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Edition:
First edition.
Publisher, Date:
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
Description:
360 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
Storied matchmaker and Nantucket resident Dabney Kimball has her own life and match turned upside down when her true love of twenty-seven years prior returns to the island.
"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 story about losing and finding love, even as you're running out of time" - from publisher's web site.
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LCCN:
bl2014017094
ISBN:
9780316099752
0316099759
9780316099752
0316099759
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17
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Control Number:
1061214
Other Number:
880718851
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Dabney Kimball Beech (Female), Married, Mother, Has always had a gift for matchmaking; discovers the love of her childhood has returned home after being gone for 27 years
Clendenin Hughes (Male), Left Nantucket 27 years ago to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist; had been in a relationship with Dabney those many years ago
Genre
Fiction
Romance
Love story
Topics
First loves
Husbands and wives
Marriage
Matchmaking
Family secrets
Love
Life choices
Setting
Nantucket, Massachusetts - New England (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st
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  Library Journal Review

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.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Hilderbrand's (Barefoot) charming, poignant 13th novel chronicles what happens after a woman's true love returns to her 27 years after they've agreed to no longer be in touch. Born with the ability to discern whether a couple is a perfect match or doomed to fail, Nantucket girl Dabney Kimball Beech knew from the moment she met high-school sweetheart Clendenin Hughes that they were meant for each other. Sadly, ambitious Clen was also destined to have a case of wanderlust that would lead him to a reporter job on the other side of the world. Pregnant with his child but terrified of leaving the island after a childhood trauma involving her resentful mother, Dabney tells a reluctant Clen that she needs a clean break. When Clen shows up in Nantucket, Dabney is plagued by ominous spells of pain and weakness that she attributes to being lovesick. Now the mother to a grown woman named Agnes, Dabney can see that her daughter's fiance, C.J., despite being generous and charming, is also a controlling and ill-tempered poisonous match. Dabney's sweet husband, Box, seems to like him, but Box, a famous economist, is generally oblivious. Often away in Cambridge tending to teaching duties at Harvard, he hasn't had a physical relationship with Dabney in a while. Dabney begins a bittersweet affair with Clen while trying to urge her daughter away from C.J. Agnes, home for the summer, teams up with pal (and potential match) Riley Alsopp to get to the bottom of things after noticing her mother's suspicious absences. Hilderbrand's narrative is thoroughly readable, with likable heroes and believably despicable antagonists. One misstep is the downer ending; though you see it coming, it still feels like it belongs in another book. Despite this, Hilderbrand's story is an engaging read. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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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 story about losing and finding love, even as you're running out of time.
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