Practically Married
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.

Practically Married Details

TitlePractically Married
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 22nd, 2019
PublisherGuiding Light Women's Fiction
Rating
GenreChristian, Romance, Fiction, Contemporary

Practically Married Review

  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 you go! She will get you emotionally invested in all of her characters, where you feel as if they are "real" people that you know. I felt like I was back visiting old friends and making new ones along the way. When Ashley arrives in Michigan she is told that Tom has died and that's why she hasn't heard from him. Ashley can't believe no one called her and told her what happened. When she finds out why she never got that phone call she doesn't know what to think. Tom never told anyone about her! What??The community of Lakeland, Michigan is filled with likable characters that you could see yourself becoming friends with. The women are strong and faithful to their families and the men are always trying to help them out. PRACTICALLY MARRIED is going to put you right in the middle of the orchards with all its problems! Ashley finds out that Tom left her his family home! What?? I'm telling you, this story is crazy good. Russ, Tom's cousin, lives in the house and is livid at Tom for one, not telling him about Ashley and two, for leaving her the family homestead! Ashley decides to stay in Michigan and give it a go all the while, with Russ still living in the house. The peek into these characters lives shows you how people deal differently with their problems. Sometimes it's funny and other times it left a lump in my throat. I mean seriously, how can you not fall in love with these people and get all up in their business? PRACTICALLY MARRIED is filled with family, new beginnings, getting over the past, love and loss. This story is a very heart tugging tale in Lakeland, Michigan and I loved every minute of it. The pages aren't filled with romance but there is plenty of it. You will be believing in happily ever after and finding yourself wanting to pack you bags and moving to Lakeland. I received a complimentary copy of this book from CelebrateLit. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
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  • Phyllis
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet contemporary marriage of convenience storyIt 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 A sweet contemporary marriage of convenience storyIt 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 please those around her. After all, she is setting off on her own to marry a man she has never met in person, despite what her elderly aunt and uncle think. However, as the story progresses, it becomes obvious that she struggles with fears of having people displeased with her. She was so sweet, always wanting to help. Even if it meant waking up at the crack of dawn to make breakfast. Although that may not have worked out just as she intended!Russ was an interesting hero; especially being close to forty and never married. He was very kind and so dedicated to his work. And even though he had sisters, he was rather clueless about women. Still, his sweet care of Ashley, even before he realized he cared for her, showed more of his character.While the outcome was as expected, the story took enough unexpected twists to keep it interesting.Read my full review at Among the ReadsI was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
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  • Jes Drew
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 hilarious to watch the two try to figure each other and everything out that put them legally at odds, even when their mutual attraction and special bond pulled them closer together. Their decisions made sense, though I couldn’t blame his sisters’ reactions either… I especially emphasized with the heroine, though, with her struggles with sleepwalking and fear of snow. Ew, snow… But, oh, the ending- if only it didn’t come so soon.I received a copy of this book from the publisher, and the opinions are my own.First published on my blog: https://agencyofbooksandspies.blogspo...
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  • Suzie Waltner
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 forty and ok with his life, but Ashley’s presence makes him long for more. In fact, I wondered more than once if maybe Tom’s intent was to get these two people together all along.While you may have to suspend some disbelief regarding the questionable “will,” the relationship that grows between the two main characters is worth sticking around for. And all the other females in Russ’s life are forces to behold. Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Emily Yager
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 believable, and the main character got on my nerves a bit. Overall was an enjoyable and quick read and a fresh take on a popular old trope.
