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Practically Married

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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. T
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Published October 22nd 2019 by Guiding Light Women's Fiction (first published October 2019)
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Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

PRACTICALLY MARRIED by Karin Beery is a crazy good story. Ashley Johnson sells her home in Ohio and moves to Michigan to finally meet her fiancé. Yes, you read that right. Even though she hasn't talked to him in a few weeks she decides to go ahead with her plans. She figures the reason why she hasn't heard from him is because he is out in the wilderness hunting, and he probably can't get a signal. Oh boy! Ashley couldn't be more wrong.

Karin Beery has a way of pulling you in and never letting yo
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet contemporary marriage of convenience story

It is fun to read modern-day marriage of convenience stories. It is obvious what could have motivated a couple to marry without being in love a hundred or more years ago, but today? Why would anyone do that? Part of what makes Practically Married fun is that with the same woman you get to see two different reasons why she would do this.

At first, it isn’t obvious how much Ashley makes decisions based on what she thinks will
Jes Drew
This book was the epitome of bittersweet. Bitter, because of the tragedy that lead the main characters together, as well as the losses they suffered in their respective pasts. Sweet, because they kept on living, holding fast to their families, and finding a new kind of support in each other. The hero is dealing with the loss of his best friend and cousin… who has accidentally made him homeless. And the heroine put her whole future on the life of a dead man who made her his secret. It was hilario ...more
Suzie Waltner
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wouldn’t exactly call this a marriage of convenience book, maybe more of an agreement of a marriage of convenience, but it’s obvious from early on that Russ and Ashley belong together.

As you can guess from the description of Practically Married, the beginning is someone sad and dismal but as Ashley finds comfort in the Michigan town and with Russ and his family, things lighten up.

Ashley is a people pleaser—to the point that her life decisions are affected by others. Russ is almost
Emily Yager
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A modern-day marriage of convenience.

The premise of this story peaked my interest. It starts off a bit sad, while at the same time had me cringing inward at what the characters do/did. I could envision so many terrible things that could happen to Ashley (Perhaps I watch too many crime shows). After lots of twists, turns, a few misunderstandings, and surprises, it all wraps up to a sweet HEA (Happy Ever After).

While I did have some issues with the story and at times it was less then
Rachel DeVaughn
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Funny, sweet Christian romance about a modern day marriage of convenience.

Ashley and Russ were good main characters in this story but I didn't like how indecisive and what a "people pleaser" Ashley was. It took some time for people including Russ to warm up to Ashley and rightly so. Ashley was a sweet character and worked hard with the farm and with her relationships. I also liked Russ's family and their interactions throughout the book. I love large families!

The story was interesting with a s
Maureen Timerman
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I enjoyed this story, and what really started out as a very sad beginning, ended with smiles.
A very small-town setting, and with winter that won’t leave, and this is where a young woman places her destiny and sells her possessions to go and live and actually marry a man she has never met.
A burned farmer is surprised to have this woman show up, and as the story unfolds, surprises come about. As a Mom, I would be shocked to have my child do what these two are about, and the family sure
Judy G
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy a clean romance with happy ending you will like this book. I just wish it had an epilogue to give a further glance after the book ending.
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

As this author is new to me, I commenced reading this book with some trepidation. Would I like the style of writing ? Would the tale keep me engaged?
Happily, I can report that this was a book that I read in two days! There was something about it that kept me wondering, wanting to know what was going to take place next. Admittedly, the plot is not a sit on the edge of your seat kind, or one that has the reader's heart pounding. But it is a bittersweet tale of how life can change in the blin
Jennifer Sienes
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I think it would be very challenging to attempt to write a believable, contemporary marriage of convenience love story. Karin Beery took on that challenge—and her characters are very lovable. I enjoy a good romance, even knowing how the story is going to end. And given the “happily ever after” ending that is expected, the story itself needs to grab me in order to satisfy my reader heart.

Practically Married by Karin Beery has a good premise. Main character, Ashley Johnson, shows up at a farm to
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: celebrate-lit
My Thoughts on Practically Married:
This is a unique book. When I first read the description I thought it would take place in the past. Like the days of mail order brides. But then I picked up the book and realized I couldn’t have been more wrong because this was present-day cell phones and all.

I loved this book. The characters are great. They suck you in and you either love them or hate them. Tom, well, I don’t think I would have liked him if I did indeed met him. So maybe it’s good that
Rebecca Tews
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Practically Married is your typical romance novel, filled with predictable twists and turns and an expected ending. That is not to say that I did not like the book. It was fun and quirky and I related to Ashley more than I like to admit. Ashley is not necessarily a city girl, but she definitely needs time to adapt to the farm life. Particularly, the early mornings. She likes to stay up late and wake up late. And before she can even think about talking to anyone in the morning, she needs to have ...more
Deana Dick
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting take on a marriage of convenience . Usually we see books about this subject set during the 1800's or 1900's. I liked the premise of a contemporary story and that is was a clean romance. Today we hear about people meeting online and marry. It doesn't always work out, but there are the few that make a connection.

