368 pages ~ ★★★☆☆ ~ Netgalley eARC
Best friends Jess and Hannah work together on dating app ‘Save the Date’ aimed at users who are looking for their future wife/husband. When we first meet them the company is struggling financially, Jess has invested most of her and her husband’s finances into the business which is putting an additional strain on their relationship. While Jess has been with husband Tom since her teenage years, Hannah hasn’t been so lucky in love; with the company desperate to attract new subscribers/publicity and Hannah’s eagerness to avoid any more bad dates and idea is born. Jess will play matchmaker for Hannah, but the pair will meet for the first time at the alter poised to say their wedding vows.
Maybe I went in with too high hopes but it did fall a little flat for me. You’ve likely heard of the TV show Married at First Sight, I’ve only seen the UK version but I believe there are also US and Australian series as well but that’s the main reason I requested this because the show fascinates me. I wanted more from Hannah’s marriage, their initial getting to know each other and working through how their lives could mesh together so I was a bit disappointed that the wedding wasn’t until over half way through and then within a few pages the couple were back from their honeymoon and instead of attempting to move in together seemed to just start seeing each other a couple of times a week.
Having said that it wasn’t a bad book, its got some really funny moments and I enjoyed how realistic Jess’ struggle to balance being business owner and mother to twins. Maybe just don’t go in expecting the TV show!
Married at First Swipe is due to be released on 4th February, so perfect timing for Valentine’s Day. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy this in exchange for an honest review.