The Love Contract

The funny new debut 2023 rom-com novel perfect for fans of bestselling TikTok favourites Sally Thorne, Beth O'Leary and Emily Henry


Can she (pretend to) love her neighbour?

An award-winning modern rom-com for all fans of fake dating, enemies-to-lovers stories.

I didn't know the guy next door. And given he was now my daughter's manny and my fake boyfriend, I needed to find out.

Single mum Zoe had the parenting thing all figured out with little Hazel until a childcare drought derailed her plans to return to work. Enter Will, Zoe's nemesis and frustratingly handsome neighbour. When Will's boss mistakenly assumes Will is Hazel's father and insists he take parental leave, it seems like a simple white lie could get Zoe out of a jam and help Will to make partner at his law firm.

But life with an adorable toddler – and a growing attraction between Will and Zoe – is never as tidy as their agreement's bullet points and dry clauses suggest. As they get deeper into the lie, the lines between truth and fiction blur. But Zoe's hiding a secret and when it comes out, the consequences for all of them could be devastating.

'A witty, warm page-turner about love, friendship and the glorious chaos of new motherhood. We're officially Steph Vizard's biggest fans.' Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus, The Book Ninja

'Crisp, sweet and delicate, The Love Contract is pure indulgence. Vizard's writing sucks you in and wrings you out. An ideal cosy weekend read.' Genevieve Novak, Crushing

'A snappy fun read about juggling your love life with motherhood and how messy it can all get in the best possible way.' Saman Shad, The Matchmaker

'A delightful, heart-warming read that left me with all the feels. Steph Vizard's engaging writing and endearing characters had me jumping headfirst into the story. Adorable and realistic, this is an absolute gem of a rom-com.' Karina May, author of Duck à l'Orange for Breakfast

About the author(s)

Steph Vizard is an Australian writer and lawyer. After studying literature at Oxford University, she worked in publishing in London. Her debut romantic comedy, The Love Contract, won the 2022 HarperCollins Banjo Prize. She is a connoisseur of salt and vinegar chips and lives with her family in Melbourne.