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Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck

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by Kathleen Y'Barbo

Product Description
Unlikely romance is sometimes just an inconvenient marriage away. Charlotte Beck may be entering adulthood, but she can’t seem to keep to her stubborn, independent spirit from bucking social protocol. Fed up with her behavior, Charlotte’s father Daniel pressures her to settle into a nice marriage despite knowing she is set on going to college. Then Daniel sees Charlotte with the handsome but annoying English astronomer Alex Hambly, and everything changes.

Though Alex and Charlotte can barely stand one another, Daniel offers them a deal they can’t refuse: if they agree to marry, he will save Alex’s family from financial ruin and grant Charlotte the freedom to go to college. Reluctantly the couple agrees, but in private they plot to annul the marriage as soon as possible. But when Alex’s feelings change and he refuses to dissolve their contract, will Charlotte find a way out of her vows? Or will she discover that maybe this marriage isn’t so inconvenient after all?

Review
After reading this book, I really wish I had read the earlier books in this series – it would have made the book more enjoyable (I was periodically lost about story content due to missed storylines). However, that being said, this is a good historical romance book and I did enjoy reading it. IT is also classified as Christian but it is not so obviously a “Christian” fiction book.

Alex and Charlotte are interesting characters. Charlotte is the typical historical young female – young, strong willed, stubborn to a fault, full of fun but deep down she cares and is loving nonethelsess. She gets into crazy situations and it is fun to see what Alex’s reaction will be to her ideas. They were thrown together by machinations of Charlotte’s father and they both know that agreeing to marry will benefit them both. They are engaged forever – four years - but as you read you just KNOW they love each other and you want them to just admit and be done with it. They agree to marry and eventually annul the marriage. But that does not happen of course.

You root for them from the start!

This book is light hearted and a quick fun read. However I was confused about plot several times due to not having read the earlier books in the series. Because of that I would recommend reading the series in order to save some frustration.

NOTE: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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