Monday, December 1, 2014

Review: Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund

Love Unexpected
(Beacons of Hope, #1)
by Jody Hedlund
Adult Christian Historical Romance
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.13
Published by: Bethany House Publishers
Published on: December 2, 2014
Pages: 348

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

A Perfect Blend of History and Romance, with a Whisper of Mystery

All she's ever wanted was a home. But 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.

My Rating: 4 out of 5. 

Disclaimers: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

An overview of the Novel: Emma Chambers has always wanted one thing--a family and a home. When pirates attack her boat and the boat sinks, her brother and her are left without anything. They are absolutely destitute. 

Then a preacher gives her a suggestion. The lighthouse keeper Patrick's wife just died and he has no way to provide for his son and keep his job. The preacher suggests they marry. 

Emma isn't one for foolish notions about love and so she agrees. What she didn't expect was to be so attracted to her new husband or to find that her new husband comes with a mysterious past. But when Emma finds out the truth, she wonders if her feelings for him are enough to weather this storm. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Oh how I adore this author! This is the second book I have read from her and I have loved them both. Her characters are always so sweet, the writing is fast-paced and beautiful, and the plotlines always drag me into the story. 

Hedlund is quickly becoming one of my favorite Christian romance authors. I can't wait to read her next book.

I love marriage of convenience stories. Not sure why, but they are just always so intriguing. This one, however, stood out above the rest. I am half-tempted to buy this book so I can reread it.

This novel is seriously cute. Don't miss out on this one. 

So why 4 stars? It was a beautiful read. I absolutely adored this book. Not quite 5 star status, but it was pretty close. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None.

The Wrap-up: Like I said an adorable, quick, cute read. This book is both touching and shows how we can overcome our past and keep moving forward. An excellent read. Jody Hedlund just got a new fan. 


Danica Page


  1. I've been thinking about reading this one, since I have enjoyed some of her other stories. I will have to pick it up!

    1. This series is so good. Go pick it up. You won't regret it.


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