A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings is a light love story set in the Ozarks after the Civil War. Abigail, a nurse, tends to the wounded of the confederate army, even though she is a Yankee from Ohio. Her favorite patient is dying from gangrene after losing his arm but talks her into marrying him so she can go back to his home in Missouri to help on the farm and take care of his sister. Unfortunately, this Romeo takes the name of his best friend, Jeremiah Calhoun, instead of his own. Abigail has already found a home with kindly Ma and ornery Rachel Calhoun and taken over the chores to help run the place, when Jeremiah come back “from the dead”. Jeremiah and Abigail are a toxic mixture who argue about everything, but Abigail has much to do before she can leave, including helping bitter Rachel deal with the repercussions of rheumatic fever and fixing Jeremiah’s wounded leg. Horse stealing bushwackers and a mistaken romantic triangle provide complications in the plot line before each of the characters find their true love.
This is an breezy story which is easy to read. The romance is limited to stolen kisses fitting to the historical times. Although the plot is somewhat contrived and predictable, the ending satisfies the reader by tying up the loose ends. Not the best book ever, but certainly enjoyable.
I give this book three stars.
I would like to thank Bethany House for allowing me to download this book in exchange for an unbiased review.