BOOK REVIEW – MISTAKENLY MARRIED by VICTORINE LIESKE
A young woman who doesn’t fit the mold—but tries to conform to please her family. Disaster in the making. And Penny Ackerman has tried, truly tried, to be what’s expected of her.
Now, she stands in the Chapel-O-Love, waiting for William to arrive. To finally meet him face to face. Their two year online relationship is love, she just knows it is.
Harrison Williams’ brother has found a debutante who has agreed to marry Harrison—for a price of course—and Harrison goes along. It’s the only way he can have his trust fund money.
Only there’s a mix-up. William is a no-show, and Harrison winds up in his place.
And Penny and Harrison end up married.
How, oh how, is Penny going to explain this to her family? Harrison is ready to bail as soon as he realizes the mistake—but he can’t if he wants his trust fund money.
What happens when two people who have never met, who weren’t supposed to get married in the first place, find that they are married to their soul mate? But Penny doesn’t fit in Harrison’s elitist world, nor does he exactly fit in her homey upbringing. And yet…
This is my first read by Ms. Lieske, and I found it to be quite entertaining. The characters are well written, and real, even in the unlikely circumstance. The emotions are strong, and Ms. Lieske has conveyed these on the page. I felt Penny’s frustration as her affection for Harrison grew, I longed for her to tell him her feelings. And yet I understood her hesitation. I connected with the characters, and in the most curious of circumstances, they were real. I was drawn into the story and thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Victorine enjoys commercial success through her writing, thanks in part to her ability to analyze and adapt to the constantly changing trends in today’s publishing environment. She self-published her first book, Not What She Seems, in April of 2010. In March of 2011, Not What She Seems began its 6 week run on The New York Times best selling eBook list. By May 2011 she had sold over 100,000 copies. Victorine’s first romantic comedy novel hit the USA Today Best selling books list in January 2015. Victorine has also helped countless other authors through her involvement and outreach. As immediate past president of the Nebraska Writers Guild, she helped modernize the 90-year-old organization and educated members about the changes occurring in the publishing industry due to the eBook revolution and ease of self-publishing. She is active in many writing groups and forums and has given dozens of interviews for TV, radio and print media and has been a panel member and keynote speaker at several major events, including The Business of Writing International Summit. Her candor as a blogger and guest has made her a favorite with audiences worldwide. Victorine also served as a judge for the 2015 Whitney Awards. Because of her selfless service to fellow authors through assistance with critiquing, beta reading and graphic design, she was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the CIR Strong Award, named for late Clean Indie Reads forum member Jessica Strong. Victorine and her husband have raised their four children in Nebraska. Along with Victorine’s writing and graphic design work for the publishing industry, she and her husband manufacture rubber stamps and wall vinyl for the craft industry. Victorine is represented by literary agent Jason Ashlock of Movable Type Literary Group. Her book, How to Find Success Selling eBooks, details how she found success, and gives advice to other writers wanting to sell eBooks in the genre fiction market.
Victorine’s website: http://victorinelieske.com/
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