Arranged: A Novel
After reading some reviews for this book, I put it in my “to read” list, because I thought it sounded interesting. One of the most endearing things about the book is that the main character is named Anne Blythe (and yes, her middle name was Shirley – AND she had a brother named Gilbert). After a long line of failed relationships, Anne stumbles upon, quite by accident, a service that arranges marriages. To make a long story short, she follows through and takes the plunge.
It’s a quick, amusing read. I enjoyed the characters and the story. Even though marriages have been arranged for centuries, the subject matter actually came across as a fresh twist on the old romantic comedy when set in modern day. It brings up some interesting thoughts on compatibility, friendship and romance within the institution of marriage. I gave it three out of five stars on Goodreads. I liked the book, but again, wasn’t too keen on the language used, and going my entire life without reading it again wouldn’t hurt my feelings. The original Anne Shirley certainly didn’t have quite the potty mouth on her that this Anne did. Maybe I should just stick to my beloved Jane Austen.