Book Review: Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson

I can’t believe it has been almost a year since I wrote a book review on this blog. For a self-proclaimed book worm, this is highly unacceptable. It’s not that I haven’t been reading, but I am not sure as to why I did not pen down my thoughts on each one. Anyways I do plan to change that and get back to my regular book reviews starting with Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson

Book Review Match Making For Beginners

The Story

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.

Narration & Character Development

Marnie, the protagonist is the narrator of the story however for a few chapters, it shifts to Blix. I was kind of bored in the first few chapters and was pretty sure it was going to be a slow read but the story did pick up pace once Marnie moved to Brooklyn.

Character development is pretty strong in this book. You get a good insight into all the other people Blix is helping out while keeping the story all about Marnie and Blix. I am always against having unrealistically strong or weak female characters but I was glad to see that the author maintained a good balance when it came to her protagonists.

My Experience

I am not someone who is a huge fan of chick lits. I have a hard time finding any kind of substance in this genre but this book kept me hooked. Like I mentioned before, I like a well balanced character when it comes to female protagonists so Marnie was someone I could relate to very easily. Stories were very realistic and not romanticized which is usually a common flaw of most books in this genre.

The story picked up pace after a few chapters and even though I was tempted to discontinue reading this book after the few chapters, I am glad that I stuck with it. It is not the kind of story that keeps you guessing and to be honest, you know the ending but the narration forces you to keep turning the pages.

I was kind of curious about the matchmaking angle and thought that Marnie and Blix might be some kind of an agony aunt kind of character. The magic angle was a pleasant surprise but the fact that the author related it more to human energy or aura rather than something supernatural was a commendable twist.

Final Verdict

Overall, it is a great read, not the best I have read but I don’t feel like I was cheated out my precious reading hours once I finished this book. The book leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy and it is pretty much a perfect read for a lazy day or a long flight.

Have you read Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson?

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