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Format:
Title:
Courting Mr. Emerson
Other title(s):
Courting Mister Emerson
ISBN:
9781432861711

9780800735272
Edition:
Large print edition.
Publication:
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
Physical Description:
457 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Summary:
"When the fun-loving and spontaneous artist Willow West meets buttoned-up, retired English teacher George Emerson, it's not exactly love at first sight. Though she does find the obsessive-compulsive man intriguing. Making it her mission to get him to loosen up and embrace life, she embarks on what seems like a lost cause--and finds herself falling for him in the process. 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."-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

A CBA Bestselling AuthorWhen fun-loving artist Willow West meets buttoned-up George Emerson, she's intrigued -- but it's not exactly love at first sight. Willow wants the obsessive-compulsive, newly retired English teacher to loosen up and embrace life, but it seems like a lost cause. A confirmed bachelor, George vacillates between irritation and attraction whenever Willow is around. 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?


Author Notes

Melody Carlson was born in San Francisco, California on March 2, 1956. She graduated from Lane Community College. Before becoming a Christian author, she volunteered in teen ministry, taught preschool, and worked briefly in interior design and in international adoption. She has written over 200 books for children, pre-teens, young adults, and adults including Revell, Finding Alice, The Christmas Bus, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, and the Carter House Girls series.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Carlson (We'll Meet Again) illustrates how love can come at any age in her heartfelt latest. George Emerson, a language arts teacher in his mid-50s, is a creature of habit who shaves with a straight-edge razor and doesn't own a car or computer. When Willow "Wild" West shows up at his classroom unannounced to ask for a recommendation letter for her grandson Collin, who is one of his students, George agrees and Willow invites him to an art show at her gallery. Despite their contrasting personalities, the two become friends. The adventurous and faith-filled Willow is determined to loosen up the rigid and atheistic George and bring him back to God, but George is not interested. Despite his reluctance, George accepts an invite to Collin's graduation party, where he mediates a family feud between Willow, Collin, and Collin's long-lost mother, Josie, who has returned home. George helps the family fix up an apartment for Josie and gives Collin advice, but his relationship with Willow is complex. George resents her intrusion in his life, and Willow dislikes George's outsize impact on Collin's future. The two constantly fight and then apologize, but when a new man starts vying for Willow's interest, George is forced to vocalize his feelings. Carlson reminds readers in this enjoyable tale that love and new experiences are not only for the young. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

After 29 years at the same high school, English teacher George Emerson has been encouraged to retire, and he isn't sure what he's going to do with himself. Enter Willow West, an artist and free spirit who has recently returned to her hometown with her college-age grandson, whom she's raised. George and Willow look for reasons to seek each other out. George's experience with profound loss guides everything, including his feelings about religion. Willow has found God's love and hopes to reconnect George with his faith. Carlson has created a refreshing inspirational romance focusing on mature characters who don't have every aspect of their lives figured out. Recommend to readers who are looking for Debbie Macomber read-alikes.--C. L. Quillen Copyright 2019 Booklist