Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Most Inconvenient Marriage - Book Review

Abigail Stuart thought she was
Jeremiah Calhoun's widow.
But Jeremiah 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 when 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? 


My Thoughts

As you can imagine by the title of the book alone
there is going to be a lot of smiles and laughs throughout the pages.
But beside the sweet humor there is also blessed hope, forgiveness, and joy
that is found in the lives of several of the characters.
These three characteristics reach out to the readers making it very clear 
that there is precious hope, forgiveness, and joy found in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Abigail had me grinning from ear-to-ear on more than one occasion
with her somewhat stubborn attitude and fiery spirit.
Any lady finding herself in the position of being married to a dead man
who is now fully alive and well would have to have some fire and spunk in her.
Abigail is a hard worker, kind and compassionate, 
and quite endearing to those she meets - 
Jeremiah soon finds out that she is a woman who is hard to ignore. . .

And poor Jeremiah!
Imagine the predicament he finds himself in when he realizes he is married
to a woman he has never met or seen
and at the same time he is all but engaged to his childhood sweetheart.
His so-called wife has been sleeping in his bedroom,
working with his horses, and inching her way into the hearts of his family and friends
while he has been off fighting a battle.
He would have to agree that this is indeed a most inconvenient marriage.

There is romance, a tad bit of suspense, and glorious redemption
found in this delightful book.
The plot is quite intriguing and will have you turning page after page
to find out what happens.

** I was given a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University
with a degree in English.
She is the author of Sixty Acres and a Bride, Love in the Balance,
Caught in the Middle, and she contributed a novella to
A Match Made in Texas.
She and her family make their home in Oklahoma City.
Regina can be found online at 

16 comments:

NanaDiana said...

That sounds like a really, really good book, Stephanie! I bet it was an interesting read. xo Diana

Jan Tanis said...

Love your review! Sounds intriguing...

mamasmercantile said...

Sounds like a great book.5

Sola Scriptura said...

What a delightful book review. Thank you for sharing this with us, Stephanie. I hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

Debbie said...

I am not a reader BUT who needs to read with awesome reviews like this!!!!

Christine said...

Just my kind of book! I have enjoyed Regina Jennings writing before.
Thanks Stephanie!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Stephanie, this sounds like a good story and was enjoyable. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Loved your ornaments below too.
You are one talented girl!!
So creative!
Christmas Blessings
xo

Scrappy quilter said...

Another great review.

My cozy ✄ little space said...

i dont now about this book...but my husband has many christian books of andrew murray and others..beside the bible is good to filled ourselfs with reading..it build us up...lovely pictures stephanie, thanks friend for always visiting my blog...i just love yours and your posts..you now that...blessings..

J said...

I would so love to read this! But I must choose between reading and quilting in my spare time and usually quilting wins!
But what a great review and very original story plot!

Rosemary and Thyme said...

It sounds like a very fun and interesting book. Good story line.

Thank you for the review.

Wishing you a blessed week,

Janet

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

Goodness! This sounds like a very gripping story! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Stephanie! Blessings on your Sunday! Love, Kelly xx

Ariƫlla said...

When it is tranlated in Dutch I shalle read it!

vic said...

Oohh this sounds really good Stephanie I love reading :)
Thank you for visiting me and you kind comments your so sweet
Hugs
Vic x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Stephanie!! I was out all day yesterday with my husband and did we ever have a great day!

I have not seen this book, but will check it out! Now, have you read, "The Waiting?" This is a must-read about the endless grace of God and how a young girl had to give up her first baby only to lose her but then FOUND HER after an unbelievable amount of time. Check it out.

Hugs to you dear one and have a great day! Anita

Robyn said...

I love this book review, Stephanie, and you have definitely made me want to read it. I like some humour in my pages and this sounds perfect. I have some catching up to do. You've been very busy! lol. It's always such a pleasure to visit your beautiful site, my friend. Much love and hugs to you. xoxo

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