Marie Reviews "The Inconvenient Marriage Of Charlotte Beck" by Kathleen Y'Barbo


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?
From the Trade Paperback edition.


Charlotte Beck Gets What She Wants, Even When She Doesn't Know It Is What She Wants

Spoiled wild child from America rocks the social elite on their ears with her crazy antics. She makes a splash across newspaper headlines by riding horseback with Indians while shooting the hat off Bill Cody's head in his Wild West Show. She always manages to wriggle free of consequences. She even manages to make it a trend to participate in the show. She sees her life moving along quite nicely when she trades inside business information with her father for a degree in mathematical studies. She longs to work in his company.
Charlotte's father wants her to marry and feels that English business man, and astronomer, Alex Hambly is the only one who can keep his daughter both happy and in check. He uses Alex's family financial woes and his daughter's desire to attend school to bind them into an arranged marriage contract. The couple grudgingly agrees, hoping something will happen in the four years before she graduates to change the situation. They drive each other crazy, build up the usual tensions and cave to the marriage anyway, even as they plot a way to get out of it as soon after saying their vows as possible.
This is where the question of faith comes to play a role, although it seems a small role, in the book. Can Alex go through with the annulment when he made a promise before God? The marriage Charlotte originally finds so inconvenient to her goals turns out to be what she wants after all.
I enjoyed this story, although it was a little predictable and Charlotte was very immature and frustrating. I did find the corset bonfire a little amusing. The truth behind her mother being gone was never explained in detail. Suspicions of adultery and questions of Charlotte's true paternity were hinted at, but her birth certificate was revealed at the end of the story and her mother's love for her father confirmed.
I was given  a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


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