'Beach reading with an unsettling edge' - Kirkus reviews
Dabney Kimball Beech has had a lifelong gift for matchmaking (fifty-two 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, John Boxmiller Beech, celebrated economist and Harvard professor; her lover, Clendenin Hughes, Pulitzer-winning journalist who lost his arm in Southeast Asia; 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?
Praise for The Matchmaker
'Grabs you from the first page . . . Elin Hilderbrand has such a way with words' - Always With a Book
'An engaging read' - Publishers Weekly
'A good read . . . Elin Hilderbrand fans won't be disappointed' - Matthew's Library
Further praise for Elin Hilderbrand
'A gritty and moving read that oozes plenty of drama' - Heat
'A gem of a summer read with a glamorous location, elite lifestyle, and Hilderbrand's appealing take on the constant stress that fills the lives of women everywhere' - Booklist
'This book was a great read - you really care what happens to the characters. Perfect holiday reading. I didn't want to put it down' - Candis
'Touching and uplifting' - U Magazine
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Call off the search—we’ve found the perfect summer read. Bestselling American novelist Elin Hilderbrand’s bittersweet tale of love and second chances is set on the island of Nantucket with its dune-backed beaches and cobbled streets. We adored heroine Dabney Kimball Beech, a kind woman with an extraordinary talent for matchmaking whose comfortable life turns upside down when her teenage sweetheart returns after a 27-year absence.
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 fianc , 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.