Unexpected Arrivals by Stephie Walls

Title: Unexpected Arrivals

Author: Stephie Walls

Publication Date: November 20, 2017


It had to be a joke.

Any minute now, a van would drive up and Ashton Kutcher would slide the door open, laughing hysterically at my melodramatic performance on the front porch.

But nothing happened.

The words on the page jumbled into a toxic mess my brain refused to comprehend, much less accept.

Please consider this letter as a formal request to arrange a paternity test (DNA).

I barely remembered Chelsea Airy.

That wasn’t true—we’d gone out once, and we’d been friends for a while after. But I hadn’t heard so much as a peep from her since I’d gotten married. I’d reached out a handful of times, but she’d quit responding and fell off the face of the earth. There hadn’t been a text, an email, a phone call, not even a Facebook message, much less a stork in the last five years.

My wife could forgive a lot, but she’d never wanted children—much less another woman’s.


Christina’s 3 Star Review

High school sweethearts James and Cora have a tumultuous history. They have an all-consuming love and when they graduate from college, Cora decides that she needs time away to find herself, having put her own plans on hold in order to follow James to the college of his choice. They are estranged for a couple of years, each taking stock in what they mean to each other and what their futures might hold. Eventually they do get married, but when James is confronted with a surprise from his past, their marriage just might be on the line. They know they are destined to be together, but just how much can one couple take?

The story is told in three parts and from three different first person POVs, in both the past and present. There is a LOT going on in this book, and sometimes it felt as though it may have been a little too much. Unlike one of the books that I have previously read by this author, the writing style of this one was different, and in a way that made it hard for me to connect with any of the characters or the storyline itself. Cora seemed like an entitled brat, and James seemed as though he had no real problem moving on once Cora was out of the picture, no matter how many times he told himself otherwise. As far as the storyline, there were just certain things, like how Cora never wanted to have children, that seemed to be no big deal in the end. She got over her aversion to kids real quick.

I liked the premise, there is a lot of promise there and fans of contemporary romance with love this book. It is an epic story of second chances that will likely be a tearjerker for many. There were some twists that I didn’t see coming and the storyline did have a lot of promise, but I think it is one of those “it’s not you, it’s me” situations with this book. While this one may have not worked for me I’d definitely pick up other titles by this author.



About the Author

Stephie Walls is a literary whore – she loves words in all forms and will read anything put in front of her. She has an affinity for British Literature and Romance novels and an overall love of writing. She currently has ten novels out, four short stories, and has collaborated in several anthologies/collections with other authors; all tales of real love and romance.

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