Marci Thompson always knew what life would be like by her 30th birthday. A large but cozy suburban home shared with a charming husband and two brilliant children. A celebrated career as an established writer, complete with wall-to-wall mahogany shelves and a summer book tour. A life full of adventure with her friends and family by her side. Instead, Marci lives alone in 480 square feet of converted motel space next to a punk rock band, hundreds of miles from her friends and family. She works in a temporary accounting assignment that has somehow stretched from two weeks into nine months. And the only bright spot in her life, not to mention the only sex she’s had in two years, is an illicit affair with her married boss, Doug. Thirty is not at all what it is cracked up to be.
Then the reappearance of a cocktail napkin she hasn’t seen in a decade opens a long-forgotten door, and Marci’s life gets complicated, fast. The lines between right and wrong, fantasy and reality, heartache and happiness are all about to get very blurry, as Marci faces the most difficult choices of her life.
Will a promise to an old friend change Marci’s life forever?
The Marriage Pact is the story of what happens when two college friends, who promised to get married at 30 if they aren’t committed elsewhere, reach that critical age while living in different cities. Of course Marci adores her friend Jake, and may even have feelings for him beyond friendship. But when she receives his email with a scan of the cocktail napkin on which their promise is written, things in her life aren’t exactly simple. She’s stuck in a dead-end job, and a passionate relationship with seemingly no future. Will her decade-old promise to Jake be laughed off as a joke? Or will they risk their long-time friendship and take the plunge?
The Marriage Pact debuted in June 2011 as a self-published novel. It was be re-released from Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press in association with Macmillan Entertainment on November 3, 2015.
Praise for The Marriage Pact:
“Fans of Jane Green or Emily Giffin are sure to enjoy.” —Shelf Awareness on The Marriage Pact
“A charming cross between romance and chick lit…Pullen’s characters are realistic, and the dialogue is funny, making this an excellent choice for fans of early Jane Green, Jennifer Weiner, and Emily Giffin.” —Booklist on The Marriage Pact
“This novel is chick lit to its core and makes for a light and easy read.” —Library Journal on The Marriage Pact
“M.J. Pullen brings clever quirkiness to romantic comedy!” —Penny Reid, international bestselling author of Neanderthal Seeks Human on The Marriage Pact
“Funny, wise and painfully true. Make sure you clear your weekend before you pick up The Marriage Pact!” —Chrissie Manby, author of Getting Over Mr. Right on The Marriage Pact
“All five stars for The Marriage Pact; a rollercoaster ride through love, friendship and self-discovery. Well done!”—Valerie Joan Connors, author of In Her Keeping and Shadow of a Smile
“THE MARRIAGE PACT is compulsively readable, populated with beautifully flawed characters who come alive on the page. So much to root for here: friendships drawn with depth and heart, complex family dynamics, and a romance to swoon over. Be prepared to laugh out loud, cringe with recognition, and fall completely in love.”—Becky Albertalli, Author of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
“The Marriage Pact is an emotional story of a woman following her heart even as she tries to understand those feelings. M.J. Pullen offers guidance on the quest for true love and lessons about the detours and dead ends we all have experienced on that journey.”—George Weinstein, author of The Caretaker
“A fun, frothy read with an artfully crafted main plot that draws the reader in and won’t let go.”—Elle Filz, www.chicklitwriters.com
“A cute story that’s perfect for a lazy day or beach read.””—Reads 4 Pleasure Book Blog
“There are times you laugh so hard at the antics between Jake and Marci, then there are times that you just have to sigh at the romance of it all….This story is a must read that will have you eagerly awaiting the next installment in the series!””—Faerie Tale Books
“The character development will keep you reading to the end (probably in one sitting like I did). Well done!”—Let’s Get Booked!
“I recommend this novel to anyone who believes in love, family, and enjoys reading stories of self-discovery.”—The Book Faery Reviews