I have read all of the books written by Regina Jennings so I wasn't surprised at all how much I enjoyed this one. In fact, it might be my favorite book she's written yet! That probably has a lot to do with the book taking place post-Civil War which is my second favorite time period next to World War II. Abigail is a Union nurse who cared for Rebel soldiers taken prisoner and with the war winding down her favorite patient makes her an offer she can't refuse. He knows he won't survive to return home and his worry over his sister being taken care of supersedes his concern over hurting his beloved and marrying Abigail. In his mind it's a win-win: Abigail has a place to call home since she doesn't have anywhere to go and his sister will be taken care of along with his family farm.
Everything goes relatively well upon Abigail's arrival with Jeremiah's mother welcoming her with open arms and his sister, Rachel, at least tolerating her presence. That is, until the real Jeremiah Calhoun arrives home and finds out he's supposedly married to Abigail. This causes quite a problem since Jeremiah spent the war praying to make it back to Laurel, his beloved. After learning of Jeremiah's supposed death Laurel had begun to spend time with Dr. Hopkins so they all find themselves in quite a pickle with Jeremiah being alive, Abigail supposedly being his wife, and Laurel falling in love with another man.
Although Abigail and Jeremiah initially get off on the wrong foot her nurturing ability with both Rachel and Jeremiah and her keen sense with horses begins to soften his resolve and he agrees to allow her to remain on the farm until the mare whose breeding Abigail paid for with her own money foals. What ensues in that time makes for a wonderful story encompassing love, heartbreak, struggle, and danger.
I cannot wait to see what Regina Jennings comes up with next! I kinda hope it's a continuation of this series!
I received this book free of charge from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.