You know what’s the best? When one of your favorite authors comes out with a new release. When it comes to Jody Hedlund, I know it’s going to be fantastic and I wouldn’t mind if she released a book once a month. Just throwing it out there. Love Unexpected kicks off a new series for Hedlund, the Beacons of Hope Series (all based on real women light keepers in Michigan) and it’s simply lovely!
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.
First, I have to say if you haven’t read Hedlund’s novella (the prelude to this newest series), you must! Not only is it a fun read, but I loved how the story popped up in this book (like the letters and love story) and I’m hopeful we’ll get to see it again. You can grab a copy here and it’s free!
Now to the book. Not only is this story so descriptive and picturesque (I want to go visit Michigan again!), there’s colorful characters (I want to be friends with Holy Bill; who was based on a real life person), sweet characters and ones who capture your heart (hi Josiah!).
I’m normally not a fan of the “marriage of convenience” stories, but this was one I truly enjoyed (I promise I’m not just saying that because I’m a Jody fan!!). There were plot twists I didn’t expect and I enjoyed where she took the story. My favorite relationship was with little Josiah (although Patrick and Emma’s relationship is very sweet too). I haven’t seen a relationship like this before in Hedlund’s novels and she further proves her talent, capturing a two year old in such circumstances and the relationship with Emma. I could also relate to different pieces of what the characters dealt with and through that, there were encouraging reminders of the ways God often works.
Once again, with this release, Jody reminds us why she’s one of the strongest voices in inspirational fiction and I’m already looking forward to the rest of this series and her future releases!
Have you had the chance to read any of Jody’s novels? Also, I’m super excited because next week my friend, Cassie, and I are announcing something fun for fellow Hedlund fans! To kick it off, I have decided to give a copy of Love Unexpected, so be sure to check out the blog next week and hope you’ll join in the fun!!
(Thank you to Bethany House for the copy in exchange for my honest review)