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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. . . .

Topics: Marriage, Canada, Mexico, Arranged Marriage, Love, and Female Author

Published: HarperCollins on May 15, 2012
ISBN: 9780062115409
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As a story, it was filled with an engaging story that I was enjoyed. The twist which was introduced in the end of the second part was interesting. However, I was disappointed in the last 1/3 of the book. It was flat, self loathing and the characters were washed out as they were lost in hope and in action.

I have to say that I enjoyed the characters growth especially Sarah and Jack. They were interesting and the norther Gilbert and his cute family were a delighted read, but Anne, the main character was annoying whiner and a very bitter person. I don't like nor did I care for her happiness.
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My only real complaint is that I wish there was an epilogue.read more
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Not bad... and not descriptive on the sex. Which is a good thing in my opinion.read more
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goooddddd, i really love it!?read more
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I really love this book and the characters! Just feeling good after finish reading it. read more
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I always joke that I wish I had been born in a time of arranged marriages. This book makes my joke seem extra crazy, while still wanting many of the same things. I could not put this book down and I hope others enjoy it as much as I did. read more
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It's the first novel I read from Scrib and from Catherine. I was attracted by the plots and following by the ups and downs of the story. I have to say it is an excellent book to me.read more
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Had the potential for so much more!Arranged marriage could be a really wonderful topic, but this was such a "light" book - really embarressing dialog, absolutely no character development - very very superficial.read more
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First of all I love the Anne of Green Gables books so this book gets points for that reference.Anne Blythe is a single woman in her 30s who always picks the wrong men and so she decides to try an arranged marriage instead when a card falls in her hands as she is crossing the street. I think that I am predisposed to like this more than others because of the Anne references but at the same time looking at that without that it is just standard chick lit fare. Sure the concept of arranged marriage is not one typical found in the genre but it is otherwise pretty identical to all other books. This isn't a bad thing and I think that as a novel of its type it is well-written and I would somewhere down the line pick up another book of the author's to read.read more
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I enjoyed the premise of this book. I totally got it. A woman at a point where she is ready to settle down, but not wanting to undergo the rigmarole with the traditional dating scene tries an arranged marriage. And of course, nothing in life is without some kind of catch. I thought the fact that she was getting over the marriage of her best friend to a former crush, was a little trite looking back at it (especially considering the setting and backstory) but I got why that needed to be added.Quick read,and pretty light (no issues or challenges to deep, I thought).read more
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I got this book from the early reviewers list. At first I was thinking "not another chick-lit novel". It took me some time to pick it up and really get into it. This book is not like most of the books I have read. Catherine McKenzie is a brilliant writer. She really makes the story funny, but also leaving you wanting more from her.read more
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Anne Shirley Blythe has grown up thinking that her life story would follow the arc of the Anne of Green Gables series. She even has the same red hair, green eyes, and freckles. But she is now 33, and has yet to meet her perfect match. When her best friend becomes engaged, she decides to take a radical plunge and signs up with an agency that arranges marriages. And this premise is what made me want to read this book, even though this genre [sort of modified chick-lit] is not my usual cup of tea. Arranged dates are common; but arranged marriages? Loads of plot possibilities!Anne does go through with an arranged marriage, and there are some very interesting complications, although until the marriage, the book dragged a bit for me. Afterwards, however, it became quite intriguing, and I enjoyed the insightful comments about relationships along the way:"Wouldn’t it be great if you could videotape people during a breakup? Wouldn’t it be great if you could have access to that videotape at the beginning of a relationship? Look how this guy’s going to be treating you in six, eight, ten months. Look how he treated the girl he spent three years with! Run away, run away!”[on the advantage of marrying a friend instead of someone with whom you are in love/lust]:"'Maybe it’s harder to make it work if you start out in love,’ Jack says.‘Why do you think that?’‘Because if things change, you remember how they used to be, and you’re disappointed. If you don’t have any expectations going in, you can’t be let down.”[Anne has a similar thought when analyzing her own reactions to romance:]"I know why I’m scared of love. It’s because that’s when it always starts to go wrong. When it starts to deviate from the fairy tale. After the happy ending comes . . . disappointment.”Could an arranged marriage, based on friendship rather than romantic love, conceivably be a better approach to navigating a world in which reality generally trumps ideals? … a world in which relationships beginning with romance can rapidly switch from rabid hormones and fun dates to diapers and vacuuming and financial disagreements? Evaluation: This is a little better than a light beach read. The beginning is a bit too stock to be interesting, and the ending a bit too predictable, but I enjoyed reading about the possibilities of an arranged marriage for those who opt for it voluntarily. One does, however, have to suspend temporarily one’s objections to a female character who wants to be married more than anything else.read more
