Love Unexpected, a book review
Ahhhh, back to winter, cold days and colder nights, warm fires, and cozy blankets…the perfect setting for reading. Summer got a little busy for reading and reviewing ficiton, followed by an equally busy fall which included a trip to the North Carolina mountains with a pony, a cart, and lots of books. “Love Unexpected” by Jody Hedlund takes us back to the days when lighthouses were vital to the survival of those sailing the treacherous shorelines of the Great Lakes. It was also a time when marriages of convenience (or necessity) were often the norm, and that is exactly what happens to Emma and Patrick. Emma needs a safe place to live and Patrick needs a mama for his little boy. A traveling preacher helps things along by providing the marriage ceremony, and Emma finds herself in even more perplexing circumstances. The setting is developed so well that I could feel myself in coastal Michigan both in pleasant weather and stormy times, smelling the water and feeling the waves. The characters are lifelike. I could imagine them today making all the good and bad choices that people have done since time began. The plot was interesting and and held my attention to the very end of the book. All in all, a good read for a cold winter’s night.