Monday, March 30, 2015

Love Unexpected

Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
December 2014
ISBN: 978-0764212376
Genre: Historical Romance

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.

LOVE UNEXPECTED is a historical romance set in the area of Presque Isle, Michigan, one of my favorite lighthouses on Lake Huron.  I loved reading this story, getting acquainted with Patrick and Emma and learning their histories.  I absolutely loved the way Emma reacted toward Patrick’s son, calling him “Little Love.” So sweet. I felt sorry for Patrick with his past histories.  I pretty well knew how it would play out (I’m a writer, I know how a writer thinks) so there wasn’t any surprises, but it was far from predictable.  Jody Hedlund is quickly rising to the top of my favorite historical authors list. 

If you like historicals, lighthouses, or books strong on Michigan history, then LOVE UNEXPECTED will be a great book to check out.  Highly recommended.

5 stars. Available in hardcover, paperback, and kindle. 352 pages. 

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