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Chick lit can be a bit formulaic, but Arranged has found a twist that is certainly imaginative. When a woman decides on the spur of the moment to try an arranged marriage service, she has no idea what she is getting into. On a whirlwind vacation to Mexico, she meets -- and marries -- the guy of her dreams. I really appreciated the discussion of how an arranged marriage usually works (friendship first) and enjoyed how McKenzie explores cultural expectations of marriage between different groups. Arranged marriage comes out looking more or less like a reasonable option within the universe of the book, an intriguing perspective.The literature geek in me also leaped with joy at the constant Anne of Green Gables references. In fact, if you are a die hard Anne fan, you might consider checking this book out even if you are unsure about the main plotline.read more
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For starters, I really dislike chick lit. REALLY. That being said, this book somewhat drew me in. I spent the first third of the book convincing myself that I didn't enjoy it - but I found myself really wanting to pick it up and keep going. Anne Blythe is like all single 30-somthing women who are looking for love but can't seem to find the right man. After she discovers that her live-in boyfriend is cheating on her and her best friend is getting married, Anne decides to call a dating service. Except, it isn't a dating service and instead she finds herself on the path to an arranged marriage. This book makes the reader question what is more important in a relationship - friendship or love? And is it possible to have both?Great beach read!read more
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I adored Catherine McKenzie's first book Spin . An unexpected day off and my Christmas list done = a perfect time to tuck into my favourite chair with Arranged. (Loved the cover)Anne Blythe has a pretty good life - a job she likes, great friends and she's just landed a book contract. It's just that she keeps picking the wrong guy, over and over again."Have you ever noticed how no story that begins, ' I read his emails' ever finished with, 'I was completely wrong, he wasn't cheating on me'?"When she picks up a business card that reads Blythe & Company - Arrangements Made, she sees it as a sign. She'll give arranged dating a try. But, it's not dating...it's arranged marriages. Why would anyone..?? Why not...??And so Anne does. I was frantically flipping pages at this point, eager to see who Blythe & Company had chosen for Anne. And the teaser from the back cover had me wondering ..."until Anne learns that Jack and the company that arranged their marriage are not what they seem at all." More frantic page flipping until the book was finished.What a fun premise for a book. It's a great fairy tale idea - what if someone could help you find 'the one', the perfect match for you? Would you do it? (There's a reading group guide that includes that very question).I enjoyed the character of Anne -she was an interesting mix of confidence and uncertainty. I also enjoyed the supporting cast, especially Anne's brother Gilbert and his family. Anne's friends Sarah and William also rang true. But I wasn't enamoured with Jack. I just never found him as emotionally attractive as Anne did. There were a number of reasons for this, but I don't want to give the plot away. The ending is of the fairy tale variety, but isn't what I would have predicted or wanted. Arranged was an enjoyable read though - 4/5 for me.Catherine McKenzie has firmly established herself in the chick lit genre. I'll be watching for her next book.read more
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This was a surprisingly good book (it was actually mentioned in a local book club meeting, so I decided to give it a read). Don't expect a run-of-the-mill romance when you grab this but do expect to be taken unawares, in a very good way. The characters all give the appearance of being real and quite well-developed and the story line provides a nice twist.read more
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A fun,quick easy read. My first book by this author, and definitely won't be the last. Really like her style, and the way she drew me into the characters.read more
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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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Arranged is one of those books that kept me entertained, caused me to think and yet hasn’t stuck with me. I enjoyed it while reading it however! Anne Blythe has been in several failed relationships. After fidning a business card to what she thought was a dating service, she learned that they were an arranged marriage service. Intrigued, Anne began the process. After marrying Jack the day after meeting him, Anne thinks that everything is going pretty well. What she doesn’t realize is that Jack’s motives were not exactly pure. The concept is interesting; the story is well – written. I have very few complaints but I wasn’t blown away. I do recommend it however.read more
