The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck

The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck

By Kathleen Y'Barbo

Published by: Waterbrook Press

Published on: June 2011

Summary Taken from Goodreads:

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?

This was a sweet story.  It had all the right elements- fancy balls, handsome men, a little bit of confusion, pretty dresses, and elegance.  I loved that part of the story took place in London and the other half took place in Denver.  I also thought it was a silly and fun touch that Buffalo Bill Cody was a character in the book.
I thought there were a few parts to the story line that seemed rushed or completely dropped.  I wasn't a fan that Martin's character simply disappeared after the first two chapters.  I really thought the author would use more of the fact that they were twins in the storyline.  I also wasn't a fan of how the romance came about.  It seemed a little unrealistic and stretching it a bit. 

All in all, this was a fun read.  It was a nice break between stories about goblins and faeries and witches.  It was just what I needed!

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