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An Inconvenient Marriage (Virginia Collection Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Ann Nordin
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Book Description

In order to receive his inheritance, Jake Mitchell must marry. In order to save her family's farm, Sue Lewis must marry a rich man. So Jake comes up with a plan. Why not strike up a platonic business arrangement where they can marry each other for six months? Then they are free to annul the marriage and go their separate ways.

Unfortunately for him, the people he knows are determined to keep them together. Between an army of suitors willing to court Sue before her annulment and the Lewis brothers scheming to show Jake how attractive she is, laughter and love are in the air. And in the end, a confirmed bachelor might discover that an inconvenient marriage may not be so inconvenient after all.

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About the Author

Ruth Ann Nordin has written other romantic comedies, including An Unlikely Place for Love, What Nathan Wants and With This Ring, I Thee Dread. She's also written historical romances such as Eye of the Beholder, His Redeeming Bride, and Loving Eliza. She lives in Springfield, Nebraska with her husband and four children.

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  • File Size: 480 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Wedded Bliss Romances, LLC (January 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002Z13TVE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money March 17, 2010
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This is the first, and last, book I will read by this author. It is 1899 in an undisclosed town in Virginia. Jake Mitchell needs to find someone to marry for six months so he can inherit his father's money. Sue Lewis needs money, fast, so her family won't lose their farm. That's about it and you can draw all of the obvious, clichéd conclusions you'd like with amazing accuracy without even reading it.

One of my biggest problems is the glaring anachronisms. Here are just a few: He seemed pleased by her comment. "Never let them see you sweat." * He opened his daily planner so he could pencil in his appointments. * "You sure do a lot of networking when you're here," Jeremiah said.

Really. In 1899? There is no excuse for this kind of sloppy writing.

Most offensive, though, was the author's blatant attempt to compare this "novel" to Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." You would do well to download and read the original - for free. Granted, "An Inconvenient Marriage" was only 99¢. I want my 99¢ back.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Juvenile and full of annoying inconstancies March 12, 2010
By S Payne
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I like the characters alot, but thought some of the dialog and scenes seemed juvinile. This book feels like it was geared toward 13-17 year old girls. It is sweet and cute, with way too many practical jokes.

The story is supposed to take place in 1899, but the author has not done enough resarch into this era to make it beliveable. The language and vocabulary used was way too modern. Modern day colloquialisms have no place in a "historical" novel. There is mention "plastic eggs" (really?). The description of the clothing was quite vauge. Basically most of the story could have taken place between 1950 and 1980 and it would have been more belivable, just replace the hired buggy with an automobile. I was seriously waiting for the mention of a "copy machine" or a "telephone".

The main character is a well to do gentelman, who likes to impress his buisness clients and yet he doesn't know how to ride a horse. A wealthy gentleman would certainly know how to ride a horse, it would be like any man today not knowing how to drive a car.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars skip it June 7, 2010
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My biggest issue with this book is that it's set in one time but the dialog is so clearly contemporary. Terms like "grossing me out" and men talking about how a woman is "in the sack" just didn't fit the time period. I forgot at times that it was supposed to be set in the late 1800's. The plot itself is fine, it's the writing that needs work. Another review called it juvenile and that really hits the nail on the head. It feels like something I would have written in high school. I only finished it because I kept waiting for it to get better, but it didn't.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Inconvenient Marriage was Great!!! March 3, 2010
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I would recommend this book and others by Ruth Ann Nordin. It is a little rough around the edges, but the core story is a wonderful romance of an inconvenient marriage working out. When you first meet Miss Sue Lewis, she appears abrasive and angry, but who would not be when settled with a mountain of debts not your own and imminent foreclosure at the hands of the bank. But as you read further, one realizes that only circumstances have made it so. Sue has a gentle side that can make her rather endearing. She is an outspoken and determined woman, allowing no one to railroad her, reminding me of stories still told about my 86-year-old grandma throwing convention to the wind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Inconvenient Marriage January 22, 2009
In An Inconvenient Marriage, handsome Jake Mitchell, is the vice president of a bank and all around nice guy. Sue Lewis is a customer whose family is in bad debt. Sue's family's farm is going to be taken over by the bank soon, they will lose it if they cannot come up with the money for the mortgage. Sue goes to the bank on a daily basis, insisting to anyone who will listen that they cut her debt down, so her family can catch up on the bills and keep thier farm. When Sue realizes that the bank cannot help her, she resorts to another plan, marrying for money.

Jake's mother has died and left him some money, which he wisely invested. Now, he hears news his estranged father has died as well. Jake's father has left him a large sum of money, but there are some rules he needs to follow first. According to the will, Jake needs to marry a virgin and he will get half of the money, then he needs to stay married for six months, and he can have the rest of the money. Jake agrees to this and right away thinks of Sue and her financial situation. He figures he can have a platonic business arrangement with her, they can get married and they can annul the marriage after the six months are up. This way, they both get money and everyone is happy. Sue agrees to marry him.

At first Sue and Jake just want to keep the relationship platonic, but little by little, their feelings change.

I really enjoyed An Inconvenient Marriage, it was well written, romantic and funny. The storyline was great and I liked the characters.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed March 1, 2010
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I was disappointed in this book. The summary sounded promising, and I figured the price made it worth a shot. However, the story was confusing and not believable. I liked Jake fairly well, but Sue was a terrible shrew with very few redeeming qualities. Her raging feminism, in particular, did not endear her at all. One major issue I had with this book was the time period. It is listed as "historical," but I was confused as to when this was supposed to take place. Aspects of the story seem to contradict each other, and I think the author would have benefitted from a bit more research into her setting. Another issue I had was the religious side of the story. I am not against books with religious themes, but this seemed forced and out of place with the other themes in the book.

In short, I do not recommend this. With a major overhaul, I think it could be a charming story, but as it is, I could barely make it through the whole book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful funny
This my first book by this author I really enjoyed every minute of reading. The suspense was awesome and the storyline captivating
Published 1 month ago by Rena Glinton
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Good reading. Many thanks
Published 2 months ago by Ken Penny
5.0 out of 5 stars good story
I did enjoy this book that was the second time I read it. Full of comedy. Kept me spell bound.
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Eby
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice but slow
First,there are historical errors, plastic wasn't used in1899 as was mention regarding eggs. Secondly, Hank Williams didn't come on the music scene until the late 1930's or 40's. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eleanor Broyles
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good book
Published 3 months ago by GAIL NICHOLS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Great story and well written. Great characters and the pace is just right. I couldn't pout it down. Very suspenseful yet romantic and full of humor.
Published 3 months ago by LDM
3.0 out of 5 stars An Inconvenient Marriage review
I liked this book. The wedding was so funny. I liked how everyone thought it was a funny play an part of the wedding.
Published 4 months ago by Shannon Talbott
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loved it - she is a good author
Published 4 months ago by Ruth Herndon
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Awesome Book, Love the book, and loved reading it to my husband!
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn
Complete rubbish. No research was done to see how people lived and spoke in 1899. An anachronistic nightmare. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Debra A. Moore
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Ruth Ann Nordin lives in Nebraska with her husband and four sons. When she's not playing wife and mother, she's reading and writing. She has written over fifty books, and forty-seven of those are romances. Her romances include Regencies, historical westerns, and contemporaries.

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