Sunday, August 28, 2011

Book Review: The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck

I just finished reading The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck and am more than happy to recommend it to you! Charlotte is a surprising and unique character. Her personality keeps the reader turning pages to see just what she’ll come up with next. Alex Hambly, the viscount chosen by her father to be her groom, is the only person on the planet able to keep up with her rather than cower in fear. Of course, this is why her father chose him as Charlotte's perfect match—the question is: will the couple realize that Charlotte’s father is pretty smart or will they find a way to have their inconvenient marriage annulled?

Charlotte and Alex don’t actually marry until the book is well underway. How Charlotte’s father manages to arrange this marriage despite their objections is more than half the fun of the book.

The story is set in Colorado and London in the late 1800’s. Buffalo Bill Cody is a semi-significant character. The traditions of England’s and America’s social elite at the time are subtly explained and explored. Author Kathleen Y’Barbo chose an intriguing setting for this historical fiction novel.

And, though Christianity doesn’t appear in the book until more than halfway through, the message is there. Y’Barbo doesn’t hit readers over the head with it, but weaves it in naturally.

I had fun reading this lighthearted book! Thank you, Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers, for sending a complimentary copy my way in exchange for this honest review.

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