In 1944, Tess has the world on a string. She is just finishing up nursing school and engaged to the love of her life who just so happens to be a handsome doctor. But all that changes on one ill fated trip to Washington, D.C. Tess becomes pregnant from a one-night stand and her world is turned upside down. Tess manages to track down Henry Kraft, the baby's father, to ask for money to start a new life, but surprisingly he asks her to marry him. It isn't long before Tess finds herself trapped in this loveless marriage, residing in small town Hickory, North Carolina where she is an outsider at home and everywhere else. Tess soon finds that everything isn't what it seems in Hickory and maybe she knows even less about her husband that she assumed.
The Stolen Marriage also touches on the polio epidemic at the time and the special hospital that was established to handle it in Hickory, North Carolina. I enjoyed this novel and the various twists and turns that the plot took. The book will definitely keep you reading and would appeal to mystery fans as well as historical fiction readers.
I received this book courtesy of St. Martin's Press through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.