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?
Good read, I just wish the wrap up could be more of a wrap up.
I have to admit, I read a ton of Christian contemporary fiction, but it's been a while since I got my hands on some contemporary books written with a nod to my own Church. Obviously it's not as available nationally, and it's a little harder to find - but I recently decided to sign up for Deseret Bookshelf Plus, and see what I could discover.
I've read Karen's historical fiction, and loved it. Finding something a little different was fun. I will say although I enjoyed this book, I'm removing a star because of the way it dragged in parts. The initial connection between the characters was so small and insignificant it didn't count as anything of real substance. Waiting until you are 30% in for the characters to finally get their first taster of proper interaction was way too far. It was tedious, and I'm impatient ;) There were many chunks of text I found myself skim reading. It was irrelevant to the story.
The plot was great, and clever. Unique in the fact that we are now dealing with main characters in their late 30s. For Natalie, Abandonment, Grief, Teenage children issues. Emotional baggage due to two previous bad relationships/marriage. Verbal abuse. Lack of proper care in the form of Child Support. For Ross, the heartbreak that ended all desire to seek out a real relationship, with an unwillingness to risk. Cynicism. Grief. The demands of a high powered career in law.
The occasional Church references were appreciated. Sometimes LDS fiction comes across a little cheesy. This story tackled some serious issues and presented everything clearly and was grace. A kind of classy Cinderella story.
I loved this book! I loved the characters, they were fun and funny and you fall in love with them. It was a great story, different from most romances which made it great. My only frustration is the ending. Which happens with so many authors. You wait for the ending, you don't really want it to end, you want to know the all the lovely details! Then they skip the ending and give you an epilogue that last two pages. Uggh! I really do want to read more by this author. I hope all her endings are not this way.
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!