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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Arranged by Catherine McKenzie

by Catherine McKenzie
William Morrow (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 978-0-06-211539-3
Release Date: May 15, 2012 (US Release Date)
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Description: 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

The Good Stuff
  • Chicklit + - It has all the usual marks of chick lit, quirky characters, goofy twists and turns, but it also has intelligence, warmth and dry humour
  • I love  her writing style and will now purchase anything she writes
  • She's Canadian and doesn't depress the crap out of me (yes I know get over it - you go to school in this country and you will know what I mean - feckin Margaret Laurence)
  • Her characters are quirky but believeable
  • Love Anne's family and how her and her brother were named (dude I'm Canadian I'm all about the Anne of Green Gables love)
  • Enjoyed the relationship between Anne and her brother Gil and the scenes where Anne interacts with her sister in law and nieces are delighful, sweet and real
  • Love the banter scenes between Anne and William and Anne and Sarah - many of them made me laugh my ass off
  • Laughed at the reference to Amber Sheppard from her previous novel Spin
  • Anne is such a delightfully damaged character whom I sorta wished was real because we would be totally be best buds
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Do you have any idea how hard it was to only choose 3 quotes for the following section
  • Damn you the story was so fun and engrossing that I didn't want to put the book down and I have stuff to do you know I'm a mom and not to mention I am trying to get organized to move to Calgary in a couple of months
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"She smiles. "If someone figured out a way to bottle woman-been-wronged, they'd make a fortune."
"What I really need is a product that can cure a broken heart."
"I think it's called alcohol."

"Have you ever noticed how no story that begins 'I read his emails' ever finishes with 'I was completely wrong; he wasn't cheating on me?"

"I want to have kids. And not alone, in the sperm-bank supermom way."

"I need a strong drink and a cigarette, but it's no longer acceptable for journalists to drink or smoke on the job. I'm pretty sure productivity has gone done 50 percent since the policy was implemented, but I guess that's not the point."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Perfect for curling up on the couch or at the beach with
  • If you like your chick lit with a dose of intelligence and warmth, this would be perfect for you
5 Dewey's

I received this from William Morrow in exchange for an honest review


  1. I am adding this to my wish list! Love the new name :)

    1. Thanks Stacy & definitely read her books, just plain fun