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Unexpected Arrivals

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,245 ratings  ·  218 reviews
It had to be a joke.

Any minute now, a van would drive up and Ashton Kutcher would slide the door open, laughing hysterically at my melodramatic performance on the front porch.

But nothing happened.

The words on the page jumbled into a toxic mess my brain refused to comprehend, much less accept.

Please consider this letter as a formal request to arrange a paternity test (DNA).
Published November 20th 2017
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Hate to be a naysayer, but this novel depressed me more than anything else. I may have my head stuck way too far down in Romance Land as this is more of a couples journey through life than a romance. Far too much reality and reality based angst for me on top of some of crazy coincidences that seem to happen far too frequently in fiction, and only sometimes in life.

The blurb was a little misleading as it implied something a little frothier to me.

The story starts out with the hero rece
Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀
I had a very difficult time deciding how to rate this book. I found myself having to re-read parts of this book because it was very confusing and the personalities of the characters were inconsistent at times but HOLY MOLY what a GREAT story. The plot was just way too intriguing for me to give this less than 4 stars.

For some reason I had difficulty with the dialogue in this book. It was hard to figure out who was saying what. I found myself re-reading certain parts quite a few times to understa
Nov 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
"If you don't have nothing nice to say don't say anything at all."
4 “Surprise” Stars

Unexpected Arrivals was an (unexpected) emotional romance that spanned years. The story took what I thought I knew from the blurb and gave me something more. It’s about finding the one person you love more than anyone and yet watching helplessly as life gets in the way. It’s about unexpected freindships and even more unexpected consequences. This story wasn’t quite as angsty as I was expecting but it held my attention in different ways and I really enjoyed the story that unfold
Apr 23, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Oh man, this book kind of took me through a whirlpool of emotions. I was kind of all over the place before I read this book. I definitely was a hot mess while reading this book. And now I'm a hot mess after reading Unexpected Arrivals because I expected none of the crap that went down in this book to go down.

Spoilers ahead!

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Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's a heartwarming story of the Breakfast Club James Carpenter ,the love of his life -Cora Chase and their best friend Neil and their journey from Geneva Key to Chapel hill to New York
James meets Cora in high school cafeteria and it's love at first sight , and HE KNOWS IT TOO ! That's the finality I loved. James knows he's staring at his Happily Ever After , right there. No conflict, no doubt. And he treats her as such, never more than an arm's distance and a kiss away. Cora has been through
Laura- BookBistroBlog
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unexpected Arrivals
By: Stephie Walls
4.5 Stars

Just closed my kindle on my very first Stephie Walls book! After reading this one, I am scratching my head wondering why have I not read any of her other books?

This very emotional roller-coaster ride was one I could not get off. Picked up the book and buckled up. Didn’t stop reading till the kindle had no more pages to turn.

In this book, we cover a lot of years. Starting in high school when Carp is the superstar basketball player and Cora is the new
April Symes
Unexpected Arrivals by Stephie Walls is my first time reading this author. This story spans years and wow, I will tell you it is truly an emotional read, one that will have you reaching for tissues. I thought I knew what the story was going to be about, yet it was so much more and yet so different. It is about friendship, about romance, about unexpected relationships and how life does get in the way of everything and unexpected consequences that occur and how each person handles it. There was so ...more
Jackie Bogart
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unexpected Arrivals grabbed my breath from the beginning and held it until the very last word! Stephie Walls books just keep getting better and better! She again works a hard, very real, topic in to this tale that is utterly captivating. Covering a large time span in a manner where the story doesn't drag and you stay on the edge of your seat with anticipation isn't easy, but Stephie Walls handled it remarkably well. Unexpected Arrivals contains well placed glimpses in to the past that carefully ...more
Nov 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
In my eyes the synopsis, and prologue, promised a story about a man being in a difficult situation - one where he has a son together with a short fling, and where it might be the end of his relationship with his wife - his true love.

But Im sorry to say that the story was something totally different because of the build up.
The story is told in three POVs. James (the male main character) Chelsea (the fling, and the sons mother) and Cora (Jamess true love, and female main character)

While the prol
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3.5 Stars

I picked up Unexpected Arrivals by Stephie Walls solely because I just read Third Base and wanted to get to know the authors better. Stephie Walls and Leddy Harper writing together are known as Stella, and Third Base is their debut book together. I enjoyed it so I immediately grabbed copies of each of their new books to try them out individually.

Unexpected Arrivals is an unusual book in that it is told from a male POV for the majority of the book.  I liked this change from the usual, un
Zilpha Owens
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Legendary Stars

Young love is grand, but hard and uncertain when real life happens. James Carpenter and Cora Chase have only each other and they like it that way until she gets the opportunity of a lifetime and takes it. Life lessons, heartache, real emotions, the test of true love, second chances and blessings they didn’t know they wanted all embrace you in this amazing story of love. Told in three parts from different points of view, the emotions can be felt as you read – love, happiness, hea
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Angela James
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Spectacular Stars! Oh my heart! James and Cora's story is just's a story of young love, coming of age, mistakes, and second chances. This book captivated me, it reeled me in within minutes and I was hooked! There were many plot twists to keep me on my toes and guessing throughout the pages. My heart went through a gamut of emotions while reading before settling on joy for how their story ended. This book is like life can often times be...messy and complicated but oh so worth it ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading anything by Stephie Walls. It took me a while to get into it but once I did, I couldn't put it down. The books plot twists kept me guessing and I loved that. I don't want to be reading something and knowing exactly what happens next. You certainly don't with this book :)
James and Cora's story had pretty much everything you want in a book. Second chance love, secret baby, estranged family etc.... I could go on but I think you should just 1-click it and see for your
Carina Adams
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every time I read a book by Stephie Walls, I sound like a broken record. I use words like 'phenomenal storyline, brilliant writing, talented author.' Sometimes I even say, 'best book I've ever read'.