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A decent chick lit book, but hardly one that I couldn't put down. The lead is Anne Shirley Blythe, which is also the name of Anne from Anne of Green Gables (a fact which is brought up ad nauseum), and she gets herself involved with a company that arranges marriages. Typical chick lit hijinks ensue and a typical chick lit ending follows. Again, a decent read, but not one that I'll be shouting about from the rooftops.read more
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I chose this book from the Early Reviewers list because it sounded like it could be a fun, romantic story. I wasn't disappointed. Definately chick lit and somewhat predictable, but I enjoyed the characters and the interaction they had with each other and their friends. The references to Anne of Green Gables (one of my favorite books) were an added plus.read more
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I am quickly becoming a fan of Catherine McKenzie! She writes chicklit - a term I HATE, yet which is unfortunately accurate. A smart, interesting woman who is unlucky in love finds the perfect man through a series of misunderstandings. Let's call these types of novels romantic comedies. Much better! There are certainly moments here that had me giggling, and the romance is real and delightful.Anne Blythe has had a series of awful boyfriends. She picks men based on looks instead of anything deeper; even though she knows this about herself, she's powerless to change it. So when she finds a business card for "arrangements," she decides to let the experts pick a boyfriend for her. Except it turns out this isn't a dating service - it's an arranged marriage service. A journalist, Anne decides to kill two birds with one stone - catch herself a husband and write a great story about modern women choosing arranged marriages. Anne is paired with Jack, chosen for her by their personalities instead of looks (although he's terribly sexy, too, of course), and even though she continues to think it's crazy to marry someone without really dating first, she goes through with it. But Jack, also a writer, isn't exactly what he seems...McKenzie is great at writing realistic, interesting characters. Both Anne and Jack are fully fleshed out, from their looks to their personalities, and you can feel their chemistry. I also love the dialogue in her novels. The plot moves along briskly; it's an easy, fun, quick read that you don't want to put down. I will definitely pick up anything else she publishes! Highly recommended!read more
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This book sounded interesting enough in the summary. It's pretty much the typical chick-lit. There was a twist that was very predictable (the characters never get together in the middle of a book without a fight coming on later, right?). And unlike some of the other reviewers, I was not a fan of the Anne of Green Gables references. It's kind of odd for a brother and sister to be named after a famous romantic couple. I'd say that this book is ok if you want like chick lit, but I wouldn't spend a lot of money on it.read more
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Everyone has their own idea of what "Happily Ever After" means, and what it means for themselves may differ from what they think it means for others. Arranged marriages are well documented throughout history, with women often having little choice in their matrimonial destinies. Matchmakers have been "hired" for many different reasons, offering a practiced brand of "love for money". Mail-order brides were the original "personal ads" and the forerunners to online dating. In this day and age, what's a woman to do? "Arranged", by Catherine McKenzie, tells the story of one modern woman's journey through the minefield of dating, love, and marriage. Anne Blythe has a lot going for her: work, friends, and a potential book-deal for her first novel. However, the heart always yearns for more, and what Anne lacks is the happy love life that she sees being enjoyed by those around her, including her best friend, Sarah. By chance, Anne finds a business card for what she thinks is a dating service called "Blythe & Company". Seeing the name as a sign from Divine Providence, Anne gathers her nerve and contacts the company, only to discover that they are not a dating service, but actually marriage arrangers. After taking time to get used to the idea, and pondering the success rate of Blythe & Company, Anne signs on to find her true mate. What she finds is so much more than she and the reader expect, and that is what makes this a very enjoyable read. Many women will see much of themselves in Anne, her hopes, and her life experiences. The humorous and revealing look at women and men, and love, sex, marriage, and life as we know it, is spot on. The course of love and happiness will not be smooth sailing for Anne. Neither the man she meets and marries, Jack, nor the marriage arrangers, Blythe & Company, are really what she first thought them to be. Has Anne made another misstep of the heart, this time one with serious emotional consequences, or will the hand of fate truly be a winning hand? Catherine McKenzie has created a character to root for, and touches on the hope that all of us have for our own "HEA". "Arranged" once again reminds us that matters of the heart often take us on unexpected journeys with outcomes that far exceed what we could ever have imagined. Review Copy Gratis Amazon Vineread more
