Book Review: Matchmaking For Beginners

Matchmaking For Beginners by Maddie Dawson.

Whatever happens, love that.

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.

Marnie knows exactly where her life is headed. She’s engaged to the love of her life, Noah, and together they will create a stable, ordinary life. Yes, Marnie can see her future exactly as she has it mapped out in her mind. The problem is that she’s 100% wrong. The marriage makes it all of a couple of weeks, and the perfect life she has envisioned comes crumbling down around her.

Noah’s great-aunt Blix is the family outcast. A free spirit who has carved out a magical life of her own filled with colourful characters. Blix only meets Marnie twice, but she feels an instant connection, recognizing her as a fellow spirit. Blix is convinced that Marnie has a big, big life ahead of her, and that the life does not involve Noah.

This book has a touch of magic, a little humour, and a lot of romance. The author has an amazing sense of humour to come up with this. Marnie is an idiot most of the time, and in some ways she really annoyed me, but you get used to it the deeper you go. I loved Blix, she is the crazy relative in the corner that everyone avoids (but shouldn’t as she is the most fun). I kind of wish we got to spend a bit more time with her, but I enjoyed the way her memory lived on through the pages.

This is a sweet and lighthearted book, and a quick, enjoyable read.

I rate Matchmaking For Beginners 4/5. I enjoyed the story, but there were several moments when I truly just wanted to slap Marnie out of frustration.

Have you read Matchmaking For Beginners? Let me know what you thought of it.

Check it out on goodreads or Amazon.

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