I received the book, The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck by Kathleen Y’Barbo, in June. I finally finished it tonight. It is the third book in her Women of the West series. I was unaware of this when I selected it as my Blogging for Books choice. It was rather difficult to get into (hence the two month reading time). I felt that the story dragged in the middle. And, as far as it being Christian fiction, I think “clean fiction” would be a better category for it. Spiritual matters are not even mentioned until around page 150, and merely sprinkled in thereafter.
It is a very cute story set in the wild west of the late 1800’s The lead character, Charlotte Beck, is very likable. I could identify with her clumsiness and her impulsive decision making. I could also relate to her stubbornness – though I doubt that’s a good thing! It would have been more enjoyable had it been only 250 pages, rather than 337, in my opinion. Also, I was shocked to find a major typo on page 184. I found the entire premise of an arranged marriage handled in a way which I’ve never read before, so it’s definitely a unique story.
All in all, it was a pleasant experience getting to Charlotte Beck and her family. If you love historical fiction with humor, this is the book for you.