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Love Unexpected

(Beacons of Hope #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  3,190 ratings  ·  414 reviews
All she's ever wanted was a home. But stranded at Presque Isle port after their steamboat sank, Emma Chambers and her brother, Ryan, couldn't be farther away from security. While Ryan at least can find work, Emma can't even find a place to stay. An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper, who recently lost his wife and is struggling to raise his young son, arri ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Bethany House Publishers (first published November 25th 2014)
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Love Unexpected is a wonderful start to the Beacons of Hope series. I read it every spare moment that I could and enjoyed every page. Hedlund’s previous release, Captured by Love, was a great read. However, it didn’t top my favorite Hedlund novel, and it lacked a certain something that kept it from being a 5-star read. I liked it a lot, but I didn’t fall in love. That was definitely not the case with Love Unexpected. As I got further into the story, I found all of t
Deanne Patterson
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-copy
This is my first Jody Hedlund book. It was a tender and sweet story full of redemption,understanding and forgiveness. I look forward to reading more of her books.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, christian
An unexpected surprise and a true gem. A well written and researched story that flowed so seamlessly it was hard to put down. I finished it in one sitting.

I have never read anything by this author. I stumbled on the book by accident when using the Goodreads search engine for something else. Since it was offered free with my Kindle Unlimited subscription and had such high ratings, I decided to give it a try.

I will definitely be on the lookout for more work by this author. I highly recommend.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Decent read!!

My first read with Jody Hedlund and I LIKED it. It was a story of Dream, Hope, and reality.

“I've always dreamed of having the kind of home we used to have," she said. "I kept waiting for that. I didn't think I'd ever be happy until I had a home like that again. But now, after all, that's happened, I realize I can't put all my hopes and dreams in a home or a husband. I have to put my hope in Him above everything else.”

A story of Love, understanding, forgiveness, and redempti
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Jody Hedlund delivers yet another fine historical romance novel. I especially enjoyed learning more about the care of lighthouses and their role in northern Michigan. It was surprising to learn in the author's post notes that Michigan has more lighthouses than other other state.

Patrick and Emma's story was a sweet story about forgiveness and confidence.

Love Unexpected is recommended for those that enjoy Serena Miller.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite things about Jody Hedlund (though I've actually not read that much from her, just a lot ABOUT her books), is that she bases a lot of her books on people and/or events that actually existed. I feel like I'm really getting a good dose of history when I imagine the places and people in her novels. I love to learn from reading, as well as "escape", so that suits me nicely.

I loved the themes of forgiveness, hope, and redemption that were present throughout the novel. Patrick's real
Jody Hedlund grabbed my attention with an action suspenseful start where pirates boarded the steamboat Emma and Ryan were on and they had to jump into the lake to save their lives, held my attention with the interesting characters, especially Patrick with his mysterious past and kept me on the edge of my seat with nail biting scenes and twists.

Josiah just stole my heart - maybe because he made me think about my own 2-year old boy. But I just loved him and all his little adventures.

Patrick was my
Emma Chambers longs for a home. But when her steamboat sinks off the coast of Presque Isle, she's left destitute and with no where to go. Her brother takes a job working with the fishermen, but Emma can't stay with him. And the family who runs the general store won't let her remain with them. When widower Patrick Garrarty, the lighthouse keeper, arrives for his wife's funeral, an unlikely solution to both of their problems presents itself. He needs someone to care for his young son while he mans ...more
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars-- Love Unexpected had everything I've come to love in a book by Jody Hedlund! Smooth writing, believable lead characters and an amazingly described blossoming romantic relationship between two people thrown into a marriage of convenience. Can't wait for the next book in the series!
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jody Hedlund is an excellent writer, I appreciate how she develops the characters and takes you along so descriptively as the main characters get to know each other. Her characters have depth. I love that.
This book was based on a marriage of convenience which I personally really enjoy reading about. I did find this was a bit predictable as to the direction it would go and I really dislike when the whole plot of a book is based on one character hiding the truth, while stressing about the other ch
2.5 stars.

I liked this one for its interesting historical premise and redemption message, but not much else. Unfortunately, the secrets were dragged out for a long time, the MCs really didn’t communicate enough, and the naïveté of the h frustrated me. As it was, I still would have appreciated an epilogue, but there wasn’t one. This was ok inspirational historical romance, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you like lighthouses.

ETA: The resolution of the (view spoiler)
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
{To girls who are Under age 14! Do not read this review! It's not a good book! Let's leave it alone!}

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“All she's ever wanted was a home. But stranded at Presque Isle port after their steamboat sank, Emma Chambers and her brother, Ryan, couldn't be farther away from security. While Ryan at least can find work, Emma can't even find a place to stay. An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper, who recently lost his wife and is struggling to raise his young son, arrives i
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
This book isn’t a masterpiece, but it’s just what I needed. It was a fluffy, cute and simple book that really preached on belief of God and keeping faith. I don’t know if a God exists, I’ve never been truly religious, I’ve always existed in this vast gray area between being religious and an atheist. Not that this book makes me truly believe in God, but at a truly shitty time in my life it reminded me that hope was something I should never give up on.
Rachel Brand
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Emma Chambers has always longed for a home of her own, but she’s spent most of her adult life following her brother, Ryan, as he searches for work. Each time Ryan takes on a new job, Emma hopes they’ll settle down for a while, long enough for her to feel secure. When the steamboat taking them to Detroit—on yet another job hunt—is set upon by pirates, Emma and Ryan find themselves forced to temporarily settle at Presque Isle while Ryan attempts to earn back the money the pirates stole from them. ...more
The first book in the Beacons of Hope series by Jody Hedlund was an OK read. Jody bases her series on the lighthouses of the Great Lakes, and the history of the region was interesting and made a good background for the story. The story itself had a good premise: a marriage of convenience between a lighthouse keeper with a young child, who had been recently widowed and a young immigrant woman who needs a home. There are secrets on both sides and a lack of openness cloaked in a "let the past go an ...more
This was a sweet love story. When I read a Hedlund story I know I am going to get light preaching, turning to God in times of need. A sweet love story and always a little tragedy. I also know she is a bit repetitious in there feelings especially the negative feelings about how the other person can't possibly love them because they are not good enough. I know this going in and I'm ok with it with her. A little cheese is fun to read every once in a while.
Andrea Cox
by Andrea Renee Cox

Love Unexpected took me by surprise. The first two paragraphs jumpstarted the story with a pirate attack, which snapped me to attention and piqued my interest. It slowed into a sweet romance that kept me engaged in every chapter. I felt I was falling in love with the characters just as much as they were falling for each other.

