The Matchmaker

The Matchmaker

A Novel

Large Print - 2014
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Dabney Kimball Beech, the 48-year-old fifth generation Nantucketer, has had a lifelong gift of matchmaking (52 couples still together to her credit). But when Dabney discovers she is dying of pancreatic cancer, she sets out to find matches for a few people very close to home: her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech; her lover, journalist Clendenin Hughes; and her daughter, Agnes, who is engaged to be married to the wrong man. As time slips away from Dabney, she is determined to find matches for those she loves most -- but at what cost to her own relationships?
Publisher: New York : Little Brown & Co., 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316404679
Branch Call Number: FICTION Hil
Description: 536 pages (large print) ; 24 cm


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Jul 22, 2017

Tagged as a great beach read, disagree. Who wants to be mad at a girl for blindly being in an abusive relationship? And then cry buckets at a sad ending? Not me.

Jun 13, 2016

A good beach read. Easy and predictable. Even had me crying at the end.

Sep 08, 2015

The book itself is pretty good, until you get to the ending. Main character regains her one true love, but then she gets pancreatic cancer and dies in the last 3 chapters. Extremely depressing ending. When you close the book at the end you just feel pretty horrible. I wouldn't recommend it just for that reason.

Jul 11, 2015

I loved this book. It kept me up all night reading. It was sad, but still a very good read.

samdog123 Jul 02, 2015

Dabney has lived on Nantucket island her whole life, refusing to leave the island except for her stint in University. Known as the island matchmaker, her own marriage never fulfilled her. When her first and great love, Clen, returns to the island, Dabney must make choices. This was the first book I've read by Elin Hilderbrand. She did a great job creating the turmoil that Dabney goes through in deciding between her husband and her first love.

Dec 22, 2014

Vintage Hildebrand. This was a lovely
story and although you knew heartache
was pending, the author eased into a very
emotional ending, which lingers with the
reader. A wonderful read

Nov 08, 2014

a must read for all women - mothers & daughters....very easy read.

Aug 06, 2014

It's an "ok" read, not elin's best book by far. Somewhat predictable. 3/5

Jul 29, 2014

I loved this book! It seemed a bit "frivolous" at times, however, as you get closer to the ending, it knocks you over!
As another reviewer said, "I love books that make me cry." This was a real tear jerker!! Can't remember the last time a book made me cry! Kristen Hannah books can do that sometimes.
Totally enjoyed!!

Jul 28, 2014

Great summer read!

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