International Chick Lit Month Book 1. Catherine Mckenzie has donated copies of her latest novels. Here is the first Arranged. She has also included both Spin and Forgotten. You can win copies of each of these novels at Stonecrest Library in May 18th.
Anne seems to fall in and out of relationships while she watches others find success. Her best friend Sarah is recently engaged and her brother Gilbert has a great family. Anne ponders what she can do to change her luck and then she finds a business card for Blythe and Company. What does Blythe and Company do? They arrange marriages. What will Anne find and will it be the love of her life?
Other people have highly recommended Catherine Mckenzie. I won her book through librarything.com. I really enjoyed the book and couldn’t put it down. I stayed up late to read about ninety pages last. I had to find out how it ended.
Catherine is stopping by to share her thoughts on Anne Shirley and Anne Blythe and their relationship to Arranged.
ARRANGED is about a woman who uses an arranged marriage service, and the main character is named Anne Shirley Blythe after the protagonist in the Anne of Green Gables books. Her mother has always been obsessed with these books, and when she had the (good fortune) to marry a man name Blythe, she named her daughter Anne and her son Gilbert (a little Flowers in the Atticky, I admit). The choice of Anne's name was deliberate. Besides the (I hope) humor value, I chose to name my main character after Anne because of who I imagined Anne needed to be to go through with an arranged marriage. When I was trying to figure out what might lead a woman to use that kind of service, I thought about how the whole concept of an arranged marriage was the antithesis to the fairytale, romantic stories we get fed all the time. I thought that if a woman grew up believing in those kinds of fairytales, partly because of her mother's obsession, but also because she looked like the character she was named after, and the fairytale didn't come true, she'd be a likely candidate. She never expected to have to work to find a good relationship and so when fate doesn't work out for her, she's willing to turn over her love life to someone else. So that's how Anne ended up being named Anne.