Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck - Fiction, Historical

The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck
Kathleen Y’Barbo

Charlotte Beck is a beautiful, affluent, and capricious young lady of both British and American society in the late 1800s.  She is continually causing social faux pas that embarrass her family.   Charlotte finds herself thrown into company with a young man she considers insufferable – Viscount Alex Hambly.  Charlotte’s dad thinks Alex is the perfect match for his impetuous daughter - Alex needs Mr. Beck’s money to preserve his family’s holdings – Charlotte wants to get a college education.  Alex and Charlotte broker a deal with Mr. Beck to satisfy what everyone wants – Charlotte gets her education, Alex gets his money, and all they have to do is GET MARRIED!  The impulsive Charlotte immediately beings devising a plan to have what she wants, but dissolve the marriage contract.  Initially cooperative, Alex soon changes his mind and is determined to make this marriage work.  But marriage takes 2…..will Charlotte get her annulment, or will Alex woo his bride?

This book is both entertaining and engaging.  A great Christian romance read.  Though not strongly stated, I was glad to see the author maintain that it takes God and faith to make a life and a marriage.  The point was also made that even when you start down the wrong path, Christ offers redemption and new direction if you are willing to come to Him.  It is so refreshing to see the male characters portrayed as both manly men, and Godly men – willing to be Godly family leaders.  My only criticism of the book would be a story spoiler, so I won’t detail it.  However, I will say a subplot of the story was not resolved in a clearly stated manner (maybe I’m just dense!).  I finished the last chapter still pondering the meaning of the next to last chapter…..and it is still bothering me.  Please read this book and explain that part to me!!!  Great read overall.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.  You can get free books too!  Follow the link on the right to get your own free books!

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