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A Most Inconvenient Marriage (Ozark Mountain Romance Series #1)

Regina Jennings
A Most Inconvenient Marriage (Ozark Mountain Romance Series #1)

After fleeing a difficult home life during the Civil War, nurse Abigail Stuart meets a gravely wounded soldier, named Jeremiah. Fearing he won't survive, Jeremiah asks Abigail to marry him and look after his ill sister. After his death she moves to his Missouri horse farm.... Read More

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After fleeing a difficult home life during the Civil War, nurse Abigail Stuart meets a gravely wounded soldier, named Jeremiah. Fearing he won't survive, Jeremiah asks Abigail to marry him and look after his ill sister. After his death she moves to his Missouri horse farm. Just as his family has learned to accept her, the real Jeremiah comes home from the war. Can Abigail provide the healing that his entire family needs?

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Product Details:
Page Count: 352
Released: 12/2014
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Nov 4, 2014
  • UPC: 9780764211409
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Publish Date: Dec 2, 2014
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042030"
  • ISBN: 0764211404

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Don't miss this delightful story! by Jeanne C on 1/19/2016

A Most Inconvenient Marriage (Ozark Mountain Romance Book #1) (Kindle Edition)
I stayed up far too late reading Regina Jenning's newest book "A Most Inconvenient Marriage"! I hated to put this book down! What I really wanted to do was read it all the way through. I was so drawn into her delightful, post civil war story full of romance, humor, and overcoming hardships, the characters show humility and faith along the way. Nurse Abigail Stuart marries a favorite patient, Jeremiah Calhoun on his deathbed to fulfill a promise to him. She moves into his family home as his widow and you can imagine what happens when the real Jeremiah Calhoun returns from war. Don't miss this delightful read!

Don by Jeanne C on 1/19/2016

A Most Inconvenient Marriage (Ozark Mountain Romance Book #1)
I stayed up far too late reading Regina Jenning's newest book "A Most Inconvenient Marriage"! I hated to put this book down! What I really wanted to do was read it all the way through. I was so drawn into her delightful, post civil war story full of romance, humor, and overcoming hardships, the characters show humility and faith along the way. Nurse Abigail Stuart marries a favorite patient, Jeremiah Calhoun on his deathbed to fulfill a promise to him. She moves into his family home as his widow and you can imagine what happens when the real Jeremiah Calhoun returns from war. Don't miss this delightful read!

Awesome Civil War Era Story by Ginger on 2/10/2015

Oh my word! This was such an awesome read! I love Civil War Era romance books, and this one took the cake. Regina Jennings kept me interested from the very first line. I cannot wait to the next book comes out! I love Abigail. She has such a beautiful heart. She is someone that wants to care and love on others. I also think that she just wants to feel needed. Incredible book!
I received a copy in hopes of a review on my blog My MisMatched World.

A Mosgt Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings by Tina on 1/18/2015

A Most Inconvenient Marriage***** by Regina Jennings

Abigail Stuart is a nurse working with wounded soldiers and agrees to marry one of the soldiers, Jeremiah Calhoun, who is not going to make it home. He tells her if she marries him she will have a home on his Ozark farm, which includes taking care of his ailing sister and his mother. With no other place to go, Abigail agrees to marry Jeremiah. After the war, Abigail goes to Jeremiah's farm and informs his mother she married him just before he died. His mother takes her in and loves her as a daughter. Abigail settles in her new home until an injured soldier shows up at the farm saying he is Jeremiah Calhoun and challenges Abigail's claims. She has never seen this Jeremiah before, how will she convince him she married someone named Jeremiah Calhoun? Will he allow her to stay and sort this out or make her leave? And if the man Abigail married was not the real Jeremiah, then who was he and why did he say he was Jeremiah?

