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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Charlotte is annoying

    When I read this book I didn't realize that it was the third book in the series until after I read it. No wonder the author wrote as if I should already know Charlotte, but no matter because the author also filled me in to most of the things about Charlotte. Besides the fact that I was reading the third book, I thought that this was a very well written book. I have to admit though that at times I got kind of annoyed with Charlotte. She seemed really immature and selfish at times. In comparison, I enjoyed reading about Alex. He was an enjoyable character and made reading about charlotte a little more enjoyable. Thankfully Charlotte seemed to come to her senses towards the end of the book and she finally grew up. Meanwhile Alex also came to his senses in other ways, specifically, abandoning the ridiculous notion of marrying Charlotte and then getting their marriage annulled. I think that this showed the maturity of Alex and I appreciated it. Even though I found parts of this book annoying, I actually sort of loved this book. I could barely put it down. In fact I finished it in one day. Overall this book was good, it might have been better, but it was still pretty good.

    I recieved this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers through their Blogging for Books Program in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

    A little dissapointed

    Charlotte Beck has had it easy all her life, living a life of luxury and never wanting for any material thing. But there is something she wants. She wants to be treated like an adult and she dreams of making a place for herself in the business world, helping run her father's company. Yet somehow all of her attempts to appear grown up backfire and prove just the opposite. For instance she goes to an elegant London party, hoping to come out in society, but while trying to escape the party she falls off the balcony and into the arms of none other than Viscount Alexander Hambly. Somehow their paths continue to cross, and never in good way. Then Charlotte's father gives her the opportunity she's been dreaming of, attending college and joining the business world. But there's a catch, she has to marry the Viscount.
    Viscount Alexander Hambly is worn out with taking care of his elder twin brother, who has never been mentally right after the war, and trying to keep his family afloat financially, especially since he wants nothing more than to spend the rest of his life as an astronomer. When his father dies things go from bad to worse. Then Daniel Beck offers him a chance, he will give Alex the land and money he desperately needs, if he will marry his wild daughter.
    From the moment I saw this book I couldn't wait to read it but I have decided that my excitement was wasted. First of all the description really only applies to the second half of the book. The overall idea was good enough but I felt that it was executed poorly. This book started out very well I was totally excited and engaged it seemed like it was going to be pretty good, but it just didn't carry through. The first half felt too drawn out and the second half felt to rushed. This book really just didn't make me feel anything but frustrated. Charlotte is a spoiled brat, she is willing to manipulate and act up to get her way. Yet I felt really sorry for her. All she wanted was to be independent, to have her own life, something that is easily attained by women today, not so much back then. I really hated how Charlotte's father seemed to think that she absolutely had to have a man taking care of her, that it was the only way she would ever mature. He also really discouraged her dreams the phrase "find joy in the bedroom not the boardroom" popped up a bit too often. I understand that Charlotte needed to be disciplined, to be reigned in a bit, and to mature but her father seemed to think the only possible way was for her to marry. I just hated the fact how he just seemed to think that she had to be controlled. And all of this is passed off completely as fatherly love and in the end it is Charlotte 'who sees the error of her ways'. I know that all of this is related to that time period but it still frustrates me to think of what women went through back then.
    Well to end I will say that I actually did sort of like this book, or maybe it really frustrated me because I can't stop thinking about it. So I can say that I do sort of recommend this book but not to strongly. If you can read this book for free like I did then do it for sure. But you may want to look into it a little more before buying it.
    I received this book through the Waterbrook Multnomah blogging for books program for my fair review. I am not required to write a good review.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Could Have Been Better.

    Title: The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck.

    Author: Kathleen Y'Barbo.

    Genre: Christian, Historical Fiction, Romance, Sequel.

    Plot: Eighteen year old Charlotte Beck is in London with her stepmother Gennie preparing for her New York début. She's spent the majority of her life trying to convince people {mostly her father} that she's a mature grow-up young woman while her actions speak otherwise. At a formal ball hosted by the wealthy Earl Hambly, Charlotte manages to nonchalantly fall out of a window and land in the arms of the Hambly heir. She doesn't learn till later that there are two Hambly sons, twins; Martin is the heir but his time in the war so marred his mind that he is incapable of succeeding. Thus the burden of heir and firstborn falls on Alex's shoulders. He didn't want it, he didn't ask for it and he'd much rather study the stars than play the role of his brother at social meetings but he accepted it without compliant.

