The Matchmaker - Elin Hilderbrand

The Matchmaker

By Elin Hilderbrand

  • Release Date: 2014-06-10
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 763 Ratings


In this moving story about losing and finding love again, a woman sets out to find the perfect matches for those closest to her.

Forty-eight-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others, 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 twenty-seven 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.


  • Couldn’t wait to finish it!

    By Nvalant416
    I had just read The Blue Bistro and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was hoping for the same with The Matchmaker. I was so disappointed. The book is slow and much too wordy. I have been to Nantucket and appreciate the descriptions of the island and the lifestyle, but the actual story is just dull. I’ll attempt another of Ms Hilenbrand’s books and hope it holds my interest as much as the Bistro.
  • Was this a Danielle Steele Book?

    By I'm Done 9878987
    UGH - boring. The dialog, the repetition. The best thing about this whole story was having what’s-her-name (I forgot already, main character) die of cancer. How sad is that?! This is the third Elin Hilderbrand book I picked up thinking there must be something I am missing ... but nope, I’m done!
  • SO SAD but so good

    By vikir
    I was 100% unprepared for how sad this book was, having not read any of the reviews before purchasing and being familiar only with other books by Elin that feature happy endings. So while I wouldn't characterize this as her standard beach read, unless you want to be crying behind your sunnies and into your margarita, I do think it's a good book that features characters I felt for and enjoyed getting to know.
  • Waste of my money

    By Kittyusa2015
    And big waste of my time
  • The Matchmaker

    By Jmcjp
    Absolutely wonderful story--so real I cried a couple of times!
  • Thoroughly enjoyed!

    By joanrth
    Great summer book especially with the Nantucket setting. Plot a bit far-fetched, but a good read.
  • Lovely

    By Kadeedi
    I enjoyed this book,as much as do all of Elin's books. Sad but satisfying.
  • The Matchmaker

    By No-answer
    Two words: Depression Session While her books are beach candy with just enough current food and fashion trends inserted to feel a bit more upscale than the average beach book, this is a disappointment. Too much bummer for my summer with the abandoning Mother, life long anxieties, and the all time buzz kill.....cancer. I want my money back. And an ice cream cone.
  • Not bad

    By dscro
    Was not one of my favorites but grew on me the more I read it.
  • The Matchmaker

    By DKCMC
    I love to read, but this story just didn't hold my attention nor sound plausible enough to identify with. Found myself skimming to the end.