A Most Inconvenient Marriage – Regina Jennings
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.
I have yet to find a book published by Bethany House that I haven’t liked or haven’t enjoyed reading, in fact it kills me every time I have to put one of their books down because of those pesky other commitments in life (and in my case, those terrifying exams). I have received this book from the publisher, but of course it does not change my opinion in any way, shape, or form. Luckily for them, A Most Inconvenient Marriage is another book that I adore.
When I first read the description of A Most Inconvenient Marriage, I remember thinking something along the lines of, “How in the world did that happen? Who did she marry if not Jeremiah? I need to read this.” And so I did and I wasn’t disappointed. There was humor, suffering, regret, forgiveness, and love. I was close to tears at the end.
Bethany House books make me expect so much out of men. Sigh. Jeremiah, although, I really liked. He was flawed and had issues that a lot of male leads in other books don’t always have, making him a little more real and human. He’s not a perfect gentleman nor is he a prince charming waiting on his princess and then they go on and have their perfect sunset life. He suspected in the beginning that Abigail was there only to cheat his family out of their home and possessions. He didn’t believe her claim of her being married to him.
Abigail was a strong character. She was a nurse during the war and so she had seen so many horrible things and saw so many young men die. Poor woman thought she was marrying the real Jeremiah Calhoun and what a surprise to her that the dying man she married was in fact someone else entirely. Despite that, she stayed and took care of the very real Jeremiah’s ailing, but rather sharp-tongued sister. Abigail and Jeremiah’s relationship with one another is not a simple one and there are some obstacles that keep them from each other longer than what could have been.
So I would a hundred percent throw this book at you and demand you read it, that is if you like historical fiction with clean romance or if you’re just a Bethany House fan like me.