Back Cover: 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?
My Review: This book is brimming with trouble. Jennings captured some of the confusion of post civil war Missouri. It was enjoyable seeing how she got her characters out of the terrible predicament she put them into a the beginning of the book. This book is full of frustratingly funny instances. The children living near the Calhoun farm are a hoot and are constantly keeping everyone on their toes. I was frustrated at the number of times Jeremiah changes his mind about who he's going to marry. Honestly, I'm not sure I would have stuck around for his contradictory behavior. At the same time, sometimes the things we think we want are not the things we really need, as the character discover throughout the story.
My Recommendation: I recommend this novel to readers of historical romance.
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