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  1. says:

    OMG It s always pleasure to read a sequel after enjoying a book so much and truly connect with its characters So I felt like seeing an old friend as soon as I welcomed back Marnie and her powerful optimism and her ability to see the magic around everything in the world, bringing love and compassion to people s lives As a fan of Matchmaking for beginners, I was really curious about how Patrick and Marnie s story will evolve because there was still some kind of unresolved issues about their rel OMG It s always pleasure to read a sequel after enjoying a book so much and truly connect with its characters So I felt like seeing an old friend as soon as I welcomed back Marnie and her powerful optimism and her ability to see the magic around everything in the world, bringing love and compassion to people s lives As a fan of Matchmaking for beginners, I was really curious about how Patrick and Marnie s story will evolve because there was still some kind of unresolved issues about their relationship including Patrick s traumatic past, his inner and outer scars, their opposite characteristics I was so worried at some point Marnie s positive, cheerful, entertaining way of approaching to the matters will not endure much and it may be affected by Patrick s pessimistic, stable and non risk taking, introverted life style On the second book the problems start to occur about their relationship as I guessed Marnie wants to have children and marriage as Patrick is so reluctant to be father, fighting with the demons of her past, guilt feelings, missing of her dead girlfriend And then an eight years old, loud, ball of energy, hyper active little girl named Fritzie appear at their apartment door Surprise Patrick rejects to be a father but he already has a daughter from one night stand and he has to leave his safe place, getting rid of guilt feelings and taking some responsibilities for her child s own good But he really messed so big this time His insecurities and his fear not to be good enough for Marnie and secret he keeps from her damages their relationship As Marnie goes to Florida to take care of her sick father, Patrick stays alone with his child and finds out he can be a good father and enjoy the parenthood So many things in this story were meaningful, emotional living your past behind, learning from mistakes, opening your heart to love, parenthood, family bounding, magical power of sharing your compassion The only part irritated me was Patrick s stubbornness and rejection of happiness I wanted to scream at him to get his head out of his ass and start groveling to make Marnie forgive her But till the last parts he acted so unfair and broke her heart It was logical, he needed time to face his past demons and redemption and I enjoyed his bounding with his child but at some parts I feel sad for Marnie who was truly hurting because of his obnoxious behavior So I m cutting one star out and giving my 4 stars This is a great feel good fiction, romance, family drama and heart melting, poignant, lovable story I have to emphasize I liked the sequel so muchthan the first book I m looking forward to read upcoming books of the author


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    I did not read the first book in this sweet series But I would say this can be read as a stand alone I will go back and read the first book now I really hope that everyone reads this series.You are going to be pleasantly surprised by this one.I gave this book 4 stars The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.


  3. says:

    If you enjoyed Matchmaking for Beginners as much as I did, prepare to be spellbound by A Happy Catastrophe in which Marnie and the people closest to her discover that magic isn t getting what you want, but rather in loving what life surprises you with Maddie Dawson is at the top of her game in this charming and unputdownable novel.


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    2.5 starsI really enjoyed Matchmaking for Beginners when I read it a couple years ago it was full of charm and lively characters and a really sweet, fun read I was hoping for the same in the sequel, but I m sad to say it did not live up to the first book For the first 75% I was so annoyed at Patrick, who was regressing back to problems I thought had been resolved in the first book I had so many issues with his character this time around that it was nearly impossible to ignore But the WORST 2.5 starsI really enjoyed Matchmaking for Beginners when I read it a couple years ago it was full of charm and lively characters and a really sweet, fun read I was hoping for the same in the sequel, but I m sad to say it did not live up to the first book For the first 75% I was so annoyed at Patrick, who was regressing back to problems I thought had been resolved in the first book I had so many issues with his character this time around that it was nearly impossible to ignore But the WORST part was the how the first half or so of the book was Marnie and Patrick both completely disregarding the fact that they each wanted very different things in life, despite being the supposed perfect couple in all other regards Marnie has decided to tell Patrick that she desperately wants to to have a baby, while Patrick feels he will be the world s worst parent and wants no part of child rearing They spend most of the book passive aggressively trying to convince the other person why they re right, and it s just so infuriating because this is a major life decision that no one should be pressured into one way or another, especially by their partner.And there is a MAJOR plot hole that I could not get over through the entirety of the novel without giving any spoilers, it has to do with the timing of 8 years, and I desperately want someone to talk to about how atrocious it is that it s never addressed There are some great new characters introduced this time around shout out to adorable little Fritzie , and the ending was slightly redeeming, but that s the best compliment I can give to this one I still highly recommend Matchmaking for Beginners for anyone looking for a light but charming romance, but I can t say the same for the sequel A Happy Catastrophe comes out May 26 if you decide to pick it up Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for my advanced review copy.


