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Wed by Necessity (Smoky Mountain Matches #10)

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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 th
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Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published February 1st 2017 by Love Inspired Historicals
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This is the first Karen Kirst book that I have read. It is part of a series, but can be read as a stand alone.

The book takes place in Tennessee in the 1800's. Caroline has been raised as a socialite and has been taught to look down at men who may not be her social equal. Things change when Duncan comes into town. He has the look of a drifter, but has been hired by Caroline's father to take care of the horses.

Life gets harder for them when they find themselves wed or face scandal. Both are harbor
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Sonya Heaney
I honestly don’t know what to make of this book. It’s beautifully-written, apparently well-researched… However, while at first I struggled with the heroine, by the halfway point I was seeing red with the emotionally abusive, martyr “hero”.

No, that’s being too nice. I’m sorry, but this book actually upset me, beyond the historically inaccurate Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman hair on the cover (usually this Harlequin line has brilliant, gorgeous, historically accurate covers – this one is terrible! No
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Clare O'Beara
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A socialite with a lot on her mind, is seen as an expense by her businessman father, and ordered to marry the stable manager. This is set in Gatlinburg on the day of Independence.

I am entirely unconvinced that a lady would come away from a ball in her long finely made gown and dainty slippers, get up on a horse and ride off into the night because she felt like it. Ladies changed to ride, wore appropriate skirts and boots, with a hairnet, and due to the shape of the side saddle they often had to
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Paula-O
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LIH "Wed by Necessity" by Karen Kirst.


This had a wonderful story about a socialite Caroline Turner who is not excited at all when her father hires Duncan McKenna to be stable manager. They seem to be like oil and water from their first meeting.
Things are not as they seem and when Caroline runs off with a storm pending Duncan goes along to keep her and the horses safe. Yep,the storm broke and they were out all night "alone". In earlier days this was not accepted and Caroline's father had the prea
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Leslie
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was great, their fighting chemistry of getting to know each other made you fall in love them and them to figure it out. It wasn't completely predictable at the end.
Hazel Robinson
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved It

