Here's a description of the book from Waterbrook Multnomah:
"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?"
My Rating: Spring
In the hilarious style of Mary Connealy, Y'Barbo knows how to tell a fun and romantic Western adventure story! From the very first chapter involving falling out of a window (and fainting in the arms of a handsome British astronomer and viscount) to the very last chapter full of promise (and playful banter), The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck is a quick, enjoyable ride.
Broken into two parts, the first involves one misadventure after another--full of laughs and humorous encounters between Charlotte and Alex. The journey to the (eventual) altar is great fun to read about. Shows with Buffalo Bill...burning dress ribbons...inevitable kisses...you get the idea!
The second part is rather more serious in nature, although still engaging. Marriage is, after all, a serious business, and it's a lesson that Charlotte and Alex take a while to learn. I have to say that while I do appreciate the fact that Charlotte's father obviously loves her, I can understand a bit of why Charlotte longed for freedom so much. The sections regarding her father's lectures, as well as his constant controlling demeanor, did seem a little overbearing, in my opinion, but I'm glad that it was obvious he had Charlotte's best intentions at heart. Honoring one's parents is also a very serious matter, but one that comes with great blessing.
Overall, I found The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck to be a pleasant read with a surprising depth. Definitely a great book for the long summer days!
*With thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*
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