Every once in a great while, you find an author whose words touch your soul and leave an imprint on your heart. That's how I feel about Ms. Walls.

I read Unexpected Arrivals in a day because I couldn't put it down. This story has all the elements that you'll find in any book by the author, from an e
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unexpected Arrivals by Steph Walls is an emotional rollercoaster ride, and I was hooked from the start. This isn't your run of the mill love story, it's heartbreaking, and a bit of angst.

James (Carp) Carpenter is the superstar basketball player at the high school. He's been in this small town his whole life and is ready for "more.' Enter Cora...

Cora is the new girl town, and Carp is instantly attracted to her. She's suffered the loss of her parents, and has just moved to town to live with her e
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unexpected Arrivals was such a great read. I was captivated by the characters and this story from the very beginning and stayed that way until the very end. Young love always seems unbreakable and if the couple is fortunate enough stay in love and together throughout their adulthood that's an amazing achievement. However, its not always easy and sometimes adult choices have to be made and every one has to travel down their own road knowing it might not always end at the same point. Hearts will g ...more
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Cranky Stars

When we first meet James Carpenter he’s a cocky boy who plays basketball. He has all he could ever need in life including a trust fund. He is set to attend a prestigious college on a basketball scholarship until he sets eyes on a beautiful girl across the cafeteria. You see everyone in Geneva Key is weathly and there are never any new kids around so he sets out to meet this mysterious girl who sets his world on fire. They make a life for themselves. College, their own apartment a
Katy Birch
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my life. This book was amazing. It really tugged on my heart string. All the emotions that you feel with this book is out of this world. All the secrets that knock you on your ass, all the elation and revelations keep you turning the pages at a fast pace. I really didnt want to put this book down. Absolutely amazing!
Gina Smith
Jan 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I felt I was mislead. I was lured in by the synopsis of a man finding out he was possibly a father to a child he never knew existed by a woman he hasn't seen in 5 years and it could ruin his marriage. We are taken through a 15 year love story journey instead and for me the romance felt forced and unbelievable. I would have rather seen the struggle of acceptance from Cora dealing with having to become an Insta-step mom.
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Now that I am a blubbering mess after finishing this book...

Unexpected Arrivals is my first book written by Stephie Walls alone and now I completely understand why I loved her co-written book - Third Base with Leddy Harper. Stephie Walls is an AMAZING storyteller. She just took my heart on a roller coaster ride that would probably have put me in a book hangover in my early days of reading. This story were you meet James and Cora is a beautiful, heart breaking, twisty, turning, journey of life, f
Nov 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m not even sure how to write a review to do this book justice. When I read the description it comes off as easy going with some mild drama, but I should have known better. This may have been my first book by this author but she blew me away and earned a life long fan.

James and Cora have a love story that spans more then a decade, and with all the ups and downs, it makes them the people that are by the end of this book. The story as a whole drew me in and kept my heart on alert. I’ll admit tha
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I definitely didn't expect the curveball towards the end. I loved James, a man with that much love for his girl, minus the "certain things that happened" but hey, it was what the story was meant to be. I'm sure many will love this read, but I really didn't like Cora for some reason... maybe it was the decision she made that broke James. I wanted things to turn out differently, but it was good nonetheless.
Samantha Larkin
Not for me (which is why I haven’t rated it) but I can totally see many others loving it!
"Unexpected Arrivals " was a captivating romantic read, that draws you in and holds on to you till the very end.
Ms Walls takes you n a journey one she starts in the present with out male lead getting a request for a paternity test , for a juvenile child of a women he only dated once, for a women he was phone freinds with for a few months , a women who helped him ,pushed him to propose to his beloved Cora ten dissapeared form his life. How is he supposed to tell his wife, the very women who never
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Unexpected Arrivals is the story of James and Cora. The story takes you through their lives from falling in love in high school, through college, and into adulthood. Cora suffered the loss of her parents and the rejection of her remaining family. James falls in love with Cora and when he falls he goes all in. He tries to be everything for Cora and give her the love she is missing. As they grow and change and move past college James wants the fairy tale. Cora’s career is taking off and she isn’t ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another absolutely amazing love story from Stephie Walls! In fact, I had a book hangover from this one. I didn't even start another book when this one was done. Walls takes you on complex journeys through the amazing characters she creates. You wonder how anyone can survive some of the situations she deals her characters. But they not only survive, they manage to thrive and grow.

Unexpected Arrivals begins from James' point of view. We watch him fall in love with Cora almost from the moment they
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Stephie Walls is a literary whore - she loves words in all forms and will read anything put in front of her. She has an affinity for British Literature and Romance novels and an overall love of writing. She currently has fifteen novels out, six short stories, and two collections; all provocatively written to elicit your imagination and spice up your world.