Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Marriage of Convenience- Jewel Amethyst

A Marriage of Convenience
Jewel Amethyst
Leisure, Aug 2009, $6.99
ISBN: 9780843962987

Tamara Fontaine has worked diligently on making her marriage perfect. She does everything right without being a bridezilla. Now the time to exchange vows is here, but one problem occurs; the groom fails to show up leaving her with a ton of bills and a mortgage she cannot afford.

Humiliated, but financially strapped and sinking deeper into the abyss, she listens carefully to the offer by Ghanaian scientist Kwabena “Ben “ Opoku who needs a green card to remain in the states. They marry with him paying off her bills and she giving him the avenue to remain in the country. However, as they fall in love, Tamara fears hurt as she learned once again at the altar that men don’t love plus size women; Ben has to prove her hypothesis wrong one experiment at a time.

Ben makes this a refreshing marriage of convenience contemporary romance as his Ghanaian heritage comes to life as much as his legal efforts to remain in the country in spite of his being a scientist and the anti immigration fervor still lingering. The story line is driven by the lead couple and though the audience will know where it will end, traveling the road with this pair is entertaining as like the author’s name each is a gem of a character.

Harriet Klausner

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