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Product Details

  • Series: Bantam Discovery
  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Discovery (November 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385342233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385342230
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Kendrick (Nearlyweds; Exes and Ohs) centers her painfully formulaic latest tale of domestic woe on that most unromantic document: the prenuptial agreement. Stay-at-home mom Ellie Barton, a twinset and pearls type, thought her life and family (blonde, curly haired little girl and a Ken-doll old-money husband) were perfect—until she sees a racy e-mail intended for her husband. Ellie's marriage isn't the only one going down the tubes; her two witty girlfriends are having pre-nup issues of their own: Mara, a lawyer with commitment issues, is having trouble drafting her own pre-nup, while health nut entrepreneur Jen's pre-nup could cost her her darling startup company. When Ellie's husband throws some punches in the divorce arrangements, the ladies roll out some dirty tricks of their own. It hits the required bases, but that's about it. (Nov.)
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Three friends find out how much havoc a prenuptial agreement can wreak. For Ellie, her perfect life as a wife and mother is upended when she finds out her husband is having an affair and taking advantage of every loophole to deny her any money. For Jen, whose husband is fed up with their passionless relationship, getting a divorce could mean losing her business. For lawyer Mara, a past transgression roils again when her fiancé adds a no-cheating clause to the prenup she requested. Her hurt feelings mask her own reluctance to commit. The trio turns to each other for help enacting revenge and rewinning hearts. Kendrick, the author of Nearlyweds (2007), once again dramatizes the honesty and loyalty among female friends. Her heroines are easy to like, and the story, if slightly predictable, is rooted in the heartache and triumphs of real life. --Aleksandra Walker

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I write fun, lively women's fiction as Beth Kendrick and a series for teens under the name Beth Killian.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Pre-Nup by Beth Kendrick

I'm going to start this by saying that I generally stay away from a lot of so called "chick-lit" because at my age they tend to talk down to me. I usually come away from those other books feeling very old. But there was something about this book that piqued my curiosity from the very first time I saw the cover and read the excerpt. I was not let down. This book did not talk down to me or my generation; as a matter of fact these three women Ellie, Jen and Mara seem ageless. We know they are young, yet Ms Kendrick never smacks you in the face with it. It was a lovely surprise.
This book is filled with laughs, tears and a wonderful plot that proves revenge is of course is a dish best served cold. We find out that while some men are scum and deserve everything they get in life, not all men are and that we have to let go of our own insecurities and learn to trust the opposite sex. We can`t always paint men with the same brush. Be aware that you will laugh your socks off when meeting a heart of gold stripper named Bentlie/Alex, so try not to be drinking anything that will stain!

Have fun reading this, because that's what this book is all about; fun and the lighter side of reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JJ VINE VOICE on July 24, 2010
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When I bought the book I was expecting it to have issues between the 3 main relationships, but then I figured it would end good. Not exactly what happened. The book was so depressing at times I didn't want to finish reading it, but kept the hope that things would end okay.
The book is about three couples. Ellie and Michael, Mara and Josh, and Jen and Eric.
Of all the characters I felt the worst for Ellie. Her husband cheats on her and then tried to leave her with nothing. I was so appalled by Michael's behavior through the book it was making me sick. He was supposed to have loved her and they'd been married for years and had a kid together. But he was a selfish jerk and disgusted me with the way he treated Ellie. Even though he is a character in the book there are probably guys out there like him which makes what happened to Ellie even worse.
Next was Mara and Josh. I really wanted to scream at Mara. Josh was a nice guy and she was doing everything she could to ruin things between them. She had a good thing unlike Ellie, but she never seemed to get that. I understand that she wronged Josh and he in ways had a hard time getting over it, but she was the one holding them back. In the end I was surprised by Josh's behavior and glad, but I really thought that Mara should have been the one begging for him to reconsider their relationship.
Last were Jen and Eric. I also wanted to yell at Jen. She had a great guy, one who loved her even when she didn't love him. Eric had every right to make the choices he did. Even when Jen was trying to make things right between them, I never felt like she was trying as hard as she could. She seemed to only put half her energy into wanting their marriage to work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Sims Turner on February 16, 2009
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At first glance this seemed like a typical chick lit book that is fun reading, but raises few questions. However, Ms. Kendrick tells an entertaining story, while also raising some provocative questions about whether pre-nups actually help or hurt. The three major characters are Ellie who has been married for about seven years to a husband who is cheating, Jen who has started a large business since her marriage, and Mara who is trying to negotiate her pre-nup before tying the knot. While seemingly typical couples on the surface, they demonstrate the real life complexities that can make deciphering a pre-nup difficult. I clearly got the message that a legal document written "before the fact" may not adequately protect or represent future situations! All three women are the closest of friends and their stories are interesting and inter-woven.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda Roberts on December 10, 2008
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Three women, good friends from college, find themselves in relationships which are affected, in one way or the other, by pre-nuptial agreements. Ellie is married to Mike, has a beautiful three-year old daughter and is a darling of Mayfair Estates society where she organizes fundraisers and benefits. Hers is the perfect marriage until she stumbles across the fact that Mike is having an affair. Jen, founder of her own business which markets a non-soda beverage which she invented, is married to Eric, once her best friend, but not necessarily the one passionate love-of-her life. Mara, high-powered attorney, is engaged to marry Josh, but why does she have this feeling of reluctance?

The Pre-Nup takes a look at relationships that are complicated not only by the emotions involved, but the legalities created by pre-nuptial agreements. Ellie, Jen and Mara are likable heroines and their friendship is fuel for plenty of humor. It's fun to watch how the three women work their way through their legal "difficulties. Pre-Nup is a fun, fast-paced read that held my attention from start to finish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By amf0001 VINE VOICE on March 16, 2009
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This very slight, barely readable book about 3 friends and their marital woes is totally generic. Even after spending over 200 pages with the characters, they all feel like ciphers, with not a true moment between them. The men are even paler shadows that the women and make no sense at all.

Ellie and Michael have the perfect marriage but then she discovers he is having an affair with the red thonged 'vixen-md'. He then acts in a manner so duplicitous and despicable we need a scene or two with him to make sense of it, but no, we're just given to expect that he will act in this awful way, well, because he can? because men do? Mara and Josh struggling over a pre nup are not much better, though when Mara asks Josh why he loves her, we're not surprised that he can't get beyond 'good in bed' as we can't see what they see in each other either. Jenn and Eric are nearly 5 years into their marriage and now her ex returns on the scene.

Really slight, light book. The sentences all flow correctly but nothing is really written.
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