A Most Inconvenient Marriage
WINNER of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best Inspirational Novel of 2014
Wonderfully unique are just two words to describe Jennings’ latest. Set amid the post-Civil War Missouri Ozarks, Jennings spins an original tale with multidimensional characters and rich descriptions interspersed with witty dialogue. Fans of historical romance with an inspirational slant should appreciate that the historical details are relevant, plentiful and interesting. – 4 1/2 Stars, Romantic Times Reviews
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?
What starts out as a case of mistaken identity turns into a compelling love story between two people who are wary of each other and trying to rebuild their lives in the tense atmosphere of the Reconstruction South. Jennings (Love in the Balance) does a good job of charting the emotional and spiritual growth of her engaging protagonists. Her fresh take will please readers who prefer their historical romances set in the Civil War period. – Library Journal
Abigail Stuart had grown up believing she would dedicate her life to improving the bloodlines of the champion horses her father’s family has bred for generations, but then her stepfather sold off all the family’s horses to carry Union soldiers into battle. Branded by him as a liar and a thief, Abigail ends up working as nurse caring for the enemy wounded, and when a dying rebel soldier begs her to marry him and take care of his mother and sister by running their Ozark horse farm, she knows it’s her best path to survival. As Jeremiah Calhoun’s widow, Abigail makes inroads into the community and into her mother-in-law’s heart, while she works to make the struggling farm successful. But everything changes when the real Jeremiah Calhoun shows up planning to marry his longtime fiancee. He has no idea who Abigail is and how she came up with the notion that she was married to him. Jennings’ gentle romance and its unusual setting will appeal to general readers as well as those who search out Christian romances. – Booklist
Jennings cleverly weaves together a believable set of circumstances with surprising outcomes amid the turmoil of the end of the Civil War. Romance readers will laugh at the humor and rejoice in the strength of character as Jeremiah strives to recover and rebuild his farm. He can only do both with Abigail’s knowledge, spirit, and support. – CBA Retailing Magazine (Kim Peterson)