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Reviews for The Matchmaker

by Elin Hilderbrand

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Looking for a summer read to get immersed in and transport you to beautiful Nantucket? Grab Hilderbrand's (Beautiful Day; Summerland) latest and some sunglasses for a captivating and charming novel to devour. Dabney Kimball Beech has lived on Nantucket her whole life and prides herself on many things: her love and knowledge of all things Nantucket, her family, her work with the chamber of commerce, her cooking, and her successful matchmaking skills. Though some find her abilities intrusive, Dabney knows a destined match when she sees one-and when she does not. However, for herself, she believes she was wrong about her first love, until he comes back to Nantucket after 27 years in another country. Clendenin Hughes's presence dares Dabney to start truly to live and enjoy all the moments of life that she can as both she and her daughter, Agnes, learn that life is messy and complicated-especially when matters of the heart are involved. Verdict Here's a must-read to reignite the beauty and gift of life, love, and family.-Anne M. Miskewitch, Chicago P.L. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.

Dabney Kimball Beech is Nantucket's biggest booster. As director of the island's chamber of commerce, she is a constant presence at, and an enthusiastic booster of, the island's many celebrations, whether it's Daffodil Weekend or the Cranberry Festival. But this year, things are different. She's just learned that her high-school boyfriend, Clendenin Hughes, the love of her life and the father of her child, is set to return home after a decades-long stint as a foreign correspondent. Despite the fact that she has been married for many years to a Harvard economist and is well known as a matchmaker, with 43 happy couples to her credit, her own love life has proved problematic. She's afraid to see Clen again, and with good reason; almost as soon as they meet up, their love affair reignites. Hilderbrand has crafted another of her delectable beach reads, complete with a fairy-tale romance. And her depiction of a perfect Nantucket summer day will have readers inhaling a plate of Kumomoto oysters and downing a cold glass of good white Bordeaux right along with Dabney. Delicious.--Wilkinson, Joanne Copyright 2010 Booklist