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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.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781441264862
ISBN-13: 9781441264862
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Series: Beacons of Hope

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1859
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.

Author Bio

Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of seven novels, including Captured By Love, Rebellious Heart, and The Preacher's Bride, winner of the 2011 Award of Excellence and a finalist for the 2011 Carol Award in First Novel. She received a bachelor's from Taylor University and a master's from University of Wisconsin, both in social work. Currently she makes her home in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. She can be found online at www.jodyhedlund.com.

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  1. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Fun, Romantic Adventure
    December 26, 2014
    Savanna
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Love Unexpected, Beacons of Hope Series #1.
    Ive been hearing a LOT of good things about Jody Hedlunds books. After reading Love Unexpected, I can easily see why. It has the perfect blend of historical adventure and intrigue with the right amount of romance thrown in. The first chapter easily grabbed my attention. I couldnt pull myself away from the pages until hours later. I read the entire thing in the space of a couple days, which is faster for me than usual. Blame it on the book. ;)

    The setting was fresh and fun. The characters were likeable and grew naturally as the story developed. (Even the villains yes, there are actual pirates in this story were dangerously intriguing.) The plot twisted and surprised in all the right places. And the romantic tension sparked and sizzled just right.

    Its one of those books that plays out much like a movie in my mind. Its full of that entertaining drama to keep you glued to your seat. Like any movie worth its salt or book for that matter it leaves you with satisfying closure.

    A few parts were slightly predictable to me, but overall I was left guessing up to the end how these two would make it to their happy ending. I will say I grew impatient a few times waiting for them to step past their painful secrets. I longed for the truth to set them both free. But the wait was worth it. ;)

    This book certainly started off with a bang, a spark, and a splash. That will make much more sense to you after youve read the first chapter, believe me. ;) I look forward to more adventures, more lovable characters, and more lighthouses in the rest of this series.

    Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Wonderful Read by Jody Hedlund
    December 23, 2014
    KGD history teacher
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Love Unexpected, Beacons of Hope Series #1.
    Set amidst the lighthouses of Michigan, Jody Hedlund once again delivers a wonderful work of historic fiction taking us to the lives of remarkable people and places. This story is loosely based on the real life of Mary Garraty and her husband Patrick, lighthouse keepers in Michigan. The main character, Emma, and her brother Ryan are headed for Detroit in hopes of finding work and a home when their vessel is attacked by pirates and their seasons worth of work on salting fish and cash are taken. Additionally, the pirates set the boat on fire and everyone must abandon the ship. They are rescued by Patrick Garraty, the lighthouse keeper. As it turns out, Patrick has just lost his wife and is very much in need of someone to care for his two year old son. Emma, needs a home. So Holy Bill, the itinerant preacher, suggests he marry them before heading on to his next congregation. They both agree, knowing they both have secrets which they dread sharing. As the secrets begin to surface, will they drive them together or apart?

    The author makes some very good points about where our true home is in this world. I also felt the issue of making friends for the sake of learning and spreading gossip was a point many could take to heart.

    Jody Hedlund is one of my favorite authors. Her historic research is always so interesting and often covers subjects not commonly covered in current Christian Historic Fiction. Who knew there were pirates on the Great Lakes? This appears to be the first in a series of books about the lighthouses of Michigan. I look forward to each one. I already have the next one on preorder!

    I received this from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Well-paced, Well-written, Well Done!!!
    December 22, 2014
    Jolene
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Love Unexpected, Beacons of Hope Series #1.
    Emma Chambers craves stability. Coming from a turbulent past, her intense desire for a home and family leads her to a hasty marriage after she and her brother lose everything in a pirate attack. Emma's new husband, Patrick Garraty, is handsome, kind and God-fearing, but besieged by his own dark past. When rumors about Patrick's role in his late wife's death reach Emma, the suspicions she already had seem even more real. Still, Emma finds herself deeply drawn to Patrick in spite of her doubts. When the truth is revealed, will Emma and Patrick find the grace to forgive and release their pasts? Read more in Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Love Unexpected. Themes of grace and forgiveness, not only between Emma and Patrick, but also between God and humanity were expertly dealt with. The story commences with a pirate attack that effectively engaged my interest. The story was well-paced, well-written and had no trouble holding my interest. I felt like the physical desire aspects were a little overdone as Emma and Patrick were continually desiring one another, yet holding back. Still, this added tension to their relationship and the story, so I can see why it was included.

