Book description: "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."
My review: I enjoy reading historical fiction that is carefully researched and presented accurately. Love Unexpected is one those books. The historical aspects that were woven into the story were very intriguing. I didn't realize the Great Lakes had trouble with pirates. This is a story full of grace and forgiveness. The characters are real and well-developed and their problems and circumstances are not far-fetched. There is just enough suspense and romance to pull the reader into the story and yet not be overdone. I was really looking forward to reading this book after reading the short prequel. I was not disappointed! I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.