Friday, 29 April 2011

The Matchmaker by Marita Conlon-McKenna

This was the gentle and realistic story of a mother, Maggie and her three unmarried daughters, Grace, Anna and Sarah.

Set in Dublin, it is the story of widow Maggie, who resides in her marital home alone, with her unmarried daughter Sarah and Grand daughter Evie who live in the basement. Maggie's a wonderful homely character, who desires to see her daughters married and settled down with men they love. Maggie's matchmaking skills are displayed in a subtle way and overspill into the lives of fellow neighbours, her cleaner and a lodger, who lives in a converted mews at the end of the garden.

As you would expect the daughters do eventually meet men they fall in love with, but the journey they each take is what makes this book enjoyable.

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