“Catherine McKenzie’s Arranged is a rare book: smart, funny, honest, and absorbing.”
—Therese Walsh, author of The Last Will of Moira Leahy
“A satisfying and entertaining romantic tale that puts a contemporary twist on old-fashioned ideas about marriage. I inhaled it in an afternoon, rooting for its heroine to find the love she longs for.”
—Leah Stewart, author of Husband and Wife
In Arranged, author Catherine McKenzie (Spin) looks at love and marriage from a whole new perspective—telling the story of a successful, popular, but somewhat romantically desperate young woman who agrees to let a highly secretive arranged marriage service help her marry a perfect stranger. An original tale of risky contemporary romance and unconventional matchmaking, Arranged is delightful fiction from a fresh and fun new voice.
In her fast-paced and fun second novel, Catherine McKenzie takes us on a thirty-something woman's journey to find love in a somewhat unorthodox manner. When Anne Blythe's latest three-year relationship goes belly-up, she's determined to get it right for good. So when she stumbles upon an exclusive company that arranges marriages, it seems exactly what she needs especially in light of her best friend Sarah's recent engagement. At an exclusive resort, she nervously takes the plunge with a writer named Jack, a stranger who's supposed to be her perfect match. But when Anne learns that Jack has been hiding an important part of himself from her, it seems that saying "I do" was the easy part. In her latest novel (after Spin), McKenzie makes this far-fetched idea plausible and entertaining. With good dialogue, three-dimensional characters, and page-turning scenes, McKenzie expertly explores what makes a successful marriage work and the lengths to which some people will go to find true love.
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Finished in less than 24 hrs!
Good, easy read. Great dialogue. I raced through it, I had to know how it ended. Started on a Friday night and finished Sat afternoon. If you like chick lit, you will love this book.
First time reading this author and it won’t be the last. What a word master ! A very different story that I didn’t want to finish. I wanted it to go on and on, even though it ended in a very satisfactory way. I hope there are many more stories by this author.
Oh my goodness
This is literally one of my most favorite books that I've ever read. I'm not much of a reader, but this one I literally can't get enough of. I recommend to anyone and everyone.