  5. says:

    Give everything you have to love It s the only thing that counts. After reading the Matchmakers for Beginners and being so happy for Marnie and Patrick I couldn t wait to see how their story ends I devoured this book It s a quick read, and it s easy to get sucked into the characters and to care about them I love that it shows romance and parenthood in a natural light, it is real and raw and wonderful The book is an amusing, heartwarming talethe prose is effortless and polished Give everything you have to love It s the only thing that counts. After reading the Matchmakers for Beginners and being so happy for Marnie and Patrick I couldn t wait to see how their story ends I devoured this book It s a quick read, and it s easy to get sucked into the characters and to care about them I love that it shows romance and parenthood in a natural light, it is real and raw and wonderful The book is an amusing, heartwarming talethe prose is effortless and polished The characterization is spot on with a cast of characters that are quirky, fun loving, wary and supportive And the plot is an irresistible blend of humour, heart, hope, tender moments, family, friendship, tension, attraction, chemistry, self discovery, happiness, taking chances, and the healing power of love Overall, A Happy Catastrophe is pure magic Thank you NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Maddie Dawson for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review all opinions are my own. AHappyCatastrophe NetGalley


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I loved the writing in this book, but not the story I loved Matchmaking for Beginners and thought it was a very special book I was really looking forward to how Marnie and Patrick would progress in their relationship Unfortunately, I stopped liking Marnie very early on in this book She tells Patrick she needs to have a baby with him as soon as possible She needs a baby to be happy He tells her in no uncertain terms that he can t handle fatherhood He just can t do it We know that Patric I loved the writing in this book, but not the story I loved Matchmaking for Beginners and thought it was a very special book I was really looking forward to how Marnie and Patrick would progress in their relationship Unfortunately, I stopped liking Marnie very early on in this book She tells Patrick she needs to have a baby with him as soon as possible She needs a baby to be happy He tells her in no uncertain terms that he can t handle fatherhood He just can t do it We know that Patrick has been through a tragedy that literally left him disfigured and killed a woman he loved He has deep emotional and physical baggage When he says he can t handle fatherhood, that seems like a serious issue to talk through Instead of soul searching and having deep conversation on the topic, just a day after that conversation, she s texting him all day long about how many babies she s seeing and how much she just loves them It made it feel like a game she was playing That was my first turn off with Marnie Next, there s the shock of a lifetime when Tessa and her 8 year old daughter, Fritzie, show up on Patrick and Marnie s doorstep Surprise Fritzie is the product of a two night stand Patrick and Tessa had Marnie isn t even a little troubled that her boyfriend has a secret child She welcomes the overly boisterous child with wide open arms And then Patrick begins to withdraw into seriously black depression He s preparing for a comeback art exhibition, only the art is a bleak exploration of the fire he survived and his guilt and pain over his former girlfriend s death in that fire He s consumed by complete, dangerous darkness He hallucinates that the dead girlfriend is screaming in his head all the time and she s talking to him, demanding 100% of his attention He doesn t tell Marnie about it, but she kind of notices that he s completely withdrawing from life But she doesn t spend any time thinking about him She s got Fritzie to mother and wayward teens who hang out at her florist shop Next, she promises this husk of Patrick that she won t go crazy with Thanksgiving this year She ll keep it quiet, for his sake, with just the three of them He thanks her for that because, as we ve seen, he s deeply depressed and can t face being around people But, of course, by the next page, oops, Marnie allows a bunch of strangers to come for Thanksgiving It s ok though, because those people needed a place to be and Patrick can just deal with it In his own home While he s battling a severe mental breakdown At that point, I didn t want Marnie and Patrick to be together any Her character is meant to be Blix reborn, caring and loving every broken soul visible, but when Patrick really needed some intervention, Marnie preferred to ignore it, waiting for Patrick to snap out of it on his own and, above all, to realize how much they loved each other, because that should fix him I couldn t buy into that I also couldn t buy into the position that it was all Patrick s fault He needed help Real help Like therapy and possibly medication At the risk of sounding like a grinch, I wasn t won over by Fritzie either I didn t like the name, which didn t help, but she came off as loud and annoying rather than the plucky survivor she was supposed to be That child needed therapy too Abandoned by the only parent she d known to live with two strangers And her only way of acting out was to steal money to give to a homeless child in her classroom Brassy orphan with a heart of gold I was initially willing to suspend my disbelief with the whole Fritzie situation, but with the further problem of Patrick s mental breakdown, and a few other people s problems along the way I just couldn t love this story or its characterseven though the actual writing is excellent


