MATCHMAKING FOR BEGINNERS

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Infused with the kind of magic so frequently lost as we become adults, this one-of-a-kind novel pushes the boundaries of coincidence and connection by asking us to believe in fate and, possibly, magic once again. The characters jump off the page with their quirky habits and capture hearts with their meaningful development and interactions, leading to moments that will bring readers to tears one minute and having them laughing out loud the next.

Marnie MacGraw has dedicated herself to a single cause — getting the life she wants, even if that life is predictable and safe. Content with her path toward a husband, children and life in the suburbs, Marnie hasn't bothered to ask for anything more. What Marnie doesn't expect is a chance meeting with her fiancé's matchmaking great-aunt aunt, who is both dying and — according to family gossip — a witch, pushing everything off track. When great aunt Blix dies and leaves her brownstone, and all its unique residents, in Marnie's hands, Marnie’s well-laid plans go asunder. What’s left are these great, unforgettable moments that Blix is infusing into her life somehow from the grave. Will Marnie go with the flow or fight it every step of the way? (LAKE UNION, Jun., 370 pp., $24.95)

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Kaitlyn Kelly