Thursday, January 31, 2013


by Catherine McKenzie

Genre: Chick Lit

Synposis: 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.

From the publisher

Review: Here's another book that just drew me in!  It definitely is a chick lit book with it's light humorous nature but it's different than other chick lit books that I've read.  It's not the traditional girl meets boy and fall in love story. Instead this is a story of an arranged marriage so girl meets boy as it is time to get married and then you see how their relationship develops.  Anne Blythe (yes her mother named her after her favorite character and her middle name is Shirley and her brother's name is Gilbert) is a likable character that you can't help to root for her during this strange situation of an arranged marriage.  She is quite the romantic just as her namesake was.  I love all the Anne of Green Gables references in the book-there are definitely lines taken straight from the book!    There is quite a twist in the story and one that I never predicted.  I would highly recommend this book if you are in the mood for a chick lit book.

Rating: 4 1/2 stars (only because it's hard for me to rate a chick lit book 5 stars)

1 comment:

  1. I just finished this book and I wouldn't have rated it quite as high as you (maybe 3.5 or 4 stars) because I couldn't see how Anne could fall for Jack given his suspicious behavior. But it was entertaining, and I did like it, so thanks for the recommendation!