Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Review: A Most Inconvenient Marriage

I know I usually don't post two times a day, but I decided to make an exception. I hope you enjoy reading about A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings.


A Most Inconvenient Marriage
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?
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My Review

When Abigail Stuart agrees to marry a dying soldier to manage his horse farm and take care of his family, she thinks his name is Jeremiah Calhoun. She certainly does not expect a different man named Jeremiah Calhoun to show up on the farm, be recognized by his mother and sister, and threaten to throw her out as a thief and a liar. Desperate to stay on the horse farm, the only home she has, Abigail strikes up a deal with Jeremiah to stay a few more months. Will she convince him to let her stay permanently? And will she end up married to the real Jeremiah in the end?
When I began reading A Most Inconvenient Marriage, by Regina Jennings, I was excited to see what would come of this awkward situation and how, as I predicted, Abigail and Jeremiah would end up together. I found that A Most Inconvenient Marriage was a very sweet and lovely romance.
After the initial discoveries of who Abigail did and did not marry, the story started becoming less interesting. Regina Jennings then created danger and a mystery to draw the readers back into the story: Someone was stealing from and hurting the townspeople. Jeremiah’s fiancĂ© also provided some drama because she was in love with Jeremiah as well as the local doctor and both were determined to win her affections.
A couple of awkward situations between Jeremiah and Abigail and with the neighbors made the story especially entertaining. I can only imagine the stories neighbor kids told their parents! And what their dad saw probably topped everything, especially with Jeremiah and Abigail’s sort-of marriage.
One part of A Most Inconvenient Marriage really touched me. Rachel, Jeremiah’s sister, had an undiagnosed, degenerative disease that was killing her. Even though she was only in her twenties, Rachel had no hope for any future but death. She was bitter, depressed, and extremely irritable because of it. But within the story, Rachel changes from being this miserable person to having God’s joy despite her pain, which is a wonderful witness for Christ. When reading this, I was struck with how similar Rachel’s situation was to that of a few of my friends. It is a tragedy for them, but they have held on to hope in Christ and become amazing witnesses for Him through it. I loved to see their example written into a book for all to read.
A Most Inconvenient Marriage was entertaining and fun. I look forward to reading other books by Regina Jennings.
I have received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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