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Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Convenient Story for a Rainy Day

The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck
Kathleen Y’Barbo
337 pp.  Published 2011

A light and fluffy book, The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck is the perfect read for a rainy day (which is when I cracked Kathleen Y’Barbo’s novel open). 
The story follows Charlotte Beck, a Colorado debutant, as she enters society.  Beginning in London, Charlotte’s story starts off on the wrong foot when she tries to sneak out of a stuffy party and falls – quite literally – into the arms of Alex Hambly, an English lord whose family is in financial straits.  From the very beginning Charlotte and Alex, both very stubborn characters, clash.  After their first interaction, the two swear never to see each other again, but life has a way of throwing them together again and again, leading them, ultimately to the altar – under complete duress of course.  But can a marriage that started strictly as a means to an end lead to true love?
Y’Barbo’s characterization and dialogue sometimes borders on the ridiculous, but, in the end you can’t help but fall in love with the characters and their wacky ways.
The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck is the third book in a series and, while it can be read as a standalone novel, I highly recommend reading the first two books before reading this one.  I didn’t read the first two and, at times, I felt a little lost when characters would reference events from the other books.
All in all, this is a great book if you are looking for something light and easy to read.

*I received this book for free from  WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for this review.