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    From the first chapter I fell in love with Marnie She is this quirky flower shop owner and matchmaker It seems she can see people s aura, which appear as sparkles, and uses that for matching, even at the most random times This alone brings a huge smile to my face Marnie wants to have a baby but her boyfriend Patrick doesn t see things quite the same way Then chapter 2 starts and you get a glimpse into Patrick s character He s a quirky introvert with a troubled past Despite him being quite From the first chapter I fell in love with Marnie She is this quirky flower shop owner and matchmaker It seems she can see people s aura, which appear as sparkles, and uses that for matching, even at the most random times This alone brings a huge smile to my face Marnie wants to have a baby but her boyfriend Patrick doesn t see things quite the same way Then chapter 2 starts and you get a glimpse into Patrick s character He s a quirky introvert with a troubled past Despite him being quite the opposite of Marnie, they fit so well together I expected this to be a light fun read At times it was but it was so muchIt was sad, sometimes dark, and sometimes uncomfortable It was so muchthan I expected it to be Thank you Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for this digital copy in exchange for an honest review


  8. says:

    I love when I read a book and I feel as if I am catching up with some old friends We loved Marnie and Patrick when we first met them in Matchmaking for Beginners It has been a while now and they have settled into their life together, happily it seems, and then Marnie broaches having a baby Patrick has so many demons he still has to deal with and this one throws him for a loop We also get thrown for a huge loop when a little girl named Fritzie shows up She is Patrick s daughter from a couple I love when I read a book and I feel as if I am catching up with some old friends We loved Marnie and Patrick when we first met them in Matchmaking for Beginners It has been a while now and they have settled into their life together, happily it seems, and then Marnie broaches having a baby Patrick has so many demons he still has to deal with and this one throws him for a loop We also get thrown for a huge loop when a little girl named Fritzie shows up She is Patrick s daughter from a couple day fling He had no idea she even existed Fritzie is left with them for a few months sure and that plus all the people who flock around the marvelous Marnie, makes things too much for Patrick As he retreats, Marnie wonders if this isn t the life she is supposed to lead I wanted to throttle Patrick a few times Okay, a lot of times But I do know that he was in a very deep depression and we hope against hope that he will see out of the dark and back into the Marnie light Marnie is such a wonderful character, full of life, hope, zest, faith I want some of her sparkle Who wouldn t gravitate around her Fritzie is precocious and the perfect match for Marnie Every character bringsjoy into the story My heart was lighter at the end and I really think it was something I needed in such strange, dark times You cannot go wrong with anything that Maddie Dawson writes but do yourself a favor and read this little duo You will thank me later.Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union for this little piece of joy


