Arranged: A Novel by Catherine McKenzie

Arranged: A Novel

byCatherine McKenzie

Kobo ebook | December 28, 2010

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Anne Blythe has rotten luck with men. After the last one flees, she decides she needs a new approach to relationships. When she comes across a card for what she believes to be a dating service, Anne is shocked to discover that the company specializes in arranged marriages. But she decides to go for it, and things seem to be really working out—until she learns the shocking truth about her new man, and the agency that set them up.

Title:Arranged: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 28, 2010Publisher:HarperWeekendLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443405388

ISBN - 13:9781443405386


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was a great romantic novel! A quick and easy read, funny and cute! The arranged marriage storyline and all the reflexions that came with it was I really nice touch!
Date published: 2018-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this book! I really enjoyed this book. When one looks to an arranged marriage, you never know what is going to happen! Anne finds out the hard way, what can it hurt she thought? A great way to spend an afternoon reading.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! great read! Was quick and fun!
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick and fun read Loved this book! I was really intrigued throughout the whole thing and couldn't put it down. Great story!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Arranged Not a favourite book. An easy book to read.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Arranged Loved it. Great story, awesome read.
Date published: 2014-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute Story, Original Idea This is such an interesting concept for a book. It is about a woman who breaks up with her boyfriend and has a bit of a crisis of identity. It is during this time that she attempts an arranged marriage service. I do not want to give too much of the book away but it was fantastic. I've said it before, and fairly recently too, I love Mckenzie's books. She takes these type of "what if" ideas and brings them to life. We have all say around and played the "what if" game and I love that McKenzie takes it a step closer to reality with her books. This book in particular makes you think about the construct of marriage. Many people around the world are in arranged marriages and many of these marriages are quite successful so why couldn't this work in the western world? Personally, I don't think I could do it but that's just me. Again, McKenzie is able to really draw a reader in with her beautiful story writing. I loved Anne's character and I really felt for her when things don't go quite as planned. I loved this novel and I will read anything that McKenzie comes out with. Last week, I actually got the chance to interview this author so if you are interested you should check that out. Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predictable but fun Not half bad. Likeable characters, interesting premise.....predictable ending but overall a light, fun read
Date published: 2014-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read A fast read, but keeps you intrigued and entertained. Great beach reading!!
Date published: 2013-06-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An afternoon snack I hate books where the guy is never wrong and the women is apologizing for everything, but other than that if you have a few hours and can get past the simple, somewhat vulgar writing style it's an okay read. Wouldn't pass it on to any friends.
Date published: 2012-11-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cute story line...but vulgar language too distracting :( I bought this book because the story line looked cute and also because the reviews mentioned the reference to "Anne of Green Gables". In reading the book, the story line WAS cute and interesting but I was really offended by the vulgar language. I won't be passing on this book to others.
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome Canadian author When I began the book I was instantly connected to Anne and had that been there done that feeling which made me completely relate to her and her heartbreaking. As the story progressed I became hooked to the smart wit and down to earth vibe. I love this authors style of writing and the story although had elements that were familiar it was also unique. Can't wait to read another book from this author.
Date published: 2012-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant I picked up this book without knowing anything about the author and I must say that I was hooked from the start. This book was wonderfully written and I just loved the storyline. I hated for it to end and wished there was a sequel. Great read for everyone!
Date published: 2012-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful book by a great Canadian author! Ever since I finished reading Catherine McKenzie’s wonderful novel, Spin, I was itching to get my hands on some more of her books. It’s always so great to find a gem of a Canadian writer that I felt I had to snatch up everything she had to offer! When I was wandering through the bookstore the other day, waiting for the longest mechanic appointment ever, I picked up a copy of Arranged, which was just released in Canada at the beginning of this month. Knowing I’d have some time to wait for my car, I dove right in. Immediately I was hooked. I loved the premise of this novel: A writer in her close-to-mid-30′s — who has had a string of bad relationships and is feeling like she’ll never meet “the one” — breaks up with her boyfriend. On her way home from the breakup — to her new home, I might add — she finds a business card on the ground for a company that goes a step further from the usual dating service — they arrange marriages. It was easy to love the main character in the book, Anne (whose mother named her after Anne from Anne of Green Gables). I could understand her struggles and wanted everything to work out for her. I’d like to say that it was easy to love the guy she was set up with, but I really didn’t at first — I mean, he seemed okay, but I think I was most thrown off by the fact that he seemed too into them doing “the dirty deed” together (and I don’t mean the marriage!). Though, just because I didn’t really enjoy Jack’s character (though he grew on me), I still really loved the book. While I kind of knew what was going to happen in the end, there were still plenty of twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting. And it was funny! Just as in Spin, Catherine McKenzie knows how to tell a good story and make you laugh along the way — even if the situations are less than desirable. Arranged was a wonderful read. I would definitely rank McKenzie with the likes of Sophie Kinsella or Emily Giffin — she is a wonderful storyteller and I can’t wait to read more of her works!
Date published: 2012-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smart, Funny, Sexy How could I NOT like a book so heavily inspired by Anne of Green Gables (aka one of the greatest series of all time)?!?!?! This story begins where most end: with a wedding. Tired of heartbreak after falling for the same type of man over and over again, Anne Shirley Blythe (yes, that is her real name) discovers a company that arranges marriages. This educated, successful, "normal" woman decides to sacrifice her ideal and dreams of romantic love in hopes of finding her perfect long-term match. While the plot gets off to a slowish start, the pace really picks up once Anne meets Jack. Then I couldn't put the book down! Who doesn't dream of skipping the messy dating scene and fast-forwarding straight to the happily ever after? But the road to true love is never that simple... This is a breezy beach bag read that raises some interesting questions about the nature of love and marriage - perfect for some light, summer reading!
Date published: 2012-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chick lit with intelligence and warmth 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 c**p 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 a** 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 Darn 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." 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
Date published: 2012-04-24