Courting Mr. Emerson by Carlson, MelodyCourting Mr. Emerson by Carlson, Melody

Courting Mr. Emerson

byCarlson, Melody

Paperback | March 5, 2019

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A confirmed bachelor, George vacillates between irritation and attraction whenever Willow is around--which to him seems like all too often. He's not interested in expanding his horizons or making new friends; it just hurts too much when you lose them.

But as the summer progresses, George feels his defenses crumbling. The question is, will his change of heart be too late for Willow?

With her signature heart and touches of humor, fan favorite Melody Carlson pens a story of two delightfully eccentric characters who get a second chance at life and love.]]>
Title:Courting Mr. EmersonFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 8.43 × 5.43 × 0.94 inShipping dimensions:8.43 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:March 5, 2019Publisher:Baker Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0800735277

ISBN - 13:9780800735272


Rated 5 out of 5 by from QUIRKY FUN ROMANTIC STORY! I have said it before and I will say it again, Melody Carlson is one of my favorite authors! Any book I see with her name on it I HAVE to read! This book was a fun read and a bit different as the main characters are in their 50’s. George Emerson has reached his retirement after 30 years as a high school language arts teacher. He is stuck in an 80’s time warp, maybe even further than that! He has eschewed any type of technology despite his intelligence and education. This guy puts the “N” in nerd. Uncomfortable in his own skin, especially in social interactions, he is a loner and confirmed bachelor. Willow West is the totally opposite end of the spectrum! She was raised in by hippies and her wild youth labeled her with name Wild West Willow. You get the idea! She is now a Christian and her youthful exuberance is now channeled as a buoyant, impromptu, woman who totally enjoys life! These two oil and water no make that gas and fire personalities, meet when Willow asks Mr. Emerson for a referral letter for her grandson’s college application. They learn they both attended high school together. She finds herself interested in him but she is not sure exactly how. She describes him as “Mr. Bean”. George is not sure how he will spend his new freedom retired. He envisions his rigid, OCD life continuing to be a cocoon of comfort. Willow on the other hand sees him needing to try new experiences and add excitement to his life. Though I do not think consciously, she makes it a project to help him do just that. This is where the rushing wind meets a brick wall. George sees her as fascinating. Because of the lack of the courage to say “no” he continually finds himself in circumstances and experiences he would have never chosen! After he has survived each one George finds he actually enjoyed himself but vows never to give in again! Both grow more attracted to each other but their disparities usually end up in misunderstandings and hurt feelings, only to be followed by an apology. Ms. Carlson does a beautiful job of helping the reader clearly see the George and Willows extremely different viewpoints. The characters were fun, quirky and real! I thought it was beautiful that Willow’s interest in George was one of compassion and concern. As the story unfolds her concern is for his soul as he professes to be an atheist. He was a beautiful example not to give up on an unbeliever no matter how impossible salvation may seem. You will find yourself laughing, crying and feeling joy as you read this book. Thank you Ms. Carlson for another amazing book! I received this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I stated are my own.
Date published: 2019-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Pleasant Surprise I always enjoy how fast paced Melody Carlson's books are, and I usually find myself devouring her stories fairly quickly. Courting Mr. Emerson was no exception, and I really found myself enjoying this contemporary romance novel about two protagonists who are falling for each other in their later years. Very rarely have I ever picked up a read that included a romance between two adults in their mid fifties, and I found this to be a refreshing change. George Emerson's life is turned upside down when the rambunctious Willow West crashes into it. As a high school English teacher who's about to face mandatory retirement, Mr. Emerson is looking forward to his future including rest and relaxation. However, when Willow and her grandson Collin enter his life, Mr. Emerson encounters more than he's prepared for. Willow owns a local art gallery, and after approaching the "set in his own ways" Mr. Emerson about a letter of recommendation for her grandson Collin, decides on a whim to invite him to a gathering at her gallery. Mr. Emerson is definitely out of his comfort zone, but decides on a whim to attend, and soon finds his life colliding with Willow, her hard working and likable grandson, and Josie, her daughter who takes a lot of getting used to, and is in need of a lot of guidance to get her back on the straight and narrow. Willow and George are perfect examples of opposites attracting, but are they too opposite for a relationship between them to ever truly workout? Courting Mr. Emerson at first glance may appear to be a fluffy romance read, but it's honestly so much more than that. Melody Carlson makes this contemporary romance fun, lively and comical when it needs to be, but also touches on deeper themes including estrangement, death, reconciliation, mental illness and having the extreme type of faith that can see you through the worst of life's circumstances. While I can understand that the romance element may not work for everyone, I personally really enjoyed it, and enjoyed the fact that its extremely slow moving, and gives the feelings plenty of time to develop between the characters. As always, Melody Carlson's writing style is quick paced, engaging, and enjoyable, and I really adored my time reading this one. With quirky characters, serious elements, a well developed plot, an emphasis on faith, and lots of witty banter, Courting Mr. Emerson was a pleasant surprise, and another lovely release by this amazing author. I rated it four out of five stars, and I encourage anyone looking for a romance read this spring to go ahead and pick it up. If you're like me and you haven't ever tried a romance with a more middle age couple before, then this would be the perfect book to start with! I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher (Revell) as part of the Revell Reads Blog Program. