Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Review - His Unexpected Grandchild

Title:  His Unexpected Grandchild
Author Myra Johnson
Publisher:  Love Inspired
Genre:   Inspirational Romance
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   226
Date of Publication:   March 26, 2024
My Rating:   5 Stars

This toddler will steal his heart...

Just in time to open it…

The last thing Lane Bromley wants is to leave his remote mountain cabin. But when his struggling daughter shows up with a grandson he didn’t know he had, Lane’s search for the boy’s father leads him to the other surprise grandparent: veterinarian Julia Frasier. They can’t seem to agree on anything, but maybe they can find common ground long enough to create a loving environment for their grandchild…and each other.

From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.


Lane Bromley was doing just fine living off the grid in his mountain cabin. His distressed daughter Shannon shows up and she is in a bad way, and leaves her toddler son with him. Lane is instantly attached to baby Tate. He hadn't seen his daughter in quite awhile and is caught by surprise. But he wants her to get the mental health treatment that she needs, and Lane knows that he has to do the best that he can do for Tate. This begins with finding Tate's other family, and that leads him to Julia Frazier, Tate's grandmother. Julie is the town's veterinarian and had no idea that the son she lost, Steven, is the father of the infant.

Lane and Julia find themselves at odds almost from the moment that they meet. For one thing, Lane is very worried about Shannon, and Julia is still saddened by the loss of her son, and is shocked to learn that he had married and had a child. But, putting those worries aside, Julia is not too enamored by the reclusive lifestyle that Lane leads and she wants to be the one who cares for Tate.

Tate and his care comes first to both Lane and Julia, even if they are at odds. However, there is the undeniable fact that sparks are there for the both of them. As this is an inspirational romance, the story was very sweet, with reminders of putting the important matters into the hand of a higher power, something that both Lane and Julia had in common. As delightful as this story was with Lane and Julia as protagonists, baby Tate was utterly adorable. But there was also the loyal and loving rescue dog Rowena. His Unexpected Grandchild was a warm and wonderful story and is definitely deserving of five stars.

Many thanks to Love Inspired 
and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


As a writer and a Christian, I love the fact that Jesus told stories, too—reminds me that I’m in very good company! Almost from the time I could wield a pencil, I dreamed of becoming a writer.  The first story I ever wrote was probably in first or second grade, and I think it was about an enchanted prince. Making up stories has been second nature to me for as long as I can remember. A select group of trusted friends back at dear old Mission High waited eagerly for the next installment of my “Great American Spy Novel” (think Man from Uncle) and my “All-American Teen Novel” (remember Gidget and Tammy?). I even had a private notebook of angst-ridden poetry a la Rod McKuen.

The dream of writing persisted into adulthood, although it often remained on the back burner while I attended to home and family and several “real” (read paying) jobs along the way. Then in 1983, while recovering from sinus surgery, I came upon one of those magazine ads for the Institute of Children’s Literature. I knew it was time to get serious, and the next thing I knew, I’d enrolled in the “Writing for Children and Teenagers” course. Within a year or so I sold my first story, which appeared in the Christian publication Alive! for Young Teens. For many years I enjoyed success writing stories and articles for middle-graders and young adults. I even taught for ICL for 9 years.

Then my girls grew up, and there went my live-in inspiration. Time to switch gears. I began my first women’s fiction manuscript, joined local and national writers groups, and started attending writers conferences.

So here I am today, still on this crazy roller-coaster ride. Still writing. Still hopeful. Writing, I’m learning, is not about the destination, it’s about the journey. My current projects are primarily women’s fiction and romance . . . novels of hope, love, and encouragement. Novels about real people living out their faith and finding love in the midst of everyday, and sometimes not so everyday, situations.

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