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Love Unexpected

(Beacons of Hope #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,574 ratings  ·  362 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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Happy sigh! :) review to come!

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.
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 redemption
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, romance
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.
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
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
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
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!
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)
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
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 in
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
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
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
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
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Pirates on the Great Lakes? Who knew? Jody Hedlund, that's who! What a fantastic twist to an already riveting plot! And I've loved lighthouses and the notion of lighthouse keeping since reading Meg and the Lighthouse Mystery when I was a kid so this book captivated me on so many levels.

Lighthouses aside, this marriage of convenience story is rich and complex and utterly compelling. I was quickly caught up in the drama right from Emma and Patrick's first meet and then their hasty marriage. And
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
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The characters, the message of forgiveness, the lighthouse aspect. Everything was fantastic.

Hedlund is a fantastic historical fiction author. She always picks a small event in history and brings it to life with unique characters, plenty of chemistry between her hero and heroine, and enough action to keep you up way too late.

This book embodies all the things the author does well, and I enjoyed the entire book. I rooted for both Emma and Patrick both as individuals and as a coup
Jun 19, 2014 rated it liked it
The first in the beacons of Hope series by Hedlund. I had high expectations, but the book fell short for me. The overall story seemed to drag and I found my self sighing and wishing it was over. Moreover, In my opinion, The relationship between the heroine and the keeper lacked any shred of depth. Of course it started off as a 'marriage of convenience style' but it still hardly moved from that in my assessment.
I loved that it was loosely based on/inspired by a true-life lighthouse couple. It also had a great Christian message and was impossible to put down and excellently written. The only drawback is that the biggest focus was the romance, so I'd not recommend it for young girls.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 5 Dec 21, 2014 10:47AM  
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  • A Beauty So Rare (Belmont Mansion, #2)
  • My Hope Is Found (The Cadence of Grace, #3)
  • A Most Inconvenient Marriage (Ozark Mountain Romance, #1)
  • Beyond All Dreams
  • Full Steam Ahead (Full Steam Ahead, #1)
  • Tide and Tempest (Edge of Freedom, #3)
  • Tried and True (Wild at Heart, #1)
  • The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn
  • Surprised by Love (The Heart of San Francisco, #3)
  • A Bride for Keeps (Unexpected Brides, #1)
  • Playing by Heart
  • While Love Stirs (The Gregory Sisters, #2)
  • The Captive Heart
  • Love Comes Calling
Jody Hedlund is the author of over twenty 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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Beacons of Hope (5 books)
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  • Forever Safe (Beacons of Hope, #4)
  • Never Forget (Beacons of Hope, #5)
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