Feature book: A Deal to Mend Their Marriage
A Deal to Mend Their Marriage by Michelle Douglas
A clash of culture and lack of communication resulted in Caroline and Jack going their own way. Now Caroline needs Jack.
Caroline Fielding deals in antiques. She has been moving up the ranks in the company for a number of years. Her job is her life, and she believes creates part of what makes her Caroline. Caroline feels she has been a disappointment to her father. Her father has just died, and she finds that she has inherited everything—her stepmother, nothing. Caroline swears that she will give her stepmother half the estate, then a snuffbox goes missing.
Jack Pearce is a private investigator. He was on secondment in England with the Australian Federal Police where he met Caroline. A short time later they married. When Jack finds out that Caroline plans to terminate a pregnancy, he leaves. Jack is back but just to have the divorce papers signed as he wants to marry again and have children. Children, to him, were non-negotiable in the marriage.
Caroline asks for Jack’s help to recover the snuffbox as it means her job and reputation. Jack is very aware of the value Caroline places on her reputation and career, and he agrees to help her. Once this is over and the divorce papers are signed, they can both get on with their lives. As they follow Caroline’s stepmother to find out if she is the culprit in the theft, some evidence suggests she might be; there are many other discoveries that Jack and Caroline make along the way. Jack realises he has been too harsh on Caroline and the circumstances of his departure from the relationship, and he is not sure that Caroline will forgive him. They do find that having the discussions on their relationship has actually helped them resolve their miscommunication issues.
This is a story of second chances. Throughout the story Jack and Caroline are finally able to reach a place where they can restart their relationship and their marriage even though there were the initial misunderstandings and differing cultural backgrounds. It was more than just country to country but also wealthy to middle class.
I really enjoyed reading this story of the so-called working class man and the wealthy woman.
Reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this book was provided by the author. ARRA members who leave a comment by 2 March will go into the draw to win a copy of the book. (The giveaway is now closed. The winner was Malvina.)