Melody Carlson is one of the most versatile authors I’ve had the pleasure of reading. From teen fiction to later-in-life romance and a bit of everything in-between, this author excels at character and plot formation. Her humor and wit blend so well with romance and powerful lessons in faith.

Courting Mr. Emerson is one of those later-in life, second chance romances. Mr. Emerson is never married and in his fifties and retiring from his career as a high school English teacher. Although Mr. Emerson has a set routine for his life, he soon finds that the days are much too long after his retirement. That is until he meets the grandmother of one of his students who seems to take George on as a personal project. Willow and George are true opposites. She is an extrovert, an artist, and a true free spirit as opposed to the strictly regimented George. Is there any possibility that Willow will be able to draw George out of his shell?

I adored this book. As an older adult myself, I sometimes grow weary of reading so many books highlighting such young characters. It was refreshing to read one about an older couple who still had years ahead of them. Willow could be a bit overpowering at times so I was kept in suspense about whether George would continue to spend time with her or just tell her where she could get off. Sweet story with a nice subdued romance that points its readers toward the Lord.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


It’s never too late to fall in love

When fun-loving artist Willow West meets buttoned-up George Emerson, it’s not exactly love at first sight. More like intriguing project at first sight. Willow makes it her mission to get the obsessive-compulsive, newly retired English teacher to loosen up and embrace life, but even she has to admit it seems like a lost cause.

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?

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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over 200 books with sales of more than 7 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and contemporary romances. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at