Abigail's story drew me in from the first. She had family troubles and was alone until she married the soldier and his family became her family. I like the way she did not give up even when she found out that the real Jeremiah was indeed alive. The story becomes even more interesting as Jeremiah and Abigail try to find out who it was she had married. Their troubles are only beginning with some twists and turns in the story, surprises, mysteries, unexpected events, forgiveness and faith. Even though the war was over, many people still were angry, even hatred comes out in this small town. I enjoyed the antics of the two young neighboring children, Josiah and Betsy who like to play tricks/pranks on Abigail and those on the farm. Abigail joins right in and plays a few pranks of her own on Josiah and Betsy—which had me chuckling along with them. There were other funny aspects of the story too, like the horse—oops, don't want to give anything away.

~I received a copy of this book from TBCN for my honest review~

Great 5 star book by Michelle on 1/5/2015

A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Ozark Mountain Romance Book #1 by Regina Jennings
Bethany House
Christian Fiction , Historical

ISBN: 9780764211409

After false accusation were made against Abigail Stuart by her step father, she has no choice but to take a nursing job caring for prisoners of war. As the war is set to end, her favorite patient Romeo, who claims to be Jeremiah Calhoun realizes he may not make it, so he asks her to marry him. This is to be a marriage of convenience for both of them. They agree if he dies she would take care of his mother, sick sister and his ranch. In return she would have a home to call her own. After his death she arrives at his homestead and settles in with his reluctant family. Just as she is making a home for herself among his family Jeremiah Calhoun show up. That is the real Jeremiah, the one Romeo claimed to be and he is alive and well. She has married an imposter that only cared that Jeremiah’s sister would be well taken care of. Abigail and Jeremiah both have take charge personalities so they clash as their stubborn attitude gets in the way. Sparks fly and love is in the air but will their pride and honor be the obstacle to keep them apart. You will have to read A Most Inconvenient Marriage to find out the fate of Abigail and Jeremiah. I loved their story and know you will too.
I found some of the scenes to be laugh out loud funny. Especially the scene with the horse. The author Regina Jennings did a fantastic job of mixing danger, love, faith and humor. It was well written, fast paced and a fun read. I found A Most Inconvenient Marriage to be worthy of 5 stars. I highly recommend it.

I want to thank the author Regina Jennings and publisher Bethany House for bringing good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me. I would also like to thank The Book Club Network Inc. for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.

Enjoyable Romance by Laura on 12/22/2014

I am an avid reader, so when I blow through a book within a couple of days, it usually means I enjoyed it. This particular romance novel was one of those. It was an easy read, but written to pull you in to the character's backgrounds and emotional journeys. It is a predictable love story, but sometimes those are the best! Overall, I would say this story is one that will leave you satisfied at the turn of the last page.

Absolutely LOVED this book, I couldn't put it down! by Tara Joy on 12/16/2014

A Most Inconvenient Marriage By Regina Jennings opens in a St. Louis war prison in 1865 where Abigail Stuart, a nurse, has use accepted a proposal from Captain Jeremiah Calhoun on his death bed to guarantee that his horse farm and ailing sister would be taken care of properly. A truly for convenience opportunity since she had no where to go after the war ended and her patient needing someone he could trust to look after his affairs. So Abigail makes the leap and travels to Calhoun's farm 300 miles away in Hart County, Missouri. She is immediately loved by Jeremiah's ma, after a few weeks his sister is finally warming up to her and she has become much needed on the farm. Everything is going swimmingly when the REAL Captain Jeremiah Calhoun rides home, very much alive.

A for-convenience marriage quickly becomes a very inconvenient one.

You know you have a great book when you are hooked by the beginning of the first chapter! A Most Inconvenient Marriage was such a well rounded book with interwoven mystery, romance, friendship and suspense. The imagery allowed me to imagine the scenes unfold in my head without difficultly and my heart pulled and tugged with every feeling the characters felt. I truly was able to place myself in the story which, for me, is what a book for entertainment should do.

Though, there was vocabulary such as bushwhacker and other farm/of the time references that I was unfamiliar with and the ending was predictable, I still absolutely loved getting to know the characters back stories, watch the relationships develop and discover events that I could not have foreseen. This was a book that I most definitely could not put down!

