The Marriage Contract by Lisa Mondello
Series: Fate with a Helping Hand, Book 2
Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
Length: 164 pages
“Hilariously funny!” “Delightful!” 4 STARS Romantic Times Magazine (Book 2 of the Fate with a Helping Hand Series)
What would you do to get a second chance at love? Sometimes fate needs a little helping hand…
When Ruthie Carvalho finds an old birthday card with a marriage proposal scribbled on the back, she figures she’s hit pay dirt and is destined to get her 35 year old daughter married.
The trouble is, Ruthie can’t stand Cara’s boyfriend and Cara is just stubborn enough to push in the opposite direction of what her mother wants.
When Devin Michaels gets a phone call from his old friend’s mom, he knows Ruthie is up to something. But he’s at a crossroad. It’s been 17 years since he’s seen Cara and memories of their soulful talks and walks on the beach make him long to reconnect.
Going back to the seaside town of Westport Massachusetts to reconnect with Cara seems like just the thing to do. One look at Cara and the years seem to melt away. With a little help and “creative” planning from Ruthie, can these old friends become lovers and have a second chance at happiness?
“Oh, but…what about the wedding?” Ruthie gasped.
“Why…yours and Cara’s, of course. You did read the card, didn’t you?”
“Yes, but…” Puzzled by her query, Devin picked up the card again and turned it over in case he’d missed some important piece of information. The search proved futile.
“Cara will be thirty-five next week.”
“Yes, I know.”
“Well, then you know what that means, don’t you?”
He was silent.
“Do you or don’t you intend to honor that contract, young man.”
A grin tugged at his lips. Although Ruthie’s voice held a hint of amusement, he sensed her taking this line of offense immensely serious.
Knowing in advance how Ruthie Cavarlho operated, he proceeded with caution. “Ruthie, it’s not really a contract.”
“It’s in black and white.”
“Yes, but…it’s bogus. There was no serious intention of marriage by either of us, no meeting of the minds. No-”
“Devin, dear, don’t talk to me in legal mumbo jumbo. I don’t understand a word of it.”
“It was a joke. It’s not legal.”
“Not legal,” Ruthie grunted.
There was silence on the other end of the line for a few seconds. Devin picked up the ball point pen he’d strangled earlier and started tapping in his desk to fill in the void.
“Would Cara know this?” Ruthie finally asked.
“I’ll bet she doesn’t,” she proclaimed, an undertone of hope resonating in her words. He could almost hear the wheels in her head spinning triumphantly when she declared, “What she doesn’t know won’t hurt her.”
A grin tugged at his lips. “Ruthie, what are you up to?”
The Pact by Lisa Mondello
Have you ever made a pact with a friend? Maybe you were in high school and you and your girlfriends made a pact that you’d meet after college and travel Europe together before settling into work life. Perhaps you promised your BFF that you’d live within blocks of each other so you’d never lose touch.
I personally made a marriage pact with a close male friend when I was in college. If we weren’t married by the time we were 30, we’d marry each other. I got married at 27 to my husband of 21 years so that story ends there. But while writing THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT I got to wondering what happens when you reach that magic age and you’re still single!
In THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT, Cara and Devin make a marriage pact. On one drunken night during Cara’s 18th birthday, Devin scribbles a marriage proposal on the back of a birthday card. If they’re both single when they’re 35 years old, they’ll marry each other. Then he left and they forgot about it until one day as Cara’s 35th birthday approaches, her mother, Ruthie, finds the old card and decides to take matters into her own hands.
I love reunion stories and this one has always held a special place in my heart for a lot of reasons. The first is obvious. I did exactly what Cara and Devin did. I’d made a marriage pact with a close friend. But fate stepped in and we’re now both married to other people and both very happy that way. For Cara and Devin, Ruthie takes fate into her own hands and helps things along. THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT is book 2 in my Fate with a Helping Hand series which includes ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU, THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT and THE KNIGHT AND MAGGIE’S BABY.
Have you ever made a marriage pact with anyone? Tell me your story! I will be giving away a copy of THE KNIGHT AND MAGGIE’S BABY to one commenter today. So don’t be shy. Leave a comment for a chance to win!
About the Author
Lisa Mondello is the best selling author of 13 published books. Her first published book, the award winning ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU, was recently reissued as an ebook and has had over 226,000 downloads worldwide. In addition to publishing her Fate with a Helping Hand series, which includes THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT and THE KNIGHT AND MAGGIE’S BABY, she is releasing her popular Texas Hearts Romance series as ebooks in early 2012. She currently writes for Harlequin Love Inspired Romance and is collaborating with a film producer/screenwriter on a screenplay.
She loves to hear from readers. You can email her at LisaMondello@aol.com, find her on her blog talking about writing, movies and music at http://www.lisamondello.blogspot.com or chat on Twitter at @LisaMondello.
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