Monday, December 22, 2014

Love Unexpected

Love Unexpected
Beacons of Hope, Book 1
Jody Hedlund
(Bethany House)
ISBN: 978-0764212376
November 2014/352 pages/$14.99

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.

Read an excerpt.


Photo Credit:
© Sarah Davis Photography
Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of seven novels, including Captured by Love, A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and The Preacher's Bride, winner of the 2011 Award of Excellence. She received a bachelor's degree from Taylor University and a master's from the University of Wisconsin, both in social work. She lives in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. She can be found online at


Jody Hedlund is quickly becoming one of my must-read authors, and I am already loving this new series! Lighthouses are such a fascinating part of our nation's history and stories of their keepers are equally compelling. While this is a fictional tale, it has its roots in a real couple who lived at and worked the lighthouse on Presque Isle, Michigan. Engaging characters and a compelling storyline immediately drew me into this novel, and I couldn't put it down, reading it in one night. Hedlund weaves faith into the story naturally as Emma and Patrick struggle with the impact that past circumstances and choices make on their current lives. You don't want to miss this book or this series. Grab your copy today!

Tomorrow, join me for a Q&A with Jody Hedlund!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Jody Hedlund and Bethany House Publishers as part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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