Wild Ride with Charlotte Beck! Check this novel out!
This book review is for “The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck” by Kathleen Y’Barbo
Not sure I can say enough about this book! I loved it! I started reading it late last night and finished it before lunchtime today. It is one of those books that you just don’t want to put down once you start reading it.
This novel follows Charlotte Beck as she struggles to enter adulthood while doing many childish things that embarrass her family to no end. She is head strong and mostly well-intentioned but this is not always the case.
She talks her stepmother into pushing up her coming out and ends up making a huge mess of things and insulting a very prominent family in London’s society.
Even after apologizing for her stunt, she then proceeds to do something even more embarrassing and disgraceful which leads to her family being shunned from the same prominent society they should be a part of, as they are titled and quite wealthy themselves.
Never underestimate Charlotte Beck, however, she schemes up a plan and ends up turning her mortifying display into a very popular trick for the London set.
Nonetheless her father insists that her coming out be cut short and no New York balls and gatherings for her. Instead she is forced to return to Colorado where her father runs a business and owns a ranch out in the middle of nowhere.
She longs to go to college and be educated so that she can join her father’s business but after her shenanigans she has only proved to her father that she is still a child and not the grown woman she claims left and right to be, so he refuses to allow her to attend school.
The man that she previously wronged in London, Viscount Alex Hambly, the very well-bred Englishman, happens to be in the same city as her for business in America. He and his Solicitor are there trying to buy one of her father’s properties. And as he is most unfortunate when it comes to Charlotte, he continuously runs into her throughout the entire book. Her father seeing them together and seeing that Alex has enough gumption to handle his wayward daughter, proposes that they become betrothed.
Both Alex and Charlotte are dead set against this idea as they loathe the sight of each other, but hard pressing money woes for Alex and Charlottes desperate longing for schooling, leads them to end up eventually accepting the terms her father lays out which include a four year engagement while Charlotte finishes her education. After which time she and Alex will marry and she will take a place in her father’s company as she so desires. For the moment it solves both their problems.
No matter how reluctantly they agree to this arrangement, agree they do. Charlotte goes off to school for four years and Alex is given the money needed to successfully rebuild his families’ fortune.
But neither are quite prepared for how fast four years fly past and that her father will insist they honor the agreement that was made at the end of the four years even though neither one wishes to.
The only hope they see for it is to privately plot to annul the marriage as soon as possible. But you just watch what happens after they get married and one of them might begin to change their minds about that. Emotions explode while plans are derailed but one of them isn’t giving up the idea without a fight.
Their story is the main focus of the book but I love all the side stories to this book as well. The mystery surrounding Charlottes departed mother and the feud that is age old between her family and Alex’s. There was one mystery of a letter that was never quite cleared up and I so wish we would have been told what was in it!
Be sure to have a cup of coffee handy before beginning this book and have a large amount of time carved out for quiet reading time cause I think like me, you won’t want to put this book down!
If you have read this too, what are your thoughts? Did anyone else like it as much as I did?
As a side note, please take just a moment and rank my review for me at the bottom under my name! Thanks so much! <3 Happy Wednesday All! Jenny
*Note* I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for posting a review about it. I am not required to post a positive review. Any opinions expressed are my own and they are sincere.