In Arranged, Anne Blythe has just broken up with yet another boyfriend. She has lots going for her, but her love life leaves much to be desired. She then comes across a card for what she thinks is a dating service. As it turns out, the company specializes in arranged marriages. With much trepidation, she decides to give them a try. On a weekend vacation provided by the company, she meets her match, Jack and marries him. It's only then that she finds out something that leaves her head and heart spinning out of control.
I enjoyed this book. It definitely was a nice light read. The characters were likeable and the overall storyline was fun and unique. For me, it didn't quite live up to the hype that was going around the blogosphere, but then again I don't read a lot of chick-lit. Having said that, I have read a several other books in this genre and I thought this one was middle of the road; better than some, but not as good as others. While the overall story was mostly surprising, a few times it felt a little predictable. Call me jaded. The book was still quite enjoyable, though.
I liked the characters, especially Anne. Failed relationship after failed relationship left her wanting. I give her credit for being brave enough to try something new. Dr. Szwick, the therapist that both Anne and Jack had to see as part of their union, was interesting. There was just something about him that said 'red flag' to me. Margaret, the woman Anne meets on the vacation/marriage weekend, was a hoot. I really liked her and would have loved to read more about her.
Recommended for fans of chick-lit. Those looking for a light beach read would most likely enjoy this one, too.
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I'd like to thank the author for this book, which came to me via her Facebook group, I Bet We Can Make These Books Bestsellers.
Arranged by Catherine McKenzie, HarperCollins, ©2011. ISBN 9781554687602(Trade paperback), 390p.