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Catherine Mackenzie is an International Bestselling author of Spin and Arranged. I have one copy of Arranged to giveaway to a lucky reader. I am also so excited to share her latest book.Synopsis:Anne seems to fall in and out of relationships while she watches others find success. Her best friend Sarah is recently engaged and her brother Gilbert has a great family. Anne ponders what she can do to change her luck and then she finds a business card for Blythe and Company. What does Blythe and Company do? They arrange marriages. What will Anne find and will it be the love of her life?My Thoughts:Other people have highly recommended Catherine Mackenzie. I won her book through librarything.com. I really enjoyed the book and couldn’t put it down. I stayed up late to read about ninety pages last. I had to find out how it ended.Catherine is stopping by to share her thoughts on Anne Shirley and Anne Blythe and their relationship to Arranged.ARRANGED is about a woman who uses an arranged marriage service, and the main character is named Anne Shirley Blythe after the protagonist in the Anne of Green Gables books. Her mother has always been obsessed with these books, and when she had the (good fortune) to marry a man name Blythe, she named her daughter Anne and her son Gilbert (a little Flowers in the Atticky, I admit). The choice of Anne's name was deliberate. Besides the (I hope) humor value, I chose to name my main character after Anne because of who I imagined Anne needed to be to go through with an arranged marriage. When I was trying to figure out what might lead a woman to use that kind of service, I thought about how the whole concept of an arranged marriage was the antithesis to the fairytale, romantic stories we get fed all the time. I thought that if a woman grew up believing in those kinds of fairytales, partly because of her mother's obsession, but also because she looked like the character she was named after, and the fairytale didn't come true, she'd be a likely candidate. She never expected to have to work to find a good relationship and so when fate doesn't work out for her, she's willing to turn over her love life to someone else. So that's how Anne ended up being named Anne.Contact Catherine through Facebook and her website or e-mail.Please check posts your entries through the rafflecopter below. Please also include a comment below your e-mail or I won’t be able to send you your prize. The giveaway is open to US residents. The giveaway will run from August 23, 2012 to August 30th at mid nightread more
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I was intrigued by the summary of this book when I requested to be allowed to review it, but I wasn't sure what I'd really be reading. Hopefully cracking the book open, I got pulled into a compelling story about a young woman who is tired of always being with the wrong person and decides to try a totally different approach to find the person right for her. It doesn't go smoothly, but what does in love?Somewhat irrelevant, but that is not a very good picture of the author on the back.read more
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Great book with an interesting storyline. The Character were great.
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As a story, it was filled with an engaging story that I was enjoyed. The twist which was introduced in the end of the second part was interesting. However, I was disappointed in the last 1/3 of the book. It was flat, self loathing and the characters were washed out as they were lost in hope and in action.

I have to say that I enjoyed the characters growth especially Sarah and Jack. They were interesting and the norther Gilbert and his cute family were a delighted read, but Anne, the main character was annoying whiner and a very bitter person. I don't like nor did I care for her happiness.
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My only real complaint is that I wish there was an epilogue.
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Soooooo good ! Really good
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Not bad... and not descriptive on the sex. Which is a good thing in my opinion.
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goooddddd, i really love it!?
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I really love this book and the characters! Just feeling good after finish reading it.
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I always joke that I wish I had been born in a time of arranged marriages. This book makes my joke seem extra crazy, while still wanting many of the same things. I could not put this book down and I hope others enjoy it as much as I did.
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loved this book!
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It's the first novel I read from Scrib and from Catherine. I was attracted by the plots and following by the ups and downs of the story. I have to say it is an excellent book to me.
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Had the potential for so much more!Arranged marriage could be a really wonderful topic, but this was such a "light" book - really embarressing dialog, absolutely no character development - very very superficial.
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First of all I love the Anne of Green Gables books so this book gets points for that reference.Anne Blythe is a single woman in her 30s who always picks the wrong men and so she decides to try an arranged marriage instead when a card falls in her hands as she is crossing the street. I think that I am predisposed to like this more than others because of the Anne references but at the same time looking at that without that it is just standard chick lit fare. Sure the concept of arranged marriage is not one typical found in the genre but it is otherwise pretty identical to all other books. This isn't a bad thing and I think that as a novel of its type it is well-written and I would somewhere down the line pick up another book of the author's to read.
