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48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. With 42 happy couples to her credit and all of them still together, Dabney has never been wrong about romance. Never, that is, except in the case of herself and Clendenin Hughes, the green-eyed boy who took her heart with him long ago when he left the island to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist. Now, after spending 27 years on the other side of the world, Clen is back on Nantucket, and Dabney has never felt so confused, or so alive.

 



ABOUT ELIN

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Elin Hilderbrand does her best writing on the beaches of Nantucket, as well as on the charming streets of Beacon Hill in Boston. She has three magical children who beg her not to sing along to the radio or dance in public. The Matchmaker is her 13th novel.

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BOOKS BY ELIN

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THE MATCHMAKER

48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. With 42 happy couples to her credit and all of them still together, Dabney has never been wrong about romance. Never, that is, except in the case of herself and Clendenin Hughes, the green-eyed boy who took her heart with him long ago when he left the island to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist. Now, after spending 27 years on the other side of the world, Clen is back on Nantucket, and Dabney has never felt so confused, or so alive.



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THE TAILGATE: A Short Story

A digital edition short story about young lovers at separate colleges, exploring the early years of the central relationship in Elin Hilderbrand's novel, The Matchmaker. Ever since their first kiss, Dabney has known that she and Clen are an unsplittable unit - essentially the same person in two different bodies. But when she arrives at the tailgate to see sparks flying between Clen and Jocelyn, a girl with dark blue eyes and luscious black hair, Dabney fears the collapse of a bond she has never questioned before, a bond so important that she'll be lost without it.



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BEAUTIFUL DAY

The Carmichaels and the Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride's late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter's future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event--but in reality, things are far from perfect.



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THE SURFING LESSON: A Short Story

A digital edition short story about a wife coming to terms with her fading marriage, based on a subplot from Elin Hilderbrand's novel BEAUTIFUL DAY. Margot Carmichael's reservoir of romantic feelings for her husband Drum is running dry. But while the family is on vacation in Nantucket, Margot finds an opportunity to potentially regain her romantic love for her husband - in the form of Hadley Axelram, his ex-girlfriend.



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SUMMERLAND

A warm June evening, a local tradition: the students of Nantucket High have gathered for a bonfire on the beach. What begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy after a horrible car crash leaves the driver, Penny Alistair, dead, and her twin brother in a coma. The other passengers, Penny's boyfriend, Jake, and her friend Demeter, are physically unhurt--but the emotional damage is overwhelming. Questions linger about what happened before Penny took the wheel.



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SILVER GIRL

Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing - because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars. Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie's had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to heal. But the island can't offer complete escape, and they're plagued by new and old troubles alike.



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THE ISLAND

After a year of upheavals Birdie Cousins, her daughters Chess and Tate and her sister India head to beautiful, rustic Tuckernuck Island, off the coast of Nantucket, where their family has summered for generations. No phones, no television, no grocery store - a place without distractions where they can escape their troubles. But throw sisters, daughters, ex-lovers, and long-kept secrets onto a remote island, and what might sound like a peaceful getaway becomes much more. Before summer has ended, dramatic truths are uncovered, old loves are rekindled, and new loves make themselves known.



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THE CASTAWAYS

Greg and Tess MacAvoy went out on their sailboat one early-summer day to celebrate their wedding anniversay, hoping the roughest waters were behind them. But in an accident off Nantucket, they mysteriously drown, leaving behind two small children as well as the three couples who have long been their closest friends.  Tragedy brings to the surface long-simmering conflicts and emotions  and the MacAvoys' six grieving friends find themselves unprepared for the revelation of secret upon secret as they struggle to answer the question: What happened to Greg and Tess?



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A SUMMER AFFAIR

Claire Danner Crispin, mother of four young children and nationally renowned glassblower, bites off more than she can chew when she agrees to co-chair the Nantucket's Children Summer Gala. Claire is asked to chair the benefit, in part, because she is the former high school sweetheart of rock star Max West. Max agrees to play the gala and it looks like smooth sailing for Claire-until she promises a "museum-quality" piece of glass for the auction, offers her best friend the catering job, goes nose-to-nose with her Manhattan socialite co-chair, and begins a "good-hearted" affair with the charity's Executive Director, Lockhart Dixon.



