the marriage pact book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Many people make questionable decisions while in college and under the influence of alcohol. The Marriage Pact by M.J. Pullen revolves around one of these instances. One night at a bar Marci and one of her best friends, Jake, make a drunken pact. If they both turn thirty and aren’t married or in a serious relationship, they will get married to each other.

Marci always thought that she would be happily married with children and a successful writing career by thirty, but that is not the case. Instead, she has been jumping from temp job to temp job, and is having an affair with a married man. However, an email from Jake on her thirtieth birthday (regarding the pact that they had both written out on a napkin ten years prior) has her questioning everything. Did she make a mistake by not settling down with one of the previous men that she dated? Has she wasted precious time with a man that will never be free to be with her? Can she be happy with someone besides him?

What starts as a joke in a bar one night turns into something that might just save Marci. But will it be too late for her to truly be happy? Could she have already ruined the best thing in her life?

This book is written entirely in the perspective of the main character, Marci. While I enjoyed the book, I think that Pullen could’ve explored Jake’s character, and the other secondary characters, a little further. This is the only complaint that I have about the book because every other aspect was spectacular. I loved the overall premise of the story, and was very interested in how things would turn out for Marci. Although she made some questionable decisions, I found myself rooting for things to work out for her.

I was also pleased with the various sub-plots of the novel. Although the side characters were a little flat, the sub-plots involving those characters were very interesting. It was a fun read and I would recommend it to people looking for a book that is both easygoing and entertaining. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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. Check out her website at www.bckwritingcorner.com.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Thomas Dunne Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.