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The Arrangement

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  377 ratings  ·  170 reviews
You can't choose who you fall for...but it helps if there's a list

Raina, twenty-nine, is still unmarried much to the dismay of her family who think that by now she should have been married in a dream Indian wedding. The pressure to settle down reaches new heights when her grandmother, Nani, decides to play matchmaker in order to find her the perfect man.

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 10th 2017 by Orion
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Susanne Strong
4 Stars.

Full of laughs, heartbreak and lots of little surprises.

Sometimes life is about finding your truth and about being brave enough to fight for it.

Raina is twenty-nine. Her Nani desperately wants to see her married before she turns thirty. Raina, however is not ready. After all, she isn’t dating anyone and her breakup with her last boyfriend, Dev, two years ago left her completely broken hearted. Her Nani and her best friend Shay seem to think that marriage will somehow make everything bet
Kaceey - Traveling Sister
Five heartwarming 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
A positively sweet, romantic comedy that had me smiling with joy, (and yes crying!) from page one right to the very end!

At only 29, Raina is a successful business woman living in Toronto.
Raised in a traditional Indian home, and introduced to all the culture, beliefs and values that her beloved Nani shared with her since birth.
Only problem, (at least according to Nani.) Poor Raina is still single.

And so, in lieu of her upcoming milestone 30th birthday, Raina reluctantly
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-four-stars
4 stars!!

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The Matchmaker’s List was a fantastic debut novel by Sonya Lalli. By the cover and the blurb, I was expecting this to be a cutesy and fun rom-com. While it was that, it was also much more angsty and emotional than I thought it would be.

Raina is almost thirty. Raina’s grandmother is from India and holds their traditions to heart. She wants Raina married and settled down, and it seems all Raina wants to do is work. After having her heart broken years ago, Raina just isn’t in the dating
This was an adorable romcom bursting with culture, family, friendship, fun, and love!

This was a charming feel-good story that put a big smile on my face! This book did a really good job of showcasing the expectations and pressure we as parents sometimes put on our children when it comes to love, marriage, and many other things... I think the pressure to be “perfect“ is greater in some cultures than others.... but I think almost all parents regardless of culture want the absolute best for their c
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I told myself I was going to make myself finish this book tonight. I lost that battle.

This book had so much potential! It just ended up being soooo boring. The story was a almost 30 year old woman had promised her Nani that if she wasn't married by thirty that she would let her help her "find a mate"..and it could have worked. Nani's character sorta tried to bridge the gap of being a modern woman with her Indian heritage. Her- I tried to like. I just felt that enough time was not given to flesh
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
A fun romance with endearing characters!

Raina Anand has modern values, but her family is more traditional, especially her grandmother. Raina is receiving pressure to get married and along with that to allow her grandmother, Nani, to be matchmaker.

Nani has big plans with a long list of potential suitors. Raina ends up on one ridiculous date after another, and she’s looking for a way out. Will she find it and her own happiness one day?

The best parts of the book were Nani’s antics. She is warm an
Katie B
I've looked forward to reading this for months so I guess my expectations were too high. My biggest problem with the story was I just didn't understand the main character. By the end of the book I just wished the story had revolved around her grandmother and mom instead.

Raina Anand has decided she will let her grandmother, Nani, find her a man. Living in an Indian-immigrant community there has to be at least one guy who Nani will approve of and will make Raina happy. Right?

I thought for sure t
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
<3 4 stars <3

Such a nice surprise, I devour it in one sitting.The plot was good and I loved the heroine.I like the writing, and I hope we can see more from this author.


I loved most of it, I just didn't liked the ending a lot and this is why I give it 4 stars.However, it was a great story.

The Matchmaker's List is sweet, intense and heartwarming.


Kate Olson
SPOILERS BELOW but they are regarding problematic content and I believe they are important for deciding whether to invest your reading time.
Okay, I'm not going to waste time talking about the things I did like about the book. Because the problematic content so far overshadows that. It is NOT OKAY to have a woman pretend to be a lesbian to avoid her grandmother's pressure for her to find a husband. It is NOT OKAY to lie to everyone on earth and pretend to be gay to make life easier for
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been ages since I’ve read a book with a main character who was this horrible a person. This is a women’s fiction/chick lit novel so selfishness is really not an unexpected protagonist trait. But lying about being gay for more more than half a book is something else entirely. And lying about being gay to an actual gay vulnerable teenager who asks for your help? UNFORGIVABLE.

