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The Marriage Contract, a Romantic Comedy (Fate with a Helping Hand Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Mondello
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author Lisa Mondello

Contemporary romance, family sagas and romantic comedy all rolled into one hilarious friends to lovers romance! - Book 2 of Fate with a Helping Hand

"Hilariously funny!" "Delightful!" 4 STARS Romantic Times Magazine

What would you do to get a second chance at love? Sometimes fate needs a little helping hand...

When Ruthie Carvalho finds an old birthday card with a marriage proposal scribbled on the back, she figures she's hit pay dirt and is destined to get her 35 year old daughter married.

The trouble is, Ruthie can't stand Cara's boyfriend and Cara is just stubborn enough to push in the opposite direction of what her mother wants.

When Devin Michaels gets a phone call from his old friend's mom, he knows Ruthie is up to something. But he's at a crossroad. It's been 17 years since he's seen Cara and memories of their soulful talks and walks on the beach make him long to reconnect.

Going back to the seaside town of Westport Massachusetts to reconnect with Cara seems like just the thing to do. One look at Cara and the years seem to melt away. With a little help and “creative” planning from Ruthie, can these old friends become lovers and have a second chance at happiness?

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“Oh, but...what about the wedding?” Ruthie gasped.

“Who's wedding?”

“Why...yours and Cara's, of course. You did read the card, didn't you?”

“Yes, but...” Puzzled by her query, Devin picked up the card again and turned it over in case he’d missed some important piece of information. The search proved futile.

“Cara will be thirty-five next week.”

“Yes, I know.”

“Well, then you know what that means, don’t you?”

He was silent.

“Do you or don't you intend to honor that contract, young man.”

A grin tugged at his lips. Although Ruthie's voice held a hint of amusement, he sensed her taking this line of offense immensely serious.

Knowing in advance how Ruthie Cavarlho operated, he proceeded with caution. “Ruthie, it’s not really a contract.”

“It’s in black and white.”

“Yes, but…it’s bogus. There was no serious intention of marriage by either of us, no meeting of the minds. No-”

“Devin, dear, don’t talk to me in legal mumbo jumbo. I don’t understand a word of it.”

“It was a joke. It’s not legal.”

“Not legal,” Ruthie grunted.

There was silence on the other end of the line for a few seconds. Devin picked up the ball point pen he'd strangled earlier and started tapping in his desk to fill in the void.

“Would Cara know this?” Ruthie finally asked.

“Well, I-”

“I'll bet she doesn't,” she proclaimed, an undertone of hope resonating in her words. He could almost hear the wheels in her head spinning triumphantly when she declared, “What she doesn't know won't hurt her.”

A grin tugged at his lips. “Ruthie, what are you up to?”

Fate with a Helping Hand Anthology includes:

Book 1 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU
Book 2 THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT
Book 3 THE KNIGHT AND MAGGIE'S BABY



Editorial Reviews

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"Mondello's latest, a pulse-pounding, pitch-perfect addition to the romantic-suspense genre... Terrific escapist entertainment, as good as anything in Janet Evanovich's oeuvre." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Material Witness, named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2012!

"Truly a joy to read." - Susan Mobley
Her Heart for the Asking - 4 STARS Romantic Times

"The Marriage Contract is a very entertaining read." - Sunnye Tiedemann
The Marriage Contract - 4 STARS Romantic Times

"Cradle of Secrets, a story shrouded in mystery, darkness and confusion, is quite difficult to resist...captivating, and often quite emotional." - Robin Taylor
Cradle of Secrets - 4 STARS Romantic Times

"Lisa Mondello's Her Only Protector is an extremely stimulating romance and suspense story." - Robin Taylor
Her Only Protector - 4.5 STARS Romantic Times

"Mondello's action-packed story has a nice developing romance." - Susan Mobley
Yuletide Protector - 4 STARS Romantic Times

From the Author

Books by Lisa Mondello

TEXAS HEARTS Western Romance SERIES:
Her Heart for the Asking
His Heart for the Trusting
The More I See
Gypsy Hearts
Leaving Liberty (Coming in 2013)

FATE WITH A HELPING HAND Contemporary Romance SERIES:
All I Want for Christmas is You
The Marriage Contract
The Knight and Maggie's Baby
The Knight and the Cowgirl (Coming in 2013)

HEROES OF PROVIDENCE Romantic Suspense Series
Material Witness                                         
Safe Haven (Coming in 2013)

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  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LSCKD6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,021 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful romance! March 21, 2001
Format:Paperback
As teens, Cara Cavarlho and Devin Michaels spent one Summer together during a hard time in Devin's life. They became the best of friends. During her eighteenth birthday party, they snuck off to the beach together with drinks and simply enjoyed some time together. Devin gave her a birthday card and wrote that if they were both still single at age thirty-five, he would marry her. It was an innocent act of friendship.
A couple of weeks before her thirty-fifth birthday, Cara was helping clean out her parents' attic. Her parents were moving to Florida. Her mother, Ruthie, found the card and called Devin. She had decided Devin was perfect for Cara. Besides, if she did not help Cara marry Devin, there may never be any grandchildren. Or worse, Roger might marry Cara. Ruthie could not let that happen!
Devin was one of the best criminal lawyers in Manhattan. When Ruthie called, it was the excuse he needed for some much needed time off. He had had Cara on his mind often lately and Ruthie's call was like Fate knocking.
As the two spent time together (with Roger down too for a few days), the two do some serious soul searching about their jobs, their lives, and what their hearts truly wish for.
**** A wonderful romance where a couple get a second chance at happiness. This story is never boring, yet it is very heart warming as well. ****
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. March 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
It's often been said that friendship can be forever. For Cara Carvalho and Devin Michaels, it surely felt like that from the moment they met on a beautiful summer day so long ago. They were the best of friends and did everything together until the moment Devin's father died and everything changed.

