Love hysterical historicals? Charlotte Beck, a wealthy American’s daughter, is in London as a debutante, but her Wild West ways aren’t winning her any points. When she falls out of a window and lands–literally–in Alex Hambly’s arms on the balcony below, she steals Alex’s line and claims she’d just stepped out to view a comet in the night sky.
Alex is an astronomer who wants to build a observatory in Colorado. His family is also in huge debt and about to lose everything. The only answer (according to the family accountant) is for Alex to marry money, and he’s not so keen on that idea.
When Charlotte’s father sees the sparks flying between his daughter and Alex, he makes them both an offer. If they marry each other, Alex’s family’s financial difficulties will be over, and Charlotte may attend college as she fervently desires. Both rebel against the plan but their needs win out. They privately agree to annul the marriage as soon as possible.
What happens when they fall in love? (Because you know they will!)
The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck features a charming, willful heroine and a hero who can give as good as he gets. The scrapes that Charlotte can get into boggle the mind and caused quite a few snickers while I was reading. In some ways this novel reminded me of the Georgette Heyer Regency novels I used to read, other than part of this novel takes place in Colorado, and Heyer never crossed the Atlantic with her books (just the English Channel). At any rate, if you enjoy a historical romp, you’ll love this novel.
Kathleen Y’Barbo first discovered her love of books at the age of four when she stumbled upon Granny Simpson’s World Book Encyclopedias. Letters became words, and words became stories of far-away places and interesting people. Eventually, she hit the road for real, earning a BBA from Texas A&M’s Mays School of Business before setting off to such locales as Jakarta, Tokyo, Bali, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore.
More than one million copies of her bestselling books are in print, and her books have been translated into several languages including German and Dutch.
I was given this book by the author in exchange for a review. Opinions, as always, are mine alone.