I was surprised at Ashley giving up her job and selling everything to marry a man she had never met. What was she thinking? As we get to know her be
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Practically Married is not at all what I expected, and I think that's a good thing. While I assumed (from the title and the back blurb) that it would be a modern marriage of convenience romance, it actually isn't your classic interpretation of the trope. Here's what I mean: While Russ and Ashley do intend to enter into a marriage of convenience, they a) are wildly attracted to each other from the start and b) work through lots of issues prior to the marriage, not after, as you would expect from ...more
Sadie VanderKodde
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I was drawn to this story because I live in Michigan, a little farther south than this story is set, but close enough to recognize the landmarks. And I loooooove marriage of convenience stories. This one didn't quite live up to my expectations, though. I wasn't crazy about the writing style. There were many times I had to go back and re-read to figure out what the author meant. And I just feel like the whole premise was really unlikely. I understand that contemporary marriages of convenience are ...more
Donna C
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
What I think you should know:
Practically Married is a contemporary fiction, clean romance novel. Ashley Johnson decides after many failed dating attempts that should would rather marry a man that she can be friends with than and hope to fall in love. After making an online friend who feels the same way she picks up her life and moves to Michigan. However instead of finally meeting her fiance she meets his roommate cousin Russ, who is left to give her the devastating news that her fiance h
Connie Saunders
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a a enjoyable story with some very likable characters but it didn't take me long to figure out that Ashley Johnson is a 'people-pleaser'. She had lost her parents as a teenager and reading her mother's journal convinced Ashley that her mother's fervent wish was for her to have a husband and family. Ashley becomes engaged to a man that she knows only through email and phone calls but an unfortunate event alters their plans drastically and Ashley's future becomes very uncertain. Can she fi ...more
Patti Pierce
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Tabitha Bouldin
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
4.5 stars
I love when a title has a double meaning. Then I spent a large part of my reading trying to figure out if the author meant the title this way or that…or both? Probably not the best use of my time while reading, but it’s instinctual by this point. And fun.

Modern-day marriage of convenience stories are not that common, and I’ve read Karen Beery’s work before, so I knew I had to check out this book. Not everyone can write this trope and do it well.

I think Prac
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
So, I had mixed feelings on this modern "mail order" bride story. What I loved was the backdrop and the characters. Although I'm a true southern girl, I found myself wanting to visit Wisconsin because of our author's description. Also, I really enjoyed Ashley and Russ. They were beautifully developed and you really don't see the entire emotional depth of the characters and their challenges until the end of the story making the story develop at a very intriguing, blossoming pace. While the ending ...more
MaryAnn Bell
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 farmhouse. Eager to please everyone and despe
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought that the premise of this book was great! A modern day marriage of convenience/ almost Mail order bride type of story. I dont believe I have ever read a modern marriage of convenience story. It created for me lots of what ifs in my mind, which I like as the story tends to stick with me even after its done.

The characters were believable. I liked how they played off each other, and built off of each interaction. Personally I have no idea what I would do if I showed up somewher
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Practically Married" by Karin Beery is a book that I really enjoyed. It was a nice escaped from reality. It is a story about two people meeting each other one line and decided to get married.

Ashley sells everything to go meet him but when she gets there, she finds out that he has died. She meets his cousin Russ and Russ's family. It turns out there are more surprises awaiting Ashley than just her fiancee's funeral.

This is such an fun and an easy read. Ashley struggles to please ever
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars) - refreshing take on a popular trope

Years ago, Bill Murray starred in a comedy called "Quick Change" in which a group of bank robbers keep trying but can't get out of NY.

While this book is not about bank robbers, nor even a comedy per se, I was reminded of it by the shared concept of people trying to do something that keep running into unexpected obstacles.

It wasn't just touching, but also one of the most entertaining stories that I've read in a go
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Practically Married by Karin Beery is a stand-alone novel about finding your rightful place in life. Deciding to give up the dating scene Ashley moves to northern Michigan to marry Tom, whom she met online. They are both settling for companionship instead of romance and love. When she arrives, she finds out that Tom has died in a tragic accident and didn’t tell anybody about her. Meeting Tom’s family fills that empty place in Ashley’s heart. Russ, Tom’s cousin and business partner, finds Ashley ...more
Gail Hollingsworth
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m still sitting here in the afterglow as I turn the last page of Practically Married. This was the first book I’ve read by Karin Beery and I throughly enjoyed it. The characters were so fun to read about. I really felt for Ashley, being alone except for an elderly aunt and uncle. Taking a chance on a guy she meets online but not in person. And what happens when she gets to his hometown only to be waiting for him but he never shows up? Wow! This will take you on a journey of grief, friendship, ...more
Vicky Sluiter
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let’s skip to the chase. I loved it! Yes, it seems like an impractical plot in this day and age, but why? It worked in the past so why not now? The “marriage of convenience” plot made this a fun read, and the characters were great!! The women in Russ’ life will make you laugh while you’re falling in love with him.

Lots of surprises made me wonder if this couple would get together or not. Along the way they both had to learn some things, like trust and how to communicate. But there wer
I read this book through Kindle Unlimited and thoroughly enjoyed it from the start to the finish. The situation that the characters find themselves in is definitely unusual, however, I thought that the author did a good job setting up the reasons behind why these two people might choose to enter into a marriage as an arrangement instead of through the normal means of falling in love with someone.

However, there is much more to the story than the initial reasons that brought these char
Jennifer  J.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A delightfully sweet romance with a clever storyline and enjoyable characters who interact in many entertaining and endearing ways. Practically Married is both the title and a creative clue to part of the story’s premise – excellent wordplay! The narrative develops comfortably, neither leaving out nor giving away too much too soon – well done! This new to me author’s style is highly enjoyable and engaging; I look forward to enjoying more of her work! Very highly recommend this well written and h ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m not one to believe in fate, but this book makes you wonder if sometimes, somethings happen for a reason. A really great story that is so well written and described that I feel I know these characters personally. I wanted the best for them. The ending will leave you with more questions.

Ashley meets Russ, her secret fiancés cousin, days before her fiancés (Tom) funeral.

Ashley agreed to a marriage of convenience with Tom, but with Russ her heart is more affected. She is
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