The Arc by Tony Henwood Hoen, 4 stars

Can you curate your soulmate? Thirty-five-year-old Ursula Byrne, VP of Strategic Audacity at a branding agency in Manhattan, is successful, witty, whip-smart, and single. She’s tried all the dating apps, and let’s just say: she’s underwhelmed by her options. You’d think that by now someone would have come up with something more bespoke; a way for users to be more tailored about who and what they want in a life partner––how hard could that be?

Enter The Arc: a highly secretive, super-sophisticated matchmaking service that uses a complex series of emotional, psychological and physiological assessments to architect partnerships that will go the distance. The price tag is high, the promise ambitious––a level of lifelong compatibility that would otherwise be unattainable. In other words, The Arc will find your ideal mate.

Ursula is paired with forty-two-year-old lawyer Rafael Banks. From moment one, this feels like the electric, lasting love they’ve each been seeking their whole adult lives. But as their relationship unfolds in unanticipated ways, the two begin to realize that true love is never a sure thing. And the arc of a relationship is never predictable…even when it’s fully optimized.

Advance Praise for The Arc:

“A thoroughly modern love story with an old-fashioned heart.”
“Sure to satisfy fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid and Sally Rooney.”
––E! Online
“Funny and modern, The Arc is like a rom-com’s cooler big sister.”
––Real Simple

My Review:

Would you pay 40k for a fail-proof match-making service? That’s exactly what Ursula decides to do in The Arc. And yes that’s a lot of money. But Ursula has tried everything – all the dating apps, set-ups, blind dates, you name it. She’s 35 and she’s sick of being single.

So she decides to take a chance. And she’s set up with Raphael, an attractive lawyer who seems just perfect. As they start to settle into domesticated life, things aren’t quite as easy as they’d hoped they would be after making such a significant investment. And they start to wonder, is The Arc as foolproof as they claim?

Now, let me just say, The Arc isn’t my typical read, but something about it appealed to me. Still, when I have a book in my TBR stack that isn’t my normal jam, I tend to put it off. And you guys, I should not have. I loved The Arc! Yes, it’s more like light women’s fiction (but NOT chick-lit), but it was just so well written and the plot was so unique I loved it.

Special thanks to Netgalley and St. Martins for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one is out now. Grab a copy. It’s the perfect read for a spring day when you can feel love in the air. Get your copy:


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