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Monday, June 13, 2011

The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck...Review

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?

Charlotte is a spoiled little rich girl who wants to go to college and entertains ideas of running her father's business.  Alex is a titled second son whose family finances are running dry.  Neither is happy with Charlotte's father's offer of marriage.  If they marry, Charlotte can go to college and Alex will have the money he needs to revive his family's financial situation.

I liked it as a light escape read, nothing more.  Charlotte annoyed me so much with her over the top antics that I nearly put the book down a couple of times.  Yes, there was humorous repartee and I liked Alex, but the whole premise was a stretch for me. The Christian elements are light and while prayer is discussed as important, no one ever actually prays or attends church. 

I wish that publishers would indicate when a book is part of a series.  This one, apparently, is the third in a trilogy and there were times when I felt lost and didn't understand some references and that was most likely because I haven't read the first two books.

This is one of those novels that ardent fans of historical Christian fiction will love.  They will praise it and adore it for the humor and the banter.  For me, it was an entertaining diversion, nothing stellar.

Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Kathleen Y'Barbo here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 6/11

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3/5 Stars

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