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I enjoyed the premise of this book. I totally got it. A woman at a point where she is ready to settle down, but not wanting to undergo the rigmarole with the traditional dating scene tries an arranged marriage. And of course, nothing in life is without some kind of catch. I thought the fact that she was getting over the marriage of her best friend to a former crush, was a little trite looking back at it (especially considering the setting and backstory) but I got why that needed to be added.Quick read,and pretty light (no issues or challenges to deep, I thought).
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I got this book from the early reviewers list. At first I was thinking "not another chick-lit novel". It took me some time to pick it up and really get into it. This book is not like most of the books I have read. Catherine McKenzie is a brilliant writer. She really makes the story funny, but also leaving you wanting more from her.
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Anne Shirley Blythe has grown up thinking that her life story would follow the arc of the Anne of Green Gables series. She even has the same red hair, green eyes, and freckles. But she is now 33, and has yet to meet her perfect match. When her best friend becomes engaged, she decides to take a radical plunge and signs up with an agency that arranges marriages. And this premise is what made me want to read this book, even though this genre [sort of modified chick-lit] is not my usual cup of tea. Arranged dates are common; but arranged marriages? Loads of plot possibilities!Anne does go through with an arranged marriage, and there are some very interesting complications, although until the marriage, the book dragged a bit for me. Afterwards, however, it became quite intriguing, and I enjoyed the insightful comments about relationships along the way:"Wouldn’t it be great if you could videotape people during a breakup? Wouldn’t it be great if you could have access to that videotape at the beginning of a relationship? Look how this guy’s going to be treating you in six, eight, ten months. Look how he treated the girl he spent three years with! Run away, run away!”[on the advantage of marrying a friend instead of someone with whom you are in love/lust]:"'Maybe it’s harder to make it work if you start out in love,’ Jack says.‘Why do you think that?’‘Because if things change, you remember how they used to be, and you’re disappointed. If you don’t have any expectations going in, you can’t be let down.”[Anne has a similar thought when analyzing her own reactions to romance:]"I know why I’m scared of love. It’s because that’s when it always starts to go wrong. When it starts to deviate from the fairy tale. After the happy ending comes . . . disappointment.”Could an arranged marriage, based on friendship rather than romantic love, conceivably be a better approach to navigating a world in which reality generally trumps ideals? … a world in which relationships beginning with romance can rapidly switch from rabid hormones and fun dates to diapers and vacuuming and financial disagreements? Evaluation: This is a little better than a light beach read. The beginning is a bit too stock to be interesting, and the ending a bit too predictable, but I enjoyed reading about the possibilities of an arranged marriage for those who opt for it voluntarily. One does, however, have to suspend temporarily one’s objections to a female character who wants to be married more than anything else.
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Chick lit can be a bit formulaic, but Arranged has found a twist that is certainly imaginative. When a woman decides on the spur of the moment to try an arranged marriage service, she has no idea what she is getting into. On a whirlwind vacation to Mexico, she meets -- and marries -- the guy of her dreams. I really appreciated the discussion of how an arranged marriage usually works (friendship first) and enjoyed how McKenzie explores cultural expectations of marriage between different groups. Arranged marriage comes out looking more or less like a reasonable option within the universe of the book, an intriguing perspective.The literature geek in me also leaped with joy at the constant Anne of Green Gables references. In fact, if you are a die hard Anne fan, you might consider checking this book out even if you are unsure about the main plotline.
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For starters, I really dislike chick lit. REALLY. That being said, this book somewhat drew me in. I spent the first third of the book convincing myself that I didn't enjoy it - but I found myself really wanting to pick it up and keep going. Anne Blythe is like all single 30-somthing women who are looking for love but can't seem to find the right man. After she discovers that her live-in boyfriend is cheating on her and her best friend is getting married, Anne decides to call a dating service. Except, it isn't a dating service and instead she finds herself on the path to an arranged marriage. This book makes the reader question what is more important in a relationship - friendship or love? And is it possible to have both?Great beach read!
