Hannah and Jess have been best friends since school. While Hannah has travelled the world in search of adventure, Jess has settled down with her childhood sweetheart Tom. They’ve been together twenty years, married for ten and have eight year old twins. To everyone else, including Hannah, it looks like perfect love story. However, as with any relationship, there are stresses and strains and things aren’t necessarily as perfect as they seem.
Together, the two women run dating app with a difference, ‘Save the Date.’ It’s specifically aimed at people looking at settling down and finding the perfect spouse. When the business gets into financial difficulty, Hannah comes up with a plan which will put it to ultimate test and tasks Jess with finding the perfect partner for her and setting up a blind date wedding.
The title of the book is a play on the Married at First Sight TV show. I have to say, I can’t think of anything worse and wonder how it’s even legal! To marry someone without having met seems so alien to me. I know it’s commonplace throughout the world – and I know happens in the UK too – but can’t imagine doing this at all. But I wonder if the success rate of an arranged marriage is any worse or better than with love matches?
After some considerable research and weeding out unsuitable applicants, Jess chooses someone to be Hannah’s future husband. He sounds ideal on paper, someone who anyone would be happy to go out with. There was a predictably mixed response from Hannah’s family and friends to her plan to marry this man she has never even seen a photo of. The media interest is huge and certainly puts the app on everyone’s radar. Everyone has an opinion!
The only contact Hannah and her intended have before their wedding day is through a few letters they write to each other and which are published on the Save the Date website. I was so desperate for the couple to get on because they seemed so right for each other and were both such lovely people. Did I get my wish? Well, I’m not revealing that, of course. You’ll need to buy the book yourself to see how it all works out.
Married at First Swipe was a book I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s a fresh and often funny look at finding happiness in the digital dating era, whether that’s online or offline. Although there are many astutely witty parts to the story there are many poignant moments too. Married at First Swipe is charming, heart-warming, feel-good fiction at its best.
My thanks to Sara-Virtue for sending me an early copy of this book for review. Married at First Swipe is published by Simon & Schuster on 4th February in ebook and paperback formats. You will find buying options for various retailers on the Simon & Schuster website here: Married at First Swipe
From the back of the book
Hannah lives life on the edge. Never one to pass up on a new adventure, she has truly been living her best life. But once the adrenaline wears off, she wishes she had someone to spend the quieter moments with too. Learning that her best friend’s online dating business has taken a hit, she comes up with an idea that just might solve both of their problems…
Jess has been with her husband for twenty years. They have a stable marriage, great kids and run their own businesses. But what looks like a perfect life from the outside has its own problems within, and with her business on the brink Jess can’t help but wonder where the spark has gone in her life, and whether settling down is all it’s cracked up to be.
When Hannah embarks upon her latest scheme: finding a man using Jess’s dating app and meeting him for the first time at the altar, both women start to realise the grass isn’t always greener. Can Hannah help her friend save her failing business or will Jess stop her from making what could be the biggest mistake of her life?
In the modern tech-fuelled world of dating, is it possible to find true love?
About the author
Claire Frost grew up in Manchester, the middle of three sisters. She always wanted to do a job that involved writing, so after studying Classics at Bristol University she started working in magazines. For the last 10 years she’s been at The Sun on Sunday’s Fabulous magazine, where she is Assistant Editor and also responsible for the title’s book reviews. She can mostly be found at her desk buried under a teetering TBR pile.