Friday, November 21, 2014
A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings
Trust in God's plan, not on our own understanding.
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.
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