Unexpected Love, Seasons of Redemption Series #3
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Lorenna Fields has always taken her job at Chicago's Mercy Hospital seriously, determined never to become personally involved with her patients. But when a mysterious man with eyes like onyx is admitted after a shipwreck on Lake Michigan, she develops a connection with him that she can't deny.
Number of Pages: 304
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 0.76 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Seasons of Redemption
Nurse Lorenna Fields always took her job at Chicago's Lakeview Hospital seriously, determining never to become personally involved with her patients. Then a mysterious man with eyes like onyx is admitted after a shipwreck on Lake Michigan. He has lost his memory and sight. Renna feels a special kinship with this man and soon dubs him Mr. Blackeyes. Soon the two build a strong trusting friendship, and Renna shares her faith in the Lord. But she dreads the day her patient will recover. His memory will take him away from her to family and friends now forgotten, and his regained sight will reveal a secret about herself that Renna has been trying hard to hide. But someone else besides Renna doesn't want "Mr. Blackeyes" to remember the past...and may not allow him to live to see the future.
In addition to writing, Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar speaks at writers conferences and for womens groups. She has taught workshops at conferences such as: Write-To-Publish American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Oregon Christian Writers Conference, Mount Hermon Writers Conference, and many other writers conferences. Andrea is also co-founder of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) organization. For many years she served on the advisory board and was also CEO of the ACFW.
richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Second Chances in the Midst of TragedyMarch 16, 2011richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: maleValue: 5Meets Expectations: 5Andrea Boeshaar combines the elements of strong character development, believable dialog, a positive Christian message, and with a plot which includes compelling suspense in "Unexpected Love," the third in the series "Seasons of Redemption."
Worlds apart socially, Nurse Renna Fields and Captain Brian Sinclair find themselves in a quandary of emotional uncertainties. Sinclair is admitted to Chicago's Lakeview Hospital, a victim of amnesia and blindness after a miraculous escape from a shipwreck on Lake Michigan. Sinclair, a self centered, women's man, has lost all memory of his two children, his widowhood, and a thriving business. Renna Fields, a dedicated Christian nurse is put in charge of his care. The setting is in 19th century Chicago.
Throughout the healing process Renna and Captain Sinclair find themselves drawn to each other. Renna fears that when his sight returns Brian will be repulsed by her birthmark. Sinclair taken by the warmth, concern, and character of Renna asks himself, "How can a man like me win the heart of a woman like Renna?"
Andrea Boeshaar's plot is driven by her characters. She is skilled at bringing them to life on the page as they grow in character through the series. I was pleased to Brian grow in his character and values since his introduction in "Uncertain Heart" book 2 in the Seasons of Redemption series.
"Unexpected Love" is a story of redemption and second chances in the midst of tragedy, of a forgotten past and an uncertain future. Boeshaar's writing just keeps getting better.
schoolmarmHeber Springs, ARAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Feelings run deepFebruary 21, 2011schoolmarmHeber Springs, ARAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This third book in the series is a good as the first two.
The author makes you feel that you are right there
experiencing what Loreena did as she worked with the blind
man. A very good read.
Edna Tollison5 Stars Out Of 5Great book with history, mystery and romanceJanuary 18, 2011Edna TollisonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lorenna Fields is a nurse back in 1866 and lives in Chicago and she had nursed in the civil war and saw everything, so nothing bothered her. One of her patients was a man that had been found in the water and he or no one else knew who he was. If you have read the first book you will know who he is, but Lorenna (Renna) as she is called from her on out, called him Mr Blackeyes. Renna got very attached to her patients and the other nurses didn't like her because of that, but she could not help it, she prayed for them and helped them in ways that she would want to be treated if she was them. She got attached to Mr. Blackeyes and felt sorry for him, as he could not remember who he was and he was blind also.
As Mr. Blackeyes begin to get some of his memory back another man came on the scene that was looking for him and wanted to get even with him. Mr. Blackeyes was being called a pirate by Renna as she cared for him since he was so mysterious. Her father had started going to see him at night and to read to him from the Bible, so he gave his heart to God and from here on out he was a changed man, even though he had done some bad things in his past.
Renna's father and mother brought him to their house for a while until his memory came back, then they carried him to his home where his children were waiting for him as his wife had died and they were to be raised by a friend as stated in his will if anything happened to him.
As the story progresses and Brian Sinclair (Mr Blackeyes) starts to remember who he is and Renna has a secret that she does not want him to know, strange things start to happen and it is all concerning Brian. Someone hates him and is after him. Can't wait until the next book comes out to see what happens in this series.
This book was sent to me free from Strang Book Group in order for me to review it.
Martha Artyomenko5 Stars Out Of 5Feel good book!January 7, 2011Martha ArtyomenkoQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Lorenna Fields really enjoys her job and takes it seriously! When a man, blinded from an accident on Lake Michigan is one of her patients, she contemplates breaking her strict rule of never getting involved with a patient.
Both Lorenna and her patient have secrets, Lorenna has a birthmark, she believes disfigures her and her patient has his own past, that is shameful in it's own way. Can they overcome their own lack of confidence in themselves and let it make them better? Can Lorenna find love that she believed never possible, or will she push it away?
This story is skillfully woven with all the find crafting of a novel. Amnesia, blindness, and murderous step-sons are all part of the triangle in this story. This story will complete some parts of the story left untold in Uncertain Heart by the same author. This third book is a wonderful addition to this series and any library.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyable romanceDecember 28, 2010Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Unexpected Love" is a historical romance (with the emphasis on the romance) set in 1866 in Chicago and Milwaukee. This book is the third in the series, but you can understand it even if you haven't read the previous novels. However, the main characters in the second novel play a large role in this novel, and the male lead in this novel was a main character in the previous novel, so this novel does "spoil" the previous one.
The romance was predictable; I never doubted they'd get together and it hit all the common beats. However, the "romance novel misunderstanding" was nicely set up and more realistic than most: Renna couldn't believe that a 'playboy' rich man who could have any woman he wanted would be interested in a middle class girl like her who had an ugly birthmark on her cheek. "Mr. Blackeyes" was drawn to her earnest personality but felt that he had to lie to soothe her fears or he'd lose his chance to get to know her better. But the lie becomes increasingly difficult to keep up.
There was a nice level of historical detail about the setting and everyday life woven into the story, but it's not as heavy on these details as some historical romances. The suspense was created by the relationship tensions, some physical danger, and some uncertainty about "Mr. Blackeyes" being able to resume his life after being thought dead for several months.
Many of the characters were Christians. Several Bible verses were quoted. The characters did get a bit preachy at each other at times, but it was in-character and flowed naturally. There was a very minor amount of "he cussed" style bad language. There was no sex. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable novel to those who like heart-warming romances.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
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