About the Book
Book: Practically Married
Author: Karin Beery
Genre: General Market, clean fiction, women’s fiction, contemporary romance
Release Date: October 22, 2019
She moved to a new town to marry her fiancé. Instead, she’s burying him.
Ashley Johnson moved to northern Michigan to finally meet her fiancé face-to-face, but she arrived in time to attend his funeral. With no home back in Ohio, she decides to stay in what would have been their house, except his cousin Russ lives there too, and Russ has never heard of Ashley. To complicate matters, her fiancé accidentally willed her the family farm house. Eager to please everyone and desperate to disappoint no one, she proposes a marriage of convenience that could solve her and Russ’ problems, if they can get past her aunt, his sisters, and an ex-girlfriend.
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I have one thing to say before I begin this review, I pray this is the start of a series. Otherwise, the ending is just plain unfair. The story captured my heart, imagination, and attention from the moment I began reading. Ashely, Russ, and their family and friends made this story memorable. From the death of Ashley’s intended fiance to Russ’ ex-girlfriend appearing on the scene, there is quite a bit of drama to this story. But it is the kind of drama that grabs your attention and makes you want more of the story.
As one of two children whose parents were both only children who married someone who was one of five who also had parents who were one of five and one of six, I can appreciate what it must have felt like for Ashley to meet Russ, Ton’s cousin, and the rest of the family.
The characters were memorable, the events in the story incredible, but the ending was not fair or right. No book should end like this one did (or at least not without the promise of more to come). Other than the fact the book ended, I loved the story. I loved the relationship between Russ and his niece and nephews. I loved Russ’ interactions with his mother and sisters. It was such a well-put-together story, but there is so much more I want to know. So check out this story for yourself.
I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.
About the Author
Karin Beery grew up in a rural Michigan town where she wrote her first novel in high school. Today, she writes contemporary stories with a healthy dose of romance. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s reading, editing, or teaching it. In her free time, she enjoys being at home with her husband and fur babies watching University of Michigan football and action-adventure movies.
More from Karin
Why would two contemporary American’s agree to a marriage of convenience?
That’s what I asked myself when I sat down to write Practically Married. I love reading historical books about mail order brides and other arranged marriages, but I wanted to see if I could make that historical theme more modern (and still be believable).
That’s how Ashley and Russ came to be, and—after several revisions—I think I did it! It takes two to get married, but this is really Ashley’s story—it’s her past that inspires her future, and it’s up to her to decide where that inspiration with lead her.
The story couldn’t just be about their relationship, though. I’ve always thought it would be fun to have a big brother, so I gave Russ little sisters. And nieces and nephews. And a pie-baking mom who doesn’t like his beard (which may have been inspired my mother-in-law, who tried desperately to get my husband to shave his beard before our wedding). I also threw in some real buildings and places in northern Michigan (even though Boyne Falls is fictional). And it’s possible that some of my character names came directly from friends and other local inspirations. Practically Married isn’t only set in northern Michigan, it’s inspired by it.
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