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BAREFOOT

Three women arrive at the local airport, observed by Josh, a Nantucket native home from college for the summer. Burdened with small children, unwieldy straw hats, and some obvious emotional issues, the women--two sisters and one friend--make their way to the sisters' tiny cottage, inherited from an aunt. They're all trying to escape from something: Melanie, after seven failed in-vitro attempts, learned her husband was having an affair, and then discovered she's pregnant; Brenda embarked on a passionate affair with an older student that got her fired from her prestigious job as a professor in New York; and her sister Vicki, mother to two small boys, has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Soon Josh is part of the chaotic household, acting as babysitter, confidant, and, eventually, lover.



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THE LOVE SEASON

Marguerite Beale, former chef of culinary hot spot Les Parapluies, has been out of the public eye for over a decade.  This all changes with a phone call from Marguerite’s goddaughter, Renata Knox.  Marguerite has not seen Renata since the death of Renata’s mother, Candace Harris Knox, fourteen years earlier.  And now that Renata is on Nantucket visiting the family of her new fiancé, she takes the opportunity, against her father’s wishes, to contact Marguerite in hopes of learning the story of her mother’s life—and death.  But the events of the day spiral hopelessly out of control for both women, and nothing ends up as planned.



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THE BLUE BISTRO

When the desirable Thatcher Smith, owner of Nantucket's hottest restaurant, offers Adrienne Dealey a job at Nantucket’s hottest restaurant, she wonders if she can get by with no restaurant experience. Thatcher gives Adrienne a crash course in the business...and they share an instant attraction.

But there’s a mystery about their situation: what is it about Fiona, the Blue Bistro's chef, that captures Thatcher's attention again and again? And why does such a successful restaurant seem to be in its final season before closing its doors for good? Despite her uncertainty, Adrienne must decide whether to open her heart for the first time, or move on, as she always does.



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SUMMER PEOPLE

Every summer the Newton family retreats to their beloved home on Nantucket for three months of sunshine, cookouts, and bonfires on the beach. But this summer will not be like any other. When Arch Newton, a prominent New York attorney, dies in a plane crash on his way home from a business trip, his beautiful widow, Beth, can barely keep things together. Above all, though, she decides that she must continue the family tradition of going to Nantucket, and at the same time fulfill a promise that Arch made before he died.



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NANTUCKET NIGHTS

For 20 years, Kayla, Antoinette and Val have performed their own special summer ritual. Once a year, the old friends put aside their daily, separate lives to drink champagne, swap stories and swim naked under the Nantucket stars. But on one of those bonding nights, one of their trio swims out from the shore and doesn't return. After the surviving friends emerge from their grief, they realize that the repercussions of their loss go far beyond their little circle, and they begin to uncover layers of secrets--and their connections to each other--that were never revealed on the beach. What has made their friendship strong now has the power to destroy--their marriages, families, even themselves.



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THE BEACH CLUB

Gorgeous Nantucket is an island where memories are made, friendships begun, passions ignited. Now, during one unforgettable summer, the exclusive Nantucket Beach Club and Hotel will shape the fates of the men and women who walk through its doors.


THE MATCHMAKER TOUR DATES

June 10, 10:00am | Nantucket Bookworks | Nantucket, MA
June 10, 7:00pm | Wellesley Books | Wellesley, MA
June 21, 1:00pm | Nantucket Book Festival | Nantucket, MA
June 25, 7:00pm | Andersonís Bookshop | Naperville, IL
June 26, 12:00pm | Literary Luncheon at Cook Library | Libertyville, IL
July 8, 7:00pm | Bunch of Grapes | Marthaís Vineyard, MA
July 9, 7:00pm | Buttonwood Books | Cohasset, MA
July 10, 7:00pm | Barnes and Noble | Philadelphia, PA


July 11, 7:00pm | Books and Greetings | Northvale, NJ
July 13, 11:00am | Brielle Public Library with BookTowne | Manasquan, NJ
July 18, 6:00pm | Eight Cousins Bookstore | Falmouth, MA
July 22, 12:00pm | Bank Square Books Author Luncheon | Mystic, CT
July 22, 7:00pm | RJ Julia | Madison, CT
July 25, 6:30pm | Clinton Book Shop | Clinton, NJ
July 27, 11:00am | Browseabout Books | Rehoboth, DE
July 27, 6:00pm | Bethany Beach Books | Bethany Beach, DE

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