Throughout the years, the pair have gone their separate ways. Both have achieved their dreams and have been reaping the rewards of their successes. Yet their lives are as different as night and day. Devin is now a successful lawyer while Cara owns her own shop in the posh Back Bay area in Boston as a successful home interior's expert.

When Cara's parents decide they'd like to move down to Florida, she finds herself agreeing to help her mother pack up the entire house in preparation for them to sell it. Immersed in a world full of past memories, she comes across a card Devin sent her years ago with a promise he'd made in regards to marrying her if she was still single at the age of thirty-five. The card's appearance brings back memories Cara had locked away for so long, memories she now finds herself yearning for.

Her mother, being the crafty person that she is, sees the card as an opportunity to reunite the pair in hopes of making them see just how perfect they are for one another. When Devin shows up on her doorstep, Cara begins to suspect her mother of blatant match-making. Yet deep inside she can't deny the feelings she still harbors for him, feelings Devin himself seems to reciprocate.

Unfortunately, Cara isn't at liberty to give in to what she feels for him. Her boyfriend has joined her for the duration of her vacation and she finds herself caught in the middle of juggling his attentions and Devin's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! (some spoilers) June 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really liked this book. A lot. It had a nice love triangle. I was completely obsessed with it. Cara and Devin's relationship was nicely built, as well as her relationship with Roger. Two thumbs up, definitly. You did a very good job with this one, Mondello! :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! September 10, 2001
Format:Hardcover
Cara Carvarlho is heartbroken that her parents are selling the family home and moving to Florida. While going through boxes to sort items for a yard sale, Cara's mother, Ruth, discovers a seventeen year old birthday card to Cara. Penned on the back is a marriage contract of sorts, signed by Devin Michaels: If neither one is married by the age of thirty-five, they will marry each other. Cara is filled with tender memories of that summer long ago.
Ruth is determined to bring the two back together, even though Cara is practically engaged to another man.
Devin Michaels has had enough of the dog-eat-dog world of criminal law. Burned out and experiencing a form of mid-life crisis, he leaps at the invititation from Ruth Carvalho to attend her daughter Cara's thirty-fifth birthday party. Little does he know the woman has much bigger plans for Devin and Cara.
Ms. Mondello creates a believable situation peopled with charming characters, natural dialogue and humor. Sensual tension between Devin and Cara heats up the pages while Roger, Cara's partner, is oblivious in a humorous way.
I highly recommend THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT for a delightful, heartwarming and light-hearted read about two old friends discovering there is always a second chance for true love and happiness.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A second chance at love March 14, 2003
Format:Hardcover
As teens, Cara Cavarlho and Devin Michaels spent one Summer together during a hard time in Devin's life. They became the best of friends. During her eighteenth birthday party, they snuck off to the beach together with drinks and simply enjoyed some time together. Devin gave her a birthday card and wrote that if they were both still single at age thirty-five, he would marry her. It was an innocent act of friendship.
A couple of weeks before her thirty-fifth birthday, Cara was helping clean out her parents' attic. Her parents were moving to Florida. Her mother, Ruthie, found the card and called Devin. She had decided Devin was perfect for Cara. Besides, if she did not help Cara marry Devin, there may never be any grandchildren. Or worse, Roger might marry Cara. Ruthie could not let that happen!
Devin was one of the best criminal lawyers in Manhattan. When Ruthie called, it was the excuse he needed for some much needed time off. He had had Cara on his mind often lately and Ruthie's call was like Fate knocking.
As the two spent time together (with Roger down too for a few days), the two do some serious soul searching about their jobs, their lives, and what their hearts truly wish for.
**** A wonderful romance where a couple get a second chance at happiness. This story is never boring, yet it is very heart warming as well. ****
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
SUPER read. This kept me in suspense from beginning to end. I will recommend this anytime. Easy read. Once I picked it up I could not pick it up!
Published 16 days ago by Dee Kepler
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Love of life of job life family and friends is what this story was all about but in what order as in what should be your top priority in this book we learn priority can change as... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Where to start
I loved the other books in this series and this one isn't bad. I just got tired of Cara's whining and not admitting she was in love with Devin not Roger. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Really good story
I really liked this story. It was a charming story of a romance built on friendship, rekindled through a mother's meddling. Read more
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This was the stupidest book I have ever read and I have read some doozies in my life. This book was supposed to be a romantic comedy and it might have been funny if only someone... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it.
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Every one love's happy endings,I am not alone in this.This story is full of wonderful characters who bring back the memories of family members who drives one crazy with their... Read more
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More About the Author

USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Lisa Mondello, has held many jobs in her life but being a published authors is the last job she'll ever have. She's not retiring! She blames the creation of the personal computer for her leap into writing novels. Otherwise, she'd still be penning stories with paper and pen. Her first book, All I Want for Christmas is You won Best First Book in the Golden Quill. Her books have finaled in the HOLT Medallion, and the Colorado Award of Excellence contests. In 2011 she re-released her award winning book All I Want for Christmas is You along with a re-issue of her romantic comedy, The Marriage Contract, with a new contemporary romance called The Knight and Maggie's Baby. In 2012 she reissued the first 3 books of her popular Western Romance Series TEXAS HEARTS including Her Heart for the Asking, His Heart for the Trusting and The More I See. Writing as LA Mondello, her romantic suspense, MATERIAL WITNESS, book 1 of her Heroes of Providence series made the USA TODAY Bestsellers List. You can find more information about Lisa Mondello at lisamondello.blogspot.com.

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