Marnie is marrying her romantic boyfriend, Noah. They go home to the South to meet his family and she instantly bonds with his Great-Aunt Blix. Blix is a matchmaker and the black sheep of the family who lives in Brooklyn. She rents out apartments to a motley crew of people. The problem is, Blix is sure that Marnie and Noah are not meant to be and that she is perfect for the mysteriously scarred Patrick that lives in her basement apartment. Blix holds her tongue at the engagement party, but tells Marnie that she is meant for a great big life.
Marnie finds that hard to believe when life takes some unexpected turns. Will she be able to tap into her inner strength and the matchmaker magic that Blix is sure she has?
I don’t want to give more away of the plot as there were quite a few twists and turns. I thought it was a great story. Life is stressful right now at work and with moving and this book was a great way to relax at the end of the day . . . although it was so engaging it kept me up instead of helping me to sleep!
I loved the characters in the story. I will admit that Marnie annoyed me at times with her decisions, but I really enjoyed reading her journey and how she went from a very low point of life to really understanding herself and where she wanted to go. I loved Blix and would love a spinoff of her in her younger years with her various adventures. I also enjoyed that the story had a bit of a magical element to it as well. The story was told between alternating viewpoints of Marnie and Blix.
“My California life, my adulthood, quietly folds itself up like a map and tiptoes away. Nobody but me even sees it go.”
“But no, it’s a star. Blazing out, probably from millions of years ago. Isn’t that what they say? That when we look at the stars, we are seeing the past.”
Overall, Matchmaking for Beginners was a wonderful story of a young woman really discovering herself and her potential, and of another woman at the end of her life trying to help others.
Book Source: E-book Copy for being a part of the TLC Book Tour. Thank-you!