Book Description: 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: Love Unexpected
I really enjoyed reading Love Unexpected. I expected it to follow the usual formula for Christian fiction but it was a little more than your regular read.
You can tell right away that the character Patrick is troubled by something. And as the story goes on more is revealed to the reader but not to Emma. There are many opportunities throughout the story for Patrick to reveal his secrets to Emma but instead he chooses to withhold the information certain that it will ruin what is a new delicate situation for both. This turns out to be not such a good choice and is much of the turmoil happening throughout the book.
Emma, unsure of what Patrick is thinking or feeling instead, in her innocence, confides in an old busy body who could be the ruin of all she holds dear. She also witnesses things that she misinterprets because Patrick has not told her otherwise.
Emma also longs so much for a family and a place to call home. Her want and need for this is so strong she is willing to suffer to have it.
This is a story of secrets, misinterpretations, and forgiveness.
You can purchase this book online:Love Unexpected (Beacons of Hope)
About the Author: Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of seven novels, including Captured by Love, A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and The Preacher's Bride, winner of the 2011 Award of Excellence. She received a bachelor's degree from Taylor University and a master's from the University of Wisconsin, both in social work. She lives in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. She can be found online at www.jodyhedlund.com.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House Bloggers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”