Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
S many things are right in Anne Blythe’s life… she loves her job working for a respected magazine, she enjoys great friends, and has a book deal coming together….
so why for the love of all that is good and holy – can she not find a decent boyfriend?
After yet another disastrous breakup and the announcement of her best friend engagement, Anne feels it is time to take drastic measures…. obviously her criteria of “dark hair, steely blue eyes, and perfect build” in a man in getting her nowhere. When she finds a business card to what she believes is a dating service she feels this is divine intervention telling her to take a chance on a different method to happiness. Upon making a meeting with this service she discovers to her shock that this is an exclusive, by appointment only – arranged marriage service. AND $10,000 at that.
At first Anne balks the idea – the cost is out of her price range, and marrying a guy you have never met (the services rules – they believe that when you choose a partner by looks first you are setting yourself up for failure) is crazy. Yet, her best friends overwhelming happiness and her book advancement of $10,000 makes her decide to give it a try… after all, what does she really have to lose and she can always pull out of the program before the final and largest payment in made.
But there is that nagging… what if? What if all these testings and therapy sessions, graphs and life styles actually could lead up to the man of her dreams? What if she too could be gushingly happy like all those married couples she is surrounded by? Would it work?
I first read Catherine McKenzie’s book SPIN and really enjoyed it. What I thought would be a light fun chick lit book actually had bite. Again, in Arranged, Catherine McKenzie sets the bar a little higher with a book that has more to discover within its pages than one may first think.