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A Most Inconvenient Marriage

A Most Inconvenient Marriage

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by Regina Jennings

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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 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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When Union nurse Abigail Stuart befriends a gravely injured Confederate soldier named Jeremiah Calhoun, she learns about his sister's illness and his Missouri horse farm. Realizing that he is dying, Jeremiah proposes to Abigail, ensuring that his sister will be cared for and that Abigail, who fled a troubled home life, will have a place to go to after the war. Reluctantly, Abigail accepts his proposal, and as a widow heads to Missouri to keep her part of the bargain. Just as she begins to forge a relationship with her husband's family, the real Jeremiah, wounded from the war, returns home. He's shocked to see a stranger who claims to be his wife, and Abigail is equally taken aback. VERDICT 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.

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Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. In addition to her own books, she contributed a novella to the novella collection A Match Made in Texas. Regina has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children and can be found online at www.reginajennings.com.

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A Most Inconvenient Marriage 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Abigail, a nurse, marries a confederate soldier on his death bed. After she buries him she keeps her promise to go to his home and care for his sister. She also uses her extensive knowledge of horses to keep his farm running. But the entire community is shocked to find the man return home a few months later. If Abigail didn't marry Jeremiah Calhoun, then who was the man she buried several months ago? And what is she supposed to do now? The plot was unique and it was a nice change from the usual. I enjoyed all of the characters and felt the author did a great job of showing their flaws while also making them endearing. The story, while fun, also had an underlying message of forgiveness. The author also brought in some romantic drama, suspense, and a little bit of heartache. It was a really neat story that made me want to check out her other books. I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a good read, definitely grabbed my attention and made me need to read more. The post civil war setting made it quite interesting and the character relationships were all pretty intriguing.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Another winner for Regina Jennings!  --   I have enjoyed every one of Regina's books that I've read so far and this one was no different. She has a style of writing that keeps you interested and wanting to hurry through the book to see how it ends. Her character Abigail is a strong woman that follows through with a promise even though it was based on a lie by the person she made the promise too. I don't think anyone will find this book dull as there is a lot going on with Abigail and the Calhoun family. I would encourage any historical fiction lover to read Regina's newest book and if you haven't read any of her other books, be sure and grab those too!
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed every part of this story. A Most Inconvenient Marriage is one of those books that makes reviewing – and reading, for that matter – pure fun. Fresh, memorable, and charming, the story had my attention from the start and kept me smiling and laughing throughout. That’s right. This book may be set during the Civil War, but it has many lighthearted moments to lift the spirit of the book and its readers. Of course, I was bound to love it. The setting hit close to my home and heart. It’s not only inspired by my own small Missouri town, but the setting also resembles a similar thread to my own stories. Needless to say, this book was calling my name. I loved the unique twist on the “Marriage of Convenience” stories we’re all familiar with. I’ve never read anything quite like this and the author’s unique voice really shined. I have a feeling I could read other books by Regina and instantly recognize her style. This romantic tale kept me guessing at all the right places. The characters were endearing, the dialogue amusing, and the surprises satisfying to the end. The whole adventure made me glad I was along for the read. ;) I certainly plan on sharing A Most Inconvenient Marriage with my fellow reading friends, but I’m also making room for it on my bookshelf. It’s a keeper! Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 25 days ago
I truly felt the angst of the characters.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Lots of twists & turns in this with interesting characters. I will definitely find more of this authors work to read.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
This book was so much fun!!! Jeremiah is the kind of hero that makes me all twitterpated & the dilemma in which he finds himself upon returning home from the War Between the States is the stuff that great love polygons are made of! Betsy and Josiah's antics amped up the hilarious mayhem but some scenes didn't need their help at all to draw a laugh. I'm thinking in particular of the drunk horse and also when Amelia and Jeremiah begin his physical therapy and are caught in an easily-misconstrued and rather indelicate situation. :) Sprinkled throughout the giggles and the swoons are sweet moments of maturity and heart change that make Christian fiction so distinctive. All around and in every dimension, this book is a winner! (I won this book in a giveaway and received it with no expectation of a review.)
