I picked up Unexpected Arrivals by Stephie Walls solely because I just read Third Base and wanted to get to know the authors better. Stephie Walls and Leddy Harper writing together are known as Stella, and Third Base is their debut book together. I enjoyed it so I immediately grabbed copies of each of their new books to try them out individually.
Unexpected Arrivals is an unusual book in that it is told from a male POV for the majority of the book. I liked this change from the usual, unfortunately, I didn’t start to really enjoy the book until we got to Chelsea’s point of view. Chelsea was a doll and I actually enjoyed her point of view so much that I wished she was the *actual* heroine of the story. Cora annoyed me for the majority of the book. It’s not often that I dislike the heroine, and I wish it wasn’t the case in this one. I eventually warmed up to her, but it wasn’t until my feelings about her had already tainted the first 2/3 of the book. I did enjoy the multiple POVs and the storyline was also something interesting that I hadn’t heard before. My favorite part of the book was when I realized that Cora & Legend made a cameo appearance in Leddy Harper’s The Roommate ‘dis’Agreement. Those parts that I did enjoy were enough to make me want to keep trying Stephie Walls. I bet her next book will be a better fit for me.
I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.
be a joke.
now, a van would drive up and Ashton Kutcher would slide the door open,
laughing hysterically at my melodramatic performance on the front porch.
on the page jumbled into a toxic mess my brain refused to comprehend, much less
to arrange a paternity test (DNA).
remembered Chelsea Airy.
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.
could forgive a lot, but she’d never wanted children—much less another woman’s.
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 six novels out, four short stories, and two collections; all provocatively written to elicit your imagination and spice up your world.