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I adored Catherine McKenzie's first book Spin . An unexpected day off and my Christmas list done = a perfect time to tuck into my favourite chair with Arranged. (Loved the cover)Anne Blythe has a pretty good life - a job she likes, great friends and she's just landed a book contract. It's just that she keeps picking the wrong guy, over and over again."Have you ever noticed how no story that begins, ' I read his emails' ever finished with, 'I was completely wrong, he wasn't cheating on me'?"When she picks up a business card that reads Blythe & Company - Arrangements Made, she sees it as a sign. She'll give arranged dating a try. But, it's not dating...it's arranged marriages. Why would anyone..?? Why not...??And so Anne does. I was frantically flipping pages at this point, eager to see who Blythe & Company had chosen for Anne. And the teaser from the back cover had me wondering ..."until Anne learns that Jack and the company that arranged their marriage are not what they seem at all." More frantic page flipping until the book was finished.What a fun premise for a book. It's a great fairy tale idea - what if someone could help you find 'the one', the perfect match for you? Would you do it? (There's a reading group guide that includes that very question).I enjoyed the character of Anne -she was an interesting mix of confidence and uncertainty. I also enjoyed the supporting cast, especially Anne's brother Gilbert and his family. Anne's friends Sarah and William also rang true. But I wasn't enamoured with Jack. I just never found him as emotionally attractive as Anne did. There were a number of reasons for this, but I don't want to give the plot away. The ending is of the fairy tale variety, but isn't what I would have predicted or wanted. Arranged was an enjoyable read though - 4/5 for me.Catherine McKenzie has firmly established herself in the chick lit genre. I'll be watching for her next book.
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This was a surprisingly good book (it was actually mentioned in a local book club meeting, so I decided to give it a read). Don't expect a run-of-the-mill romance when you grab this but do expect to be taken unawares, in a very good way. The characters all give the appearance of being real and quite well-developed and the story line provides a nice twist.
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A fun,quick easy read. My first book by this author, and definitely won't be the last. Really like her style, and the way she drew me into the characters.
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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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Arranged is one of those books that kept me entertained, caused me to think and yet hasn’t stuck with me. I enjoyed it while reading it however! Anne Blythe has been in several failed relationships. After fidning a business card to what she thought was a dating service, she learned that they were an arranged marriage service. Intrigued, Anne began the process. After marrying Jack the day after meeting him, Anne thinks that everything is going pretty well. What she doesn’t realize is that Jack’s motives were not exactly pure. The concept is interesting; the story is well – written. I have very few complaints but I wasn’t blown away. I do recommend it however.
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A decent chick lit book, but hardly one that I couldn't put down. The lead is Anne Shirley Blythe, which is also the name of Anne from Anne of Green Gables (a fact which is brought up ad nauseum), and she gets herself involved with a company that arranges marriages. Typical chick lit hijinks ensue and a typical chick lit ending follows. Again, a decent read, but not one that I'll be shouting about from the rooftops.
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I chose this book from the Early Reviewers list because it sounded like it could be a fun, romantic story. I wasn't disappointed. Definately chick lit and somewhat predictable, but I enjoyed the characters and the interaction they had with each other and their friends. The references to Anne of Green Gables (one of my favorite books) were an added plus.
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I am quickly becoming a fan of Catherine McKenzie! She writes chicklit - a term I HATE, yet which is unfortunately accurate. A smart, interesting woman who is unlucky in love finds the perfect man through a series of misunderstandings. Let's call these types of novels romantic comedies. Much better! There are certainly moments here that had me giggling, and the romance is real and delightful.Anne Blythe has had a series of awful boyfriends. She picks men based on looks instead of anything deeper; even though she knows this about herself, she's powerless to change it. So when she finds a business card for "arrangements," she decides to let the experts pick a boyfriend for her. Except it turns out this isn't a dating service - it's an arranged marriage service. A journalist, Anne decides to kill two birds with one stone - catch herself a husband and write a great story about modern women choosing arranged marriages. Anne is paired with Jack, chosen for her by their personalities instead of looks (although he's terribly sexy, too, of course), and even though she continues to think it's crazy to marry someone without really dating first, she goes through with it. But Jack, also a writer, isn't exactly what he seems...McKenzie is great at writing realistic, interesting characters. Both Anne and Jack are fully fleshed out, from their looks to their personalities, and you can feel their chemistry. I also love the dialogue in her novels. The plot moves along briskly; it's an easy, fun, quick read that you don't want to put down. I will definitely pick up anything else she publishes! Highly recommended!
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This book sounded interesting enough in the summary. It's pretty much the typical chick-lit. There was a twist that was very predictable (the characters never get together in the middle of a book without a fight coming on later, right?). And unlike some of the other reviewers, I was not a fan of the Anne of Green Gables references. It's kind of odd for a brother and sister to be named after a famous romantic couple. I'd say that this book is ok if you want like chick lit, but I wouldn't spend a lot of money on it.
