Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings

A Marriage of Convenience Turns Most Inconvenient in this Historical Charmer

Having fled a difficult home life, Civil War nurse Abigail Stuart feels like her only friend in the world is sweet but gravely wounded patient Jeremiah Calhoun. Fearing he won't survive, the Confederate soldier's last wish is that Abigail look after his sickly sister at home. Marry him, return to his horse farm, and it'll be hers.

Left with few choices, Abigail takes him up on his offer and moves to Missouri after his death, but just as the family learns to accept her, the real Jeremiah Calhoun appears--puzzled to find a confounding woman posing as his wife. Jeremiah is determined to have his life back to how it was before the war, but his own wounds limit what he can do on his own. Still not fully convinced Abigail isn't duping him, he's left with no choice but to let the woman stay and help--not admitting to himself she may provide the healing his entire family needs.

About The Author

Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children.


My Review: 

We have a young woman who left home, and became a nurse in the Civil War. She is attracted more than usual to one young dying man, and her heart makes her marry this fellow and go to his home to take care of his very ill sister and her mother.
Sounds like something any caring young woman would do? No, this is a different time, and she has no home to return to, so she appears at her new families home to nurse and help return the farm to profitability. Ok, can you imagine a mother and sister greeted by their brother/son’s new wife, and they now believe that their love one is dead. She introduces herself around at Mrs. Jeremiah Calhoun, and is accepted as his widow, when, you probably guessed, he reappears, and is none to happy to have Abigail there, he is in love with Laurel. Then we get to Lauren, and you guessed it, she has found someone else.
As you sort through these special people, we also have jayhawkers that are stealing horses and shooting people. Not one dull moment here, and there is action right to the end.
Loved Jeremiah’s mother, who at once accepts Abigail, and you admire her for giving the girl some affection. These women are really hard workers, and you are in for some surprises and chuckles, especially when you meet those menacing kids.
Will Jeremiah and Laurel finally find happiness, and how about Abigail and the young Doctor who is now in love with Laurel? You are about to open a page-turner, and if you are like me, you won’t stop until you have all the answers.

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

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