THE MATCHMAKER’S LIST by Sonya Lalli & Giveaway



In THE MATCHMAKER’S LIST (BerkleyPublishing) by Sonya Lalli, one devoted modern girl + a meddlesome, traditional grandmother = a heartwarming multicultural romantic comedy about finding love, where you least expect it.

I found it ironic to receive this book the same week I purchased tickets to the musical, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. I’m always amazed by the tradition of fixing up couples to marry and especially, since it still happens today.

Raina Anand agrees in to family pressure and to let her grandmother play matchmaker, but that doesn’t mean she has to like it–or that she has to play by the rules. Nani always took Raina’s side when she tried to push past the traditional expectations of their tight-knit Indian-immigrant community, but now she’s ambushing Raina with a list of suitable bachelors. Is it too much to ask for a little space? Besides, what Nani doesn’t know won’t hurt her…

THE MATCHMAKER’S LIST is all about family, traditions and even romance and what it takes to make all of that work together. Half way through the novel, there’s a reveal that may surprise and even annoy readers. Keeping in mind the traditions involved, I gave it a pass. Read, enjoy and have some fun!


Sonya Lalliย is a Canadian writer of Indian heritage. She studied law in her hometown of Saskatoon and at Columbia University in New York, and later completed an MA in Creative Writing and Publishing at City, University of London. Sonya has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and loves travel, yoga and cocktail bartending. She lives in Toronto with her husband.

Thanks to Berkley Publishing we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us your thoughts about matchmakers. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY USA only please.

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29 thoughts on “THE MATCHMAKER’S LIST by Sonya Lalli & Giveaway

  1. I wasn’t fixed up by a matchmaker but probably would try it in the olden days when it was popular. Ironically, I just DVR’d Fiddler On The Roof. I can watch that movie over and over again.

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  2. I wouldn’t want to be fixed up by a matchmaker! I have watched Fiddler On The Roof many times and the three oldest daughters choose their own husbands, and for good reasons!

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  3. I think some family/religious/beliefs should be broken. I think everyone should experience true love, if they can figure that out. I hate being forced to do anything, so in walks resentment. However, with family royalties, money, etc I kind of understand.

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  4. I’ve done some matchmaking before and am in a group to help people find shidduchs (Jewish matches). I also met my husband through one of his friends who decided to match us up when he found out I like to bowl. 17 years later…. ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. I have mixed feelings about match makers. I was once set up by a friend with a guy she casually knew and it was awful. We went out 4 times over a month and he would get drunk then leave me with the check. The next time I was matched up was I used a online dating site. I started chatting with a guy that was matched with and we decided after 2 months of chatting to meet for lunch. We met and turns out we knew each other in school before I moved and he went away with the military. About 4 years of dating we got married. We celebrate our 10 year anniversary this year. So sometimes it works but sometimes it dont.


  6. My parents’ marriage and most of their friends’ marriages were arranged, Some worked out better than others – I know of only one divorce in the group.


  7. Well, I love matchmaking stories and movies, but I’m not sure that I would have liked a personal matchmaker. The closest to a matchmaking that I’ve encountered was a friend asking a guy to take me out when he was visiting us. That guy ended up being my husband. ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. I think that would be a really hard job. I bet the couples that were matched really appreciate those people being matchmakers though.
    Thanks for sharing this book with us ๐Ÿ˜โค๐Ÿ˜ Thanks for the chance ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’—


  9. I have a couple friends who were fixed up by matchmakers…one worked really well, one not so much. If you’d go on a dating website, why not try a matchmaker.


  10. Sometimes in certain areas where few women live about the only option a man will have to find a wife. His job requires him to live there full time, so no time for “reg courting” A friend might help him to find someone.


  11. Matchmak8ng, itโ€™s a skill, I definitely do not have. ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿคžโœ…๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€

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  12. Matchmaking has been around for centuries and may work for many people, but I don’t think I would have ever tried it.


  13. I think it can be a good way to meet someone as long as the “matchmaker” has a good track record of successful matches.


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