Dual Power of Convenience: Merriweather Island
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: Dual Power of Convenience: Merriweather Island
Author: Chautona Havig
Series: Independence Islands, Book 1
Major Themes: Christian Fiction
Synopsis: This is a billionaire, marriage of convenience story—with some twists that make it both fun and inspiring!
following review written by Emma Filbrun
I read Dual Power of Convenience while Chautona Havig was writing it—one of the perks of being in her launch team! Actually, it’s a perk, but it’s also a nuisance, because I can’t just sit down and read the whole book in one go (as if a busy mother can do that, but anyway…) I have to wait for her to write the next chapter! I reread it last week, though, for the purpose of writing this review, because I forgot to write one the first time around. This series is rather interesting; six authors each write a book based on one of the five Independence Islands, an imaginary set of islands off the Atlantic Seaboard of the southern United States. I loved the introduction to the series, Christmas on Breakers Point.
Near the end of Christmas on Breakers Point, Mallory had the idea of starting a mobile bookstore. At the beginning of Dual Power of Convenience, she has started her shop, and is selling books, coffee and snacks. One day, she sees a stranger approaching from the ferry. Lyla has arrived to take up the job of sorting and cataloging the contents of one of the old mansions on the island, the Danforth Estate, for Richard, the absentee owner—who just happens to be on the verge of becoming a billionaire.
Soon, Lyla runs into problems managing the house, and Richard comes up with the perfect solution—a marriage of convenience. He doesn’t want a wife, and she definitely does not want a man in her life, so they’ll get married and never see each other again. Win-win situation. Except that Richard shows up at Danforth Hall a few months after the wedding. What is going on? What is Lyla going to do about this twist in her plans?
Not only is Dual Power of Convenience a very entertaining story that I enjoyed almost as much on the second reading as the first, there are a number of truths woven into it in such a way as to make them memorable. How should a husband and wife interact with each other? How can you learn to trust again when you have experienced a horrible betrayal? How far should a friend go in pushing someone to do what is right? If you enjoy light romance with a serious side, you’ll love this book. If you enjoy a serious book with a lot of humor in it, you might enjoy it, too. One thing I found really fun was the way Lyla was poking fun at popular “tropes” in romance books!
I received a free copy of this book from CelebrateLit, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
following review written by Esther Filbrun
Some books are just plain fun to read, and Dual Power of Convenience was one of them. I don’t know what it is about certain tropes that make them so much fun, but this book felt like the author threw everything at it, and in the end, it was almost like having a holiday while I read. Or, maybe, it was just that I had a delightful time getting to know the characters and why they did what they did, and it was the right book at the right time for me. I don’t know—but I do know I enjoyed the story!
Lyla has found the perfect situation—a house that will require years of work to catalog, care for, and organize. She’s able to work by herself, and has all the perks of working for a rich man without having him looking over her shoulder all the time. Sorting out a family estate will be fun. Her only hangup—he decides he needs a wife. That will get other women off his back, even though he’s not interested in anything more than a paper marriage, but should she accept his offer? Does she really want to be married—even just on paper—to a man she doesn’t know? She’s sworn off men altogether! And life just gets more complicated when things don’t go as either of them plan.
I loved seeing how the marriage of convenience trope worked in here—it’s somewhat cliché, but still fun to read, too. Lyla’s fear of men was very interesting to watch, and I loved seeing how she was able to finally fight through and break free of the fear and mistrust. I feel like I’m far too fearful sometimes, too, and that really isn’t helpful to anyone, least of all to myself. So learning to trust God and His leading is super helpful. In all, Dual Power of Convenience is a very good story!
I requested a free review copy of this book, and this is my honest opinion of it.
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Keywords: Christian Fiction, Romance Fiction, Books for Women, Inspirational Fiction