Reviewer: Trudy Smith
Title: The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck - 3rd in the Women of the West series
Author: Kathleen Y’Barbo
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Release Date: June 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1887/London, England/Denver, Colorado Territory
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Kathleen's Website/Blog: www.kathleenybarbo.com
Charlotte Beck was always an independent and yes, stubborn, willful child. Now that Charlotte is out of school she’s anxious to grow up, be an adult. Unfortunately for Charlotte, her actions are far from being an adult. One such action was literally falling into the arms of a Viscount.
Viscount Alexander Hambly, an astronomer by trade and heart, wanted to view the stars when something or someone falls from the sky. Low and behold, Charlotte falls from a window landing in Alex’s arms. What was Charlotte doing climbing out of a window at the Hambly mansion at her first ball? Well, suffice it to say that Charlotte has all but ruined her family’s reputation in London.
Determined to make it right, Charlotte seeks out Alex requesting his assistance. Though Alex is drawn to Charlotte’s beauty, he feels she’s just a child and her actions have certainly proven it. Charlotte wants nothing to do with Alex either, at least romantically. Charlotte wants to go to college become a working partner in her father’s company. There’s no time for romance.
After she arrives back in Denver and unfortunately for Charlotte, her father doesn’t agree with her latest plans. He’s tired of bailing her out of the fixes she’s always in and strongly suggests marriage. Charlotte begs to go to college. Her father strikes a deal; she can go to college if she agrees to marry Alex after her graduation. Well, Alex isn’t too keen on the idea either but his family is in financial ruins and he desperately needs help and Charlotte’s family can do that. Reluctantly both agree but they secretly agree to an annulment.
Four years later, Charlotte and Alex are married and soon Alex realizes that God has lead him to the woman he should spend his life with. The problem is he and God have to convince Charlotte of that fact. Will Charlotte be convinced that her inconvenient marriage is exactly what she needs?
Kathleen Y’Barbo has once again used her vivid imagination mixing humor, romance and subtle inspiration to give us Charlotte and Alex’s story. Charlotte has a way of getting into the strangest messes and Alex has a way of pulling her out of them. Charlotte’s antics will keep you turning the pages fast and furious wondering how she will get out of the next mess.
Charlotte’s story is a nice way of wrapping up the Women of the West series. I suggest reading the first two books, The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper and Anna Finch & the Hired Gun; all three give the reader a view of independent, strong women who I’m sure, it took to claim the West. Take some time to get to know these women of the west; you’ll be entertained long after the reading is over.
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