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is a very enjoyable story. How can you not like Abigail and Jeremiah. Though this is a different Jeremiah than Abigail thought. Abigail is a nurse during the end of the civil war and ends up marrying a dying soldier and than going to live with his family. Then one day she learns she did not marry their son but someone else.. What will they all do? There are some funny moments and some sad moments during this book but not a dull one. I received this book from.bookfun.org for a fair and honest opinion.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
Regina Jennings is good! A Most Inconvenient Bride is the first novel I have read by Jennings, and I really enjoyed it. She is a great story teller. She had me dying to find out how everything was going to work out. I had so much fun getting to know Jeremiah and Abigail and many of the other characters in the story too. Jennings left me satisfied. After I finished reading the book, I felt that every loose end was tied up, which doesn’t always happen. Abigail has done her best to help every soldier she nursed during the war, but she can’t help but call Romeo her favorite. When he knows he’s not getting better he makes her an offer she can’t refuse. God answers prayers in ways we least expect it. Jeremiah has longed for home, but couldn’t go until he made every effort to find his best friend. What will it be like to sleep in an actual bed? But when he gets home he’s in for a surprise. Someone else is living in his old bedroom. Can God use them to help each other? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction. There are many twist and turns throughout the story. There were times where I was literally hoping that certain things would or wouldn’t happen. And she had me laughing out loud at other times. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
Karenls1956 More than 1 year ago
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
A Most Inconvenient Marriage is an enjoyable read. It is a historical romance set after the Civil War. Abigail was a nurse during the war and fulfilled a dying soldier's request of marriage. This was so that she could go and take care of his ill sister and mother on the family farm without difficulty. Unfortunately a person shows up stating he is the real soldier that owns that property. It lead to many humorous and romantic episodes. I recieved this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
Nurse Abigail Stuart never encouraged the attentions of any of her patients, knowing they were lonely and in pain and not really attracted to her. But when her favorite patient, the gravely wounded Jeremiah Calhoun, asks her to marry him as a practical arrangement—in the interest of his ailing sister—she reluctantly accepts. After he passes, she carries out her part of the bargain by making her way to his farm and family, until she is stunned by the appearance of the real Jeremiah Calhoun. Will she be able to convince him that her story is true and she has no intention of stealing his farm, or will he quickly send her packing? A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings is the first of her books that I have read, and I must say I was very pleasantly surprised. I have now found another author to put on my favorites list. With its clever plotline and suspenseful story, this novel is one to remember, especially since its characters were so relatable. Abigail’s struggles were ones anyone could understand, and I loved reading about Jeremiah’s determination to overcome his injury. Not only were the characters relatable, but the story wasn’t as predictable as it sounds. It kept me hooked, unsure what would happen, but so sure I wanted to keep reading to find out. I read the book in a day, if that tells you anything. And it was well worth shirking my responsibilities for. It also well deserves all of the five bookshelves I am giving it. You should read it sometime. I promise you won’t be disappointed. (This review is from my blog, spreadinghisgrace.blogspot.com)
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VicG More than 1 year ago
Regina Jennings in her new book “A Most Inconvenient Marriage” published by Bethany House introduces us to Abigail Stuart. From the back cover: 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? Wow, what a situation. Abigail feels sorry for a wounded soldier and marries him to grant his last wish of caring for his younger sister. Then he dies and she relocates to Missouri. After convincing the family that everything she tells them is true Jeremiah returns home. However this is not the Jeremiah that she married and died it is the real Jeremiah and he has no idea of who she is. Now these two have to work together. This is one of the cleverest stories I have ever come across. This has drama, some suspense and loads of fun. Quite possible this might be Ms. Jennings best. And on top of everything this is a romance. This is a book about family and what is important in life. Ms. Jennings knows how to create characters that live on the page and that we get to know and love. Get ready for an exciting read that will keep you flipping pages and keep you emotionally involved. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings was such a fun read, I read it in less than 24 hours. I could not put this book down. Taking place right after the Civil War, Nurse Abigail Stuart gives in to a dying soldiers request and marries him. Jeremiah Calhoun was her late husband’s name and his main concern was for his sister Rachel to be taken care of. In the bargain Abigail would receive the rights to his farm. Being driven from her own family, Abigail quickly makes her way to the Ozark farm and sets up house with her mother -in-law and Rachel, her sister-in-law. Just to make things interesting, she must also confront Jeremiah’s fiancé, Laurel, and let her know that he loved Laurel till the end. But marrying Abigail was for the best for his ailing sister. Their lives begin to settle into a new pattern until the real Jeremiah Calhoun shows up back home. Injured himself, he is bound and determined not to let this woman into his life and he wants to pick things back up with his fiancé Laurel. This story delivers a delightful tale of antics, a slow burn love, danger, and the companionship of friends and neighbors. Not to mention the mystery of whom Abigail actually married if it was not Jeremiah Calhoun. I highly recommend this one by Regina Jennings and it is going on my keeper shelf. I received my copy from The Book Club Network, Inc. for an honest review and the opinions are my own.
