it portrayed by Ms. Hilderbrand. Dabney is a 48 year old woman who was born and raised on Nantucket. After going away to college, she has come back to the island, married and raised her daughter. Dabney doesn't ever want to leave Nantucket. Due to an incident that happened when she was ten, she doesn't feel safe unless she is on her beloved island. Dabney is known by everyone on the island, and she has earned a reputation as an astonishingly successful matchmaker. Dabney's history catches up with her in the summer of her 49th year when her lost love from high school returns to Nantucket. How she handles this sudden appearance of her lost but not forgotten love is the essence of this book. All the external forces that are pushing at Dabney from every direction during this memorable summer are shaking up her usually quiet and peaceful life. Then another catastrophic thing happens to Dabney which rocks her safe world right to it's foundation and forces her to face the choices she has made in her life. This is a heartbreaking and touching story and I really enjoyed it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    *First Elin Hilderbrand book for the summer of 2020* I am in a puddle of tears as I write this. I did not expect The Matchmaker to end the way it did. There are only a few books out there that make me cry an this now one of them. There is more then meets the eye with this book! And to top it off Anges has become one of my favourite Elin Hilderbrand characters.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily Bettys

    Ugh, probably the saddest of Elin’s books I have read to date. Probably one of the more slower of her storylines, too. The first half of the book is rather upbeat, however, I felt like the overall story of this one was pretty predictable, hence my three stars.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Not my favorite one by her. Couldn't stand Dabney at all, not sure why all of Nantucket adored her. And REALLY disliked Clendenin (what kind of name is that, anyway?!) I have a problem when someone has no respect for another person's marriage. I don't necessarily mind adultery in a novel, if the characters learn what a mistake it is and see how it ruins lives. But it was made OK here, no big deal. One thing I did like about the book were the blurbs about some of the couples that Dabney had gotte Not my favorite one by her. Couldn't stand Dabney at all, not sure why all of Nantucket adored her. And REALLY disliked Clendenin (what kind of name is that, anyway?!) I have a problem when someone has no respect for another person's marriage. I don't necessarily mind adultery in a novel, if the characters learn what a mistake it is and see how it ruins lives. But it was made OK here, no big deal. One thing I did like about the book were the blurbs about some of the couples that Dabney had gotten together.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Maudlin at best. Yawn at worst. An overall disappointment. Terribly predictable. Better luck next time?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jencey/

    It is time to share another Elin Hilderbrand novel. This time the title is The Matchmaker. Like the rest of her novels it is set on Nantucket. I remember Elin discussing this novel when I had my first opportunity to meet her in the spring of 2013. I made a four hour drive on a Sunday to the main library in Charleston for this event. It was worth the journey. Synopsis: Dabney Kimball Beech is well known throughout Nantucket. She works as the director of the Chamber of Congress for the city of Nant It is time to share another Elin Hilderbrand novel. This time the title is The Matchmaker. Like the rest of her novels it is set on Nantucket. I remember Elin discussing this novel when I had my first opportunity to meet her in the spring of 2013. I made a four hour drive on a Sunday to the main library in Charleston for this event. It was worth the journey. Synopsis: Dabney Kimball Beech is well known throughout Nantucket. She works as the director of the Chamber of Congress for the city of Nantucket. Dabney is most known for her matches of the perfect couples. She has correctly matched forty two couples. Dabney has not been as successful in her own life. Her true love Clendenin Hughes is returning to the island. Does Dabney want to see him? They also have a daughter who is struggling with her own issues. Will she want to meet the father she never knew? My Thoughts: I loved this novel! It was entertaining to the very last page. One of Elin Hilderbrand’s best! I recently attended a writing work shop with two bestselling authors. We discussed characterization of the main characters. They referred to the protagonist as having a superhero power. In other words what is her talent?. Dabney is known for her ability to make matches. This power in the novel is described as being a pink or green aura around the people near Dabney. Readers will also meet some of her matches over the years, in various spots in the novel. I also thought it is interesting that her flaw is her own love life. This flaw indirectly affected her daughter. I did not realize when I heard about this novel that Dabney would be so young. I had pictured an eighty year old woman. Readers will fly through the pages of this novel!

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