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"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.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow Paperbacks, 2012.
ISBN: 9780062115393
Branch Call Number: MCKENZIE
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 21 cm.


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VaughanPLRachelP Feb 16, 2017

Not your typical romance - McKenzie has a light and breezy style of writing even when the protagonist, Anne Blythe, goes through some dark patches. The 'Arranged' in the title refers to the arranged marriage that Anne seeks, after yet another failed relationship with the wrong man, and follows Anne as she discovers if she can fall in love with her husband. A funny and engaging story, not too deep.

Dec 20, 2016

While reading this book I often smiled and laughed. And felt shocked at a betrayal. I like this author and plan to read more of her books.

cmlibrary_myork Dec 23, 2015

Arranged is a not-so-traditional story about a traditional approach to marriage. Frustrated by her latest break-up, main character Anne stumbles across an exclusive matchmaking service called Blythe & Company. But this company doesn’t just arrange dates for their clients: they arrange marriages, from compatibility testing to the walk down the aisle! The story follows Anne as she navigates Blythe & Company’s unique “match process,” and there are also chapters from the perspective of her match. This is a fun and refreshing take on a conventional theme, and the well-drawn characters and appealing storyline – complete with a few twists – will keep you reading.

After Anne Blythe's best friend gets engaged, she bites the bullet and joins a dating service. Only it's not a dating service, it's an arranged marriage agency, and the proprietor convinces her that marriages based on mutual respect and friendship have a better chance at success than marriages based on love. So she signs up, and gets married. This is smarter and cooler than other chick lit I've read, and it also has an emotional climax that has stayed with me for a long while.

(Staff) Elaine Bird Jun 27, 2012

I enjoyed this book as a diversion from the stuff I usually read. It was good chick lit. Well written with an interesting premise. I have to say I was disappointed with the ending. An interesting (if not terribly deep) exploration of the topic of marriage, relationships and love.

Jun 25, 2012

I was going on vacation and arrived at the airport having forgotten the book I was in the middle of! darn. I had to buy one at the airport. I looked at several and read the back cover of Arranged and decided it would be a good beach read...and it was! Loved it. I would never have picked this up had I not been forced to , good fortune on my part. I'm going to read her other two.

ehbooklover Apr 30, 2012

I picked this one up after it crossed my desk several times. The plot sounded interesting and the fact that one of the blurbs mentioned an "unexpected twist" intrigued me. It was good but the twist just wasn't that unexpected. Bonus: there are lots of references to L. M. Montgomery's Anne books throughout.

mulberrystreet Apr 28, 2012

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. Of course, there's something about Jack that Anne doesn't know, and things don't go exactly as planned.

This was a really cute story. My favourite part was all the Anne of Green Gables references (just look at her name!), if you're an AOGG fan, you'll love this!

Jan 03, 2012

I thought it was awful, but that might be because it's not my usual type of read. I thought the plot had a lot of promise, but the whole thing ended up cheesy and predictable.

Nov 16, 2011

Extremely promising work by a relatively new author. A romance, but with an intelligent idea behind it. (Perhaps not entirely original: it did put me in mind of "Down with Love" ) Oddly, the jacket description makes it seem like a much darker work than it is. Overall, a good story, well written, good characters, and some thoughtful (though not terribly deep) examinations of romance in our society.

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