Anne Blythe has a great life: a good job, close friends, and a potential book deal for her first novel. When it comes to finding someone to share her life with, however, she just can't seem to get it right. When her latest relationship implodes, and her best friend announces she's engaged, Anne impulsively calls what she thinks is a dating service—only to discover that it's actually an exclusive, and pricey, arranged marriage service. Anne initially rejects the idea, but the more she learns about the service, the more she thinks: Why not? After all, arranged marriages are the norm for millions of women around the world; maybe it could work for her.
A few months later, Anne is traveling to a Mexican resort, where, over the course of a weekend, she meets and then marries Jack. And initially, everything seems to be working out. . . .
Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, where she practices law. A graduate of McGill University and McGill Law School, she is the author of the bestsellers Hidden, Forgotten, Spin and Arranged, which has also been made into a short film.read more
I liked it. A standard chick-lit story with a heroine that's not as annoying as the heroines in the sub-genre tend to be. The premise requires a considerable amount of suspension of disbelief, especially when you get to the big revelation. The romance felt off most of the book, which makes sense given how things end up developing. But I wonder if it was the author's intention or just poor execution. Maybe a bit of both. We don't really know anything about the love interest, not even at the end, but again, it works with the plot. Recommended to fans of chick-lit and of contemporary romance that heavily focus on the heroine. As long as you don't mind that the heroine's happiness relies exclusively on her success finding a husband.
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Just finished this book with tears drenching the neck of my t-shirt (I hate that feeling. But seeing that it's still soaked, I can gauge this book by saying it touched me) It's the first I've read from Catherine McKenzie but I have a feeling I'm missing out on her previous books because I get the feeling parts of it is in this book. Though it's a simple read, I feel like this could be turned into a movie, at least put on Lifetime and that's saying much because I picture the actors from director Sullivan who put the Anne of Green Gables series. (Which I adore!) I've been getting back to reading lately after a trying year in my life (getting pregnant after trying for 9 years and losing it after it stop growing at 7 weeks) and that during the pregnancy I started reading Anne of Green Gables series (but mostly through free audiobooks). So needless to say reading through "Arranged" was very touching. And I get the feeling that McKenzie was a huge fan of the Canadian author, L.M. Montgomery herself. As easy as the read was, though if you think about how many pages was printed, it's actually quite short with the simple one line conversations Jack and Anne (and btw, we were going to name that baby, Jackson even though it we didn't know the sex yet. But in my heart I believe he was a Jack) had. But as simple as the read was I'm still touched and would very likely be recommending this book to those who like a fairy tale as much as I do but have to see the folly of getting there just like any other romance novel.