Having fled a difficult home life, Civil War nurse Abigail Stuart feels like her only friend in the world is sweet but gravely wounded patient Jeremiah Calhoun. Fearing he won’t survive, the Confederate soldier’s last wish is that Abigail look after his sickly sister at home. Marry him, return to his horse farm, and it’ll be hers.
Left with few choices, Abigail takes him up on his offer and moves to Missouri after his death, but just as the family learns to accept her, the real Jeremiah Calhoun appears–puzzled to find a confounding woman posing as his wife. Jeremiah is determined to have his life back to how it was before the war, but his own wounds limit what he can do on his own. Still not fully convinced Abigail isn’t duping him, he’s left with no choice but to let the woman stay and help–not admitting to himself she may provide the healing his entire family needs.
REVIEW: 1865 – Missouri
Abigail Stuart is nursing severely wounded and dying Confederate prisoner, Captain Jeremiah Calhoun. He pleads with her to marry him and asks her to return to his farm in the Ozarks, live there and help care for his sister, Rachel, who is suffering from a weak heart from having had rheumatic fever. As she has no place to go after the war ends, she agrees. Upon arrival, she introduces herself to Jeremiah’s mother who welcomes her but Rachel is skeptical of her. Rachel knows that she probably won’t live much longer and is bitter because the man she loved went to war with her brother and is now presumed dead.
Abigail settles in quickly to the Calhoun household and farm performing the endless chores tirelessly. With her nursing skills, she is also a great help to the local Dr. Hopkins. She meets many of the families living on the same mountain and feels a kinship with them. She also meets Laurel who was engaged to Jeremiah before he left for the war. Now, Laurel has eyes for Dr. Hopkins.
Abigail’s past is rather sad and she feels ostracized from her family. Her father used to raise prize horses and she is somewhat of an expert in horses as well.
When a man she has never seen before returns and calls himself Jeremiah Calhoun, things get really interesting.
This story perfectly illustrates the life of people during this time period and the fact that even though the war is over, there is still a lot of animosity between both sides. The characters are so real, the reader can see them with the mind’s eye, and the everyday life doesn’t miss a beat. The author writes about frightening skirmishes with outlaws, pain suffered and endured, tender moments between characters, and peppers all of these with hilarious events that guarantee the reader will be laughing out loud.
Regina Jennings is a fabulous author and this book is not to be missed. I could easily see this novel being used as the basis for a TV series.
Connie for b2b
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