What can I say? I really adored this book. When a person says “I want to sit down and read a really good book” this is the one they need to go and pick up. Nothing about it was cliché – it was one of the most original stories I’ve read in ages. It wasn’t predictable – I was guessing until the end as to what would happen to Anne Blythe.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Anne Blythe? Does the author know there is another famous heroine with the same name? That was my thought exactly when I first began to read it. But, then I learned the meaning behind the name and frankly, I came to love and look forward to all the Green Gables references, which happens to be my favourite book of all time.
So, Arranged. Anne tends to fall for the same type of guy over and over again with the same result – pretty much no result. After a particularly ugly break up, she comes across a card for a company that arranges marriages called Blythe & Company and well, it’s a sign right?? The cast of characters she encounters after her first meeting are sometimes hilarious, sometimes cold and sometimes downright bitchy. There aren’t a bunch of ‘fillers’ in the book and each person brings something unique to the storyline. I especially liked Jack – who wasn’t Anne’s typical type though they were both writers which gave them something in common. But not everything is what it seems, right?
Click HERE to read an excerpt of the book or just go out and buy it. I swear you’re going to love it as much as I did. I’m really looking forward to reading Catherine’s other book, Spin, too. Also, if you want to keep up on what’s going on at Harper Collins, check out The Savvy Reader – it has a bunch of great content.
Last but not least, Harper Collins Canada has kindly offered up a copy of Arranged for the readers of my blog. It’s your lucky day! So, if you have a Canadian address, simply comment with your email address to be entered – and the contest ends on January 24th, 2011.