Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Book Review - The Arc by Tory Henwood Hoen


Ursula Byrne is a thirty five year old VP of Strategic Audacity at a branding agency in Manhattan. She is a successful, witty, smart, and single woman. She tried all the available dating apps and is left underwhelmed by her options. She wants to find love but, isn't willing to sacrifice herself in the process. She wished that there was a more bespoke way for users to be tailored to who they are and what they want in a life partner.

Ursula learns about The Arc and is curious to learn what they can offer.The Arc is secretive sophisticated matchmaking service that utilizes different assessments and algorithms to determine partnerships that will last. However, the catch is that the price tag is high but, they promise that you and your partner will have lifelong compatibility.

Ursula is paired with Rafael Banks, a forty two year old lawyer. From the moment they met, they felt electric and an unwavering bond between them. It felts like love that they been searching for their entire lives. As their relationship begins to progress, they realize that true love is never a guarantee and that relationships are never predictable.

The book started off interesting and it was filled with wit and humor. However, I felt like the story just dragged and I didn't really care for any of the characters. I liked Rafael but, he was overshadowed a lot by Ursula. I felt like Ursula was very annoying at times and didn't even really know what she wanted. I felt like the story plodded along with very minute details about their lives that I really didn't care for.  I stopped reading when I had a little less than seventy  pages as I realized there wasn't much story or plot going on.

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