Arranged by Catherine McKenzie

quick synopsis:
From the author’s website:
Anne Blythe has a great life: a good job, good friends, and a potential book deal for her first novel. When it comes to finding someone to share it with, however, she just can’t seem to get it right.
After yet another relationship ends, Anne comes across a business card for what she thinks is a dating service, and she pockets it just in case. When her best friend, Sarah, announces she’s engaged, Anne can’t help feeling envious. On an impulse, she decides to give the service a try because maybe she could use a little assistance in finding the right man. But Anne soon discovers the company isn’t a dating service; it’s an exclusive, and pricey, arranged marriage service. She initially rejects the idea, but the more she thinks about it-and the company’s success rate-the more it appeals to her. After all, arranged marriages are the norm for millions of women around the world, so why wouldn’t it work for her?
A few months later, Anne is travelling to a Mexican resort, where in one short weekend she will meet and marry Jack. And against all odds, it seems to be working out-until Anne learns that Jack, and the company that arranged their marriage, are not what they seem at all.

my thoughts:
Arranged is a fast-paced, light novel that entertains, even if it’s a bit predictable. It was easy to get into, and it was a fairly quick read, but upon finishing it, I felt that it left a little something to be desired. There are also several references to Anne of Green Gables, which were mostly lost on me, since I’ve never read any of those novels. All in all, I’d compare Arranged to a reality show – fun to get lost in, but not necessarily full of real substance.

final verdict:
Perfect, if you’re looking for an easy chick lit read that won’t overwork your brain.


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