Title: The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck
Author: Kathleen Y’Barbo
Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah
Genre: Historical Romance
Sorry guys. I moved and have been incredibly busy. But I finally finished The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck by Kathleen Y’Barbo.
Charlotte Beck is entering into adulthood, if only she could act like it. She bucks social protocol at every turn and tends to get into trouble even when she tries to not to.
One of the people that gets caught up in the trouble that is Charlotte, is Alex Hambly. After several bad encounters, they both hope to never see each other again. But Charlotte’s father, Daniel, has an idea; save Alex’s family from financial ruin and let Charlotte go to college but only if the marry.
Both resist, so they come up with a plan; marry and get an annulment. Then, Alex declines the annulment and now Charlotte is stuck in a marriage she doesn’t want; or is she?
I’m actually ashamed to say that thus is my first book of Ms. Y’Barbo’s that I finished. I started her first novel but I had to send it back to booksfree.com because, unlike the name suggests, it’s not free.
Anyway, this book has good character development. I found that there was no lack of wanting any more backstory. I also liked the contrast between Alex and Charlotte. I liked the fact that England met Colorado; it was a nice difference.
I didn’t, however, like the romance. It was dry and it didn’t really have any “Wow” moments. In fact, the main part of the romance was in the last third of the book and so just when they realize they live each other, the book ends.
The author has done her research, though, when it comes to the setting, Denver and London, and it shows in the weather an the geography and, most importantly, the history.
This book was just a little boring to me it was just lacking some passion and some time for the love to grow. But even though, this book wasn’t I can’t deny the author’s talent at writing and I hope that she continues and I could definitely read another one of her books just for the writing quality if nothing else.
The book has its funny moments, though. There are places that just make you laugh out loud or in the inside. The hint of humor and sarcasm make the characters more real and believable and it’s something that I don’t find in books very often.
Overall, a tad boring and not very passionate though well written with great characters and background story. Perfect for newcomers to romance or a younger audience. I give it three out of five.
I got this book free for this review from Waterbrook Multnomah.