Shauna McCoy’s mother can’t seem to stay married — at least to the same man! — and she’s making life hell for Shauna’s young half-sister Mandy. In order to create a stable home for Mandy, Shauna proposes marriage to the child’s pediatrician, Rob Stevens. She envisions a sensible business arrangement — but Rob intends a much more normal marriage.
An “accidental historical” is a book which was contemporary at the time it was written, but the passage of time has turned it into a classic period piece (e.g., before cell phones, Uber, no-smoking laws, and many modern attitudes).