Dec 23, 2014

Book Review: Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund

Back Cover: 1859
Presque Isle, Michigan

What Is the Secret That Could Shipwreck Both of Their Lives?

All Emma Chambers ever wanted was a home, but when her steamboat sinks just outside Presque Isle, she's left destitute and with no place to stay.
An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper arrives in town. He's just lost his wife and is having a difficult time caring for his child. So a traveling preacher gets the idea that the keeper and Emma might be the answer to each other's dilemma. After a hasty marriage, she finds herself heading to the lighthouse with this handsome but quiet stranger. Nothing in her aimless life, though, has prepared her for parenting a rambunctious toddler, as well as managing a household.

Emma soon suspects Patrick may be hiding something from her, and then she hears a disturbing rumor about the circumstances surrounding his late wife's death. It seems as if her wish for a home and family of her own could end up leading her once more into turbulent waters.
My Review: Who could put down a book that starts with pirates, a near death experience, and a marriage to a complete stranger? I couldn't. This novel is a fantastic start to Jody Hedlund's new Beacons of Hope series. I loved the threads of redemption, forgiveness, and second chances woven through the narrative. Little Josiah (the toddler in the novel) was a delightful and challenging addition to the tale. Having a young child of my own, I could identify with Emma's frustration and fear as she responded to his tantrums and antics. After reading this book I want to take a tour of the lighthouses on the Michigan coast. Perhaps I can talk my husband into it one of these days.

My Rating:

My Recommendation: I recommend this book to readers of historical romance, lovers of Michigan history, and fans of Jody Hedlund.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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