"Three intertwined stories telling how pre-nups affect romance & marriage."
Reviewed by Lissa Staley
Posted November 15, 2008
Contemporary Chick Lit
When friendship matters most, Ellie, Jen and Mara have been
there for each other, ever since their college days.
Although they are each at a different stage in their
personal lives, they are each facing heartbreak because of
that most troublesome of legal documents -- the prenuptial
Ellie and Michael have the perfect marriage, their three-
year-old daughter Hannah is adorable and Michael's parents
are wealthy and supportive. When Ellie finds explicit text
messages on her husband's phone, she thinks nothing could
be worse than discovering his affair. After weeks of
marriage counseling, Michael sends Ellie for a day at the
spa, and she realizes things are much worse than she ever
imagined. The pre-nup she signed will protect her though,
Jen and Eric were best friends when they got married almost
five years ago. The spark has gone out of their
relationship, but Jen stays busy by concentrating on
marketing her anti-soda drink product. When a man from
Jen's past returns to town and her business suddenly takes
off, she will have to re-evaluate what is most important in
her life. A secret pre-nup could ruin everything for her
Mara and Ben may not be the perfect couple, but their
wedding is only a few months away. Mara is an
uncompromising career-focused lawyer, while everyone knows
Ben is the sweetest guy around. When Mara insists they sign
a pre-nup, Ben balks at planning their divorce before the
wedding ceremony is over. But Mara can't forgive herself
for a one-night stand, especially after Ben adds a no-
cheating clause to the pre-nup!
Three intertwined stories told in alternating chapters by
Ellie, Jen and Mara make this novel hard to put down. While
the women support each other through their friendships, no
one else can take away the pain that a failing romantic
relationship can bring. A range of human emotion plays out
as each woman confronts her dilemma differently. Beth
Kendrick creates a careful examination of a contentious
contract in this highly entertaining story.
All you need is love? For the residents of swanky Mayfair
Estates, a pre-nup is just another item on the wedding to-
do checklist — but three friends get more than they
bargained for when they promise to love, cherish . . . and
sign on the dotted line.
Ellie married her handsome, wealthy Prince Charming when
she was young, naive, and willing to sign a one-sided pre-
nup in the name of true love. But seven years and one
toddler later, her happily-ever-after has come screeching
to a halt. If she can’t save her marriage, she’s determined
to save her divorce, and she’s not about to let a lot of
legalese stand in her way.
When Jen married Eric, he knew she wasn’t head over heels.
Still, he insisted that they were perfect together and even
bankrolled her blossoming business. But when Jen’s career
finally takes off, she realizes that she may lose her
husband. If Eric leaves, Jen will lose everything —
including the marriage she values more than she thought.
Up-and-coming attorney Mara is sure her fiancé has forgiven
her for a foolish one-night fling — until he adds “cheating
clause” to the pre-nup she had demanded. If he really
trusts her, why the clause? And if she’s really
trustworthy, why is she objecting?
As romance collides with real life, three very different
women turn to each other for moral support and insights
about how to safeguard their most valuable assets: their
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