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Love Unexpected

Beacons of Hope, Book 1
Narrated by: Becky Doughty
Series: Beacons of Hope, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)
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This Story Is Sweet

Publisher's Summary

1859

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.

©2016 Jody Hedlund (P)2016 Jody Hedlund

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Great story difficult narration

I felt the story was excellent however it took me a while to get past the narration. I felt the narrator's voice was very staccato and almost sounded more like a computer or robot. Love Jody Hedlund books but this narrator I felt did not do the story justice.

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Interesting Historical Love Story

I learned much about lighthouses while enjoying a beautiful Love story, with lot's of twists and turns!

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History-based, Sweet Love Story

If you could sum up Love Unexpected in three words, what would they be?

Faith, Hope, Love

What did you like best about this story?

Patrick's faith and integrity. Learning a bit about the history of the great lakes' lighthouses. It's a part of the country I'm not very familiar with.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Narrator tends to make female characters sound either insipid or like a wicked witch.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Patrick's honesty in returning after finding his son.

Any additional comments?

Couldn't understand why Emma continued to believe the gossipy old woman when she had been a target of the gossip's lies herself. Wanted to see Emma develop and grow as a character--she stayed pretty static. Emma's continued willingness to believe the worst in spite of so much evidence to the contrary was a bit annoying.

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Narrator - having problems listening

The narrator is a huge disappointment. I'd like to finish the book but i'm not sure I can continue.
I've stopped once and am trying again. Sorry Becky, Can handle the constant question in your voice. It seems over dramatized - not natural.

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an absolutely wonderful christian book

wow!! what can I say. I had to call couple friends to tell about this book. I don't often do reviews, but this book grabbed my attention from the very beginning. so many times a book is "ok" but I have discovered a new christian author that I will be ordering more of. I can't recommend this book highly enough. it was worth every penny I paid for it.

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Wonderful

This book was truly moving and reminded me that God means for me to always have hope for myself and others. HE blessed Jody was an amazing gift with words and storytelling!

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Narrator makes a difference in an audio book

The story I would rate a 4 but I was so disappointed in the narrator which I would only give a 2. She overnighted every word and had a quality to her voice that made Emma sound whiney.

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LOVED IT!

Had the right mix of romance, passion and drama! The narration was good and got better over time!

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not sizzling

I have a hard time putting down books I start and this one was enjoyable until you got preached at.

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Ok

The narrator sound a bit mechanical. A mix between Siri and a real person. A bit annoying, but I made it through the book.

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  • 08-18-18

Love Unexpected

Very interesting enjoyed this Audible book and will certainly look out for Jody Hedlund. A searching Christian Theme all through.