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A digital edition short story about young lovers at separate colleges, exploring the early years of the central relationship in Elin Hilderbrand's forthcoming novel, The Matchmaker.

Clendenin Hughes first kissed Dabney Kimball during a Nantucket snowstorm freshman year of high school. Ever since that moment - God, the rush, the chemistry! - Dabney has known that she and Clen are an unsplittable unit - essentially the same person in two different bodies.

Of course, with Dabney now at Harvard and Clen at Yale, those bodies are 140 miles apart. And traveling is a serious challenge for Dabney, for reasons she'd prefer not to discuss, reasons having to do with her mother (or lack thereof). But with the big Harvard-Yale game coming up, Dabney is determined to make the trek to New Haven to see Clen. She's even borrowed a sexy black outfit from a classmate down the hall.

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. A stirring portrait of young love at a crossroads, The Tailgate introduces two irresistible characters and invites us into a world we don't want to leave. To learn the fates of Dabney and Clen, read Elin Hilderbrand's forthcoming novel, The Matchmaker.

©2014 Elin Hilderbrand (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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  • Ily3j
  • 12-08-2015

To be continued...

I'm so glad that I have rediscovered Elin Hilderbrand's books. I enjoy how she weaves her characters from one book into another. The story may have been short, but it hit the spot as it introduces us to the characters in The Matchmaker, which will be my next book. I can't wait to see what's become of Dabney and Clen!

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  • B. Stycos
  • 04-08-2020

Left me wanting more

I felt the story was way too short. I was expecting to find out what happened next. Jumping to the matchmaker seems to have missed a good portion of the story in between.

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  • AKA1
  • 15-06-2017

Disappointing

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I ended up listening at 1.25% speed. Several times I wanted to shake the main character. She appears to have some serious issues that I assume will be addressed in the book The Matchmaker.

Would you ever listen to anything by Elin Hilderbrand again?

I will, I have enjoyed her books in the past . I might not listen to a short story however.

Any additional comments?

The story is only about half of the time, the remainder was an introduction to the book. Had I known that I would probably skipped this. Audible should have had that info in the description of the story. I expected a two hour short story.

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