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  • Rachel DeVaughn
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 steady plot from beginning to end. Probably not something I would read again, but it was still good. I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 does let them know.A page-turning fun read!I received this book through Celebrate Lit, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Judy G
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Karla
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 blink of the eye! Karin Beery has written a story that is about a modern day marriage of convenience, similar to the old fashioned "mail order brides" except with a life changing twist. Imagine selling everything you own, intending to travel, meet your future husband to whom you are engaged..... who you have NEVER met! Would you do it?? Not I! Ashley is a very brave, young woman who is seeking love , a perfect husband and a family in which she can become immersed finding the happiness she truly desires. However, upon arrival, she finds a funeral taking place, that of her fiance. What a frightening experience! Then , to make matters worse, no one in this family knows of her existence. I can feel her intense fear. what on earth will she do? The characters are all well described so realistically that the reader can easily identify with them, and immediately begins walking alongside them as they meet the many challenges and questions that must be answered. Many times, I questioned the wisdom of the two characters who seemed to be thrown together. The plot moved at a steady, somewhat slow pace. My interest was maintained throughout as unexpected twists and turns appeared. Ashley and Russ had many decisions to make. Their futures were to be determined by these complicated issues.I will definitely be watching for more books by this author. Although the tale was somewhat unbelievable, I escaped the real world for a few hours, experiencing a decision that I would never want to have to make! A sweet, complicated tale of two people desiring love, going about in it in the most unconventional way!!This book was provided by CelebrateLit. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own. A positive review was not required.
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  • Jennifer Sienes
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 marry a man she’s never actually met, although they’ve become very close friends via the Internet. Unfortunately, when she shows up as planned, she discovers he’s been killed in a hiking accident. Although he’s supposedly from a very close-knit family, no one has ever heard of Ashley. I had a few problems with the story line. First, the conflict that needs to be evident to keep a reader reading seems contrived. For example, the dead fiancé “accidentally” willed the family house and farm to her. The details of said will are sketchy and unbelievable, and any first-year lawyer would have thrown it out, but it’s used as a launching pad for family tension.Then in a blink of an eye, Ashley proposes to the dead fiancé’s, cousin, reasoning that since they’re both unattached, they might as well get married. It’ll be a marriage of convenience, just like she was expecting when she first arrived on the scene. Russ, Ashley’s new fiancé, seems happy to oblige, although he’s got some ex-stalker-girlfriend waiting in the wings to add some more weak drama. I had a difficult time buying their reasons for agreeing to the marriage of convenience because there was no in-depth backstory to justify it for either of them.Beery uses multiple sisters, wedding slip-ups and a flaky main character to keep the action going, but by the time the couple decides to say, “I do,” I lost interest in whether they did or didn’t. I received a complimentary copy for reviewing purposes, but the opinions are my own.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 he’s the dead fiance. Now onto Russ.Russ is the ideal man’s man I think from how the author describes him. He’s a farm boy who just wants to stay a farm boy but when his farm is threatened what will he do? And then when he finds out that Ashley owns his home now as well as a share of the farm what will that mean for his future?What if Ashley trades one groom for another? Nothing can go wrong with that right? After all, she was all set up to marry a man she had never met in person before so why not just add in the man she met instead. This is a wonderful book. I really dislike the character of Jess and definitely was not happy that she showed up in the story. It had enough bad guys before! But she is just about the best of the bad that there could be so I guess it’s okay she’s there even though I suspected her motives from the start.I can’t say too much more without giving stuff away so please go read the book so that you can come back and we can chat about it. It’s a fast read so it shouldn’t take too long. And it’s engaging so you won’t want to put it down.This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I can say that it won’t be the last!I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
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  • Rebecca Tews
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 her coffee.Another aspect of Ashley that I related to was her need to please everyone around her. Ashley wants to get married only because that’s what she thinks her mom would want. This is a good message to those like Ashley that you aren’t going to please everybody around you. In the end, it’s your happiness that counts. You shouldn’t do anything just because it’s what people expect you to do.I also liked Russ. But I think I liked his family more. There was his mom, the matchmaker. His sisters, the interrogators. And his nephews and niece, which, even though we don’t see a lot of, are important characters who bring out a sweet and caring side to Russ.My one complaint about this book is Jess. I understand that she is an important part to Russ’s past that drives the plot, but other than that, I think her presence is unnecessary. She just creates unneeded drama in the present that isn’t essential to the plot.I am very glad that I got the opportunity to read and review this book! It’s not my usual cup of tea, but something I definitely would recommend if you’re looking for just a fun, light-hearted book.I had received a copy of this book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review.
