Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck by Kathleen Y’Barbo ~ Review

This title was the first book I have read by author Kathleen Y’Barbo and I was pleased with what I discovered. The author has a distinct way of putting words on paper that drew me into the story and painted word pictures that clearly defined characters and their surroundings. Some of the descriptions even had me chortling.

I enjoyed the plot and the title pretty much sums up the story, though I thought the marriage was going to come in the beginning and it actually came towards the end. The first few scenes in the book were entertaining and I got the chance to laugh with the characters and it set the tone for the rest of the book to follow suit.

Charlotte is a loveable character, but she thoroughly irritated me. Her manipulation and trying to weasel her way out of situations she wasn’t fond of, was a source of frustration for me. However…the writing was strong enough and once I got to the reason *behind* her actions I was able to move past her character flaws. You just have to give her a chance – I was pleased with her changes.

All in all the story is charming, pleasurable to read and there is a strength and confidence to the writing. An enjoyable story.

This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.

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More about the book...

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?

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  1. Thank you for honest review. I have been irritated by a main character before too! Glad that you pointed it out. It is sometimes difficult to say negative things in reviews but you need to do in order to live with your conscience.



  2. CAROL, while she did irrate me (more towards the end), like I said in my review, she turned around and I was able to see WHY, you just have to be willing to get there. :) Thanks so much for rating!!

  3. This looks so cute. After reading this review I want to read it, I know you won't steer me wrong. ;-)

    XOXO~ Renee

  4. RENEE, it was a cute story and I laughed several times during the reading.

    I would hope not too. ;-)


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