There’s a strong similarity to one of my favorite movies, Love Comes Softly. In that movie, after Marty’s husband dies, she marries Clark so she’ll have
Carole Jarvis
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Love Unexpected begins Jody Hedlund's Beacons of Hope series with a touching and poignant story set on Presque Isle, Michigan, in 1859. I've read enough of Jody's stories to know that she excels at historical detail, characterization, captivating storylines, and romance - and Love Unexpected is no exception. Freshwater pirates on the Great Lakes...the allure of a remote lighthouse...a man, woman and child in need of each other...tender ro
Just Commonly
Dec 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Love Unexpected. Such a simple phrase. Can love be expected? Is love expected? I like this title. Ms. Jody Hedlund selected a widely accepted and searched two words for the title of her new book, "Love Unexpected (Beacon of Hope Series Book #1)". As you can see, it is the start of a series, and it's a promising start.

Ms. Hedlund got me hooked on the first chapter. The start was riveting, as Emma, our main female character, along with her brother, Ryan was on a ship to a new land for job opportun
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Love Unexpected, the first book in the Beacons of Hope series, is a tender story of hope and redemption. Charmingly set in Michigan by the sea and lighthouses, this sweet story is a heart- warming one that is sure to delight and inspire.

One of my favorite parts of this story was the setting and characters. There is just something very calming about lighthouses; and the tenderness of the storyline combined with the backdrop made for a very pleasurable read, which I thoroughly enjoyed. While read
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
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!

First, I have to say if you haven’t read Hedlund’s novella (the prelude to this newest series), you must!
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was just what I needed to jumpstart my book reading binge. I have a number of books I need to read and review by the end of the year, and if they are half as interesting to read as Love Unexpected, I'll fly through them all. Marriage of convenience stories will never get old. While this was a little more preachy than what I'm used to of late, the romance was fabulous. No skirting around the issue-- the sparks were there between Emma and Patrick right from the get go. Did I mention our ...more
Carrie Pagels
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a good book but fairly predictable. Set in my home state of Michigan, where pirates weren't a particularly big issue, it is interesting to read a novel where Great Lakes pirates are included. Set primarily on Presque Isle at a lighthouse, the limited setting with mainly the hero and heroine restricts some of the scope of the story. I found myself getting irritated with the heroine for revealing information to a busybody that she should have kept to myself and at the hero for failing to r ...more
Karen R
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Another winner by Jody Hedlund! Great start to a new series. This one has it all: action, mystery, romance and historical detail, plus some really likeable characters, including an adorable little boy. There are some seriously sigh worthy moments too. It had me reading late into the night. Interesting facts surrounding the history of the lighthouse and the real couple this story is based on included in the index. Recommend for Christian historical fiction fans!
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely devoured this sweet Christian (understated with it though) historical romance. The characters were well portrayed, and I found the plot to be interesting. I learned a little about old-fashioned lighthouse keepers as well. I will definitely read more of this series.
3.5 stars

Cute, predictable, standard journey of faith and redemption. I liked it but rushed through the drama! in the last section. It wasn't holding my interest but I liked the way everything tied together at the end. The little boy was written well too, I have a soft spot for kids that are written appropriate for their ages. Hard to find sometimes in books.
Paula Vince
Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I like books with lighthouse settings. What an important job to take on, yet with a feeling of isolation and freedom for those inclined to live a quiet life. I've sometimes thought it would be perfect for an introvert who still wants to make a difference. It seems Patrick Garraty thought so too.
The setting creates a nice, melancholic feel for the plot, in which two people have their own desperate reasons to get married, having just met each other.

Gentle-natured Emma, who hadn't been brought up t
Karen Collier
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Love Unexpected kept me turning the pages long after I should’ve been asleep, and I enjoyed every minute of reading it. I’d definitely recommend this for fans of historical romance, particularly if you’re into lighthouses, stories of redemption, marriage-of-convenience stories, and/or pirates.

I loved the emotional vulnerability of the characters because I thought it added a real poignancy as their relationship developed over the course of the story. Husband and wife each entered the marriage wit
Christian Fiction Addiction
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Imagine marrying someone after knowing them only a few hours! And yet this highly intriguing premise seems entirely plausible back in the era that "Love Expected" takes place in (1859). The author has woven together a highly satisfying story that peers into the fascinating history of lighthouse keepers on Lake Michigan, weaving in mystery with a tale of love. Hedlund has created compelling characters, ones with depth and emotion that will leave you so longing for good to come into their lives th ...more
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sometimes a novel is so compelling that you set out to read a few chapters before going to sleep, and then end up past midnight with a finished book! (umm . . . oops?)
I love historical novels that seem to say: "you live in Canada in 2015? ha! watch me transport you instantly back to Michigan in 1859!". That feeling of actually being a part of the story at the right time and the right place that the setting tells you you're in is nothing short of magical. I loved learning about the area around Pr
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Jody Hedlund is the author of over thirty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that

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