Aug 8, 2011

.:{ Book Review - The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck }:.

Sometimes we have to learn to let go of our fears to fully appreciate the gifts life gives to us.

In the book The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck by Kathleen Y'Barbo, the main character is a stubborn and manipulating young lady who is set against marriage and has her heart set on business. Her father has arranged for her to marry Viscount Alexander Hambly and in order for Charlotte to get her wishes, she tries to manipulates the marriage to her advantage. Charlotte has her mind set on college and joining in the family business, which is unladylike for the late 1800s. Although the couple has agreed to an annulment, Alex has a changed of heart and must convince Charlotte to do the same. Does Charlotte allow herself to become the wife she should be or does she go on her stubborn ways? Does her marriage continue to be inconvenient as the title of the book calls it or does Charlotte allow her heart to be changed as well?

This is the first of Kathleen Y'Barbo's books that I have read and I am looking forward to reading more. This book was somewhat predictable and would probably be more at an young adult reader's level. The humor in this book had me laughing few times and kept me on my toes other times. It was easy to read and very likable. Usually when you read about books on improper girls, you will find the same concept throughout. In some ways this book reminded me of the humor found in the Anne of Green Gables series. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes stories from the 1800s and who likes a bit of humor. Had I known, I would have read the first in this series of three beforehand, the first of the series is related to Charlotte's stepmother. As much as I enjoyed reading the Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck, I am sure I will enjoy other books by Kathleen Y'Barbo.

There was not much religious reference until the very end but my favorite quote was: "Faith isn't a feeling. If it were, we'd all lose and gain it every time the winds changed. Faith is the knowledge that no matter the circumstances, you do not walk through them alone." I found this to be one of the best definition of faith that I had heard in a while.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook Multonmah Publishing Group as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. Theopinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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