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Published by Lake Union Publishing (June 1, 2018)
Length and medium: 378 pages, Kindle ebook
Can I start by saying I read a ton of books in the Winter and often chose reading over watching TV. I don’t what it is about Spring and Summer but I do not have as much interest in books as I did when it was cold and cloudy and miserable outside.
It’s not like it’s been warm and sunny yet though. Santa Barbara is known for it’s sunshine but I’m here to tell you the sun does not shine as often as you’d expect. I remember my first year at UCSB there were only two weeks out of the entire school year that were hot enough to ditch the sweatshirt, one in October and one in April. In the years since, I haven’t paid as close attention to the weather but it isn’t often we get warm days. All this to say, there’s a good chance I’ll start reviewing TV shows and movies for the summer.
Matchamking for Beginners was one of the Amazon First Reads options for May 2018. I didn’t pick it until nearly the end of the month because many of my favorite shows got new seasons on Netflix and that has taken much of my time. Not to mention, I was planning on reading the fifth book in the Outlander series, The Fiery Cross (yes, I’ve been reading without reviewing) but I just didn’t have the dedication I once did. I’m a slow reader but it took me less than a week to read each of the first four books. This fifth book has taken me over three weeks and I’m only 30% done says my Kindle.
In any case, this book about Marnie and her new chance at love is entertaining. It starts with Marnie and Noah announcing their engagement to Noah’s family. A family that includes Blix, Noah’s great aunt. Blix has very little interest in her family and their frivolous parties but decides to go to this one and she’s happy she did. From the second Blix sees Marnie, she immediately sees herself in her and feels linked to Marnie.
Blix is a fun character because she is very new-age-y. She’s all into light and signs from the universe. She can see auras and recognize when people belong together. She sees that Marnie doesn’t belong with Noah and promises her that she has a big life ahead of her, but Noah isn’t a part of it.
Of course, as someone in love, Marnie brushes off Blix’s belief that Noah is no good for her. They get married and she thinks her life is on track but finds out Blix was right when she and Noah divorce within a week and she’s left wondering what went wrong.
The story switches between Blix and Marnie’s point of view in the chapters of the first half of the book. It’s interesting to see their lives somehow connected even though they are hundreds of miles away. The don’t talk to each other but both often think of one another, Blix more so. When Blix passes, she has a way of ensuring Marnie gets on track to her big life.
The novel is written with a lot of stream of consciousness which I really like. You get a good idea of what Blix wants for Marnie and once she’s gone, it’s interesting to see Marnie following the crumb trail Blix set out.
I’d suggest this book for anyone feeling a little lost in love. If you aren’t sure about your next steps in life or feel too focused on what society says you should be focused on, read this. This book is a good reminder that you shouldn’t fear new challenges or surprises. You shouldn’t settle for the closest thing just to end up married with kids. It takes time to find the right match and some things you just can’t rush.
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