A Most Inconvenient Marriage, a novel by Regina Jennings, opens in 1865 in a St. Louis prison. Abigail Stuart, a nurse, receives a surprising marriage proposal from her dying patient who says he is Jeremiah Calhoun. He promises that after he passes she will inherit his farm in the Ozarks. He asks that she takes care of his frail sister and the farm. Not having many other options, Abigail agrees to the marriage and travels to the farm after he dies. She identifies herself as Jeremiah’s widow and she works hard to keep her end of the promise. Things get complicated when the real and very much alive Jeremiah Calhoun returns home. One can only imagine their surprise when they learn about each other.
Abigail eventually accepts that this Jeremiah is who he says he is, but who did she marry? Jeremiah wants her to leave, but in reality she has nowhere to go as she is estranged from her own family. She desperately searches for a way to stay on the farm and with the people she has come to care for deeply.
In time Jeremiah and Abigail develop an attraction and a mutual respect. But, Jeremiah has made a commitment to another woman and he is an honorable man. Abigail prepares to leave the farm when things begin to change. Is there a chance for Abigail and Jeremiah to make a life?
This is a story about belonging , honor and love. The characters are endearing and admirable. This is a richly layered story that is easy and enjoyable to read. I recommend reading this book.
I received this book for free from Bethany House and I give this review of my own free will.