A Most Inconvenient Marriage


Regina Jennings has a decided talent for taking the most serious situations, adding her unique style of humor, and ending up with a natural and believable story. She definitely helps me to remember that unless we can laugh at some of what life throws at us, our lives could be dull and boring or perhaps even a tragedy.

In the aftermath of the Civil War, Abigail Stuart travels to the home of the wounded soldier she married on his death bed in order to fulfill her promise to care for his mother and sister. Warmly welcomed by his mother, Abigail finds it more difficult to earn the trust of Jeremiah’s sister. Just as she has settled in well, who should arrive but the real Jeremiah Calhoun – injured but very much alive and absolutely not the man she married! He was also not at all happy to find her with his family and known by the entire community as his widow. After all he still had a fiance he planned to marry as soon as possible. It doesn’t take very long before Jeremiah realized he very much needed Abigail’s help on the farm and agreed to allow her to stay until he was able to take care of things himself.

Okay, that is as much as I can say about the story without totally giving it away. At times it was a comedy of errors and at other times it tugged at my heartstrings. I loved the characters and especially enjoyed seeing the effect that Abigail’s caring spirit had on Jeremiah, his sister, and even his fiance. This is one book that should not be missed!

This book was provided for review by the Book Club Network.


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 could 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?


Regina JenningsRegina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She 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 with her ornery husband and four dangerously charming children.

Visit Regina’s website at www.reginajennings.com.