Well, this book wasn't nearly as good as I was expecting. I've read some of Kathleen Y'barbo's other books and like them, but The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck was painful until the 2nd part. I'm notorious about reading the end of books first, so I read the 2nd part first. Alex Hambly was most definitely my favorite character from the 2nd half, but I didn't think he was a very interesting character after the 1st couple chapters of the 1st half, if that makes sense. I actually reread the book but only the 2nd half because that was the only part that contained anything that I found interesting and held my attention.
This book was good; it took about 50 pages and my putting the book down for a week, for me to get into it. I was extremely frustrated with the immaturity and bratty attitude of the main character Charlotte Beck. I wanted to strangle her for the way she treated her step-mom in England and her dad when she returned home to Colorado from London. The last 100 pages I became engrossed in the book and could not put down. I recommend that when reading this book hang in there, it gets better and Charlotte does mature some.
I am not going to write my usual summary of the book, there is too much to try to summarize without giving away key points. With the book, being written in two parts, to summarize any of the book would give away too many spoilers and possibly ruin the book for someone reading my review. Someone does fall in love, someone does mature, someone does move to Colorado and someone does move to London. This is the most I can say without out giving away too much. Please read the book and find out to whom and how it all happens.
Kathleen does write a riveting story that keeps you wanting to find out how it ends, it was just the immaturity of Charlotte Beck in the beginning and her treatment of her family that really frustrated me. After putting the book down for about a week, so I would not throw my nook out the window in frustration, I was finally able to lose my frustration and finish my reading. When I did finish the book I found it quite good, and the writing was on point. I could put myself into the characters shoes and envision myself as each of them, I think that is one of the reason's I became so frustrated with Charlotte's attitude, I put myself into her step mothers shoes and just wanted to ring her neck, ground her for a year, and shake her silly. This book is a clean love story about trusting God and giving your WHOLE life to God, not just parts. Keep this in mind and you will like this book too.
The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck by Kathleen Y'Barbo was sort of a disappointment, actually. The description sounded really good, but it actually only described the last third of the book. The first two thirds were setting up for the last bit, but the author took too long to do it. Frankly, the story was more drawn out than it needed to be, it was very slow moving, and Charlotte was an idiot. Seriously, who, in real life, goes on and on making excuses for something and trying to argue their case for what they assume their father is thinking about? This happened not once, but several times throughout the story. It just wasn't realistic enough, especially for historical fiction.
I got this book free from Multnomah Publishing and this review is my personal opinion.
I was so taken by this book that could not put it down until finished and love charaters. I read in 2 days and started on the 2nd in series love the style of the author and it keeps your attention. Excited about the next book. Thanks for the
I really enjoyed this book about Charlotte, the girl that isn't quite sure she is ready to grow up and be a lady, or to let go of her stubbornness. Her father, Daniel, sees Charlotte and Alex as being good for each other. He will help Alex save his family from financial ruin, and allow Charlotte go to school if they marry. They agree, but secretly plan to annul the marriage. Alex has a change of heart though, and what will Charlotte do with this?
Easy to get lost in the story, plenty of fun and romance.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for my review.