I would most definitely recommend A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings to anyone who enjoys an easily read story filled with love, whit, adventure and underlying lessons of the importance of making an effort to hold family and friendships dear.

**I was given a copy free of charge in exchange for this review - but the opinion of the book is solely my own and in no way, shape or form was swayed to give a positive review.**

Who Are You? by Maureen on 12/16/2014

We have a young woman who left home, and became a nurse in the Civil War. She is attracted more than usual to one young dying man, and her heart makes her marry this fellow and go to his home to take care of his very ill sister and her mother.
Sounds like something any caring young woman would do? No, this is a different time, and she has no home to return to, so she appears at her new families home to nurse and help return the farm to profitability. Ok, can you imagine a mother and sister greeted by their brother/son’s new wife, and they now believe that their love one is dead. She introduces herself around at Mrs. Jeremiah Calhoun, and is accepted as his widow, when, you probably guessed, he reappears, and is none to happy to have Abigail there, he is in love with Laurel. Then we get to Laurel, and you guessed it, she has found someone else.
As you sort through these special people, we also have jayhawkers that are stealing horses and shooting people. Not one dull moment here, and there is action right to the end.
Loved Jeremiah’s mother, who at once accepts Abigail, and you admire her for giving the girl some affection. These women are really hard workers, and you are in for some surprises and chuckles, especially when you meet those menacing kids.
Will Jeremiah and Laurel finally find happiness, and how about Abigail and the young Doctor who is now in love with Laurel? You are about to open a page-turner, and if you are like me, you won’t stop until you have all the answers.

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

Totally Made Me Smile by Babbling Becky L on 12/8/2014

Jennings has an artist's touch with words. I not only loved the storyline of A Most Inconvenient Marriage, but Jennings's masterful manipulation of the English language made me smile from ear to ear. Some favorite lines, in a book abounding with pithy sayings:
"...tears that seemed caught in his throat..."
"Know your heart before you give it away."
"Getting yourself declared deceased does come with consequences. " And my true favorite, meant as a double entendre,
"Nobody puts up with your stink like family!"

The story was for me, just icing on the cake. Abigail Stuart travels to the backwoods Ozarks as the widow of recently deceased Jeremiah Calhoun. Welcomed with open arms by Ma Calhoun, Jeremiah's terminally ill sister is an insufferable pain. Just as Abigail begins to manage the Calhoun horse farm for her erstwhile husband, the REAL Jeremiah Calhoun arrives home and the reader's fun begins in earnest! Themes of trust, honesty, and forgiveness run strong in this volume. Don't miss this Civil War gem! !

I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.

A fun read by Vera on 12/7/2014

Regina Jennings brings her readers stories that are relaxing and enjoyable to read with humour and lively characters that captivate the reader's attention all through the book. The story involves post Civil War characters who have seen the horror and devastation that war brings to a country. It tells of an area in the border between the North and South where loyalties are not clearly drawn and neighbors continue to war with one another. But most of all, this story is one of loyalty and forgiveness.

While it deals with the issues of post-war Missouri - the poverty, severe illness and traumatic war injuries, it factors in unbelievably humourous situations that border on the ridiculous. Historical fiction is a favorite genre, but it can sometimes be a weighty read. From time to time we need a simply fun read and that is what Regina Jennings brings to the table with A Most Inconvenient Marriage.

Characters: While not major, several stand out as charming to me as I read. "Ma" - mother of Jeremiah is accepting, forgiving, enduring, and sometimes just simply a "mountain" woman. "Betsy & Jessie" - brother and sister and children of Jeremiah's poverty-stricken, and caring neighbor. These two are continuously into mischief and pranks. You'll love them.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are my own and I received no compensation for this review.

Left me smiling by Karen on 12/4/2014

This book is as much comical as it is romance. Abigail Stuart is not a woman to be messed with and we learn that from the very beginning. We also learn that she is a woman with a kind heart and a willingness to do what she believes is the right thing. She agrees to marry her dying patient in exchange for returning to his home to care for his family and tend to his farm.