Full review to come closer to release date.

Any time I hear about a brown romance author coming up with a new romance read, I am more than excited. As a brown woman, the feelings that I get seeing someone like myself being represented in a book with a happily ever after are just magical. I have been excited for The Matchmaker's List for precisely that reason since early last year. I wanted so much out of this book and ultimately, these expectations wound up being crushed.

A big part of why this book didn't click for me was my expectat
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

I received an ARC from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review and to take part in the blog tour. 

Firstly, I can't really begin by explaining how much I enjoyed this book. When I think back to when I first received this copy and immediately started reading it, getting captivated by the words, enthralled by the story and our characters--there's just so much to talk about.  

The Matchmaker's List tells the story of a modern girl, Raina, who is creeping clos
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

*2.5 Stars!*

It may be too early to call, but I definitely feel like 2019 is gonna be the year for brown girl romances! I've been adding romance books written by brown women featuring brown heroines to my TBR left and right and it makes me so excited to read romance books about girls just like me. The Matchmaker's List was one of those books on my list and I had really high hopes for it. Too bad it didn'
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
3.5 stars

This debut was a very cute and fluffy, yet serious, contemporary that was extremely relatable. As a single twenty-seven year old that can get a little too devoted to her job, I can say that I relate to the main character on an extreme level (minus the dramatics….maybe). Along with dealing with being surrounded by couples 24/7, friends also attempt to play matchmaker and pair off all of their single friends. Luckily enough, my family has not been involved in this matchmaking scheme but i
Leigh Kramer
Jan 30, 2019 marked it as not-reading-problematic-content  ·  review of another edition
After reading excerpts, I have addressed the publisher and am declining to review my advance copy due to problematic content. A plot line around a character pretending to be lesbian so she doesn't have to deal with her family wanting her to get married, even as a gay teen is coming out to her, is offensive to the LGBTQ+ community. She also proceeded to out that teen to all of her family and friends when she finally fessed up. How no one at the publisher recognized how deeply problematic this is ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Penguin Random House Canada for awarding me a stop on the Blog Tour for The Matchmaker's List by Sonya Lalli. This title releases February 5.

This was such a cute read. A very different pace from my usual thriller suspense fiction grabs, but in the best way. This was a fun loving and enjoyable rom-com that has definitely swayed my interest further into this genre and the best part – it was truly Canadian made! The author, a Torontonian herself really left her mark with this romantic ta
::SPOILERS WARNING:: Just letting you know that halfway through this review, there's a big spoiler but I have to talk about it because it's the reason why I couldn't give it a full five stars.

I think when it comes to romance novels, you're expecting there to be two main characters. They're the love interests and you read throughout the novel as they volley back and forth before finally getting together. Even though this book is said to be a romance novel, I actually didn't see it that way. Yes,
Berkley has been delivering all of the diverse romances and I have been all for it. When I saw that this was about an Indian woman who was being pressured to marry while still hung up on her ex, I was excited to get my hands on it!

Raina has just turned 29 and is feeling the pressure from her grandmother to find a man and get married. Raina agrees to try dating, which gives her grandmother the green light to set her up with every eligible Indian man she knows. Unfortunately for Raina, she's stil
Olivia (The Candid Cover)
Full Review on The Candid Cover

The Matchmaker’s List is a rom-com that explores the struggles between maintaining cultural traditions and living in a society that doesn’t follow the same traditions. The characters in the book are quite interesting and fun to read about. Sonya Lalli has created a humorous story that will tug at your heartstrings at the same time.

