Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
Series: Beacons of Hope(Book 1)
Goodreads Summary: All she’s ever wanted was a home. But stranded at Presque Isle port after their steamboat sank, Emma Chambers and her brother, Ryan, couldn’t be farther away from security. While Ryan at least can find work, Emma can’t even find a place to stay. An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper, who recently lost his wife and is struggling to raise his young son, arrives in town. A traveling preacher believes they might be the answer to each others’ problems, and after a hasty marriage, Emma is headed back to the lighthouse with this handsome but quiet stranger.
But nothing in her wandering life has prepared her for suddenly being asked to raise a child and keep a house. Struggling at every turn, Emma also suspects Patrick may be keeping something hidden from her. In town she hears whispers about strange circumstances surrounding his previous wife’s death, and it seems as though Emma’s answered prayer for a home and family may actually be something much more dangerous.
What I liked: Emma wanted a home of her own and a family. After years of moving from place to place she finds herself married to the local lighthouse keeper less than 24 hours after being in a shipwreck. I enjoyed the humor as she learned to be a mom and a wife. Her cooking disasters made me laugh. I have read a few books where a couple will marry without knowing each other and this book did a great job of telling such a story. Both Emma and Patrick had to work through issues to make the marriage work.
What I did not like: How fast Patrick and Emma got married seemed way too unrealistic. Hey the preacher says he is a good guy so I’ll pledge myself to him without even talking to my brother first. This part of the story felt rushed. Patrick’s back story at first seemed kind of off but as the book went on and we learned more about his background things made more sense.
Overall I liked this book. The plot was very good and the characters were well established and likeable. I found myself also liking the island and picturing how beautiful it must have been. The ending had some good surprises as well. I also liked the spiritual side of this story. How we are all sinners and no matter how much we sin if we repent we are forgiven. Yes the consequences of our previous actions can still affect us after repenting yet we are forgiven and can move forward. I thought how Patrick had to deal with his past life and how he accepted it was spot on. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. This is the first book I have read by this author and I really like her style.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.