Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Book Review - Unending Devotion

Michigan, 1883

In Her Darkest Hours, Is He the Man She Needs?

Lily Young longs to find her lost sister or will die trying. Heedless of any danger, she searches logging camps and towns, posing as a photographer’s assistant. And then she arrives in Harrison, Michigan–and the sights of Connell McCormick.

Connell is determined to increase the fortune of his lumber-baron father and figures as long as he’s living an upright life, that’s what matters. But when Lily arrives in town she upends his world, forcing him to confront the truth that dangerous men have gained too much power while good men turn a blind eye.

Vexing but persuasive, Lily soon secures Connell’s help, drawing them ever closer to each other. Will standing for what’s right cost them both everything?
Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of "The Doctor's Lady" and "The Preacher's Bride". She won the 2011 Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Romance Writers and was a finalist for Best Debut Novel in the 2011 ACFW Carol Awards. Currently she makes her home in central Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog.

Visit her website: http://jodyhedlund.com/


This book was amazingly good. I loved the characters, the twists and turns and the romance.  It took me a few pages to really get into the story, but once I did, I had a hard time putting it down.
Lily is a young woman who was orphaned at a young age and now is on a mission to find her sister who ran away. She knows that her sister is working in one of the brothels in one of the many lumber towns scattered in northern Michigan. It’s breaking her heart with each day that passes. She is traveling with Oren, an older gentleman, who photographs the men at the camp for a living. He protects her as she searches.

In Harrison, Lily meets Connell, a lumber company mogul’s son.  He captures her heart, as she does his, but they are very different. With Lily’s focus on her sister and Connell’s on doing a good job for his father, they are miles apart in their thinking.

Lily can be hard to like sometimes because of her headstrong ways. She tends to leap without thinking about the consequences of her actions. Many times, she endangers herself and others because of it. However, she also does some wonderful things to balance our likability back in her favor. I think this is one of the things that makes Jody Hedlund’s characters so believable. They aren’t perfect – they are good and bad – just like we all are.

There are many times when my heart was in my throat wondering what was going to happen next. When Lily finds her sister, the story takes an unexpected turn that I wasn’t expecting, making the story even more amazing. There are horrible villains in the book  that you just despise and, even more amazing, one of these men was based on a real person! I really liked that the author gave us some background on her story at the end – sharing historical facts – that made the story so real.

I also loved the story of redemption, forgiveness and grace woven throughout the book – especially at the end. It’s beautiful story of allowing God to lead us instead of us always jumping head-strong into what we want. I highly recommend this book – it’s enjoyable on so many levels!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

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Blessings - Julie

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