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The Marriage Pact
by Michelle Richmond

PBR Review There are no guarantees in life, or are there? Is there something that can guarantee a long happy marriage? The founder of The Pact, an exclusive, by invite only secret club, thinks there is.

Alice and Jake, just before their wedding, receive an invitation to join this group. Like all newlyweds, they are optimistic; they want their marriage to succeed, so they sign the contract. After perusing the manual, they are encouraged.

One of the rules is you must give your spouse a gift each month; another says you must take a trip together every quarter. You must also always answer your partner's phone calls. Infidelity, among other things, is forbidden. There are consequences for breaking the rules and membership is for life - no exceptions. But as Jake so aptly says “ what can they do, put us in marriage jail?”

The premise of this book is unique. As Alice and Jake journey into the cult world, the author gives the reader some fascinating perspectives on marriage. And while I found it to be a great read, I have to admit; I was forced to suspend belief more than a few times. If this is something that you find difficult to do- best skip this book. If not, dive in and enjoy. Recommend.Back.
Talking Points: This book explores love trust and marriage showing the vulnerability and insecurities people suffer and how fear can change a perspective create doubt or be a catalyst for bad decisions. Marriage is hard work and requires commitment. There is some violence and the storyline does require suspension of belief.
PBR Reader Comments:
The subject matter is intriguing and thought provoking in this psychological thriller. Newlyweds, Jake and Alice, receive a very unusual wedding gift. An invitation to become a member of an exclusive club designed to guarantee your marriage remains as blissful as the day you were married. There are rules and there are consequences for breaking the rules. This book takes a hard look at what marriage means and spices things up with a glimpse into cult life. A bit unbelievable at times, but I think it imitates real life – think Scientology. Recommend
by-Linda 2017/08/14, 06:46 PM

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