The Matchmaker’s Gift by Lynda Cohen Loigman
I thoroughly enjoyed this charming dual timeline novel of a matchmaking grandmother and her granddaughter, a divorce lawyer. Happily, both stories make for compelling reading. At 10, Sara Glickman and her family emigrate from Eastern Europe to New York City’s Lower East Side, where she makes her first match. As a teen, Sara needs to keep her talent for matching soulmates hidden from the traditional male shadchanim and can only make introductions and hope for the best. One supportive rabbi encourages her work, and later Sara becomes a noted Jewish matchmaker. In 1994, her granddaughter Abby, a lawyer in Manhattan, inherits Sara’s notebooks. Abby’s work as a junior divorce lawyer is interesting but stressful; then she meets a client who doesn’t want the divorce she’s seeking, and another who’s reluctant to sign a prenuptial agreement before his third marriage. Abby learns she may have inherited her grandmother’s talent. New York City during the 1910s and 1920s and in 1994 are given just the right amount of detail, while Sara, Abby and their friends and family make for excellent company in this heartwarming read.