Love Unexpected, Beacons of Hope Series #1   -     By: Jody Hedlund
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Love Unexpected, Beacons of Hope Series #1

Bethany House / 2014 / Paperback

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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: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764212370
ISBN-13: 9780764212376
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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. W Columbia, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Intrigue And Romance!
    January 25, 2015
    dianaFlow
    W Columbia, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4


    In Love Unexpected, author Jody Hedlund sweeps us away to Presque Isle, Michigan -- a remote fishing village where a lighthouse is strategically placed along the craggy shoreline to warn fishermen of imminent danger, the smell of pine trees and salty fish assault the readers' senses, and dangerous pirates lurk in the cold, murky, turbulent waters of Lake Huron!



    When Emma and her brother, Ryan, are left for dead in their fishing boat by vicious pirates, Patrick Garrity comes to their rescue. Patrick is the widowed father of a toddler and the lighthouse keeper in a remote fishing village. Ryan is taken in by a family who does not want Emma, so she accepts the most practical solution available. Patrick needs a mother for Josiah, and Emma who longs to finally have a home of her own, enters into a marriage of convenience with this seemingly God-fearing man. It is not long, however, before she begins to have dreadful misgivings. Although Emma dearly loves Josiah he is given to terrible temper tantrums, she has no domestic skills, and to make matters worse Patrick carries deep secrets involving his past. Soon Emma begins to wonder if this man she is falling for is all that he appears to be. As the gossip swirls around her as thick and dark as the turbid waters of Lake Huron, will she sink once again -- this time with no beacon of hope to light her way?



    Jody Hedlund has written a wonderfully descriptive, fiction-based-on-fact story about lighthouses, breathtaking romance, and.....pirates? Yes, indeed! Pirates on Lake Huron is something I was not aware of and totally intensified my interest in this book...as did my love of towering, majestic lighthouses. I really enjoyed the main characters (thumb sucking Josiah was adorable in spite of his temper), but poor Emma was so nave I wanted to shake her and give her a big hug at the same time. The angst and romantic tension is so palatable it'll leave your heart racing erratically...ahhh, such exquisite torture. Along with plenty of descriptive imagery, a strong message of hope and forgiveness, and a few gnarly pirates thrown in the mix!...this novel makes for a very satisfying read!

  2. Tara, Ontario, Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome book
    January 18, 2015
    tomboycan
    Tara, Ontario, Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Love Unexpected is the first book in the Beacons of Hope series. I really enjoyed it, I had not read any books by Jody before reading Out of the Storm an eBook novella that introduces us to this series. If you enjoy history and learning about lighthouses and what is involved taking care of them this is a book for you.

    Emma and her brother Ryan are on a steamboat that gets attacked by pirates and sinks just outside Presque Isle and Patrick the lighthouse keeper ends up rescuing them and bring them to Presque Isle to recuperate. She ends up marrying Patrick because he is looking for someone to help him out with his son after his wife dies. She has only known him for a few hours when she married him, so she got her home. They have to learn to love each other and lots of things happen through out the book. I was kept guessing as to what was going to happen next. I don't want to give anymore away so get a copy and read it for yourself. I can't wait for the next book in the series
  3. Farmington, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Lighthouse Adventure
    January 15, 2015
    Caroljo
    Farmington, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I could hardly put down this book by Jody Hedlund which is set in Presque Isle Lighthouse, Michigan in 1859.

    Emma and her brother Ryan are left destitute when pirates attack their steamboat and set it on fire. They do manage to jump into the water and are rescued by the lighthouse keeper. Emmas mam died of starvation when Emma was small. Her father and the two children immigrated to America where he became a drunkard. All Emma has ever wanted is a home and family of her own. Is the lighthouse that home? Is Patrick the child of God he claims to be or is he having an affair? She doesnt think God will listen to her since she quit praying when her mother died but does he sometimes say wait or no?

    Jody Hedlund has done an excellent job making the characters come alive. I look forward to the other books in the Beacons of Hope series.
  4. Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful suspense & deception!
    January 14, 2015
    Nancee
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The first in the Beacons of Hope series, Love Unexpected was much more than I expected from the book's description. The lightkeeper's wife suffered an untimely death, leaving Patrick with no means to care for his 2-year-old son and manage the lighthouse on Presque Isle. Steamboat passengers Emma and her brother Ryan, are victims of pirates overtaking their boat not far from the shore of Presque Isle. Rescued and destitute, Ryan secures a job in the local fishing industry, but Emma has no hope of a future until a marriage of convenience is arranged in order that she raise the lighthouse keeper's young son. Delighted at her good fortune in securing a home for herself, a life of untold secrets and deception threaten her future.

    The events throughout this book kept me wrapped up in this fast-paced, suspenseful drama filled with deception and untold secrets. Brimming with intrigue, tragedy and dread this book kept me riveted to my seat. Unexpected situations lurked around every corner, threatening Emma's safety and reputation. Jody Hedlund has a gift for creating a setting and relationships that are unforgettable. She portrays the lighthouse and the area surrounding it on Presque Isle with accuracy and beauty. Her research is impeccable. Her description of the eastern coast of Michigan and Lake Huron, as well as historic events are commendable. Her characters are also based on individuals who lived on Presque Isle as lightkeepers in the past. In her Author's Note at the end of her book the author relays information regarding the importance and significance of lighthouses along the shores of Michigan. Historically correct and written with a gift for realism, both in suspense and romance, I highly recommend this inspirational book!

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
  5. Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A "Love Comes Softly" Kind of Story!
    January 7, 2015
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sometimes love does come softly, gently, in most unexpected ways, and in rugged out-of-the-way places. It did for Emma Chambers. As she is being tossed mercilessly between waves and fighting for her very life as the result of piracy, Patrick Garraty; keeper of the Presque Isle lighthouse, plucks Emma and her brother Ryan from the raging waters of Lake Michigan, into his fishing boat and ultimately into his life. Instead of enduring loneliness and destitution, Emma becomes a bride to this man that she hardly knows, but understands has deep secrets and multiple scars. How long will it take for those secrets to become exposed and will they ruin the first chance at happiness that Emma and Patrick have ever known? Because the godly, patient, kind and compassionate man that Emma has grown to love, is nothing like some members of the Burnham's Landing community have intimated.

    This story grows in intensity and has so many redeeming qualities, that fans of Jody Hedlund will be anxious to continue the "Beacons of Hope" series.
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