Book Review

Review: A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings

There is something about novels that involve a “marriage of convenience” that intrigue me. I’m not sure if the love story that comes out of this books feels more real, or if it somehow captures how relationships really develop. I do know, that often these books are filled with funny moments, and the one thing that we can all relate to, is acknowledging the heart. More than in other books, “marriage of convenience” stories usually reach a point where the character can’t ignore their feelings any longer. The problem is, they don’t want to be hurt–and the marriage part is a clear opening for that to happen. 

It was the twist on the “marriage of convenience” that drew me to this book. I had already enjoyed Regina Jennings novels (if you haven’t yet read one of her books, you can pick up Sixty Acres and a Bride for free for Amazon Kindle-as of this posting) so this was one I didn’t want to miss.

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**I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review**

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?

Humor, history, and a wonderfully flawed hero–these are the things that you can find in Regina Jenning’s latest novel. If you have enjoyed her Ladies of Caldwell series, I’m sure you will enjoy this new book. Like her previous novels, this one also includes a vibrant cast of characters and a compelling storyline.

One of my favorite parts of this book was the way that I couldn’t help but laugh at some of the character’s antics. Abigail is feisty, Jeremiah is stubborn, Jeremiah’s sister Rachel is angry, and there are a couple of mischievous children running about. Between all of them, there are a number of reasons to smile at some of the goings-on. But amidst that, the characters are all dealing with their own kind of pain and problems. Abigail is looking for somewhere to belong, Jeremiah wants his world to be the way he expects, and Rachel is facing a too-early death from rheumatic fever. The characters have to learn to get along to find God’s blessings in their lives.

I found this novel to be an interesting twist to the “marriage of convenience” type stories. So if you enjoy those books, I’m sure you will enjoy this one. Also, be prepared to read this one as quick as you can. After about halfway through, the story just keeps growing and becomes more and more interesting. I stayed up way later than I should to finish it because I needed to know what was going to happen next.

All in all, I adored this story.

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