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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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LOVE UNEXPECTED.....A TITLE THAT REALLY FITS THIS STORY

This is a wonderful story. The author created such interesting people that had a life of twists and turns that showed they had "character". Could the
little boy end up with parents? I f so, who?

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Love Unexpected

After rescuing a brother & sister from stormy waters they had jumped into to escape the steamer pirates had invaded & set afire, the keeper of the lighthouse and the sister find themselves slowly & hesitant ly falling in love after the brother, Ryan, leaves to find work as the pirates had taken all the money he had. Emma, the sister, & Patrick, the lighthouse keeper have secret self doubts as to their worthiness to each other thus complicating their attachments to one another. Their relationship was further complicated when Patrick was being taken to jail on false charges.

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  • A.
  • Merritt Island, FL, United States
  • 03-10-17

Enjoyable Read

What made the experience of listening to Love Unexpected the most enjoyable?

Wondering what happens next.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Love Unexpected?

I love the way she treated the little boy.

Which character – as performed by Becky Doughty – was your favorite?

The father and the lady he married.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.