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Anne Blythe has a great life: a good job, close friends, and a potential book deal for her first novel. When it comes to finding someone to share her life with, however, she just can't seem to get it right. When her latest relationship implodes, and her best friend announces she's engaged, Anne impulsively calls what she thinks is a dating service?only to discover that it's actually an exclusive, and pricey, arranged marriage service. Anne initially rejects the idea, but the more she learns about the service, the...

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Overview

Anne Blythe has a great life: a good job, close friends, and a potential book deal for her first novel. When it comes to finding someone to share her life with, however, she just can't seem to get it right. When her latest relationship implodes, and her best friend announces she's engaged, Anne impulsively calls what she thinks is a dating service—only to discover that it's actually an exclusive, and pricey, arranged marriage service. Anne initially rejects the idea, but the more she learns about the service, the more she thinks: Why not? After all, arranged marriages are the norm for millions of women around the world; maybe it could work for her.

A few months later, Anne is traveling to a Mexican resort, where, over the course of a weekend, she meets and then marries Jack. And initially, everything seems to be working out. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In her fast-paced and fun second novel, Catherine McKenzie takes us on a thirty-something woman's journey to find love in a somewhat unorthodox manner. When Anne Blythe's latest three-year relationship goes belly-up, she's determined to get it right—for good. So when she stumbles upon an exclusive company that arranges marriages, it seems exactly what she needs—especially in light of her best friend Sarah's recent engagement. At an exclusive resort, she nervously takes the plunge with a writer named Jack, a stranger who's supposed to be her perfect match. But when Anne learns that Jack has been hiding an important part of himself from her, it seems that saying "I do" was the easy part. In her latest novel (after Spin), McKenzie makes this far-fetched idea plausible and entertaining. With good dialogue, three-dimensional characters, and page-turning scenes, McKenzie expertly explores what makes a successful marriage work and the lengths to which some people will go to find true love. Agent: Abigail Koons, Park Literary Group. (May)
Booklist (starred review)
“This is chick lit for real women, featuring a smart, competent heroine with a hopeless romantic streak…The humor ranges from biting sarcasm to slapstick, and the narrative voice is compulsively readable…Fans of Jennifer Weiner and Jennifer Crusie have found a new author to watch.”
RT Book Reviews
“Anyone who has ever looked for love in all the wrong places will love McKenzie’s latest tale of romance found in the place one least expects it. A real page-turner, Arranged is a perfect beach read. McKenzie will have readers laughing and crying right along with her heroine.”
SheKnows.com
“Make a date with Catherine McKenzie’s Arranged this summer. A smart and honest novel about a woman’s desperate search for love and marriage, it will hit home for many.”
Booklist
"This is chick lit for real women, featuring a smart, competent heroine with a hopeless romantic streak…The humor ranges from biting sarcasm to slapstick, and the narrative voice is compulsively readable…Fans of Jennifer Weiner and Jennifer Crusie have found a new author to watch."
Elle Canada
“This zany novel gallops through the perils of one thirty-something redhead’s desperate search for love and marriage, no necessarily in that order.”
Cathy Marie Buchanan
“Just when you think you’ve got Arranged figured out, time and again Catherine McKenzie delivers the flawless, unexpected twist that keeps you glued to the book.”
Therese Walsh
“A novel that explores what happens when what you think want collides with what you really need. Catherine McKenzie’s Arranged is a rare book: smart, funny, honest, and absorbing.”
Leah Stewart
“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.”
Shawn Klomparens
“Catherine McKenzie brings a smart twist to marriage and relationships in her second novel, the story of unlucky-in-love Anne Blythe. Arranged is crafted with pathos and subtle humor, and through it McKenzie’s heroine learns—the hard way—that the happiest endings are often the ones least expected.”
SheKnows.com "Must Read" on ARRANGED
“Make a date with Catherine McKenzie’s Arranged this summer. A smart and honest novel about a woman’s desperate search for love and marriage, it will hit home for many.”
Elle Canada
“This zany novel gallops through the perils of one thirty-something redhead’s desperate search for love and marriage, no necessarily in that order.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062115393
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 483,543
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, where she now practices law. An avid runner and skier, she has also taught part-time at the McGill Faculty of Law.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Womderful!

    This book was absolutely fantastic. The characters were well designed, the plot followed through very well, and the story was just plain adorable. Each character sees very real, with abdifferent personality or problem to work through, and all with different perspectives on love and marriage that harmonize completely with the main characters doubts, fears, and thoughts on the subject. All around it was a very well-written book, and I will be reading it again someday.

    READ THIS BOOK!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    Chick lit with an incredible twist. I was on a journey with Ann

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    Fun Romantic Comedy

    I enjoyed this book, the first I have read by the author. It was a light romantic comedy that read quickly and easily. Fun for those times you want something to entertain and make you smile.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Loved it!!!! This book was a great summer read! I truly enjoyed

    Loved it!!!!
    This book was a great summer read! I truly enjoyed Catherine McKenzie's writing. It was original, loved the story line. I will definitely read her other book Spin.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    Loved it!

    A fun read. Loved the characters, loved the concept. It's the first book I've read from this author and I will now read everything she writes. If you like chick lit, you'll love this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    Recommend

    There were multiple twists in this lovely book. It was the perfect summer read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Entertaining & quick read!

    First book Ive read by Catherine McKenzie and what a great book! Loved the characters and the story line.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Interesting Story

    Book takes an unexpected turn from what you think when you first start reading it! Interesting story!! Happy ending!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    Great read

    I loved this book. Couldnt put it down. I read it in just a few days. Cant wait to read her other two books.

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  • Posted April 29, 2014

    Love this book!!! Could not put it down!!!

    Love this book!!! Could not put it down!!!

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  • Posted April 29, 2014

    A very good read!!!

    A very good read!!!

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

    Enjoyable book with an interesting perspective.

    Enjoyable book with an interesting perspective.

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  • Posted April 17, 2014

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    A thought provoking romance.  It seems fate has stepped in when

    A thought provoking romance. 

    It seems fate has stepped in when Anne Blythe discovers a business card for what she believes is a dating service straight on the heels of catching her boyfriend cheating. "Blythe and Company," the card reads, "Arrangements made." A few chance encounters with exes and the announcement that her best friend is getting married prompt Anne to call and set up an appointment. She soon discovers that Blythe and Company is not a dating service at all. They arrange marriages. But is Anne really ready for such a commitment?

    I love McKenzie's writing. As with Spin, she has once again created a leading lady readers like me can believe in and connect with. And while Arranged is certainly a contemporary romance in part, it's also a thought-provoking read -- how far would you go to meet the man of your dreams and how much would you be willing to forgive if that person wasn't what you'd imagined?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Sweet story... loved it.

    Just a sweet, easy romance. Well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Okay read

    This book left me saying "That's it?" I guess I expected a more satisfying ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Meh and self absorbed protagonists

    Surprisngly the ideas about love and who we choose were insightful. I just dont think the protagonist and her hero got those points and the characters lacked appeal and depth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Loved it

    I wasn't sure of what to expect with this book. The topic of an arranged marriage was both disturbing and intriguing. I couldn't predict what was coming up, a trait I enjoy in a book. Would recommend this book and this author to others who enjoy 'chick lit' or light romances.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Fairytale

    Its a great book and keeps your childhood dream of a fairytale

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Great read

    This was a great read. I just wish there was an epilogue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    3.5 stars

    Cute story.

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