Can love be arranged?

Arranged by Catherine McKenzie suggests an idea many young women today may find attractive: “modern arranged marriage”. 
 
Anne Blythe is successful; she has good friends, a dream job as a writer, and even a potential book deal for her first novel. But when it comes to finding love, Anne can’t win. Her live-in lover dumps her, and then she runs into her past lover, a handsome lifelong bachelor. Anne is pushed into the valley of despondency when finds out her former commitment-shy lover has married someone else.
 
As she trudges home, Anne spies a mysterious business card that appears to be for a dating service. She keeps it although never intends to use it. When her best friend, Sarah, announces she’s engaged, Anne decides she needs help wither love life and calls the “dating service”.
 
Soon Anne finds out that she has not contacted a dating service, but a marriage bureau. Instead of fleeing, Anne signs a contract and pays $10,000 to find her ideal mate.
 
McKenzie wryly captures the agonies of modern dating. The premise of young professionals resorting to marriage bureaus to find love is interesting and not all that farfetched, given the popularity of matchmaking shows on reality TV.
 
Is the marriage bureau Anne contracts with on the level? Does she find true love with an arranged match? I’ll never tell. After all darlings, that would ruin a delightful summer read.
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