TITLE : Married At First Swipe
AUTHOR : Claire Frost
GENRE : Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Chick-Lit, Romance
FR RATING : ⭐⭐⭐(3 Stars)
DATE OF PUBLISHING : 01 Mar 2021
DISCLAIMER : Thank you, Netgalley, Simon and Schuster UK for providing me with an ARC of this book. I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Married At First Swipe by Claire Frost is contemporary fiction. I saw the title and thought to myself, hmm.., that sounds very similar to the show Married At First Sight. While the concept is the same, and the plot is designed around the idea, I would recommend not going into the book expecting a romance or a love story between two people. This is more of a women’s fiction kind of a story than a straight-up romance.
The Story follows Jess and Hannah through their tumultuous lives. Jess is the owner of the dating app Save The Date, which focuses on people wanting to settle down quickly. When the app and the business takes a hit, Hannah Jess’s best friend and employee at Save The Date decides to offer herself as an experiment to bring the company back to success. Hannah’s idea is for Jess to find a guy for her to marry. The caveat is, Hannah will get to see her groom only on the day of the wedding. As Jess continues to work hard, trying to bring her business around – her relationship starts to crack. Can the two women find their happily ever after? Can the free-spirited settle down with a man she has never met??
The main characters are Hannah and Jess, and we follow both of their alternating POVs, which helps us figure out their story and their history as well. I found the characters to be OK. I didn’t feel much of a connection to either of the characters. The character arc was also not that great or satisfying as I would like it to be.
The plot was about the journey of the 2 women and how they adjust to their new realities. I enjoyed seeing them battle the new territory they were essentially dropped into, and how both women decide to solve the rising issues as well. Overall it’s not an exciting plot but one that was interesting to see regardless.
The pacing of the story was normal for the plot, and I wasn’t bored necessarily. But I did wish the plot moved at a faster pace as I was holding out hope for Hannah’s side of the story to take over. I think this is mainly my fault as I was expecting a Married At First Sight kind of storyline and hoping to see more of their journey towards their “Happily Ever After”.
Overall, I would say the story was good. I did like it, but sadly, I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. If you are looking for a story that focuses on women’s journey through life, then this book will work for you. But if you are looking for an epic romance, this is not the one for you. I gave the book 3 stars, and I recommend checking it out to see if it fits your tastes. Married At First Swipe comes out on March 1st of 2021, and make sure to keep an eye out for it.
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