Wednesday, March 20, 2019

What's Sara Reading? Matchmaking for Beginners

Full disclosure, I am STILL reading "Matchmaking for Beginners" by Maddie Dawson, but considering this series is called What's Sara READING and not What Has Sara READ, I think I can get away with it this time.

I am a little more than halfway through with a lot to discover but I love it so far. It's got a little bit of magic to it but not in a "ohhh I'm reading a fantasy novel" way at all. Dawson has managed to weave it into the story without it being overly cliche or cheesy.

Essentially, the story evolves around Marnie, a young woman about to marry the great-grand nephew of Blix, a woman with the ability to feel when people are meant to be together, a magical intuitive matchmaker. Upon meeting Marnie, Blix feels an instant deep connection to her and knows that Marnie shares this magical connection she has had for all her life. Blix knows one thing immediately - that Marnie's fiance, Noah, is not the one for her and that they wouldn't get married.

The two do get married but by the time their honeymoon ends, Noah has left Marnie and they divorce shortly after returning home. Is it kind of sick of me to read such a dramatic novel after recently getting married? Probably a bit but whatever!

Marnie's life falls apart, she loses her job, and ends up moving back home to live with her parents. Soon after, she receives a letter in the mail letting her know of Blix's passing and that in the will, Blix has left her home to Marnie.

Marnie makes her way to NYC to discover more about the house that was left to her and why Blix entrusted her with her estate. It is when she arrives that she learns that she must live at the home for at least 3 months before deciding what to do with the home. What exactly did Blix see happening when Marnie arrived?

I have to say, I really like Marnie. I get her. She's 29 and has many struggles with adulting and I can relate! She is trying to figure it all out - her heart, her life, what's best for her, etc - all while trying to make others happy. She's straddling that odd combination of still feeling like a kid who doesn't know what she's doing with her life and being nearly 30. I think she's a genuine character and I am really enjoying following her adventure in NYC.

I have an inkling as to what happens and I am excited to find out if I am correct. In the meantime, I will just be here, in my nearly monochromatic outfit inspired by the book cover and wait to discover what Blix really had in store for Marnie.

I didn't realize I had so much aqua/teal in my wardrobe until I began piecing together this look. The skirt was a score during a Tatyana sale last summer, the blouse is one I got years ago from ModCloth, and the cardigan is from Heart of Haute. It made for a truly delightful outfit to match the book cover at hand. And the flamingo? Well, if you read this, I think you'd agree with me that it would so be something Blix would be down for.

What have you been reading lately? Any good recommendations for my next read?