The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond looks at what lengths couples will go through to ensure that their marriage stays intact. In this book, newlyweds are introduced to a group that promises commitment to the idea of marriage. The group does whatever it has to to preserve marriages.
Predictably, at first, the newlyweds like the idea and see the group as a force that helps make their marriage stronger. For example, one of the rules is that couples have to give each other a gift every month. The gifts don’t have to be expensive, but they should mean something. Another rule is that couples have to plan a vacation together. When Alice starts working long hours after their marriage, the group stepped in to make her focus on her marriage. Alice wore a bracelet so the group could monitor her location. The group’s involvement varies from benign to extreme intervention. On the mild side, it involves counseling or coaching. Other times, it involves sending members off to a “prison.” Actions that are seen as infractions include things like gaining more than a certain number of pounds per year to flirting with someone other than your spouse to cheating on your spouse.
My favorite part of this book is the realistic look at marriages. No one ever gets married thinking that they are going to get divorced. Everyone wants their marriage to last. Yet, there are always those insecurities that we all feel – did I somehow trick this person into marrying me? Are they going to fall out of love with me? Especially in a new marriage, there’s a lull after the initial honeymoon period. You spend so much time planning and getting ready for the wedding and then have this great party and go on your honeymoon. When you return to “normal” life after all the adrenaline highs, it may be a bit of a letdown.
There’s always a suspension of belief when reading fiction, but some parts of the plot went beyond a reasonable suspension of belief (for me). I don’t want to spoil the book so I’ll leave it up to you to read the book for yourself.
This book was an easy, quick read and would be great for a summer day at the beach. There were some twists that made it interesting. The book will be published on July 25, 2017.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary electronic preview of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.