Mystery, Romance

A Marriage of Convenience by Stevie Turner

Family life, mystery, romance, 151 words. eBook, paperback, audio book and in Kindle Unlimited

Pictures Telling Stories

The couple in the first picture are Gerrie and Sophie with their baby Junior. They were so happy then. The flashing blue lights of the police show that something goes horribly wrong in their lives. Gerrie is a musician and rock concerts play a big part in this story. Corcovado Hill in Brazil is where the statue of Jesus Christ is. This comes up at the end of the story, where they staying at a rock star’s home by the beach where there is a party with tension!

Karen’s Magic Review

I have been struggling of late and have been incredibly picky at what I want to read. I want shorter books and a cover and description that grabs me. It sounds easy, but it really isn’t. However, it got to the point I had nothing to read that I turned to the WordPress Reader section and to the sites I follow.

One of those is a blog called Stevie Turner, realist, writer, reader and reviewer, and rocker. I like her blog as it is always one that stops me scrolling the feed. This time I came across a book review for one of her own stories that she had reblogged. I read the description for A Marriage of Convenience and really liked it, and of course the fact it was in Kindle Unlimited, swung it for me. I could cope with 151 words, that’s a good length.

Right away I liked the writing style and the characters. I’ve always had a penchant for stories with rock stars in them, so I liked the idea immediately, and it didn’t fail. I thought I had an idea of where the story would go. Girl meets guy, falls in love, he is a struggling singer and eventually makes it big. I was wrong, which is a nice surprise. He isn’t the rock star of the book, and there is a twist right at the beginning, a mystery, that moves the story forward in a way I hadn’t imagined.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was very satisfied with the happy ending I was unsure we would get. I felt the tension of Sophie and could understand the hurt she felt. It almost brought a tear to my eyes. Let’s just say that forgiveness is a powerful thing.

The only thing that distracted me from the story slightly was the formatting. There were gaps between words and double spacing at the beginning of a chapter. But it wasn’t enough to put me off especially when a story is this good.


‘Would you marry someone simply to help them out of a dilemma?
This is what Sophie Woods, a university student, is about to do, a business arrangement, nothing more. But what happens afterwards is the stuff that dreams, and Hollywood movies are made of. Sophie, young and naïve, has never done anything risky before and has no idea of what fate awaits her.

Gerrie, a South African student, is an aspiring rock star with wealthy parents, who unfortunately don’t approve of his career choice. Gerrie wants to stay in England and the only way he can do that, is to get married.
Sophie falls in love with her new husband, but circumstances conspire to ruin their unexpected happiness and break both their hearts as well. The tension builds unbearably for them and their future outcome looks decidedly bleak.

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