Loved Duncan and Caroline, two stubborn people. Duncan saw Caroline as a spoiled rich girl, deep down she is a lot more than that. Caroline's parents were awful especially her mother everything Caroline did or what ever she wore didn't meet her mother' approval. Love marriage of convenience stories. Love the way Caroline and Duncan realized they loved each other the added touch of suspense was a plus. Wonderful story cannot wait for the next story in this series.
Carol
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about burdens, past pains, defensiveness, defiance, Faith, Renewal, and a new life of acceptance through JESUS CHRIST. Caroline is an heiress who acts like one and Duncan who isn't too bad off is running from his past and wants to start a new life - so he runs into Caroline and the two of them start something - but not out of love - Duncan is a man of Faith and He trusts GOD to lead his life to where HE wants him to be. Does it include Caroline, and if it does, what way? How are t ...more
Amy
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Having never read anything by this author, and seeing that it was Book 10 of a series, the way it's put together and presented, I expected a regular run of the mill story. While the plot is similar and there's plenty out there in these 'historical marriage of convenance types' I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the writing. Engaging, beautiful expressive descriptions transport the reader into eastern Tennessee and the heart of the Smoky Mountains. You would expect to heavily dislike Ca ...more
Sherry
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Caroline Turner's family is a prominent one in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. But lately there has been some trouble brewing concerning her father's reputation. In order to protect him she's been paying hush money to a blackmailer with her inheritance money. If that isn't bad enough, her father goes and hires a new stable manager. Caroline's life is full of complications and it's about to get worse. Duncan McKenna has been kind of drifting around and decides to hire on as the Turner's stable manager. Sp ...more
Carol
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about burdens, past pains, defensiveness, defiance, Faith, Renewal, and a new life of acceptance through JESUS CHRIST. Caroline is an heiress who acts like one and Duncan who isn't too bad off is running from his past and wants to start a new life - so he runs into Caroline and the two of them start something - but not out of love - Duncan is a man of Faith and He trusts GOD to lead his life to where HE wants him to be. Does it include Caroline, and if it does, what way? How are t ...more
Donna
Mar 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was the absolute worst of all the Smoky Mtn. books. I enjoyed all the others with the exception of one other besides this one.
I didn't see these two characters "becoming" a couple at all. It was as if the author snapped her fingers and voila, they love each other.
Two of the 'villains' in this story suddenly become heroes and all seems to be forgiven for them.
This was just an unbelievable book for me. I really wish I hadn't forced myself to finish, but based on her other books, I really thou
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Shelly Dabbs
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love Karen's Smoky Mountain Matches stories. All of them are great stories.. Must read if you like love stories set in a great town in the Smoky Mountains.
Hannah
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book reminded me of books by Tamera Alexander except it was a bit cleaner, shorter and fluffy due to being distributed by Loveinspired.
Pam Graber
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you haven't tried a Love Inspired Historical yet, start with this one! Karen Kirst tells the story of Caroline Turner (the definition of 'poor little rich girl') and Duncan McKenna who are forced into marriage when a thunderstorm traps them together overnight in a mountain cave. Duncan is the stable manager for Caroline's father and goes from the charmer who asks Caroline to dance at the town social to the angry tyrant who gives most of her clothing to charity because she has more than their ...more
Alisha Grant
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
i love reading this series, these two characters n their past experiences colouring misconceptions, love the ponds scene, art room scene... looking forward to café owners story
Jovita Reed
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Both the heroine and hero started out as a bit unlikeable, but they really grew on me throughout the story as they both began to work on their flaws and grow as people. The love story was sweet and believable, and there was also a mystery element, which only added to the entertainment of the story. I highly recommend this book and will be looking to add more from this series to my bookshelf.
Carol
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a book about burdens, past pains, defensiveness, defiance, Faith, Renewal, and a new life of acceptance through JESUS CHRIST. Caroline is an heiress who acts like one and Duncan who isn't too bad off is running from his past and wants to start a new life - so he runs into Caroline and the two of them start something - but not out of love - Duncan is a man of Faith and He trusts GOD to lead his life to where HE wants him to be. Does it include Caroline, and if it does, what way? How are t ...more
Tima
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
I wasn't sure what to make of this book. I loved the premise. I'm always ready for a good historical marriage of convenience story. But the characters didn't really jump out at me and the plot felt already done and weak. The main male character was so exasperating that I couldn't ever find myself liking him. It was a quick and somewhat entertaining story, but the religious parts weren't to my taste (even though Christian fiction is my favorite genre) and I wasn't fond of several of the character ...more
Books and Spoons
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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Lynsay
Loved this book. Another hit by Karen Kirst. I've been looking forward to Caroline's story since we first met her. She deserved a happily ever after. This book was so well written and written in a way that made you feel Caroline's loneliness. I think the first half of the book I had a hard time reading due to all the tears in my eyes. I felt for Caroline so much. I also loved how I kept second guessing my self when reading certain things. I'd think I'd have it figured out but then I wouldn't. I ...more
R
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of the books in this series so I was anxiously awaiting the release of this book. I was not disappointed.

Yes, the hero of the story is a bit boorish at first. Set in his ways & determined to establish a life focused on Christ (not earthly possessions) he was hard, determined and unwavering. But, as the story progressed, he softened as he uncovered the complicated layers of his new wife (which he had to find out from others since she was not confiding in him - he's not a mind
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Gina Burgess
Jan 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
I tried and tried to get into this book. I really liked the premise, but the execution fell flat. I just could not care one way or another about the main characters. The animosity/attraction between the two main characters is far too heavy-handed in the beginning. If someone is aggravated by another person, they aren't interested in how broad his shoulders are. The beginning is just not believable in my opinion. This kind of writing goes way back to those kidnap-woman-fall-in-love books written ...more
Anna Swedenmom
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Definitely a buy book. I had such a hard time liking the heroine at first but after awhile, I started understanding her better. This writing is creative and innovative in the handling of such plot lines. The writer is gifted and it shows through out the book. There may be a little resistance at first when starting to read but soon enough you will be captured in the story and just sit and enjoy the read. I will look forward to reading more from this author as it shows me from this story she is on ...more
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Karen Kirst was born and raised in East Tennessee near the Great Smoky Mountains. A lifelong lover of books, it wasn't until after college that she had the grand idea to write one herself. The pursuit of her dream would take longer than she first anticipated...years, in fact. In the fall of 2010, she got the happy news that Harlequin Love Inspired Historical wanted to publish her manuscript-a true ...more
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