SarahSundin More than 1 year ago
A Most Inconvenient Marriage is another delightful novel by Regina Jennings. Abigail and Jeremiah are strong characters, believable, flawed, and likable. I truly wanted these two hurting people to find happiness with each other. And the humor! The incidents with the skunks and the pie dough…well, you just have to read them yourself! I loved this story and highly recommend it.
Suz4AU0608 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the books written by Regina Jennings so I wasn't surprised at all how much I enjoyed this one. In fact, it might be my favorite book she's written yet! That probably has a lot to do with the book taking place post-Civil War which is my second favorite time period next to World War II. Abigail is a Union nurse who cared for Rebel soldiers taken prisoner and with the war winding down her favorite patient makes her an offer she can't refuse. He knows he won't survive to return home and his worry over his sister being taken care of supersedes his concern over hurting his beloved and marrying Abigail. In his mind it's a win-win: Abigail has a place to call home since she doesn't have anywhere to go and his sister will be taken care of along with his family farm. Everything goes relatively well upon Abigail's arrival with Jeremiah's mother welcoming her with open arms and his sister, Rachel, at least tolerating her presence. That is, until the real Jeremiah Calhoun arrives home and finds out he's supposedly married to Abigail. This causes quite a problem since Jeremiah spent the war praying to make it back to Laurel, his beloved. After learning of Jeremiah's supposed death Laurel had begun to spend time with Dr. Hopkins so they all find themselves in quite a pickle with Jeremiah being alive, Abigail supposedly being his wife, and Laurel falling in love with another man. Although Abigail and Jeremiah initially get off on the wrong foot her nurturing ability with both Rachel and Jeremiah and her keen sense with horses begins to soften his resolve and he agrees to allow her to remain on the farm until the mare whose breeding Abigail paid for with her own money foals. What ensues in that time makes for a wonderful story encompassing love, heartbreak, struggle, and danger. I cannot wait to see what Regina Jennings comes up with next! I kinda hope it's a continuation of this series! I received this book free of charge from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Regina Jennings best yet! If there's one thing Regina Jennings does well it's romantic comedy with spiritual and life lessons. A Most Inconvenient Marriage fits that to a 'T'. There are some very poignant moments that cause the reader to pause for reflection amidst the humor. I really can't remember which Regina Jennings book I read first but I have certainly enjoyed each succeeding one, A Most Inconvenient Marriage was no exception. In fact, I think it just might be my favorite yet. The characters in A Most Inconvenient Marriage are varied, flawed, quirky, and fun. Well, fun except for some not-so-nice guys that liven up the lives of our hero and heroine. Regina Jennings has such a way of pulling the reader into the lives of her characters. I ran the gamut of emotions with Abigail and Jeremiah. Jeremiah's suspicions of Abigail's motives and character really got my dander up a few times. One must not forget the neighbor kids, Josiah and Betsy, those two are just hysterical! You could just about base a series off of them and their antics. One of the neatest things about this book is the wonderful cover. It really matches the story and I just love it! The Bethany team has outdone themselves yet again. A Most Inconvenient Marriage is a definite winner from Regina Jennings! Don't miss it! (I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
HPedersen More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this engaging tale! Jennings did a great job of combining a little humor and suspense throughout the story line.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes people find themselves in very unusual circumstances because of a rash or spontaneous decision. That is the basis of this inspirational romance. Abigail Stuart, a Union nurse during the Civil War, was caring for the Confederate prisoners when a gravely wounded soldier asked her to marry him in order to provide for his mother and chronically ill sister. She, having a tender heart and no home to return to after the war, agreed, allowing him, Jeremiah Calhoun, to die in peace. He provided all rights to his Ozark farm to her as well as a marriage license proving she was legally his wife. At the end of the war, Abigail arrived at her new home as Jeremiah’s widow. Some in the community embraced her while others determined she was a liar, but in emergencies, all accepted her nursing care. She was a hard worker and soon had the farm up and running well again until the day that the real Jeremiah Calhoun returned home as a wounded soldier. Abigail was blindsided. Who was this man? Who was the man she had married? How could she prove that her motives were pure – she was not there to steal the farm? Jeremiah was determined to kick her out immediately, but soon realized that because of his wounded leg, he needed her help to run the farm. Each chapter brought new twists and turns into the story, but the underlying message the author gives the reader is that God is working for our good when we choose to follow His ways no matter how unusual they may seem. I completely enjoyed this book – couldn’t put it down until the last page. I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
