I received an ARC of this book via Simon & Schuster (U.K.) and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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?
Having read – and really liked – Frost’s debut novel, Living my Best Life, I jumped at the chance to review this one as soon I saw it on the “Discover” page of NetGalley. There was still a similar theme of female friendship in her second novel, Married at First Swipe, but there was also a bit of a twist.
As much as I love sitting with a book, baking something or listening to music, one of my favourite modes of escapism – especially during the turbulent year 2020 was and, it appears, this one might be as well – is watching TV. I love pretty much anything, from shows about female assassins to shows about a widowed man in a small town but a show I find particularly entertaining- more so during Lockdown- is Married at First Sight. It’s funny, it’s trashy and it really makes you question: can you fall in love with a stranger you meet at the altar? It turns out Married at First Swipe asks – and answers – this question.
The book focuses on best mates Jess and Hannah. The two women couldn’t be more different – Jess is settled with children whilst Hannah’s focus is on living her best life – but they are united in their desire to save Jess’s struggling business. How will they save the business, I hear you ask? By finding Hannah a man using Jess’s app and proving others can, too, of course!
I’ve mentioned this before plenty of times but I’m a massive fan of a dual narrative. I loved learning more about Jess and Hannah (though, I admittedly found myself drawn to Hannah’s chapters more – possibly because, as a single twenty-something, I identify more with the desire to travel and “find myself” that Hannah has) and seeing how their friendship, and relationships, were tested.
I really liked the fact that Frost writes about two women in business. I don’t feel like that’s something people write about a lot, but I loved the fact that it was Jess at the forefront (and Hannah not far behind) instead of the usual snooty, middle-aged woman or mildly sexist balding man. Although I wouldn’t have the slightest clue, I loved reading about the work the two women put in to the business and the great lengths they go to to save it.
I also liked the family dynamics in this book. We have what everyone thinks is a harmonious setting in Jess, her husband Tom and their two children and Hannah’s dysfunctional, but lovable family. I loved that Frost shows family in its true light, things aren’t always easy or straightforward but love is always there.
My one gripe with this novel was the fact that I felt some things were glossed over. I wished Toby and Hannah’s journey to the altar – and to romance – would’ve been expanded on more. I did like how tender and awkward it was when they did meet, but I just feel as though parts leading up to that could’ve been a bit more detailed.
Regardless, Married at First Swipe is a contemporary romance about family, friendship and a fun way to find “The One”
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