Charlotte is a headstrong, independent, often clumsy, only child. She is a worry to her father and often a menace to those around her. She desperately wants to join her father in business, but he wants her to grow up first. He strikes a bargain with her that involves marriage to a man she hardly knows. She is full of schemes that will enable her to get out of this marriage. Her only problem is convincing her husband to go along with them.
The book started out slow for me. It seemed to bog down with details of her escapades and her seeming hatred for the idea of marriage. I found it hard to like her. She was stubborn and disrespectful to her father. Her refusal to listen to anyone was frustrating.
The story was well written and after the first half seemed to move a lot faster. Most readers will enjoy the plot and the romance of the story. So even though I didn't enjoy parts of it, I would still recommend it to anyone who enjoys the Christian fiction genre.
I received this book free of charge from Waterbrook in exchange for my honest review.
I didn't realize until after I completed this novel that it was actually the 3rd and final book in a trilogy about Charlotte Beck. Apparently it is a good stand-alone novel, as well!
The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck is a fun, easy, interesting read. The faith parts become denser about 3/4 of the way through the book and into the end, without ever getting into much detail; they were rather skimmed over as far as how faith in God would affect Charlotte or her special man. I think it would have been good to make faith a bit more of an "issue." Otherwise, it was just fine.
The story is different in plot than any I've read before. While there are definitely familiar aspects such as romance, struggles for power, the hard-headed and opinionated girl antagonist, etc. it is a different plot than one might expect. I knew how it would end, but I did enjoy the book. It took me a short time to read it all and I did catch myself laughing aloud a few times! I would recommend this book as an entertaining, easy read that will lift your heart.
Please note: I was provided a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing for the purpose of writing a review. All opinions expressed in my review are original and honest.
Kathleen Y'Barbo does an incredible job of bringing high class of the era of 1887 - 1891 to life both in London, England and in the west America country of Colorado. Charlotte Beck is a joy to get to know as are the other characters in the novel. Having Colonel Cody, also known as the Great Buffalo Bill, interact with the family both in the new country as well as in England ties the two continents together nicely. This delightfully humorous story also explores the relationships between fathers and daughters, step-mothers and step-daughters, grandfathers and granddaughters, and peers. The reader learns a lot about life during the Victorian Years in a way that doesn't seem like learning at all.
This is the third book in a series of three following - The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper (book #1) and Anna Finch and the Hired Gun (book #2) and though i read and enjoyed The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck, i think reading the first two books would give more background to this one.
I found it confusing that Charlotte's step-mother was named Eugenia (most often Gennie) and her mother was named Georgiana, though both names would have been common during that time frame.
This book was a great one, and i would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical romance fiction.
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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 by Kathleen Y'Barbo was an enjoyable story that was full of humor, faith, and love. I found the characters to be well developed and realistic. Charlotte, being used to getting her own way, is put off by Alex because he is able to "put her in her place". Alex considers Charlotte a menace because something always seems to get damaged when she is present.
Alex, is strong in character and loyal to his family, and takes his responsibilities seriously; when his father passes away he sees to it that his mother and brother are taken care of.
Charlotte, wants an gain an education at Wellesley College in business management, so that she will one day be able to help run the family businessâ€”Beck Enterprises.
Daniel Beck, knows his daughter well, and also knows what is best for her. He also isn't easily fooled, and can see right through any attempt to deceive him.
I enjoyed this book so well, that I would like to purchase The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper and Anna Finch and the Hired Gun which were written previously.
Charlotte Beck and Alex Hambly agree to marry each other even though they get on each other's nerves. One of Charlotte's family members sees something in Alex that makes him think Alex can handle her in a way that no other man can. He makes a deal with Charlotte and Alex for them to marry under certain conditions. Alex wants to keep the marriage together but Charlotte thinks they got together for the wrong reasons. They don't know if their marriage will hold together since they married each other for selfish reasons to start with; Charlotte got to go to college for four years and Alex's family became free from financial burdens as a result of the marriage. They also received some other surprises that they found out about after they were married.
I liked how Charlotte admitted she had not been good at being a silent sufferer even though I could see that she tried hard to be one. I also liked how Alex tried to make things better in their life together even when Charlotte didn't want to. I was kept in suspense during the whole novel as to whether Charlotte and Alex were going to stay together or not.
I recommend this book to anybody that likes historical fiction novels. I ran across a couple places in the book that made me think that people who like to read biblical historical fiction novels might like to read this book as well.
I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."