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?
It’s 1865 and the Civil War is nearing its end, but the healing has just begun. Missouri was one of the states where allegiances were divided and, as a result, not everyone is happy with the arrival of a Union nurse in their small community. The Calhoun family supported the south, but Ma Calhoun welcomes her apparent daughter-in-law with open arms. Abigail has wanted a place to call home and it looks like she’s found one, until the real Jeremiah Calhoun returns from the dead and Abigail learns the true identity of the man she married.
For much of the book Jeremiah alternated between wanting Abigail to stay and wanting her gone. Nor could he decide which woman to marry, a situation which might have been resolved earlier than it was if only he’d been honest with himself… and them. I couldn’t decide whether Abigail was really his first choice or not. Meanwhile, it seemed obvious that, although Abigail believed she didn’t need attention, what she really needed was for someone to need her. The least said about Jeremiah’s sister, the primary reason why Abigail stuck around, the better.
Of course, there has to be a bit of action to accompany the romance. In this case, it was a bunch of horse thieves who may or may not have been veterans of the war who didn’t want to work an honest job. As well as being a nurse, Abigail conveniently knew a bit about horse breeding. This meant she fussed about a particular horse and made some reckless decisions regarding it. Was it a case of love me, love my horse, or love my horse and I’ll love you forever? It always helps if the hero makes the girl happy, even while he’s trying to save his friends’ lives.
Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary copy of A Most Inconvenient Marriage, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
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Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 02 December 2014
Page Count: 336