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The Accidental Marriage

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What does heroism look like? When does friendship become too costly? Do we ever truly touch one another, or are we doomed to walk alone forever? Can love survive trials, or does it inevitably wither and die? The Accidental Marriage is a contemporary story that explores these questions through vibrant, sympathetic characters whose struggles and triumphs illustrate that love doesn’t always look like you would expect.

Scott and Megan are friends who live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mostly contented with their jobs and same-sex relationships, they meet for lunch and sympathetic conversation from time to time.

When Megan’s partner wants a baby, Scott offers to help. The ensuing complications force Scott and Megan to grapple with how much they’re willing to sacrifice for friendship and for the child they’ve conceived. When Megan’s situation unravels, Scott must step up to responsibilities he’s never assumed before. Then his circumstances start to crumble, and a series of misfortunes strip them of everything but each other.

Praise for The Accidental Marriage

“If I ever have to cross a minefield, I want to follow Roger Thomas. Mr. Thomas deftly weaves his way through the shibboleths of modernity, while flipping them on their heads with great respect, charity, and clarity.”
— Michael Richard, Author, Tobit’s Dog

“A bold critique of modern challenges to the American family and a morality tale about the complementarity of the sexes. It’s a defense of fatherhood, especially, but also of motherhood and homemaking as honorable occupations.”
Dorothy Cummings McLean, Author, Ceremony of Innocence

“In The Accidental Marriage, Roger Thomas plunges into the hot button issues of our day. He fearlessly explores questions about what terms like ‘love’ and ‘marriage’ really mean, all the while drawing us into the lives of eminently relatable characters.”
— Jennifer Fulwiler, Author, Something Other than God

The Accidental Marriage
Roger Thomas

Roger Thomas

Roger Thomas is a lifelong Michigan resident who has been married to his beloved wife Ellen since 1981. They have six grown children and eight (and counting) grandchildren. He makes his living as a self-employed computer consultant and lives in the area of Port Huron. He loves reading, with C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Rudyard Kipling, and P.G. Wodehouse being some of his favorite authors. He is active in his parish, pro-life work, and the Knights of Columbus. He blogs (sporadically) at A Prince of the West. He has had two collections of short stories, including The Last Ugly Person and Other Stories, and one novel published by Ignatius Press, and is working on his second novel. (Author photo by Jeff Leonard.)

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