Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Unending Devotion
Bethany House Publishers (September 1, 2012)
Jody Hedlund


Jody has written novels for the last 20 years (with a hiatus when her children were young). After many years of writing and honing her skills, she finally garnered national attention with her double final in the Genesis Contest, a fiction-writing contest for unpublished writers through ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers).

Her first published book, The Preacher’s Bride (2010 Bethany House Publishers), became a best seller and has won multiple awards.

Her second book, The Doctor’s Lady, released in September of 2011, and her third book, Unending Devotion, is out now. She’s currently busy researching and writing another book!

Jody has been married for twenty years to her college sweetheart. Jody has five children ranging in ages from 15 to 6, with a set of twin daughters in the mix to make things more lively.


High-Stakes Drama Meets High-Tension Romance

In 1883 Michigan, Lily Young is on a mission to save her lost sister, or die trying. Heedless of the danger, her searches of logging camps lead her to Harrison and into the sights of Connell McCormick, a man doing his best to add to the hard-earned fortunes of his lumber baron father.

Posing during the day as a photographer's assistant, Lily can't understand why any God-fearing citizen would allow evil to persist and why men like Connell McCormick turn a blind eye to the crime rampant in the town. But Connell is boss-man of three of his father's lumber camps in the area, and like most of the other men, he's interested in clearing the pine and earning a profit. He figures as long as he's living an upright life, that's what matters.

Lily challenges everything he thought he knew, and together they work not only to save her sister but to put an end to the corruption that's dominated Harrison for so long.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Unending Devotion, go HERE.

MY REVIEW-This was somewhat of a different plot from Jody and I personally enjoyed it. Her previous books have been based on preacher or missionary wives and Unending Devotion had a flair to it that I think was good. Lots of action and at the same time a lot of things to make you think. This author has written a story that makes you breeze through the book. I read it in one day:) A couple spots where you might say she goes borderline improper but I personally think it was nothing major. This shows the conditions back then and what happened in the logging camps.

I really liked Lily but I also think at times she was overbearing. And she realized this at the end but I almost wanted to slap her myself for Connell. And don't get me started on her younger sister. I realize what the author was trying to get across and I think it was needed. No matter how many times we mess up, God always takes us back, so long as we are remorseful as Daisy was. My favorite person in the book was Connell. He was so lifelike and I loved the whole knife thing.

Overall a good book with a lot to it. Great history and wonderful characters. If you like a book that will make you think and not just a fun read, this book is for you.

According to FTC Regulations, I received a copy of this book for my review purposes. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All thoughts are 100% mine.

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