The contract by Zeenat Mahal is the story of Shahira and Hussain set in Pakistan.
“…I’ll pay you a monthly salary to behave and appear for all practical purposes as my wife…If you agree, the marriage vows can be taken on the phone on Saturday, since I have an hour free in the morning.”
Circumstances have forced the young divorcée, Shahira, to accept Hussain’s unusual proposition. As per their contract, she’ll have his name, will be paid to look after his ailing mother and motherless daughter and will be left well alone by him. Perfect!
Until her new husband decides to stop playing by the rules…
Shahira, a thirty year divorcee stays with her eight year old son and works as a teacher. She is good friends with her student, Natasha and her grandmother, Salma. Salma suggests that she marries Hussain, Natasha’s father, a businessman and a widower. Both Shahira and Hussain do not want a second marriage, but on Salma’s insistence they enter a marriage contract: A marriage of convenience, a business transaction. The marriage is solemnized over a conference call. She does not like him and he thinks her to be a black widow spider, but his mother was determined to play fairy godmother to Shahira’s Cinderella.
What happens next, read to find out.
The book has been written very well and the characters are very well developed. The relationship between the characters has been very well portrayed. I enjoyed the book a lot.
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