The Matchmaker

A Novel
By Elin Hilderbrand (Hardcover Book, 2014)
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.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $28.00 US/$31.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316099752

    • On Sale Date: 06/10/2014

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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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.

Elin Hilderbrand does her best writing on the beaches of Nantucket, as well as on the charming streets of Beacon Hill in Boston. She has three magical children who beg her not to sing along to the radio or dance in public. The Matchmaker is her 13th novel.
  • PRAISE FOR A SUMMER AFFAIR:

    "Hilderbrand's seventh is voyeuristic fun."
    (People).

  • Praise for BEAUTIFUL DAY:

    "A perfect summer read." (Ladies Home Journal).

  • "A wedding readers won't be able to resist crashing." (Kirkus Reviews).

  • "A star-crossed love affair; a former rock star; a high-stakes benefit gala; plenty of steam." (Redbook).

  • "Hilderbrand's latest is the perfect beach read....[her] straightforward style pulls the reader into the minds of her characters, and all the secrets and sorrows that create the universal messiness of major family events." (Publishers Weekly).

  • "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).

  • PRAISE FOR SUMMERLAND:

    "Summerland is as readable as any beach book, but with a much bigger heart." (Boston Globe).

  • "Claire's walk on the dark side is pure voyeuristic fun...A perfect summer cocktail of sex, sun and scandal." (Kirkus Reviews).

  • "The Queen of the Summer Novel...Hilderbrand blends real-life issues - depression, teen alcoholism, bullying - with her signature soapy twists and illicit romances." (Joanna Powell, People).

  • PRAISE FOR BAREFOOT:

    "Settle back and prepare to be charmed....Hilderbrand's women move in and out of passion, rivalry, and solidarity in one unforgettable summer, finally reaching that state of wonder and gratitude that comes with sheer survival." (New Orleans Times-Picayune ).

  • "Hilderbrand has once again written an engaging story wonderfully illustrating the often complex lives of young people struggling toward adulthood." (Booklist).

  • "Hilderbrand builds fascinating characters, but the real star of the book is the island itself, and the nearly mystical healing power attributed to sand, surf, and salty air. Twenty pages in, you'll be ready to drop everything and head to the beach yourself." (Boston Magazine).

  • "A sensitive glimpse into the lives of damaged people groping their way toward healing." (Kirkus Reviews).

Product Details

The Matchmaker
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $28.00 US/$31.00 CAN
  • Pages: 368
  • Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316099752
  • On Sale Date: 06/10/2014
The Matchmaker

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