Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck, a review


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?

The book has a very unique plot, takes the usual romance and gives the reader twists and turns, and provides a glimpse into Charlotte's thinking as she progresses from pre-college student to married woman. I found it a little "too" drawn out for my tastes, and sometimes was not thrilled with the actions of the characters. I was not endeared to Charlotte. She was difficult to like but perhaps that makes for an authenticity in a character- are we ALL liked? Do we ALL make the best decisions? Do we desire God's will for our lives, or our own? I wish I'd seen something that would have tied the years together a bit more in this book. I felt it was lacking in this area. Nevertheless, I would recommend this novel for someone who delighted in reading their fair share of Christian romances.

Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah Press for the complimentary review copy! This review is of my own words, and I was not required to write a positive one.

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