Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Review: Arranged by Catherine McKenzie

Arranged by Catherine McKenzie

Publisher: HarperCollins 
Pages: 390 
Format: book 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Chick lit with an incredible twist.  I was on a journey with Anne Blythe as she tries to figure out how she always ends up in bad relationships with great looking men.  With a little help from fate, she ends up calling what she thinks to be a dating service, but ends up being an arranged marriage company.  

The characters, the every city location, and the concept all kept me hooked in this story. I read it in 24 hours, I couldn't put it down for one moment!  From the first sentence, I wanted to know where Anne Blythe was going to end up.  Maybe I missed it, but I liked that I couldn't quite place where this book took place, it felt like it could have happened down the street or across the country.  The concept was not absolutely original, but with the twist that I can't divulge it took the story to the next level.

What I loved about this book is I thought I was headed down a certain path and then all of the sudden she flips a switch and the story goes down an even better road!  Even a reader who may not read most chick lit, should pick this one up immediately.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from HarperCollins.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.  


  1. I just ordered this book yesterday. I'm definitely looking forward to reading it!

  2. It is such a good one, I devoured it!

  3. I have this in my stack to be reviewed. I should be getting to it really soon. I can't wait to read it now after your glowing review!! :)


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