The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck- Catherine Y’Barbo

Review for Blogging For Books 🙂

 

I love romances. I’ll admit it, I do. I love reading them.

And The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck was no exception.

In this story, the young Charlotte Beck longs to go to college, but her father forces her into a marriage with Alex Hambly. The two can’t stand each other, and they hope to annul the marriage as soon as possible. But when Alex’s feelings change, and he refuses to dissolve their contract, how will Charlotte react? Will she find a way to get out of the marriage herself, or will something change in her too?

After reading so many romance novels, many of them become slightly cliché and, well, run together. Charlotte Beck, while at many moments was indeed cliché, but the actual plot and the structure was different. While the actual story of the romance was like many others (forced marriage, they openly hate each other yet secretly love each other then express their love for each other and live happily ever after), the characters themselves were unique. They were easy to love and to get to know, personable and became characters I was reluctant to leave. The writing was descriptive and rich and it was one of the few books I’ve read where I was reluctant to start the last chapter because I didn’t want it to end.

Naturally, where there are ups, there are downs, but in this one the downs were few. Other than the cliché- ness of the romance, the only complaint of it I have is the pacing. The pacing was really good for the good portion of the story, until I reached the end.  It was almost as if the author was writing along fine until she realized she had a limit and suddenly cut it off; the ending was sudden and almost unsatisfying. Charlotte’s feelings didn’t have time to develop fully. At one moment, she was starting to love him, and then she suddenly was in love with him at the end.

Otherwise, this book was fantastic, and I would recommend it to any good romance-novel-historical-fiction-comedy lover.

“I received this (e)book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”

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