I love books that feature grandparents and families. Nani is a classic busybody grandmother. She only wants what is best for her family
'The Matchmaker's List' is more than a romance about matchmaking. It is a story about family and tradition, and the responsibilities that come with those. It is about figuring out who you are and what you want to be while being okay with the fact that there will be people who don't agree with your life choices.
❝Gay. Straight. Indian. Not Indian.❞ She moves closer to him. ❝Not everyone is brave enough to be themselves.❞

'The Matchmaker's List' chronicles the life of Raina Anandas as she tries to
book bruin
After seeing the cover and blurb for The Matchmaker's List, I was excited to get my hands on it. It sounded like a fun (oh, those meddling matchmaking grandmothers!) and diverse read. Though I enjoyed the multicultural aspect of the story a lot, and there are plenty of silly and hilarious moments, I wouldn't consider this one truly a romcom. It was much more poignant and polarizing than I anticipated.

Our heroine, Raina, was sadly one of the main reasons why I did not love this book. I can defini
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
3.5 - 4 STARS

I was actually more enamored by Raina's journey through this story than I was by the romance. Don't get me wrong, the romance was exactly what I was hoping for... but Raina's struggle as a modern woman confined by cultural expectations and traditions was both fascinating and entertaining. While her decisions sometimes irritated me, and the repercussions those decisions had on her personal relationships often broke my heart, I really felt a kinship with this character and truly appre
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was nothing like I expected. The summary made me expect a far lighter read and this one wasn't that. It was intense and introspective and I actually thought I might not like it. But it's good for books to surprise me and this one did surprise me.

Raina is a hot mess. She is working a job which doesn't excite her. Planning a wedding for her best friend she is a little bit jealous of. And she's stuck being forced into date upon date with nice Indian boys her Nani sets her up with because
Wendy ⏃: ✦●•CCBH Blogger•●✦
2.5 STARS!

I came across The Matchmaker's List randomly while searching through publishers on NetGalley. I was immediately drawn to the cover and once I read the blurb, it was settled. I had to read this book!

But my expectations were shattered to say the least. I found the beginning rather slow and detailed. I wasn't pulled in right away, I paused for a moment and continued later on. But even then I found myself not really connecting with the heroine, Raina. I found her to be weak minded and imma
Stephanie (earlgreyreads)
Toronto born Raina had promised her traditional Indian grandmother that if she was still single at 30, she would allow her to step in and play matchmaker. Now at 29, her Nani has come to collect and is setting her up with a list of potential suitors. The hilarious dates that ensue are only part of the drama she is dealing with-there are family problems, friend issues, and an ex-boyfriend (whom she may or may not be still in love with) back in town.

The Matchmaker's List is a heartwarming story ab
Cristal Hummingbird
3.5-4 Stars

A hot mess of a story, but I couldn’t stop reading.

I really enjoyed reading this novel, though it frustrated me immensely at times.

Raina is a modern woman, in modern Canada, living a modern life, who loves her traditional Indian grandmother, who she promised to allow to set her up on blind dates during a weak moment when she was recovering from a break up. "The Matchmaker's List" follows Raina as she explores and endures these dates with eligible bachelors, while she struggles to bal
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute read! Raina is a very relatable character. Although there were some moments where I got quite frustrated with her, I had to take a step back for a moment and put myself in her shoes.
One of her decisions though, I thought was way out of line, and this dropped my rating to a three star unfortunately. It could’ve been handled differently and it’s hard to go more in depth without spoiling some of the plot.

But, it was refreshing to read a story set in Toronto, about an Indian girl and
I received a digital ARC from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
This book had a lot of potential, especially with the Indian representation. I was excited to read about the culture of dating as well as the elaboration behind a wedding. While that part was interesting, the rest of it fell short of my expectations. It started out funny but it quickly fell by the wayside to become convoluted. Cutting back and forth from the present to different points in the past felt more
Sonya Lalli’s The Matchmaker’s List was a refreshing surprise. I read it on a whim, mostly because it was compared to The Wedding Date, which hit a tender part of my heart I didn’t even know existed. The initial conceit is that the narrator, Raina, while still heartbroken over an ex, has to manage her grandmother’s expectation that she settle down and marry a nice Indian boy sooner rather than later. I was expecting the story to show a series of charmingly terrible bad dates that would end in a ...more
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Sonya Lalli is a Canadian writer of Indian heritage. She studied law in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and at Columbia University in New York City. She completed an MA in Creative Writing and Publishing at City University London in 2015, and currently works as a journalist at a legal magazine in London. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and loves travel, yoga, piano, reading and cocktai ...more
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