Monday, January 16, 2012

The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck by Kathleen Y'Barbo Book Review

Summary from goodreadsUnlikely 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?

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I am a sucker for a good historical romance, and this fits the bill.  And when you add in a strong woman and a handsome viscount, this book is exactly what I would love to read on a crisp winter evening.

I thought the writing of the book was fantastic.  I have never read anything by this particular author, but I certainly will be looking for more by her in the future.  The characters were what you would expect, and the story was what you would want it to be.  However, there is a plot twist right towards the end of the story that gives it exactly the conclusion you would want.

From a Christian perspective, I was somewhat disappointed with the lack of spirituality in the book.  Yes, faith is mentioned and featured at times, and it is certainly not contrived.  But I wish that the personal faith of the characters had played more a role in their daily lives.  At least I did not have to read profanity or sex scenes, and the romance was not too overdone either.

There are some truly humorous scenes.  The exchanges between the primary characters are worth the read entirely.  So nice to read a sweet historical romance!

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.  I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

About the Author
from her site

RITA and Carol award nominee Kathleen Y’Barbo is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than forty novels, novellas, and young adult books. In all, more than one million copies of her books are currently in print in the US and abroad, and her books have been translated into Dutch, German, and Spanish, to name a few.
Her newest historical novel, THE INCONVENIENT MARRIAGE OF CHARLOTTE BECK (Waterbrook) released in June 2011, and in 2012 she debuts a contemporary Texas beach series for Love Inspired.
Kathleen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and the Public Relations Society of America. She holds a BBA from Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School and a certification in Paralegal Studies, and is a member of the Texas Bar Association’s Paralegal Division. In addition, Kathleen also served exclusive publicist for Books & Such Literary Agency.
A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen Y’Barbo has a daughter and three grown sons. She recently married her own hero in combat boots (read about their real-life romance here!) and is proud to be a military wife, even if it did mean giving up her Texas drivers license.

1 comment:

  1. I reviewed this book too and also enjoyed it. Great review! Hugs and have a great week!!! :O)


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