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Her Unexpected Family

(Grace Haven #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  21 reviews
A Family to Love

Emily Gallagher and Grant McCarthy are planning a wedding together—just not their own. Emily's well-structured life is turned upside-down when her company is hired to help Grant put together his deployed sister's nuptials. Because as Emily spends more time with Grant and his adorable twins, she can't help but daydream about being at the altar herself. But
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Love Inspired
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Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
We're back planning weddings in Grace Haven. This is the second book in the series and I'm thrilled to be back in the quaint New York village. Herne knows how to write small towns with heart and I always come away yearning to find a small town experience of my own. Love the wedding planner theme in this series. Three sisters running the family company. It's only natural for some of that marital bliss to rub off on the Gallagher girls.

Have to confess that the stars of this story are Timmy and D
Sep 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Emily Gallagher is at a crossroads in her life. Having come back to her home town of Grace Haven following a devastating divorce, she is temporarily helping her sister manage their mother's event planning business. When a handsome single father arrives with his two adorable children, Emily is impressed with his dedication to parenthood and his selfless intentions to plan his sister's wedding, while she remains deployed overseas. The entire threesome burrows under Emily's defenses, but there are ...more
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Her Unexpected Family by Ruth Logan Herne. Emily Gallagher returned home from New York City to help her sister run the family business of wedding planner while their parents were out of town while their father was getting cancer treatments. Emily helps Grant McCarthy plan is sisters wedding while she is over seas in the service. The wedding will happen when they come home on leave. Grant has two year old twins. One has disabilities. Grant babies her. Emily tells him not to. Emily has helped the ...more
Elaine Leonard
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this story as soon as it came in the mail. This was another book I could not put down I went to bed late because ( had t0 finish to the end to see how it turned out
4.35 stars - pg/very mild pg13

I enjoyed this second book in the series (all books can stand-alone, but they are more richly enjoyed, if they are read in order, and the first book is so good it’s worth starting there). This one leaned a bit too much toward insta-love, although the main characters are just slightly older and more mature so it’s a tad easier to believe they have enough life experience and discernment to make decisions (?). I wasn’t thrilled with him touching her hair or her face a
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I feel like the only thing we really saw of Emily in the previous Grace Haven story was reference to her conflicts with Kimberly. I like that we got to see into Emily's heart during this book, and see that she and Kimberly were working to heal their relationship, even if that wasn't the focus of this book.
I think because we didn't see much of Emily in the past book, what I found out about her in this book, especially with her past work with children, was a surprise. I think it rounded her charac
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Great Book

This is the second book in he Grace Haven Series and it’s just as good as the first!!!! I loved keeping up with characters from the previous book while going on Emily’s journey. I loved the messages of forgiveness and faith!
Pam Jackson-gorsline
The unexpected

This author is great about developing her characters so well you think you are in the room or in the conversations in the story.
Maryann Skaritka
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Grace Haven, New York welcomes back readers in the second book in this series. I didn't read the first book but this book is perfectly fine as a stand alone read. I found myself quite at home from the first page.

Grant McCarthy is in charge of the town's highway department. He also has the responsibility of caring for his precious two year old twins Tim and Dolly. Dolly also has special needs. Grant is also dealing with his unforgiveness of his picture perfect wife who walked away from him and th
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ruth Logan Herne delivered another impressive read in Her Unexpected Family, book 2 in the Grace Haven series. An Unexpected Family can be read as a standalone even though there is a series. I had not read book one but was in the moment with all the characters.

Emily Gallagher and Grant McCarthy knew each other from their past as residents in Grace Haven. They both had suffered deep hurts from their former spouses. Emily was in Grace Haven to assist with her family’s business as a wedding planne
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Ruth Logan Herne's work. When I saw her newest Love Inspired book, Her Unexpected Family, I grabbed it up quickly and could hardly wait to read it. Imagine my surprise when I received an autographed copy in the mail from this very generous author. I was excited and told her since I had purchased a copy I would offer that to one of my readers.

Welcome to the town of Grace Haven. As the author writes, "A town full of heart, happiness and home". I picture a very small town environ
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just needed some light, simple, sweet reading for a down day. Grabbed this at the library. Nice story. Like Hallmark movies these Love Inspired books are predictable but it was just what I needed yesterday. Nothing I had to think about—just enjoy.
Sherida Stewart
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing

A PERFECT delight!

The whirlwind of precious two-year-old twins, the peek into the fun (usually) job of wedding event planners, and the warmth of the small community of Grace Haven all mixes together for an amazing story about the grace of forgiveness…a perfect story. Emily is so likeable with her common sense approach to life and the joyous love she expresses. As a protective father, hardworking Grant struggles with the past and the future, but he is a good man, willing to see his mistakes and t

Emily Gallagher just wants a family to love . . .

Grant McCarthy plans a wedding with Emily -- but it's not their wedding. But when Emily spends time with Grant -- and his two adorable twins, it just creates more desire for a family of her own.

I'm going to stop here -- to tell you that this story touched my heart more than any other that I've read in quite some time. As a matter of fact, I had to grab some tissues when I began writing this review, so trust me -- you'll need to grab the box of tis
Dawn Leonard
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Her Unexpected Family, the second in the Grace Haven series, is a great book. Ex-beauty queen Emily has returned to help out at her family's wedding planner business. Grant is trying to raise his twins as a single dad, run the Public Works department, and plan his sister's wedding while she and her fiance serve in the military. Grant deals with trust issues as his appearance-obsessed ex who walked away from their kids wants to come back into their lives. Emily has issues with her ex's family to ...more
Wilani Wahl
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I found it difficult to put this book down. I loved reading about the precious twins. Who couldn't help but fall in love with Timothy and Dolly. I found the closing scene so absolutely precious. I can see myself reading it over and over again. All I will say about it now because I don't want to spoil it for those who have not read yet. I also loved the thread of the power and importance of forgiveness. ...more
Elaine Applebury
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a sweet story! What a great lesson on the importance of forgiveness!
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Pam Graber
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ruth Logan Herne's books, whether long or short, are ALWAYS a great read! I love her stories and Her Unexpected Family is no exception. ...more
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Multi-published, award-winning, bestselling author Ruth Logan Herne is living her dream of being a published author and having the time of her life doing it. Born to a poor family in Rochester, NY, Ruthy draws on her early years and her many years of dealing with today's young families and businesses to create beautiful, heartfelt small-town stories of faith, hope and love... while adopting her fa ...more

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