What Abigail gets out of the deal is a whole lot more. When the dead soldier she married arrives home and has no idea who she is, things get interesting. As she fights to care for he and his family, continue to tend to the farm, and make them all believe she has her heart in the right place, I found myself laughing out loud with almost each page.

This is one love story that will tug at your heart strings, make you smile, and leave you with the warm fuzzies.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Sometimes the best gifts aren't convenient at the time. by Kathleen E. on 11/28/2014

Friday, November 28, 2014
A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings, © 2014

Summary: "To fulfill a Confederate soldier's dying wish, Civil War nurse Abigail Stuart marries him and agrees to look after his sister in the Missouri Ozarks. But then the real Jeremiah Calhoun appears alive." --Provided by publisher.

"Sometimes the best gifts aren't convenient at the time."
--A Most Inconvenient Marriage, 323

Post-Civil War Missouri Ozarks, 1865.
Longing for a place to call home, Abigail Stuart Calhoun trudges up the uneven rocky slopes toward her destination. Just a ways further, as the stationmaster said, "You can't get lost." He neglected to tell her it wasn't just off the main road. With a little help from a neighbor, she finds it. Home. Home, indeed.

Jeremiah's sister is ornery; not only sick, but ornery. Announcing her nursing skills, Abigail isn't all that welcomed, at first. Until his Ma determines Abigail is to call her such ~ her endearing name, "Ma."

Down the road comes Ma's son, Jeremiah. Sister Rachel is disgruntled to see him ~ especially after he had run off her beloved hopeful intended, Alan. They were separated in the war, Jeremiah one way, Alan the other. They had been friends growing up and were an inseparable threesome, until Alan asks to come calling. With Rachel's illness, Jeremiah, now the man of the house since their Pa's passing, aims to uphold his position and shelter Rachel.

Abigail? She has never seen this Jeremiah before, if indeed that is his name. But... her newfound family seems to claim him. After all, subsequent to her farming and nursing skills, she is needed here.

Regina Jennings brings another comical true-to-life story of figuring out what the day holds interjected with interruptions. With best intentions, two little neighbor children come visiting frequently with disruptions of their own. Toss in some horse wrestlers and the claims aren't all that sure. Bringing neighbors together draws some complaint as the local doctor takes the Yankee nurse with him on house calls.

I really enjoyed this story. With the twists and turns, you can't be certain how it is all going to turn out. A fun story for all ages, I highly recommend A Most Inconvenient Marriage, a Historical Romance by author Regina Jennings.

***Thank you to author Regina Jennings and Bethany House Publishers for this copy of A Most Inconvenient Marriage to read and review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

Trust in God's plan, not on our own understanding. by Robin Willson on 11/21/2014

Abigail's father died in a riding accident and her mother remarried - to a man who sold off all her father's horses and falsely accused Abigail of stealing his watch, forcing her out of the house and family since her mother sided with him. So she left, looking for a way to support herself and went into nursing.

This book starts out in 1865 at the Yankee Gratiot Street Prison, St Louis, Missouri. The war is just ending, but she's helping a Confederate soldier who isn't going to make it. After much consideration, as he's about to die, Abigail agrees to marry the man to inherit and take care of his Ozark horse farm, his mother and his ailing sister. She welcomes the chance for a new life and is taken in right away and loved by his mother, but the sister is very ill and very difficult.

With a wound from the war that never healed properly, Jeremiah searches everywhere for his best friend but finally gives up and returns home after the war is over. Loving Laurel is what got him through it all, and he's looking forward to marrying her as soon as he gets home. But he is greatly surprised to find that a woman is living in his home claiming to be his wife. A woman he's never met!

Life after the war is nearly as difficult as it had been getting through it. There are all kinds of criminals roaming the land looking to prey on people. The fields have been neglected. Most of their horses have been sold or taken. It's time to rebuild - lives as well as surroundings. This is a lovely story of regeneration and learning to give in to the plan that God has for us all, of letting go and learning to love and trust others.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher from the Baker Publishing Group, Bethany - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.

…to look after orphans and widows in their distress. James 1:27
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