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  • Deana Dick
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 better, we find out that she has always wanted to please others . Living like that takes away from really making yourself happy. I wanted to ask her why she would make her decision when she hadn't heard from her fiance . Something is not adding up but Ashley is determined to see her commitment through.Russ is someone who is smart and a little apprehensive about Ashley's story. Why has no one heard of Ashley in the family? His cousin, Tom liked to keep things close to the vest and puts Ashley in a very uncomfortable position. Ashley is in for a very hard time when she is hit with tragic news. I liked how Russ was a gentleman and gave Ashley a little empathy. The story takes a few surprises that change the course of the two main characters. Russ and Ashley will both have to make hard decisions and question their motives. The author shows the struggles both characters have and how their decision could impact many. I liked the ending even though I guessed what would happen. What I liked was how the author showed how pleasing others can affect your life and cause pain and insecurity. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 a marriage of convenience. So in that way, this is more of a classic romance—it's just that the timeline is compressed.I did think the beginning was a bit far-fetched; with the ease of travel we have today, why would a woman completely upend her life and move to a new state to marry someone she had never even met? But that's what sets the entire plot in motion; after that, events became more believable.Ashley is a people pleaser, and it soon becomes evident that nearly every decision she makes is because she wants to please someone else. I enjoyed watching her work through that, and she definitely grew a lot throughout the novel. And I liked her romance with Russ, even as it took turns I wasn't expecting.Overall, I definitely enjoyed Practically Married. It had marriage of convenience elements that I enjoy while being a different take on the trope. 3-1/2 stars.Disclosure of material connection: I received this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Sadie VanderKodde
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 hard to do well, but there was just too much that was so unbelievable in this. A "ghost will" based on a few lines in a letter? A 35 year old woman who can't get a job and live on her own? My main issue though was Ashely's wishy-washiness. Cry me a river, girl. Get over it. (view spoiler)[ And I hated that this wasn't actually a marriage of convenience. They planned it, were thwarted many times. Planned it again. Worried it was the wrong choice. Almost went through with it. Finally realized that they were in love after two weeks of knowing each other and four more weeks of barely talking. Then they don't get married until the last page! Not my cup of tea. (hide spoiler)] 3 stars because it was a decent read. I felt like there were too many supporting characters, but I did enjoy Russ's family. They reminded me quite a bit of my own. Oh! One more thing: nobody uses the number 2 in text messages in place of the word "to" that much!!
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  • Donna C
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 has tragically died. To make matters worse she has nowhere else to go and her is willed his shared family home to her. What you might want to know: This book does deal with the topic of loss. It is a very prominent topic throughout the book not just with the death of Ashley’s fiance. What I enjoyed about this book: Karin Beery has written a book that makes me think of a modern day mail order bride, the bride arrives to find out her intended has died and she has nowhere to go. I think that it was nice to see a book that shows even in our modern high tech world the unexpected can still occur Parts of the books reminded me of an accident, you can’t help but watch. I couldn’t wait to find out what crazy thing was going to happen next. I enjoyed the family members who were screaming caution at both Ashley and Russ,I received a complimentary copy for this book from Celebrate Lit, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own
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  • Connie Saunders
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 find her happily ever after? Is it possible to please everyone? Should a person keep trying when it is causing them so much pain? So many questions and then Ashley receives this advice from her uncle......"Maybe it's time to stop worrying about everyone else and start doing the right thing, even if that means that someone else doesn't like it." (p. 244)Ashley's decision to move to Michigan to marry someone that she knew only through email and phone calls at first seemed irresponsible but is this any different than the mail-order brides that were such a big part of our early U.S. history? Practically Married is a sweet romance and even though the ending is predictable, there are enough complications to make it an interesting and intriguing read. I recommend it to all who enjoy contemporary romance.I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and I am voluntarily sharing my honest thoughts in this review.
