by Karen Tuft
Eleven years ago, Ross McConnell was devastated by the betrayal of the woman of his dreams. Time does not heal all wounds, and after more than a decade, Ross is no closer to finding love. When his well-meaning family attempts to play matchmaker, he concedes by creating a list detailing his perfect mate: A member of the Church. Beauty-queen looks. College educated. Never married. Perhaps he’ll give love another try, if such perfection exists . . .
Natalie Forrester is no stranger to heartache. After two failed marriages, the beautiful single mother of three is determined to make it on her own. Without a college degree, she starts at the bottom: working as a housekeeper may not be glamorous, but it’s her first exhilarating step toward independence. And Natalie’s most recent cleaning job is ideal—the guy is always out of town, and the pay will go a long way toward supporting her missionary son. Maybe luck is finally on her side.
And then Ross and Natalie meet . . . and meet again. And following a series of awkward encounters, Ross is shocked by his growing attraction for this woman. Natalie couldn’t be farther from his ideal woman, and she is firm in her determination to keep her heart closed to love. But as their tenuous friendship develops and deepens, will the unlikely pair have the courage to set aside the disappointments of the past to catch hold of a bright new future?
- Size: 6" x 9"
- Pages: 304
About the Author
Karen Tuft was born with a healthy dose of curiosity about pretty much everything, so as a child she taught herself to read and play the piano. She studied composition at BYU then graduated from the University of Utah in music theory as a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies. In addition to being an author, Karen is a wife, mother, pianist, composer, and arranger. She has spent countless hours backstage and in orchestra pits for theater productions along the Wasatch Front. She also has a 75 percent success rate when it comes to matchmaking and is a big believer in happy endings. Among her varied interests, she likes to figure out what makes people tick, wander through museums, and travel—whether by car, plane, or paperback.
by Shauna - reviewed on September 21, 2013
The title of this book is UNEXPECTED...and this book really is UNEXPECTED! So many unexpected twists in the story you are not really sure the book is going to turn out the way you expected. Ross is devastated when his girlfriend betrays his proposal and returns to her former boyfriend. Natalie is just trying to provide for her three children as a single mother, by being a housekeeper. As fate would have it, Ross' housekeeper is out on a family emergency and has asked Natalie to take over for her. Natalie and Ross first meet while Natalie is tap-dancing in his beautiful kitchen...funny story to us readers...not so funny to Ross and Natalie :) Things just keep getting worse...especially when Natalie finds out that Ross has a "list" of the perfect woman and it includes everything Natalie isn't. Read about more funny situations Ross keeps finding Natalie in...and the many tender moments they spend with their families. And wait until you read about midnight sleigh riding, New Year's Eve parties in New York, facing-off with an ex-husband, taking care of her girls, and how that unexpected ending is so PERFECT! I really, really, really, liked this book!