Book Review: The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck, by Kathleen Y’Barbo

“What Charlotte Beck wanted, Charlotte Beck generally got.” So begins this amusing novel filled with memorable scenes, dry wit, and a lovable, spunky heroine who will do anything to get her way–even if it means pledging to marry an annoying Englishman who treats her like a child.

The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck was a fun read. I think Kathleen Y’Barbo did a great job of getting into the head of each of her characters and letting the story emerge based on their varied perspectives and motives. The story seemed a bit slow-moving at first, but it gained momentum after the first several chapters.

At the beginning of each chapter is a tongue-in-cheek axiom from Charlotte’s former etiquette teacher about how a high-society lady should conduct herself. I thought these quotes added to the charm of the book.

Although this book reads just fine by itself, it does briefly mention characters in Kathleen Y’Barbo’s earlier books, The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper and Anna Finch and the Hired Gun.

The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck will be released on June 21, 2011.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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