Last week we showed you what 10 different bloggers thought of Catherine McKenzie’s new novel Arranged, in our Arranged: the blog tour round-up.
After posting their reviews the bloggers were also given the chance to host Q&As with Catherine, to chat all things Arranged, about writing, about her previous books, and so on.
(Many of the blogs are also giving away copies of Arranged, so check it out! Especially after reading all those great reviews.)
Here are all the Q&A sessions for you to check out, as the Arranged blog tour continues:
Stop #1: Novel Escapes
Catherine answers the ‘stuck on a desert island’ questionnaire
Stop #2: Serendipitous Readings
Marci talks to Catherine all about arranged marriages
Stop #3: Book Chick
Find out about Catherine’s bestseller movement on Facebook
Stop #4: Pencil Pushers & Ink-Splotches
Kimberly asks Catherine about her inspirations for the novel (and more)
Stop #5: Lavender Lines
Find out what music Catherine listened to when writing Arranged
Stop #6: Cindy’s Love of Books
Find out which famous person Catherine would want to have dinner with
Have more questions? Want more info on Catherine? Check out her website.
I (Shannon) read the 10 reviews of Arranged last week from our bloggers, and saw that across the board they found the novel enjoyable, easy to relate to, and raised interesting questions about love and marriage. Then, I read the Q&As with Catherine and heard more about the concept of the book, character details, and many references to Anne of Green Gables. After all that I knew I had to read Arranged right away.
So, this weekend I curled up with a tea and dove right into Catherine McKenzie’s story. I liked it — it’s cute and quirky, but at the same time had me thinking a lot about how modern society views marriage, what makes a successful marriage, and what an arranged marriage might be like.
The main character, Anne, is someone I would probably be friends with in real life, but would want to shake her a little bit. It was really funny hearing her describe past relationships, and the part where she runs into her ex had me cringing right along with her — girls, I think anyone can relate to this experience!
Overall, it was a fun book to sit down with, and I think a lot of women out there will be able to get right into it, and will see a bit of themselves in Anne. At the same time, it also will seriously make you think about love and whether or not we should still believe that love is a fairy tale. I liked that Catherine McKenzie took an honest look at how women view love and relationships, yet still stayed hopeful and positive on the subject. Ok, so love isn’t always a fairy tale, but there’s nothing like a good love story to make you smile on quiet Sunday afternoon.
And that’s what I thought of Arranged.
Start reading Arranged here (and tell me what you think!)
Thank you to Catherine for chatting with the bloggers on the tour, and of course, thank you to the bloggers for devoting time to Arranged and providing such interesting reviews and insightful questions to the author.
We hope you enjoyed the Arranged: the blog tour, where we take a look around the book blogging world and find out what 10 different bloggers thought of one book.
Want to be a part of our next blog tour? Let me know!
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