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.A #FWArchives review that's proof I did read #HistoricalFiction! ‘The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck,’ by Kathleen Y’Barbo. #BookReviews #Reader #Reading Click To Tweet
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.
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