The Pre-Nup – Beth Kendrick

Title: The Pre-Nup
Author: Beth Kendrick
ISBN: 0385342233
Pages: 304
Release Date: November 25, 2008
Genre: Chick Lit
Review: LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Rating: 4 out of 5

From the back cover:

All you need is love? For the residents of swanky Mayfair Estates, a pre-nup is just another item on the wedding to-do checklist—but three friends get more than they bargained for when they promise to love, cherish . . . and sign on the dotted line.

Ellie married her handsome, wealthy Prince Charming when she was young, naive, and willing to sign a one-sided pre-nup in the name of true love. But seven years and one toddler later, her happily-ever-after has come screeching to a halt. If she can’t save her marriage, she’s determined to save her divorce, and she’s not about to let a lot of legalese stand in her way.

When Jen married Eric, he knew she wasn’t head over heels. Still, he insisted that they were perfect together and even bankrolled her blossoming business. But when Jen’s career finally takes off, she realizes that she may lose her husband. If Eric leaves, Jen will lose everything—including the marriage she values more than she thought.

Up-and-coming attorney Mara is sure her fiancé has forgiven her for a foolish one-night fling—until he adds a “cheating clause” to the pre-nup she had demanded. If he really trusts her, why the clause? And if she’s really trustworthy, why is she objecting?

As romance collides with real life, three very different women turn to each other for moral support and insights about how to safeguard their most valuable assets: their hearts.

I have heard great things about Beth Kendrick’s novel Nearlyweds, so when I heard she had a new book coming out, I knew I wanted to read it. I was delighted when it appeared on LibraryThing’s October Early Reviewers, and even more thrilled when I was selected a receive it! (And, for those of you familiar with the ER program, imagine my shock when it arrived on my doorstep just days later!) The Pre-Nup is a fun and light novel that any fan of chick lit will love.

I really enjoyed the premise of The Pre-Nup. Having recently been married and discussed the possibility of signing a pre-nup, it hit very close to home. (In the end, we both firmly decided against the document, but neither of us had any real assets going into the marriage so it was an easy decision.) It was very interesting to see the different consequences each of the women had to face.

I definitely found Ellie’s story the most interesting of the bunch, especially considering how much of a scumbag her husband ended up being. We’ve all heard horror stories about divorces, but it was interesting to read about the legal aspects of it. However, I thought Ellie was a bit foolish with regards to her mother-in-law. Regardless of who was at fault, I was surprised she was naive enough to believe her mother-in-law would take her side, rather than her husband’s. I also thought the conclusion of her story was a bit odd and random.

I really liked Jen’s story as well. I enjoyed reading about her sorting through her feelings for Eric and figuring out why she wasn’t head over heels in love with him. She was a very strong character who confronted herself, which is always refreshing.

I can’t say I found Mara’s story as compelling as the other two. Honestly, I didn’t blame her fiance for putting a no-cheating clause in the pre-nup, considering she had already done it once. Also, he didn’t even like the idea of the pre-nup, but being a lawyer, she pressured him into it. It was more retribution than anything else, but still, I can’t say I was absolutely furious. Mara also is so conflicted that she is a bit frustrating. However, once she begins working through her issues, Mara begins to realize what is important and what really isn’t.

The Pre-Nup is a fun book that is very easy to read. I would recommend it to anyone that is a big chick lit fan. I’m definitely going to make it a point to read Kendrick’s other books soon!


  1. I’m not a huge chick lit fan, but sometimes I need something light and fluffy like that to read. Thanks for the review.

  2. I like chick lit here and there so this sounds like a good one for me to pick up. Thanks for the great review. And I am very amazed you got it so quick! That’s awesome!

  3. I like chick lit once in awhile, usually as a light read after a dark, heavy book. This one sounds interesting.

    Diary of an Eccentric

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