Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: Love Unexpected

Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund is the first in the Beacons of Hope series. It's a really good, sweet story set around pirates and lighthouses. Is that intriguing enough for you? I was surprised when I read it because I had read very little about the book beforehand. Makes it more exciting. So when I started reading it, I was thinking oh, this is good! Very very good! This author is now on my favorites list. ;-) 

Emma Chambers and her brother just lost everything when pirates attacked the steam boat they were traveling on. They were rescued by the lighthouse keeper of Presque Isle, but without a place to stay or a job Emma doesn't know what is to become of her. The traveling preacher approaches her and makes a proposition. Marriage to Patrick, the lighthouse keeper. Shocked Emma isn't sure what to think. She has always wanted to have a family and home of her own so when she sees how tender Patrick is with his little son, she agrees.

Patrick literally just buried his wife and knows he can't keep his job and take care of Josiah so when the preacher suggests marrying Emma, Patrick agrees albeit reluctantly. Haunted by his past, he isn't sure if he should reveal his secrets to her or not. It didn't turn out that well with his first wife, and he really needs Emma's help for his son's sake. Taking the pastor's advice to leave the past in the past, Patrick hopes that this time around things will go more smoothly.

When Emma settles in, she begins to doubt her decision. A strong willed two year old, a husband who disappears for hours, and no cooking skills makes Emma feel like things will never improve. Did she really make the right choice? Or did she let her desire for a home of her own overshadow her good sense?

This story was so well done. It reeled me in right from the beginning and didn't release me until it was finished. The characters and conversations were so realistic, and Josiah was one of the best parts. He was a typical two year old bringing temper tantrums and sunshine and making life better than you thought it could be. Plus, the author portrayed so well how difficult it would be for a little one, the dad, and the new mom to adjust to a new situation. Needless to say, I could not put this book down! I can't wait to read more from this author. :-)

I was given this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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