Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck by Kathleen Y'Barbo

I received this book from Waterbrook's blogging for books program for free for my honest review of this book.

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?

The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck is the first book of Kathleen Y'Barbo's I have read. We meet Charlotte in London to be introduced to society there. Charlotte is not interested in the things other women of this time are. Charlotte wants to attend college and be in business while all other women are looking for a husband. Charlotte longs to be back in Colorado with her father. While in London Charlotte meets Alex Hambly whose family competes with Charlotte's in business all over the world. Alex's family is losing its money and he needs to find a way to take care of his mother and brother. Also save the family name. From the moment Charlotte fell into Alex's arms sparks have flown between them. Charlotte heads back to Colorado and Alex Hambly heads there to work a business deal. When the deal goes south for Alex, Charlotte's father has the answer, Charlotte and Alex marry. Alex's family will be saved and Charlotte's family gets what they want that she is married and part of society. Little do the families know, Charlotte and Alex have already planned to a fake marriage and a very quick annulment.

As a fan of historical fiction I grabbed up this book quickly. Unfortunately this book didn't grab me like I had hoped. I found out after reading it that there are 2 other books ahead of this one, which I have not read and think it would have made a difference to read them. That being said, this book is a good book. It is very well researched and written. The characters leap off the pages and are very real. The storyline was different from most historical fiction where the story is about arranged marriages. Kathleen Y'Barbo is a great author and I look forward to reading more from her.

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