The Marriage Contract

The Marriage Contract

by Lisa Mondello

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They were destined to fall in love.
But sometimes fate steps in�

Cara Carvalho and Devin Michaels became best friends one distant summer. No two people were more in sync about what they wanted their lives to be. But fate and their own inner need for success forced them to separate.

And sometimes fate needs a helping hand�

Now both are approaching that magic age of 35 and are seeking more from their lives. When Cara�s mom finds a glib promise on the back of Cara�s 17th birthday card, she decides to take matters into her own hands and bring Devin and Cara together again. With a little help and �creative� planning, can they have a second chance at happiness?


�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?�

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012979971
Publisher: Lisa Mondello
Publication date: 09/04/2011
Series: Fate with a Helping Hand , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 713,597
File size: 649 KB

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Lisa Mondello is an award winning author of more than 20 novels. She has held many jobs in her life, but being a published author 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. You can find more about Lisa Mondello's popular Texas Hearts series, Fate with a Helping Hand series, Dakota Hearts series and her anthology collections with The Summit Authors and other authors at lisamondello. Twitter: @LisaMondello

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