Love Unexpected (Book #1 Beacons of Hope) by Jody Hedlund

LoveUnexpectedGenre: Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: December 2014

Emma Chambers dreams of a place to call home, but when the steamboat carrying her to a new life sinks to the depths dragging with it her meager possessions and her hopes, Emma finds herself destitute and without a roof over her head. Lost and desperate, Emma agrees to a travelling preacher’s crazy plan — marry the lighthouse keeper.

The recent death of his wife, has left Patrick Garraty with the overwhelming task of caring for his young son, Josiah, while continuing his duties as lighthouse keeper. Patrick can’t afford to lose his job, but the lack of sleep and demands on his time are wearing him down. Then the lake delivers Emma, and a solution, right into his arms — literally.

After a quick exchange of vows, Emma heads to her new home on Presque Isle to step into her new role as mother and housekeeper, but nothing has prepared her for the stubborn, spirited toddler or the rumors circling the death of Patrick’s late wife. It quickly becomes evident that the handsome stranger she now calls her husband could hide a deadly past.

A handsome hero, a tenacious heroine, romance, and a lighthouse, what more could one ask for? Jody Hedlund introduces her new Beacons of Hope series with a captivating tale of hope, love, and redemption. Love Unexpected carries readers to the breath-taking Presque Isle where beauty and danger lurk.

Lighthouses fascinate me. I’ve often thought it would be fun to live in one — at least for a little while. Hedlund brought the setting to life, allowing me to fulfill that dream vicariously through the main characters. From the moment they hit the page, Patrick and Emma wiggled their way into my affection, keeping me pinned to the ups and downs plaguing their budding relationship.

At times, Emma seemed and acted younger than her age, but her naivety and innocence probably stem from her sheltered upbringing. I especially wanted to bop her on the head for allowing Bertie — that character we all love to hate — to sway and manipulate her so easily. That being said, even Bertie could elicit some compassion when taking into consideration that in her own, distorted way, she acted out of love toward her deceased loved one.

Anyone with experience looking after toddlers will relate to Emma’s struggles as she learns to care for a headstrong two year old. Josiah especially leaps off the pages, warming the reader’s heart.

I recommend Love Unexpected to romance and historical fiction fans. If you enjoyed Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly, you will want to pick up a copy of this book.

Review copy provided by publisher. Thanks!

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2 thoughts on “Love Unexpected (Book #1 Beacons of Hope) by Jody Hedlund

  1. I loved this book. I was intrigued with it taking place in Michigan, since I am from Michigan. It was full of adventure – and romance.

    • Now you’ll have to go visit the lighthouses in Michigan. 🙂 I can’t believe I lived there a year and didn’t visit them. 😦

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