    I could totally relate to Emma dealing with Patrick's son, Josiah, a strong-willed toddler. This added authenticity and a bit of humor to the story. However, it seemed to me that there were strong parenting messages in the novel regarding spanking, thumb-sucking, discipline. I personally agree with the stance that Emma chooses, so I wasn't offended, but those who adhere to more strict ideas regarding spanking, not co-sleeping, and ending thumb-sucking at a certain age may be at odds with the parenting messages that are conveyed.

    Love Unexpected is the first, full-length novel in Jody Hedlund's Beacons of Hope series. There is a prequel, Out of the Storm, which is a free e-book novella that ties in with Love Unexpected. However, if you don't read the prequel, it won't negatively affect your understanding of Love Unexpected.

    I recommend Love Unexpected to fans of inspirational romances. Like the rest of Jody Hedlund's books, this one is a keeper for my bookshelf. I'm sure I'll read it again and I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. Ontario, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great book!
    December 20, 2014
    Foster3
    Ontario, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Love Unexpected, Beacons of Hope Series #1.
    Jody Hedlund truly writes from the heart and soul. I have read her award winning books, "Captured by Love"and "The Preacher's Bride" and did not believe that any other book could be better!! Just shows what I know!! "Love Unexpected" takes us to a totally different setting with very different characters.

    All Emma Chambers ever wanted was a home but when her steamboat sinks near Presque Isle, she is once again left destitute with nowhere to lay her head. A very unlikely solution appears. Patrick , the lighthouse keeper , has just lost his wife and is having great difficulty caring for his child as well as doing his job. A travelling preacher gets the idea that the keeper and Emma might just be the answer to each other's problem. A very hasty marriage takes place between the two of them and Emma finds herself heading to the lighthouse with this very handsome but strangely quiet gentleman. Nothing in Emma's aimless life has prepared her for motherhood, parenting a toddler and managing a rather unique household.

    Emma soon has some suspicians! Patrick appears to be hiding something from her and then she hears a very disturbing rumor abouth the circumstances surrounding his former wife's death. Her great desires for a home and family could end up in disaster, leaving her once again in dire straits!! Can Patrick and Emma solve their problems, allowing God to work out His plans for this little family???

    The setting of this book appealed to me immediately. Upon reading the first page, you are thrown into a very different place, with strange and unusual things happening. There is NO way that you can stop reading , without finding out more. This book grabs your interest and has you on the edge of your seat until you read the very last page.

    The characters are realistic and so well described that they become part of you. You feel their every hurt, desire, joy and challenge. I just wanted so much to put my arms around Emma telling her that she would be just fine. Patrick , although a frustrating character, with a very different personality , appealed to your sympathy at once. His past problems made him into what he was, sincere, but leery of the good nature of others. He sure did have his reasons. The toddler was one who you wanted to pick up , cuddle and reassure that all would be well. Jody certainly has a strength in her description of characters, and getting them involved in your life.

    The plot is one that is puzzling and keeps you guessing. Just when you think you have the mystery solved another twist or turn in the plot occurs to confuse you again. I spent many several late nights reading, as I just could not turn out the light until I knew all was well in Emma's world.

    A five star book!!

    "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

    Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Reeled me in from the beginning
    December 18, 2014
    Maria
    This review was written for Love Unexpected, Beacons of Hope Series #1.
    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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