The INCONVENIENT MARRIAGE of CHARLOTTE BECK by Kathleen Y'Barbo
This is book 3 in the Women of the West series and was almost as good as book one (I haven't had the pleasure of reading book 2 yet). Once again I found myself laughing and smiling, especially through the first half of this story. The second half was good, just not as humorous.
Charlotte Beck is a determined young woman who knows what she wants and doesn't want anyone to tell her what she can or cannot do. Charlotte's Dad, Daniel Beck (who I learned to admire in book one), is determined to see her settle down into a nice marriage, but that isn't how Charlotte sees her life playing out. Alex Hambly is an English gentleman who only wants to pursue his interest in astronomy, but finds it hard to do that while taking care of the family's near financial ruin. He crosses paths with Charlotte and her family and needless to say he and Charlotte don't exactly hit it off. But Danial Beck has a plan to help Alex out and hopefully help his daughter Charlotte out too. A marriage will provide Alex the funds he needs for his family and will provide Charlotte the independence from her father's authority. Though they agree to the marriage, neither one could anticipate the outcome of their decision.
The interaction between Charlotte and Alex was at first very amusing. Charlotte's Dad, Daniel was also a wise and all knowing Dad who understood these two people very well. The second half of the story was not as funny, yet it showed that no matter how Charlotte tried to outsmart her Dad and her husband, she had to come to terms with her heart and letting it love completely. I would like to thank Library Thing Early Reviewers for sending me this book to review. It was a pleasure to read.