    That is, until Charlotte Beck landed in his arms late one night when he was escaping from the stifling atmosphere in the ballroom. His meetings with Charlotte soon lead to a black eye, a stack of ruined research notes, a bent telescope and an arrangement of marriage with the wild girl in question that he can't refuse. Charlotte, ever the schemer, gets a shock when Alex declares he doesn't want to break off the marriage and she sets about to find a way out of the inconvenient marriage.

    Likes/Dislikes: The beginning half of this book was delightful, with a humorous undercurrent to the story. From one misadventure to the other I felt I was enjoying a real treat. And then the second half came along; I was hoping for the same bouncing, happy undercurrent but it wasn't there and I quickly lost interest after the wedding. I really lost interest when Alex and Charlotte got caught in a snowstorm and had to take shelter in an abandoned cabin. I knew where that scene would go {thankfully the father bounced in before it got too far} and I was mentally screaming, "No! Don't do that, don't go into that cabin! What's wrong with you people?!" I really didn't enjoy the second half; the first half was grand though. And then the whole hinted conspiracy concerning Charlotte's mother was a deflated balloon.

    Rating: PG-15 and up for suggested suggestive content and reading level.

    Date Report Written: August 27, 2011.

    I received a free copy of this book from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in the above review are my own.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

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    Christian Romance

    Charlotte is a headstrong, independent, often clumsy, only child. She is a worry to her father and often a menace to those around her. She desperately wants to join her father in business, but he wants her to grow up first. He strikes a bargain with her that involves marriage to a man she hardly knows. She is full of schemes that will enable her to get out of this marriage. Her only problem is convincing her husband to go along with them.

    The book started out slow for me. It seemed to bog down with details of her escapades and her seeming hatred for the idea of marriage. I found it hard to like her. She was stubborn and disrespectful to her father. Her refusal to listen to anyone was frustrating.

    The story was well written and after the first half seemed to move a lot faster. Most readers will enjoy the plot and the romance of the story. So even though I didn't enjoy parts of it, I would still recommend it to anyone who enjoys the Christian fiction genre.

    I received this book free of charge from Waterbrook in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

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    It was cute.

    I really do need to start researching a book before I get it. Yet again this is the middle of a series. Although I didn't feel very lost while reading. This book is well written, good details. The book is set in London in 1887, where your family picks your husband. Charlotte and Alex drive each other crazy, but Charlotte's father makes them an offer they can't refuse. If they agree to marry, Charlotte is free to pursue a degree for four years and he will pay off the debts the Hambly family owes. The two agree, secretly planning to annul the marriage as soon as they can. But their feelings change, and in the end realize that the marriage may not have been so inconvenient after all. Over all it was a cute story.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Goodish book

    Summary: Charlotte Beck is a headstrong stubborn independent girl who just wants to go to college and work in her family's business. Alex Hambly is an a man with serious family finance problems.
    Charlotte's father offers a deal for the two - Marriage and Charlotte can go to school and work and Alex's family will be saved from ruin.
    But can the two really learn to love each other?

    My Thoughts: I thought the story was well written. I enjoyed the plot and the thought of convenient marriages being very common in the past. I did not relate well to the main characters. Charlotte and I just did not have alot in common I had trouble understanding all her motives and reasons behind things. This may be in part due to the fact that this book was the third in a series of books and I have not read the first two books. I have a feeling my view on this book may differ had I read the other two books. I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

    Disclaimer: I was given a review copy of this book from WaterBrookPress the opinions in this review however are my own.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Light escape read

    Charlotte is a spoiled little rich girl who wants to go to college and entertains ideas of running her father's business. Alex is a titled second son whose family finances are running dry. Neither is happy with Charlotte's father's offer of marriage. If they marry, Charlotte can go to college and Alex will have the money he needs to revive his family's financial situation. I liked it as a light escape read, nothing more. Charlotte annoyed me so much with her over the top antics that I nearly put the book down a couple of times. Yes, there was humorous repartee and I liked Alex, but the whole premise was a stretch for me. The Christian elements are light and while prayer is discussed as important, no one ever actually prays or attends church. I wish that publishers would indicate when a book is part of a series. This one, apparently, is the third in a trilogy and there were times when I felt lost and didn't understand some references and that was most likely because I haven't read the first two books. This is one of those novels that ardent fans of historical Christian fiction will love. They will praise it and adore it for the humor and the banter. For me, it was an entertaining diversion, nothing stellar.

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