Transforming power of Christ's saving grace demonstrated in a story of mystery and romance
November 11, 2014
Unexpected Love is a captivating story filled with mystery, secrets, and romance, but ultimately is the story of the transforming power of Christ's saving grace. Kudos to the author for weaving such an intriguing tale that shows Christians as real people and not merely religious kooks as commonly portrayed most often in media. The personal relationship with Christ that the characters have makes a difference in their lives, and Mr. Blackeyes's transformation is shown to be notable and sincere. The first half of the book especially is a page turner. When unexpected love begins to surface, it is nearly "uncertain love" and Renna's repeated waffling becomes a bit tiresome. Fortunately the story line continues to move forward in some unexpected directions, and the result is a compelling story that leaves the reader hoping it will never end. This book is a most enjoyable read and is highly recommended.
Andrea 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.
Lorenna 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.