And, in her case, money did buy love, as just four months after Abra parted with her savings, her matchmaker introduced her to Dan, a management consultant.
A year on, they are planning to move in together and have discussed marriage.
People have asked what the rush is, given that I’m only in my 20s, but finding the right man takes time and I didn’t want to suddenly panic in a decade.’ Paying for a professional Cupid may sound like the ultimate indulgence, but Abra is far from alone.
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