Friday, April 20, 2012

Arranged by Catherine McKenzie...R&G!

At the end of January I shared a review of a book I just loved....Spin by Catherine McKenzie.  In my review (read it here)I blamed the author for my complete neglect of dishes and laundry.  Sorry Ms. McKenzie but I am going to have to play the blame game with you once again.  Arranged (out May 5th) grabbed me just as Spin did and last weekend I spent every free minute furiously flipping to see what would happen next.  Here is the scoop on why I have a bigger than usual mountain of laundry...

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. . . .

First of all, can we talk about the main characters name??  Anne Blythe!  Did you all read Anne of Green Gables?  Well, the main character's mother sure did (hence her name and that of her brother Gilbert!).  In any case, I was sucked right in. The story line was quirky but that did not stop me from becoming completely invested in the characters and their happiness.  I wanted a happy ending.  I wanted the fairy tale just like Anne did.  I won't give it away but I will say that this book is THE summer read.  Pack it on vacation or in your beach bag and lose yourself.  Also, if you have not read Spin yet bring that one too.  You can send me a post card to thank me.  I will sign off with this one last accolade for this read....when I was nearing the end of the book I was getting a bit down because it was almost over.  In Spin McKenzie had given a sneak peek of Arranged at the end so I hopefully flipped to the end of Arranged where I was delighted to see there would be a new book coming in September.  This was the ONLY reason I was OK with being nearly finished with Arranged.  I know in September, Catherine McKenzie will have me being neglectful once again!  Pre-order your copy today on Amazon...
I am so pleased to tell you that the publisher, Harper Collins is giving one lucky RBM reader a copy of Arranged! Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck! To enter click "read more" and use the Rafflecopter form.
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53 comments:

Jennifer Rogers said...

I Love to read! If you Love it. I ma sure I will too!
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Shooting Stars Mag said...

sounds like a great premise, and very unique. I have Spin and can't wait to read that, so count me in. I think my mom would love it too.

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PurpleMist. said...

Oh yes I've read Anne of Green Gables!

This sounds so interesting, just entered the giveaway :D

missreneer said...

I would love to read this because I have read her books in the past and they were all really good. Thanks for the great giveaway :)

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Janet Vickers said...

I want to read because the main characters name is Anne Blythe!

Anonymous said...

So glad you enjoyed the book! - Catherine McKenzie

Joy said...

I love reading any type of fiction and would like to read this.
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Emily N. said...

because I like books with an element of romance

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

this would be great for summer reading list
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Hifam said...

I think this sounds like a great book. I loved your review and knew immediately the reference to Anne of Green Gables. Sounds great!
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Elizabeth said...

This looks like a great book....other books I have read about arranged marriage took place in the context of a society where this was the norm. It would be interesting to read a more fantastical version of such a marriage

Nancy said...

I'd like to read this because I love the first Anne Blythe character in the Anne of Green Gables series!

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DebbyM said...

Sounds like a great summer read. And I am a sucker for a book that deals with someone looking for their soulmate (I'm that person)...and hopefully a happy ending.

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Anonymous said...

Love to read and this one looks like a fun one!


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Anonymous said...

It sounds really interesting.

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burmmy77 said...

It sounds like a great read. I love to read.
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Sarah said...

Sounds like an audacious premise, could be fun!

dario moniz said...

arranged marriages seem crazy to me and in present day even more so i want to read it and see how someone could actually want to consider doing it

Daniel M said...

sounds like a good one! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

auntietina said...

I live in California, and have made a few bad decisions in Mexico. I'd much prefer to read about someone's else's bad choices.
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Allison said...

It sounds like a great book and I am finsihing Grad School so I will finally have time to read again for pleasure.

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tjmetz said...

This book sounds right up my alley, loved your review and thanks for the giveaway!

awhartness said...

I would like to read this book because I love adult fairy tales.

Becca Ann said...

I would like to read this because it sounds like such a great book

Nicole C. said...

I would love to read this book because I love to read, and it looks wonderful.

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Jodi said...

I love being introduced to new authors

missrantsypants said...

It sounds like a great plot.


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Anonymous said...

This would be a great read for my neighbor.

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Jessica P said...

The plot sounds really interesting and I do need a fresh summer read for those rare times that I get to lounge outside!

trichie said...

Sounds like a great read

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good book!
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brendaelsner said...

sounds like a very interesting book


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pinkcottoncandy said...

It sounds like a fascinating story!

Leah Baird said...

Sounds like it would be very interesting read. lnb1191(at)aol(dot)com

MomLovesDeals said...

Sounds like a really sweet story. I'd love to read it!

techgurl said...

This sounds like a fascinating book!
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madlibs75 said...

On a flight just months before I got married I met a woman who'd recently been widowed. We had a fascinating conversation, most interesting when she revealed that her marriage had been arranged. Since then, the topic has always interested me.

madlibs75 said...

On a flight just months before I got married I met a woman who'd recently been widowed. We had a fascinating conversation, most interesting when she revealed that her marriage had been arranged. Since then, the topic has always interested me.

Holly S. said...

It just seems like an unique story idea.

Andrea Henry said...

Trying to get together my summer reading list...this one sounds promising

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Jenn said...

Love the idea of this. I love interesting characters.

Diana said...

It looks like a story line I would love to read
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ellie said...

I love to get so wrapped up in a book that I can't wait to get back to it. Your review intrigued me.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Lisa R said...

I think it would be a great read....I personally would hate an arranged marriage so I am curious how the story will be and how it ends

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pmj said...

sounds like agood read.

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Robin Blankenship said...

Looks good

michedt said...

I'd like to read this because I like reading unique books. Sounds like this is a winner.

helpful heather said...

because this sounds ike a really good book

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Jim said...

i love to read new books

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Crib Couture said...

It sounds very interesting and I never get to read anything for adults. lol

Candie L said...

It sounds like a good read for me to read during my upcoming summer vacation. Thank you

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Atreau said...

I would love to read it because it sounds like a great book!

Christy Ann said...

I love to read and this sounds like something I'd love!!