  9. says:

    I ADORED Matchmaking for Beginners and made everyone read it Dawson s voice is so warm and inviting that you feel like you re scraping a chair up to a lovingly worn table for a cup of tea and biscuits I love it and the world and the characters so HOW DELIGHTED WAS I when I learned we gotfrom the Matchmaking world Featuring one of the most resplendent openings I have read in an age and peeling back the curtain to the intersection of hope, loss and love, this has a lot of my go to favouri I ADORED Matchmaking for Beginners and made everyone read it Dawson s voice is so warm and inviting that you feel like you re scraping a chair up to a lovingly worn table for a cup of tea and biscuits I love it and the world and the characters so HOW DELIGHTED WAS I when I learned we gotfrom the Matchmaking world Featuring one of the most resplendent openings I have read in an age and peeling back the curtain to the intersection of hope, loss and love, this has a lot of my go to favourite ingredients a winsome and beguiling heroine who wrangles the narrative with magic and vulnerability, a sweet hero and a tapestry of colourful characters, the forging of family and wistful romance and a very strong sense of place and setting I am delighted that this offering just happened to find its way to me as the world was shifting because it is an imaginative balm


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    Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for my copy.I absolutely loved this book I was so excited to see there was a sequel on Netgalley I loved Matchmaking for Beginners It was a book I found withFirst Reads I loved it so much I bought an actual copy of it when it was released I ll be doing the same with this one as well.This book continues Marnie and Patrick s story Marnie is ready to get married and have babies while Patrick is still living in his dark past.Their p Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for my copy.I absolutely loved this book I was so excited to see there was a sequel on Netgalley I loved Matchmaking for Beginners It was a book I found withFirst Reads I loved it so much I bought an actual copy of it when it was released I ll be doing the same with this one as well.This book continues Marnie and Patrick s story Marnie is ready to get married and have babies while Patrick is still living in his dark past.Their problems begin to get worse when a woman shows up with Patrick s daughter who is a product of a one night stand Patrick did not know he had a daughter which bringsintense insecurities He becomes afraid he isn t enough for Marnie while Marnie believes in him with her whole heart.This book is so realistic I felt for both Marnie and Patrick as they try to work through so many issues The ending was just perfect It was so wonderful being back in their world I may need another book of their story


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A Happy Catastrophe FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MATCHMAKING FOR BEGINNERS COMES A NOVEL ABOUT LOVE, LOSS, AND THE BEAUTIFUL MESS OF FAMILY.Marnie MacGraw And Patrick Delaney Have Been In Love For A Few Years Now, Enough To Realize That They Are Imperfectly Perfect Together Still, There Are Somethings That Maybe Need A Little Attention Marnie S Ebullient He S Brooding She Thrives On Change He Prefers Stability She Sees Marriage And Parenthood In Their Future, But He Can T See Beyond The Shadow Of An Earlier Tragedy.Then An Eight Year Old Surprise From Patrick S Past Shows Up On Their Doorstep, Cartwheeling Into Their Lives And Spinning Things In All Directions While It S Not Exactly The Change She Envisioned, It Looks Like Instant Family To Marnie But Patrick, Afraid Of Being Hurt Again, Retreats Further Into Himself Suddenly, Two Very Different Pieces Of A Beautiful Puzzle Fid It Harder And Harder To Fit How Can Marnie Trust In The Magic Of The Universe When It Seems To Be Doing Its Best To Knock Her Off Her Feet But Some Love Stories Are Worth Waiting For And What S Love Without A Little Chaos Anyway KINDLE And PAPERBACK LENGTH 381pagesAUDIBLE RUNNING TIME 12hrs 2020 Maddie Dawson P 2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., All Rights Reserved.