THE MARRIAGE CLAUSE
P.O. Box 234 Swansboro N.C. 28584-0234
Rating: 4 Cups
Chantal is about to take over her family’s hotel chain. She has been groomed for her entire life, especially since the death of her parents when she was sixteen. Her Aunt Marilyn provided executive training instead of affection.
Stephan is next in line to take over his father’s jewelry stores and is very active in the design area of the business. He has spent the last several years in Spain and is now home and thinking about settling down.
Two up and coming young businesspeople are shocked to find that their futures are contingent on a “marriage clause” written by their two fathers. The two are almost complete strangers and have to work out how to make the marriage and their careers work.
I really liked this story a lot. It is a story for all romance readers even if it is geared towards African Americans. The two main characters are very vivid and real and the reader will feel all of their emotions. They are thrown into a very difficult situation and react two very different ways. Chantal tries to accept and make the best of things and acts like a lady throughout, while Stephan acts a bit like a spoiled brat. The subplot of the two best friends’ romance is a welcome contrast to the conflicts in Chantal’s life. I admired her strength in taking over the business with virtually no help from anyone and opposition from members of the board. When Stephan finally grows up and returns home, I began to like his character better. The other characters are very well done and the antagonists are very unlikable. Aunt Marilyn is abnormally cold, but the Lexingtons are very warm characters. Tyler and Liz really make the story and almost steal it from Chantal and Steph.
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