Friday, August 24, 2012

Marriage of Inconvenience

Cheryl Bolen
Christian Romance
Regency Romance

"One who wished to persuade a virtual stranger to marry her must, after all, make every effort to look one's best."

Miss Rebecca Peabody has no romantic notions regarding her future.  She is perfectly content to be single at the age of twenty-eight and continue her secret political writings.  However, her opinions and writing could damage her brother-in-law, and thus she must find a new situation.  Could she possibly convince the Earl of Aynsley that she could be a good mother for his seven children?  He seems like a reasonable man with enough intellect to understand her writing if he ever found out about it.  But even dealing with angry children and a marriage in name only - she may find that family life is what she wanted after all.  The earl never thought to re-marry - the first time was bad enough.  His children are doing well enough and he certainly doesn't need a blue-stocking spinster who won't even trust him with the truth of her doings.  As they begin to form a family of sorts, though, he may find that a marriage of convenience which is anything but.

My Opinion: I felt that this book had great potential, but did not live up to it.  The characters were dry with little flair, vitality or chemistry.  The adversity was light and easy to deal with and handle.  Overly formal characters and lack of action made the repetitiveness hard for me to get through.  The romance, while it seemed to be there, was not apparent.  A few scenes were touching, but the romance was almost a side story to the creation of a new family.  There was also a focus on Christianity which you don't often see in a Regency and thus giving it a rather unique twist from the typical.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

Note: This is an advanced review.  This titled is scheduled to be released on Oct 2, 2012.

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