The Marriage Act

The Marriage Act

by Alyssa Everett

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459290037
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 07/27/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 413,031
File size: 417 KB

About the Author

Alyssa Everett grew up in Florida, where from an early age most of her favorite books had dukes in them. She spent her teen years working in a theme park, doing everything from collecting garbage to captaining an African boat cruise. A Harvard grad, she married her college sweetheart. They live with their three children in Pennsylvania.

Alyssa is a fan of regency history, Halloween, springer spaniels, Zumba and the perfect shoes. Visit her website at

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The Marriage Act 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Cait_W More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for romance, so I truly enjoyed this story. The beginning was a bit confusing, jumping five years in time from a proposal to an estranged marriage, but the story behind that transition slowly unfolds as the book goes on, which I enjoyed. Caroline is pleading with her husband, John Welford, to travel home with her and convince her ailing father that their marriage is perfect, rather than admit to the fact that they have not been living together since the very first night of their marriage. The story focuses on how, exactly, they got to the point that they were married yet living apart, by sending these two characters immediately on a two-day journey to see Caroline's father and family. I believe both characters have qualities about them that can be classified as faults, but as the story continues they both learn to acknowledge these things about themselves and work on them. John Welford is strict, parental, and proper, due to parents who were less-than-responsible. At first he sees no fault in this because he believes he is responsible, but later he sees that perhaps he could be a bit more understanding of others. Caroline - or Caro, as she is addresses throughout the book - is the daughter of a bishop who agreed to be married at 19 and made some childish, immature decisions the very night of her wedding. She is impulsive and sometimes deceptive, but eventually realizes the mistakes of her past. Both characters, however, are stubborn in their ways. As they make their journey to Caroline's hometown, and during their stay there, the two slowly admit their shortcomings and begin to repair the damage done five years prior. They never truly understood each other at the time of their wedding, and because things unfolded so quickly and rash decisions were made, they were estranged from each other for five years without discussing anything or attempting to apologize and work things out. Now that they finally have time to spend together - to really get to know each other - everything is seen in a better light. Overall the story was fairly predictable and perhaps, in some regards, a little unrealistic. However, I enjoyed how everything unfolded nonetheless because I am a hopeless romantic, especially when it involves overcoming difficulties and two people working to understand one another. It felt very relatable because what prompted a lot of Caro and John's issues were lack of honest communication - once they were able to talk to each other rationally, they could see each other as human and not just as their flaws. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
NC_ReaderAN More than 1 year ago
I totally enjoyed reading Alyssa Everett's The Marriage Act. It was well written to show the good and bad the characters. To me this book more resembled a comedy. You have the husband, John, and wife, Caroline, who have let pride and past hurts come between them. You see them so wrapped up in going back and forth from maybe I judged my spouse wrong and our marriage can work to I knew you were a liar and back to being fully of pride. The couple never take note of what's going on around them. Caroline and John have been living separate lives since their marriage was consummated. Caroline never told her father that her marriage to John was a farce. As they play-act for others, Caroline is delighted to find she never really knew her husband at all. But can she be the kind of wife he needs—and does she want to be?
JeneratedReviews More than 1 year ago
The Marriage Act by Alyssa Everett was full of interesting plot twists and misconceptions. Like the title's play on words eventually a farce of a marriage becomes real through many trials and tribulations. While well written the dialog was a bit stiff at times but as a whole this was a good read and a fun date with a historical romance. *I received this ARC via Netgalley.*