This is a psychological thriller with several twists and turns. There are multiple wives (or are there?!) and a controlling husband. The previews state that you’ll think you know all about the tangled love triangle and who’s who. We’re warned though – assume nothing!
I am notorious for never being able to figure out “who done it” in a book (no career as a detective for me!) so if you are a good guesser you might be able to figure it out before the end. I enjoyed it though and did not see the twists coming. Looking for a twisted love triangle? Give this one a try!
Side note – I see that they may be making this into a movie so if you want to read it before you watch it, now’s the time.
The Library Book is an anthology from Great Britain with submissions from several well-known authors. Except that I’m not British so I had only heard of one person included in the book. Don’t let that stop you though! As a book lover who also loves the library (and who has many fond childhood memories of going to the library), I quite enjoyed bonding with the authors over their life library experiences.
Because it is an anthology, it is easy to pick up and put back down which makes it perfect for a busy season in your life when you may not have a lot of time to dedicate to reading but can fit in a few pages here and there. Since each essay or story is short they can be read in a single sitting and you don’t need to worry about forgetting the plot from reading session to reading session.
The book was published in support of libraries, with all royalties going to The Reading Agency’s library programs.
I have pulled out several of my favorite quotes from the book (along with a funny story about how I came upon this book in the first place) and posted them on my blog at https://behindeveryday.com/
I chose this book as a Kindle First Reads book a few months ago then forgot all about it until recently when I found myself needing a book to read. I found this one on my Kindle app. The cover was nice. The title sounded nice. And off I went… no idea where I was headed. Do you ever start reading a book without a good sense of the plot before you begin? It definitely changes the experience a bit.
I was surprised by the death and divorce in the first half of the book. With a name like Matchmaking For Beginners, I was expecting a happy-go-lucky love story. I was wrong. Before we find the true, lasting love we must first wade our way through the painful mistakes. Right off the bat, we discover that our main character, Marni, made a few bad decisions in her first marriage. She ends up quickly divorced and back with her family in Florida (and with an ex-boyfriend from high school) for a while but Blix (her ex-husband’s magical matchmaking aunt) has a different plan for Marni. Marni begins to make better decisions in her life as she moves to Brooklyn to satisfy Blix’s request.
I enjoyed the time Marni spent in Brooklyn the best. Life there was interesting and Marni was happy there. The magical touches made me think of Practical Magic (the movie – haven’t read the book) which I really enjoyed. Then, after much struggle and personal growth, we finally get our happy ending. I could definitely see this as a Hallmark movie. Not a lot of depth but a fun read.
Maybe it’s because I’m interested in the behind-the-scenes of life such as how things are made, but I liked this one. Most of the plot about the book publishing process is probably too much for my 5-year-olds to really understand or care about but it’s a great quick (and funny!) look at the process from writing to editing to illustrating to printing. The tiger and his posse agree.
This isn’t newly published but it’s new to my classroom library. The words used in the series are simple (good for beginning readers) but the illustrations are always on point. The expressions on the characters’ faces and their reactions to things that happen crack me up. If you haven’t read any Elephant and Piggie books, you’re missing out.