Her Inconvenient Husband
When a riding accident strands socialite Caroline Turner overnight with the new stable manager, she gets the one thing she never wanted—a husband! Marrying the infuriatingly stubborn Duncan McKenna wouldn't have been her first choice, but with her reputation damaged, it's her only option. Still, there's something about the brash, rugged Scotsman that fascinates Caroline.
If Duncan wanted to wed a society girl, he would have stayed in Boston with his family and his fortune. He expects Caroline to balk at her new modest lifestyle, but instead the strong-willed beauty seems determined to prove him wrong, making her all the more irksome…and irresistible. The marriage of convenience isn't what Caroline and Duncan planned, but could they be a perfect match?
I love the marriage of convenience storylines, even though this was more of an inconvenience, actually. But it was much more than heartfelt romance with a little drama and suspense on the side, it was also a great study of the characters, their development as people, as a married couple and in their faith in God. I truly enjoyed the story and all the different nuances in it.
Caroline Turner wasn't an easy character to like at first. She is rather prickly and nearly arrogant at times until you get to know her more and realize the upbringing she has had, and how that must have affected her. She grows, develops, and turns out to be a lovely, caring, artistic, loving soul.
Duncan McKenna was a complex character and not all he might seem at the first look. He has left the easy life behind him, seeking more fulfilling future and closer relationship with God. His patience, his faith, his perseverance will be tested during the first weeks of their unexpected marriage, and it takes tragic events to open the eyes of both Caroline and Duncan to see what they really want, if not only too late for them...
The suspense and action add layers of enjoyment to the story even though Caroline and Duncan themselves were plenty entertaining as well. Going from socialite to a farm-wife isn't easy, and there are many humorous as well as hurtful moments as Caroline and Duncan try to find the balance and compromises in their fragile union. And when they get lost from each other, faith in God is their only guiding light, as the ask for yet another chance to make things right.
A compelling story of growing to be the person we are meant to be, developing in our faith in God, as well as sweet romance building up from the oddest set of circumstances.
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side