Thursday, January 1, 2015

Love Unexpected: A Book Review

About The Book:

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.

You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format.

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

My Review:

Patrick and Emma were two of my favorite characters that I have read this year! Jody Hedlund has hit the nail on the head with an amazing new release in Love Unexpected!

A wonderful, clean historical romance that will take you back in time and find yourself in 1859 Michigan. I love the themes of God's redemption and following his will. The descriptions and dialogue in the book made it so that I felt I was right in the book, experiencing all that the characters did. The characters jumped off the page for me and made reading Love Unexpected a really wonderful time. The book was an astonishing way of learning about lighthouses, and the life of those in Michigan at the time. I love that this book is based on real stories and people. It is book one in the Beacons of Hope series and I cannot wait to see how the rest of the series will be like.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Love Unexpected at your favorite Christian book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications Inc., and Baker Publishing Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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