Project Description

Marissa Stapley is the author of the Globe and Mail bestselling and critically acclaimed novel Mating for Life — “intriguing and heartbreaking” (Publisher’s Weekly); “absorbing and entertaining” (Maclean’s magazine) —  and the forthcoming Things to Do When It’s Rainingwhich author Lauren Fox calls  “a gorgeously written page-turner,”  author Jennifer Robson calls “one of the best books I have read in a very long time” and author Karma Brown calls  “a deeply moving story about family, love and loss”. Things to Do When It’s Raining was released by Rowohlt in Germany on November 7, 2017, and by Simon & Schuster Canada and Graydon House (US) on February 6, 2018. Marissa also writes Shelf Love, a monthly commercial fiction review column for the Globe and Mail and reports on books and culture for the Toronto Star. She lives in Toronto with her family.


“Marissa Stapley’s writing is a gift.”—Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

The Harmony Resort promises hope for struggling marriages. Run by celebrity power couple Drs. Miles and Grace Markell, the “last resort” offers a chance for partners to repair their relationships in a luxurious setting on the gorgeous Mayan Riviera.

Johanna and Ben have a marriage that looks perfect on the surface, but in reality, they don’t know each other at all. Shell and Colin fight constantly: after all, Colin is a workaholic, and Shell always comes second to his job as an executive at a powerful mining company. But what has really torn them apart is too devastating to talk about. When both couples begin Harmony’s intensive therapy program, it becomes clear that Harmony is not all it seems—and neither are Miles and Grace themselves. What are they hiding, and what price will these couples pay for finding out?

As a deadly tropical storm descends on the coast, trapping the hosts and the guests on the resort, secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested and not one single person—or their marriage—will remain unchanged by what follows.

Marissa Stapley is a journalist and the author of the acclaimed novel Things to Do When It’s Raining. She writes page-turning, deeply emotional fiction about families, friends and women’s lives.


Two families, three generations and a lie that almost destroys them. Is their love strong enough to heal old wounds?

Mae Summers and Gabe Broadbent grew up together in the idyllic Summers’ Inn, perched at the edge of the St. Lawrence River. Mae was orphaned at the age of six and Gabe needed protection from his alcoholic father, so both were raised under one roof by Mae’s grandparents, Lilly and George. Their childhood friendship quickly developed into a first love—a love that was suddenly broken by Gabe’s unexpected departure. Mae grew up, got over her heartbreak and started a life for herself in New York City.

After more than a decade, Mae and Gabe find themselves pulled back to Alexandria Bay. Hoping to find solace within the Summers’ Inn, Mae instead finds her grandparents in the midst of decline with their past unraveling around her. A lifetime of secrets stands in the way of this unconventional family’s happiness. Will they be able to reclaim the past and come together, or will they remain separate islands?

From the bestselling author of Mating for Life comes a powerful story about guilt, forgiveness and the truth about families: that we can choose them, just as we choose to love.


Former folk singer Helen Sear was a feminist wild child who proudly disdained monogamy, raising three daughters—each by a different father—largely on her own. Now in her sixties, Helen has fallen in love with a traditional man who desperately wants to marry her. And while she fears losing him, she’s equally afraid of abandoning everything she’s ever stood for if she goes through with it.

Meanwhile, her daughters are each finding themselves at a crossroads. Liane, the youngest, is in the heady early days of a relationship with her soul mate but worries about what will happen if the magic fades. Ilsa, an artist, is trying to settle down, but simply putting her bohemian past behind her may not be enough to make her second marriage stick. It’s not until Fiona, the eldest—who has worked tirelessly to make her world pristine—discovers that her husband has been harboring a huge secret, that the Sear women will come together as never before. In the process, they’ll realize that the past doesn’t have to define the present—and that above all else, their greatest loves have always been one another.

Interweaving the alternating perspectives of Helen, her girls, and the women surrounding them, MATING FOR LIFE  is a captivating, joyful celebration of mothers and daughters, sisters and spouses, and the kinds of love that last a lifetime.

Praise for Mating for Life

“The women in Mating for Life are clever, honest, funny, and forever analytical as they stumble through the search for love. Each new chapter brings a wise and tender look at single life, dating rituals, and marital unease. This is one of the most charming novels I’ve read in years, and I loved every last page.”— Jennifer Close, bestselling author of Girls in White Dresses

“Brilliant…this intric