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Everyone has their own idea of what "Happily Ever After" means, and what it means for themselves may differ from what they think it means for others. Arranged marriages are well documented throughout history, with women often having little choice in their matrimonial destinies. Matchmakers have been "hired" for many different reasons, offering a practiced brand of "love for money". Mail-order brides were the original "personal ads" and the forerunners to online dating. In this day and age, what's a woman to do? "Arranged", by Catherine McKenzie, tells the story of one modern woman's journey through the minefield of dating, love, and marriage. Anne Blythe has a lot going for her: work, friends, and a potential book-deal for her first novel. However, the heart always yearns for more, and what Anne lacks is the happy love life that she sees being enjoyed by those around her, including her best friend, Sarah. By chance, Anne finds a business card for what she thinks is a dating service called "Blythe & Company". Seeing the name as a sign from Divine Providence, Anne gathers her nerve and contacts the company, only to discover that they are not a dating service, but actually marriage arrangers. After taking time to get used to the idea, and pondering the success rate of Blythe & Company, Anne signs on to find her true mate. What she finds is so much more than she and the reader expect, and that is what makes this a very enjoyable read. Many women will see much of themselves in Anne, her hopes, and her life experiences. The humorous and revealing look at women and men, and love, sex, marriage, and life as we know it, is spot on. The course of love and happiness will not be smooth sailing for Anne. Neither the man she meets and marries, Jack, nor the marriage arrangers, Blythe & Company, are really what she first thought them to be. Has Anne made another misstep of the heart, this time one with serious emotional consequences, or will the hand of fate truly be a winning hand? Catherine McKenzie has created a character to root for, and touches on the hope that all of us have for our own "HEA". "Arranged" once again reminds us that matters of the heart often take us on unexpected journeys with outcomes that far exceed what we could ever have imagined. Review Copy Gratis Amazon Vine
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Catherine Mackenzie is an International Bestselling author of Spin and Arranged. I have one copy of Arranged to giveaway to a lucky reader. I am also so excited to share her latest book.Synopsis:Anne seems to fall in and out of relationships while she watches others find success. Her best friend Sarah is recently engaged and her brother Gilbert has a great family. Anne ponders what she can do to change her luck and then she finds a business card for Blythe and Company. What does Blythe and Company do? They arrange marriages. What will Anne find and will it be the love of her life?My Thoughts:Other people have highly recommended Catherine Mackenzie. I won her book through librarything.com. I really enjoyed the book and couldn’t put it down. I stayed up late to read about ninety pages last. I had to find out how it ended.Catherine is stopping by to share her thoughts on Anne Shirley and Anne Blythe and their relationship to Arranged.ARRANGED is about a woman who uses an arranged marriage service, and the main character is named Anne Shirley Blythe after the protagonist in the Anne of Green Gables books. Her mother has always been obsessed with these books, and when she had the (good fortune) to marry a man name Blythe, she named her daughter Anne and her son Gilbert (a little Flowers in the Atticky, I admit). The choice of Anne's name was deliberate. Besides the (I hope) humor value, I chose to name my main character after Anne because of who I imagined Anne needed to be to go through with an arranged marriage. When I was trying to figure out what might lead a woman to use that kind of service, I thought about how the whole concept of an arranged marriage was the antithesis to the fairytale, romantic stories we get fed all the time. I thought that if a woman grew up believing in those kinds of fairytales, partly because of her mother's obsession, but also because she looked like the character she was named after, and the fairytale didn't come true, she'd be a likely candidate. She never expected to have to work to find a good relationship and so when fate doesn't work out for her, she's willing to turn over her love life to someone else. So that's how Anne ended up being named Anne.Contact Catherine through Facebook and her website or e-mail.Please check posts your entries through the rafflecopter below. Please also include a comment below your e-mail or I won’t be able to send you your prize. The giveaway is open to US residents. The giveaway will run from August 23, 2012 to August 30th at mid night
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I was intrigued by the summary of this book when I requested to be allowed to review it, but I wasn't sure what I'd really be reading. Hopefully cracking the book open, I got pulled into a compelling story about a young woman who is tired of always being with the wrong person and decides to try a totally different approach to find the person right for her. It doesn't go smoothly, but what does in love?Somewhat irrelevant, but that is not a very good picture of the author on the back.
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