letheridge2 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading A Most Inconvenient Marriage. Abigail is an awesome and loyal character. She honored her commitment regardless of the unexpected. She didn’t allow the unkind treatment she sometimes experienced get in the way of doing her job. I also appreciate the fact that Jeremiah was concerned and dedicated to protecting his family even though he faced challenges of his own. The strong family bond was an inspiration. True love was demonstrated and it was refreshing to see all involved followed their hearts and the outcome was complete happiness. Thanks Bethany House for the opportunity to read a fantastic book free of charge.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
A Most Inconvenient Marriage***** by Regina Jennings Abigail Stuart is a nurse working with wounded soldiers and agrees to marry one of the soldiers, Jeremiah Calhoun, who is not going to make it home. He tells her if she marries him she will have a home on his Ozark farm, which includes taking care of his ailing sister and his mother. With no other place to go, Abigail agrees to marry Jeremiah. After the war, Abigail goes to Jeremiah's farm and informs his mother she married him just before he died. His mother takes her in and loves her as a daughter. Abigail settles in her new home until an injured soldier shows up at the farm saying he is Jeremiah Calhoun and challenges Abigail's claims. She has never seen this Jeremiah before, how will she convince him she married someone named Jeremiah Calhoun? Will he allow her to stay and sort this out or make her leave? And if the man Abigail married was not the real Jeremiah, then who was he and why did he say he was Jeremiah? Abigail's story drew me in from the first. She had family troubles and was alone until she married the soldier and his family became her family. I like the way she did not give up even when she found out that the real Jeremiah was indeed alive. The story becomes even more interesting as Jeremiah and Abigail try to find out who it was she had married. Their troubles are only beginning with some twists and turns in the story, surprises, mysteries, unexpected events, forgiveness and faith. Even though the war was over, many people still were angry, even hatred comes out in this small town. I enjoyed the antics of the two young neighboring children, Josiah and Betsy who like to play tricks/pranks on Abigail and those on the farm. Abigail joins right in and plays a few pranks of her own on Josiah and Betsy—which had me chuckling along with them. There were other funny aspects of the story too, like the horse—oops, don't want to give anything away. ~I received a copy of this book from TBCN for my honest review~
GHott More than 1 year ago
Left without a home or any prospects at the end of the war, Civil War nurse Abigail Stuart accepts the proposal of her patient Jeremiah Calhoun. Jeremiah doesn’t love her, he just needs for her to care for his sister. He’s giving her his horse farm and his name in return for her promise to care for everything he’s leaving behind. Planning to just visit and see if she’s needed, Abigail intends to keep her promise only if it’s valued. As soon as she’s met with a home and family that desperately need help Abigail steps in and steps up, investing her own money and backbreaking labor into setting the farm and family to rights. Until a much different man appears claiming to be Jeremiah Calhoun and threatening the home Abigail has worked so hard to make. Hott Review of: What I liked: This Christian Romance is really a lot of fun. There’s some suspense, a love triangle or two, and plenty of romance. It’s also great the way that they rely on God, but still admit to needing a closer relationship with Him. (It’s not a preachy Christian romance.) What I didn’t like: I’m really hoping this will be a series. It’d be fun to visit these characters again! More… Author: Regina Jennings Source: Bethany House Publishers via Netgalley Grade: A Ages: 16+ Steam: YA Setting: Missouri
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
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 fiancé 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.