Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck

Kathleen Y'Barbo is a great author. In her newest novel The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck she tells the story of a young woman about to enter adulthood. Charlotte Beck had no intentions of getting married anytime soon. She is the daughter of a wealthy businessman in Colorado. He wanted Charlotte to get married and have children. Set in the late 1800's, this scenario would have been just as well for most women but not Charlotte. She had other plans. Big plans. She wanted to go to college, get a degree, and one day run her father's business.

Without giving away too much of the story, Charlotte meets a young man, Alex, at the beginning of the book. He is having much financial trouble. His family is about to lose everything. A deal must be made so that Charlotte and Alex, both, get what they want without getting married. Charlotte's father decides to betroth his daughter to the handsome, young Alex for four years while she attends college.

The question is how will Alex and Charlotte get out of this predicament they willingly agreed to. This novel was so exciting and easy to read. The characters were so easy to relate to. It was a very charming and delightful story. There were twists and scandal. There was love and loss.

I only have one negative comment and that pertains to the Christian aspect of the book. There were not many references to the bible or prayer. There was a little talk about faith in God. I had hoped there would be more. But other than that, it was clean and full of laughs. I really enjoyed reading about Charlotte Beck and Alex Hambly. How two completely different people with completely different goals in life become so in love.

Here is a quote from the back of the book: "Unlikely romance is sometimes just an inconvenient marriage away."

I would recommend this book to a mature audience due to the nature of love and all that comes with marriage. There is no "dirty" talk, but there is insinuation.

God Bless,


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

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