The title character of “The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck” is an anomaly in 1887. Instead of dreaming of marrying a wealthy husband, Charlotte dreams of going to college to study mathematics. Try as she might, she can’t conform to society’s standards in London or in Denver. Whether riding with family friend Buffalo Bill Cody or scheming to find a beau for her friend Gussie, Charlotte manages to aggravate society in general and her father in particular. Finally, Daniel Beck comes up with a plan to control both his daughter and the English aristocrat who owns adjoining property in Colorado, Alex Hambly.
Our heroine is the young daughter who is a minor character in Kathleen Y’Barbo’s first book in this series, “The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper”. Now Charlotte is 18,
ready to make her own way in the world, at least in her opinion. This book is a quick, enjoyable read, great for a rainy day. Y’Barbo’s women are strong and unconventional. These are the women who paved the way for the women of today, and Y’Barbo writes with grace and wit about society at the end of the nineteenth century.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.