The Matchmaker: A Novel

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Little, Brown, Jun 10, 2014 - Fiction - 544 pages
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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 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 new novel from Elin Hilderbrand about losing and finding love, even as you're running out of time.

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User Review  - Susan.Macura - LibraryThing

This is a tearjerker on many levels. Dabney, a native of Nantucket, loses her high school love of her life because she refuses to leave the island, except for critical events like going to Harvard ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jodeneg - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this book. Really liked the story line around the matchmaker theme and not the actual matchmaker theme. People and their life choices. Regrets. Happiness. Good book. Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Elin Hilderbrand has lived on Nantucket for twenty years. She runs every morning, delivers her children to their sporting events, and frequents the front row at the Chicken Box. The Matchmaker is her thirteenth novel.

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