Arranged is a modern romance with a twist

Arranged by Catherine McKenzie

Anne Blythe is skeptical but desperate. She has been on one too many bad first dates lately. She always seems to fall for the same type of guy, who always seems to be completely wrong for her. She is just disillusioned and worn down enough by her quest for true love that when her best friend announces her own engagement, Anne decides to give the services of an exclusive arranged marriage service a try.

Of course, when Anne arrives at the vacation resort where she will meet and then marry a man she knows almost nothing about — second thoughts are filling her brain. Especially after she meets Jack.  He is attractive, in a different sort of way than she is usually drawn to. He is funny and smart and kind. He’s a writer; she’s a writer. They might even be compatible. The only thing that seems wrong is the instant attraction Anne and Jack feel for each other, in this arranged marriage that is supposed to be based in friendship.  And when they return from their “honeymoon” to New York, Anne makes discoveries about her new husband and about the company that claimed they were compatible, that change everything.

The premise of this book both intrigued and repelled me. People choosing to pay big bucks to marry a stranger? Even with the year of marriage counseling and the foundation in friendship rather than love, I was skeptical of the whole affair. I mean, I like to read romance novels. And I didn’t really see how this was going to turn out satisfying for any of us, the readers or the characters. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys contemporary romance, chick-lit, women’s fiction, or fiction about women’s issues. It will leave you thinking more than a traditional romance, but this is a satisfying read!

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Arts & Crafts Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, and frequent library customer, especially with her children. She reads a new book every few days, but recently loved Adorkable by Sarra Manning, Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman and Tin Star by Cecil Castellucchi.