Courting Mr. Emerson by Melody Carlson

George Emerson has only one week left before he takes an early retirement from his teaching career as a high school English teacher. George has always been the eligible bachelor in town but at fifty-five, he still sees himself as independent and tries very hard to push away any advances by single women. Willow West grew up as a “wild child”, first in a commune, but still a free spirit as shown by her Bohemian (style) dress and lifestyle. Willow’s grandson is in George’s English class and she meets George when she requests his help with college entrance. George and Willow have a pattern of meeting and fumbling through their friendship in a sweet and heartwarming story. This Christian fiction book had me glued to the pages all the way to the end. I loved the characters, the prim and proper George to the mellow Willow and the supporting family and friends. There is a strong Christian theme that develops in the last half of the book. The endearing story makes this one of the best novels I’ve read this year.

This book will be available March 5, 2019 from Revell. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

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