Baggage Check, the third novel in the Marriage Pact series written by M.J. Pullen, is a charming novel about frenemy Rebecca’s journey to happily-ever-after.
Rebecca, 35, is surrounded by happy couples at work and in her circle of friends. Jake, her crush, has just married her friend Marci, and with no idea how to move on, she has made a comfortable life as a flight attendant. With the ability to travel to exotic locations, one would think Rebecca’s life would be full of adventure; however, she spends most of her time off in different hotel rooms around the world much to her friends’ dismay.
After receiving a phone call from her disoriented mom, Rebecca travels back to her hometown, a place with mainly negative memories. It only take a few minutes back in town for her to see that the short trip she had planned probably won’t be very short at all. In fact, if Alex Chen, an attractive man from her past, has anything to say about it, Rebecca might not return to her home in Atlanta at all.
Does Rebecca want to continue living in comfortable solitude? Or does she want to take a chance with her heart and find out what happiness is truly like?
In the first two books in this series, I didn’t like Rebecca at all. However, through this novel, I have grown to love her character. Learning her background and seeing what made her into the person she is was very interesting. Pullen did a fabulous job making her character complex and multi-dimensional while also making her relatable. Honestly, she might be my new favorite character in this series.
As for the storyline itself…I felt a large span of emotions with this book. There were times when I was happy, times when I was disgusted, times when I bawled like a baby, and times when I didn’t know how to feel. However, there weren’t any instances where I was bored or uninterested in what was going on!
Another thing that made me like this book was how Marci, Suzanne, and Rebecca’s friendship (frenemyship?) evolved as the story progressed. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say that I was pleased Pullen put so much effort into showing the changes in their relationship.
All in all, this was definitely a must-read for me! Although this book could be read on its own, I would recommend reading the entire series!
Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Thomas Dunne Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.