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Love unexpected
Hedlund, Jody.
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, A division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
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348 pages ; 22 cm.
"Shipwrecked and stranded at Presque Isle port, Emma Chambers is in need of a home. Could the widowed Great Lakes lighthouse keeper and his young son be an answer to her prayer?"--
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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.

Author Notes

Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of seven novels, including Captured By Love, Rebellious Heart, and The Preacher's Bride, winner of the 2011 Award of Excellence and a finalist for the 2011 Carol Award in First Novel. She received a bachelor's from Taylor University and a master's from University of Wisconsin, both in social work. Currently she makes her home in Midland, Michigan , with her husband and five busy children. She can be found online at

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Booklist Review

When pirates attack their ship and set it on fire, Emma Chambers and her brother, Ryan, are pulled from the icy water by Patrick Garraty, the lighthouse keeper in isolated Presque Isle, Michigan, in 1859. Patrick is a widower with no one to watch his two-year-old son, and Emma has neither employment nor a place to live. The itinerant preacher, Holy Bill, suggests that marriage would solve all their problems. Patrick seems kind, and he's a loving father, so Emma agrees to the arrangement. But Emma begins to hear rumors about Patrick. Did his wife fall to her death, or was she pushed? Patrick has a dark past, so the gossipmongers say, but what is it? Still, he's kind and thoughtful to Emma, and she stays. Then a mysterious stranger shows up, and suddenly, some of the rumors about Patrick begin to sound suspiciously true. Romance, an almost Hitchcockian mystery, and a tale of repentance make a fine mixture in Hedlund's (A Noble Groom, 2013) captivating and suspenseful inspirational novel.--Mosley, Shelley Copyright 2014 Booklist

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