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  • Patti Pierce
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Tabitha Bouldin
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI 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 4.5 starsI 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 Practically Married is a wonderful example of what works.Her characters feel authentic and the emotions displayed never feel over-played.Something I’ve appreciated before in Karin Beery’s work is her ability to weave spiritual threads throughout the entire novel. As a reader, you see God’s presence through these characters’ lives and it happens naturally. You don’t have to search and wonder but it’s not preachy either.A wonderful anytime read with a message of finding hope in the broken pieces.When all she wants to do is please everyone, and when that proves impossible, Ashley will have the opportunity to learn what it is she truly wants.I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 was predictable (which is a strength in these type stories I feel like), I did feel that there were enough twists along the way to keep you reading. My issues just had to do with the conflicts. I found the conflict the story was centered around- this hypothetical will to be a little unbelievable. Also, I find it hard to believe someone would engage in a marriage of convenience these days, so I feel like the attempt to make that a modern thing was a little too hard to think that would really happen. Overall, I think those that enjoy a Hallmark movie type vibe, or enjoy a nice clean romance with really nice hero and heroine would enjoy this one. For me it’s more of a 3.5 star so I rounded up! I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own.
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  • MaryAnn Bell
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 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.My Thoughts: This is a charming romance that the readers will not want to put down. This is the story of a young woman in search of a dream. She would love to have a family, but at what cost? Will she decide on practicality or will she follow her heart?I enjoyed this novel, with characters that were down to earth and easy to relate to. I love the concept of the novel.This is a romance novel that comes highly recommended.
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  • Kimmie
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 somewhere and was told that my fiancee had died. Ashley handled it very well though, and Russ is my kinda guy. A planner who likes everything to fit in a box. So like I said at the beginning I like how the characters play together and I think Karin Beery did a great job developing them through out the story. Her book reminds me of Linda Fords books in that they have such interesting story lines and great characters with HEA’s in each story.I give this book 4 out of 5 stars for the very interesting story premise, the likeable characters, and for making it stick in my mind even after I am done with the book. I look forward to reading more from Karin Beery in the future.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 everyone but herself, but has to learn that she can't really please anyone tills she learns to do what she really wants for herself.This story was a nice break from the nonfiction that I have been reading lately. I knew how I wanted the story to end and I am happy to say I am happy with the way it ended. I want a sequel to this story, in fact this book is so full of characters that I am sure it could became a series.I received a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. There opinions are my own.
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  • Vibliophile
    January 1, 1970
    (4.5 stars) - refreshing take on a popular tropeYears 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 (4.5 stars) - refreshing take on a popular tropeYears 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 good while. The plot is handled credibly, the writing is absorbing, and the characters are sympathetic, though I know that Ashley's crisis of indecisiveness will drive a few of you crazy. There was one point that made me go "no he wouldn't!" after a character did something, but upon reflection decided that there are some guys who really are capable of being that clueless, a few of them being friends of mine, lol.It only missed an epilogue, but I give it my hearty recommendation! *Clean romance level: sweet kisses
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 to be everything that he’s ever wanted in a wife. Can they overcome all the obstacles and realize that they were meant for each other? I loved the big meddling family. All the love and worry and comradery made the story come alive. The care that Russ showed Ashley was so refreshing considering today’s standards. A very sweet romance. I received this book from Celebrate-Lit for my honest review.
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  • Gail Hollingsworth
    January 1, 1970
    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, 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, responsibilities and love. All the characters were portrayed as real people, ones I could call neighbors if they lived near me. And Russ? He’s a real keeper in my book!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise. All opinions are my own.
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  • Vicky Sluiter
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 were times when I wanted to yell at them. Any book that can get a reaction out of me is worth reading. Author Karin Beery did a fabulous job!If you enjoy contemporary Christian fiction with a twist then you’ll want to get this book.I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 characters together. I thought that the author gave them very interesting back stories and created good tension and attraction between them. This book was definitely an original twist on a marriage of covenience story.
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  • Jennifer J.
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 highly satisfying clean and contemporary romance!Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A favorable review was not required, no compensation was received, and all views expressed are my own.
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  • Deanna
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 torn between making her decision on what everyone else wants and choosing for herself. And she doesn’t know what to do. Could her indecision cost her everything?I received this as a complimentary copy and I am giving my honest review voluntarily
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