Monday, January 13, 2014

The Accidental Marriage

I love reading!  Last year I had a goal of reading 20 books in the year, this year I have bumped it up to 30. I am starting off the year with a book I received to review called The Accidental Marriage by Annette Haws.

A first year of marriage can be a roller coaster for anyone, let alone if you just barely met the person and come from two very different families. 

Elliot is serving an LDS church mission when he meets a girl in Scotland who will forever change his life. He stays true to the mission rules and they meet up again in the states after his mission; where the trouble immediately begins as Elliot's mother has another plan for her oldest son. 

Despite multiple objections they marry and then have to figure out married life together.

While this plot could sound quite similar to many other plots out there; there was a twist and something new for me as this book was set in the early 70's at a time when legislation for equal rights was making it's way through the courts. Nina, who grew up in a very wealthy family, is right at the front of this movement and sometimes wonders how her more modern views and the fact that she is married at a young age, to a man who grow up in a very traditional family, can work together. 

It was quite interesting while reading this book to think about how much progress has been made over the years in regards to women's rights and to think about what it would be like to be a woman at that time. The book switches at times between Elliot and Nina's perspectives; these switches really help the story flow nicely. I liked the characters in the book and while I could put it down at times, I kept quickly coming back to it as I wanted to find out what happened next. 

The book works through and addresses if the new ideas of the time and a marriage can coincide and work together.  

This is what I call 'a clean-book', while content/subject matter is more of a PG-13 level, it is free from language or any explicit sexual scenes. This is definitely geared more towards an LDS audience, with a lot of LDS cultural aspects throughout the whole story.

I did enjoy this book and liked the different time frame it was set in, which differed from books I usually read.


The author, Annette Haws was a teacher in the public school systems for fourteen years and now has retired to pursuer her interest in writing fiction.  The Accidental Marriage is her second publish novel.   You can find more about the book here.

You can purchase The Accidental Marriage at the Following Locations

Cedar Fort//Books And Things//Amazon//Barnes & Nobel

Disclaimer: I was given an ACR copy to review, all feelings and opinions are my own and truthful


  1. It sounds like a very interesting story!

    1. It is- especially the era it was set it. I personally haven't read too many books set during that time

  2. This sounds like a good read! Thanks for sharing!

    1. No problem! I love reading and finding new books to read

  3. Hehe stories like this are fun to read.

  4. I'm always looking for new books, this one sounds interesting.
    My reading has slacked off due to all the school books I have to read, I need to get back to personal reading!

    1. Yes school books do take up a lot of time. I do love getting lost in a good book