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2019-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will This Unlikely Romance Fly? Why should you read Courting Mr. Emerson? The first line might snag your attention. It sure did mine. “George Emerson didn’t need anybody.” Melody Carlson’s narrative has an easy flow about it. Like a weekend afternoon car ride on a warm spring day. This is going to be fun, enjoyable, humorous, etc., ...until it isn’t. Which brings me to the two next reasons to read Courting Mr. Emerson. Because this is a romance between two mature adults, we have a departure from the usual beautiful, young heroine and wonderfully handsome, young Adonis. Some readers will especially appreciate this. I know I did. Which leads into the next motive for reading this wonderful book. After a few chapters, it stops being the “joyride” I described above. Instead, real life hits from many angles and Willow, George, Collin, and others have to figure out how to navigate around obstacles to find the peace and relationships they desire. One thing is for sure... I thought this would be a cute, breezy romance. Instead, it is a slightly humorous romance filled with broken people with weighty problems, who need God to help them. Quotes I would like to share: “I don’t know if you can measure’s probably relevant, different for everyone...The thing is, you have to keep going.” “...when I discovered God was really real, well, I grabbed on tight and I’ve been holding on ever since.” “ atheist is simply a seeker who is hoping that God will show up.” I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to leave a positive review and all opinions are my own.
Date published: 2019-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I like the cover I don't know if you've ever had that feeling of putting down a book and going, "Oh, I really don't know what I think of this book I just finished, what just happened?" That's kind of my thoughts on this book, I experienced a range of emotions during the reading of this book and ended the book on a laugh, a laugh that was more like, "Oh really, are you serious?" And yet, I'm not sure why. And then I saw that the genre above the bar code was labeled contemporary romance and that explains a few things to everyone, now doesn't it? So to be fair, I think I've read a few too many predictable Christian fiction books while hankering to branch out a bit. And I have read a few of Melody's books that are pretty old, particularly Armando's Treasure and recall it as being an amazing, completely non-romantic story. Now granted, it's been a few years since I read it, so maybe I am all wrong, but I have high regard for the book in my mind. Anyway, despite all that, I will try to be very honest and give a review based on the worth of the book itself and not my own personal journey in reading. So by chapter four, I wrote in my book journal: "I'm only four chapters in and loving the prose. The word usage is fun. And it's unusual in that the main characters are in their 50s". And that is still true. I did love the word usage, but I have to be honest, by the middle of the book, I was a bit bored. George was a seemingly obsessive-compulsive man forced into early retirement and Willow is a free-spirited artist and basically nothing seemed to be happening in the book except, well I can't say because I try not to give spoilers away in the book. But then, another character shows up and interrupts life and adds some interesting elements to the plot and definitely helps the story along, in my opinion. I think the book feels like it went from basically nothing happening to the "romantic" ending without giving enough detail of the personal journey George was on. It's not written in first person, but I think we could have used some insight into more of the internal struggle George was going through in the last quarter of the book or so. I'm not sure. I really want to like this book, because the writing is excellent. I love the word usage, like I already mentioned and I really want to like all of Melody Carlson's work, but I'm just not sure where I'm at on this one. I think it comes down to this, it was a well-written book but at this point in time, it didn't click with me. That's not to say I wouldn't be able to read it again at a later time and really like it. I received this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review.
Date published: 2019-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet story! Courting Mr. Emerson is such a sweet story. It has Melody Carlson’s trademark writing style. Courting Mr. Emerson contains good writing, thoughtful pacing and humor. I especially liked that the main characters are older. These are two people in their 50s who are getting a second chance. As we get older, people get more set in their ways as we see with George Emerson. George has suffered great losses in his lifetime and has become closed off. He is set in his way with a steady routine, but everything changes after he retires. George finds himself at loose ends and along comes Willow. Willow was raised by hippie type parents. She is an artist who is raising her grandson after her daughter took off to be a groupie. Willow’s life changes when her antagonistic daughter returns much to her son’s disappointment. Each character has their own issues that they need to work through with a little help from their friends and God. Courting Mr. Emerson is a story that you just need to read and enjoy (do not go looking for hidden or deeper meanings). Courting Mr. Emerson shows us that we are never to old to change or find love (it gives me hope). I am giving Courting Mr. Emerson 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). Courting Mr. Emerson is the perfect story for those who delight in reading inspirational romance. If you are looking for a heartwarming story to read, then pick up Courting Mr. Emerson.
Date published: 2019-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quirky, Endearing Characters Courting Mr. Emerson is true to Melody Carlson's writing style with quirky, endearing characters, a setting readers will want to truly visit, and a sense of poignancy. It is a story that one wants to walk into and join the cast of characters, to be a part of what unfolds. Mr. Emerson, a retiring high school English teacher, is a bit out of step with the times. Once considered a confirmed bachelor by others, he's now a self-proclaimed curmudgeon. Having been told as a young boy that his parents had died because God needed them, having his older brother die in the Vietnam War, losing his fiance in a car wreck just three days before his graduation from graduate school, and eventually losing his grandparents who raised him, George came to the conclusion that there was no God. Believing that was less painful than believing that there was a God who at the worst had it out for him, and at the least didn't care about or need him. What would it take for God to make Himself and His love known to George at this time in his life? Enter Willow West, artist, bohemian, hippie, Christian, and her somewhat dysfunctional family. God can certainly work in mysterious and unexpected ways! Readers will enjoy observing how this story plays out. I am grateful to have received a copy of Courting Mr. Emerson from Revell via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and received no monetary compensation.
Date published: 2019-03-05