Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings

Abigail Stuart thought she was Jeremiah Calhoun’s widow. But Jeremiah Calhoun is very handsome, very alive, and very perplexed. Most inconvenient indeed.
        With few options of her own, nurse Abigail Stuart agrees to marry her patient, a gravely wounded soldier calling himself Jeremiah Calhoun. They arrange a quick ceremony before he dies, giving Abigail the rights to his Ozark farm and giving Jeremiah the peace of knowing someone will care for his ailing sister after he’s gone—a practical solution for both of them.
        After the war, Abigail fulfills her side of the bargain—until the real Jeremiah Calhoun shows up, injured but definitely alive, and wastes no time in challenging Abigail’s story. Abigail is flummoxed. After months of claiming to be his widow, how can she explain that she’s never seen this Jeremiah Calhoun before? How can she convince him that she isn’t trying to steal his farm? And will she find a way to stay, even though this practical arrangement has turned into a most inconvenient marriage?

        Nurse Abigail Stuart never encouraged the attentions of any of her patients, knowing they were lonely and in pain and not really attracted to her. But when her favorite patient, the gravely wounded Jeremiah Calhoun, asks her to marry him as a practical arrangement—in the interest of his ailing sister—she reluctantly accepts. After he passes, she carries out her part of the bargain by making her way to his farm and family, until she is stunned by the appearance of the real Jeremiah Calhoun. Will she be able to convince him that her story is true and she has no intention of stealing his farm, or will he quickly send her packing?
        A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings is the first of her books that I have read, and I must say I was very pleasantly surprised. I have now found another author to put on my favorites list. With its clever plotline and suspenseful story, this novel is one to remember, especially since its characters were so relatable. Abigail’s struggles were ones anyone could understand, and I loved reading about Jeremiah’s determination to overcome his injury.
        Not only were the characters relatable, but the story wasn’t as predictable as it sounds. It kept me hooked, unsure what would happen, but so sure I wanted to keep reading to find out. I read the book in a day, if that tells you anything. And it was well worth shirking my responsibilities for. It also well deserves all of the five bookshelves I am giving it. You should read it sometime. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
        Happy reading!

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All credit for the italicized synopsis goes to Regina Jennings and her publishers.

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