‘The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck,’ by Kathleen Y’Barbo


‘The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck,’ by Kathleen Y’Barbo. A review of the 2011 historical fiction novel. All review text © Rissi JC

STORY: Blessed with wealth but spoiled by her father, Charlotte Beck is the privileged, only daughter of Daniel Beck. Along with her stepmother, Charlotte travels abroad during the London season where she brushes shoulders with the upper-classes leading up to Charlotte’s official debut. When Charlotte butts heads with the handsome but pompous Alexander Hambly in the most embarrassing way, she cannot think of anything more interesting than getting away from his company and mocking gaze. But as it would happen, the pair of them can help each other.

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Charlotte wants to attend college and eventually take over running her father’s company, but Daniel wants nothing more than to see her settle in a proper marriage. Alex’s family, on the other hand is broke. The two agree to marry in what will be an advantageous match for the pair. This will give Alex back the financial security he needs to settle his recently widowed mother, and Charlotte will be allowed to attend classes. Then they plan for a quiet annulment. All of this is before Alex finds himself falling for his headstrong wife!

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REVIEW: Anyone who has read this author’s works will know what a fun ride a reader is in for. The story takes place in the area surrounding Denver Colorado in the late 1800’s, and is brimming with hilarity and romance. Charlotte Beck is a little opinionated spit-fire; anyone who read Kathleen’s novels before will remember Charlotte as the sassy child from The Confidential Life of Eugina Cooper. Now, Charlotte is all grown-up living in a world where finery isn’t the only thing at her command. At the beginning of the book, she assumes ,at eighteen, that she’s an “adult”; little does she know she still has some growing up to do! The novel spans four years divided into a part one and two before closing a number of months later.

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From the opening pages of the first book in this set (which is Ginny’s story), these books charm their reader. I love the humor and characters in equal parts. (Although this is categorized as a “series,” the novels do stand on their own.) Charlotte’s story is no different. I don’t think it’s my favorite out of the three but there is no book that is cuter and the cover art is, likewise sensational. Alex and Charlotte’s love doesn’t grow out of necessity but rather a choice to love.

Each person learns a valuable lesson, which helps to make this story endearing. She learns that she doesn’t have to choose between one life and the other; she lets go of nothing, but instead lets a new dream into her heart. The scars of her past is something she’s able to overcome to live a life more idyllic than she’d ever expected. This, along with other things, makes The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck a sweet read.

About the book:

Publisher: Water Brook
Publication Date: 2011
Author: Kathleen Y’Barbo
Series: “Women of the West, book 3
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical
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About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.


  1. This looks like an interesting read! =) I might have to try it out.. . although I'll have my hands full with the Classics Club for a bit. This will have to be a break!

  2. AnnaKate – this is such a fun read. The author really knows how to engage the reader and it is full of great wit. Enjoy if you read. =)

    You are way more ambitious than I would be, girl. I don't know that I would make it through all those classics. ;D LOL!

    Jessica – yes, do! It was a great read. It is one I will probably be keeping around on the book shelf.


    Jeanine – aw! Thanks – I enjoy writing them. =)

    Yes, this series was a barrel of laughs. It has some great humor. Despite the fact that western fiction really isn't my thing anymore, this book was great. =)


    Thanks for the comments, girls! I love them all. =)

  3. Overcoming life's scars can be a very tough lesson to learn. Sounds like an entertaing read!
    Thank you for your sweet wishes for my birthday on my blog, Rissi! I had a very, very good one. (:

  4. Well said, Memory. We do have trouble overcoming the sorrow's life may throw our way.

    This novel is a riot – Kathleen has a great way with humor.

    Aw! You are welcome! I am glad you had such an awesome day. You're blog is adorable, and I always enjoy my visits. Thanks for stopping in. =)

  5. I'm unfamiliar with Y'Barbo, but I love a good romantic comedy and this is a book I've been eyeing for a while. To hear you enjoyed it is another reason to buy it. :-)

  6. Really? These novels are so cute, Gwendolyn – you should definitely check them out. =) I think my fave was the first book (The Confidential Life of Eugina Cooper). Charlotte's story is equally endearing but the laughs aren't as frequent.

    Happy reading!

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