Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck

Well, I just finished reading my first book on my Kindle.  And I'm so glad that I picked "The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck" by Kathleen Y'Barbo.  It was an excellent book, so I'm glad it was the first I read on my new device.

Charlotte Beck is a Colorado debutante in the late 1800's.  While visiting family in England, she pushes her step-mother to allow her to attend an evening event even when she may be considered a bit too young and impetuous for such a grown-up affair.  Of course, she ends up in an embarrassing situation with the host of the evening, the Viscount Hambly.  Recently returning from war with his troubled twin brother, the Viscount has troubles of his own and is totally annoyed by this young American. Their interactions continue over the next few weeks and they are never pleasant for either party, but they were completely entertaining to read.  When Charlotte's father gets involved in their relationship negotiating a marriage, the situation gets even more complicated.  But you have to read the book to find out more about that.

I found "The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck" to be completely charming.  I was in love with Charlotte from the first paragraph.  She's stubborn, smart, impetuous, and talented.  And the book itself is charming.  Since finishing it two days ago, I have spent a lot of time remembering different parts of the book, especially the ending, with a smile on my face.  This book was entertaining, but it also reminded me that God's plan for my life is the one that matters.  I was reminded by Charlotte that we can make lots of our own plans, but as Proverbs states, it's the Lords plans that prevail!

Of course, I collected several quotes from this book, but I will share with you my favorite,
"Faith isn't a feeling," he said gently. "If it were, we'd all lose and gain it every time the winds changed."
You should read "The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck."  You can read the first chapter of the book here.  I was hooked from the very first paragraph. Read it.  You will be glad you did!

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

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