The Matchmaker's Gift by Lynda Cohen Loigman

The Matchmaker's Gift
.ePUB, 278 pages
Expected Publication: 20 Sep 2022
By: St. Martin's Press

About The Book:
Even as a child in 1910, Sara Glikman knows her gift: she is a maker of matches and a seeker of soulmates. But among the pushcart-crowded streets of New York’s Lower East Side, Sara’s vocation is dominated by devout older men—men who see a talented female matchmaker as a dangerous threat to their traditions and livelihood. After making matches in secret for more than a decade, Sara must fight to take her rightful place among her peers, and to demand the recognition she deserves. Two generations later, Sara’s granddaughter, Abby, is a successful Manhattan divorce attorney, representing the city’s wealthiest clients. When her beloved Grandma Sara dies, Abby inherits her collection of handwritten journals recording the details of Sara’s matches. But among the faded volumes, Abby finds more questions than answers. Why did Abby’s grandmother leave this library to her and what did she hope Abby would discover within its pages? Why does the work Abby once found so compelling suddenly feel inconsequential and flawed? Is Abby willing to sacrifice the career she’s worked so hard for in order to keep her grandmother’s mysterious promise to a stranger? And is there really such a thing as love at first sight?

My Review:
This book is something special and is utterly charming and magical. I especially loved the chapters from Sara's point of view in the 1910s and 1920s. She was such a breath of fresh air, she warmed my heart to no end and was way ahead of her time. The writing is captivating and Lynda Cohen Loigman  is a consummate storyteller. This story was wondrously romantic and swept me away to another time and place. I loved the characters and appreciated learning about the Jewish culture and traditions. The two timelines flowed seamlessly together...the same, but different. As much as I loved Sara it made me laugh that her granddaughter, Abby was just like her as I take after my grandmother in so many ways. This novel is such a wonderful take on the custom of matchmaking, with a sprinkle of enchantment throughout. I would be remiss if I did not mention that fabulous cover and how it perfectly fits the wonderful story inside, it is gorgeous! 

With many thanks to NetGalley, Lynda Cohen Loigman and St. Martin's Press for the giving of the ARC.



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