by Jody Hedlund
Available: December 2014
Beacons of Hope Series, #1
All Emma Chambers ever wanted was a home, but when her steamboat sinks just outside Presque Isle, Michigan, she’s left destitute and with no place to stay.
Then a traveling preacher comes up with a solution that will help both Emma and another: marriage to the local lighthouse keeper. He’s just lost his wife and needs help caring for his child. After a hasty wedding, she finds herself heading to the lighthouse with this handsome but quiet stranger and his toddler.
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.
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I enjoyed the Beacons of Hope series prequel Outof the Storm which introduces the reader to the lives of the lighthouse keepers stationed on Michigan’s Great Lakes in the mid-1800s. Love Unexpected picks up in June 1859 with Patrick Garraty maintaining the Presque Isle Lighthouse. Jody Hedlund continues to show the reader the hardships of living and maintaining a remote lighthouse. How does a single father keep up the rigors required of a keeper and raise an energetic, strong-willed toddler at the same time?
Jody reminds the reader that we all have baggage from the past – some stays in the past while others resurface. She has woven a story of God’s grace and forgiveness around the story of Patrick and Emma; one that we can learn from. God does forgive us when we ask, but we also need to seek the forgiveness of those we love.
Although this book is not listed as historical fiction, Jody Hedlund based this series around real people and their stories. She did weave in fiction to enhance the storyline. All in all, this is a great read!
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars A+
I received a complimentary e-copy of Love Unexpected from Baker Publishing and NetGalley for my honest review.