Courting Mr. Emerson, by Melody Carlson is a Contemporary Christian Romance story. George Emerson is retiring from teaching, when Willow, the grandmother of one of his students, comes to him for a recommendation for her grandson to get into college. George is a confirmed bachelor who lives next door to an overly friendly lady. Wanting to get away from her invitation for the evening, he walks into town and finds himself at Willow’s art gallery. From this time forward he gets pulled into Willow’s life and Willow pushes her way into his life.
There are multiple little stories within this story. George has had many losses in his life and is afraid to love someone else. Willow has raised her grandson and now with his gradation at hand, his mother and her boyfriend return. When the boyfriend leaves, the daughter is stuck with no place to live and no financial way to survive..
This is a fun story to read. The author describes the scenes so nicely, it is easy to see the wild colors the daughter paints her home as well as to feel George’s insecurities of changing, not just himself but his family’s home. There were times I felt it hard to believe anyone would even consider doing some of the things Willow did and I liked the comparison George has of her and a camel’s nose. I also enjoyed how Willow described her Christian life and when George, a confirmed atheist, needed help he turned to Willow’s pastor.
I received a copy of this book from Revell publishing. This is my honest review.
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