A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings is historical fiction set right after the Civil War. I love the cover! That's one reason why I requested this book to review. Well, that and the title. It looks and sounds so intriguing doesn't it? I did find it interesting and unique but not as good as some books I've read. :-)
Abigail Stuart was a Yankee nurse helping Confederate prisoners. She became attached to one in particular, and when he begged her to marry her so that she could take care of his mother and sick sister she finally said yes. After he died, she traveled to his horse farm in Missouri. They had lost most of their stock, but her daddy had taught her all about horses so she is sure she can get it up and running again.
Injured and in hiding for the last few months of the war, Jeremiah is finally able to go back home. Once there he is shocked to find a woman saying she is his widow. Furious, he demands her to leave, but when she refuses he is flabbergasted. Finally they come to an agreement. She will stay until the mare has her foal since she put in the money to breed her, and then she will leave.
Jeremiah begins to rely on Abigail more and more as the days go by since his leg injury prevents him from doing many of the things he could easily do before. Abigail convinces Jeremiah to let her help him with his injury but begins to regret ever suggesting it. The longer she is around him the more she doesn't want to leave him. Will she ever have a home again?
I enjoyed the story especially the unusualness of the marriage, It was a funny conundrum to read about, for sure! Abigail was a very well written character, and I immediately liked her courageous spirit. Jeremiah was so serious about everything, and I liked how Abigail brought out a lighter side to him. Plus, she helped his family become whole once again. :-) On the other hand, I didn't like some of the interactions and conversations between Jeremiah and Abigail. It wasn't realistic for that time and was too sensual for then especially. The reason I read Christian fiction is for clean reads, but lately there are more and more sensualness in Christian books. I'm sure everyone will disagree with me on that... :-) Overall it was a different, fun read full of unexpected twists and turns.
I was given this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.