Monday, September 17, 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

I absolutely loved this book! There was one scene near the very beginning that I found slightly over done, and the main character's penchant for running into trouble without thinking of her safety, but other than that this book was phenomenal! And now that I have the tiny problems dealt with I can proceed with my gushing!

The thing that impressed me most was the writing style. It has been so long since I have been that drawn into a book! I was lost in the story to the point of my heart actually racing in fear during a few scenes.

The characters were awesome too! Despite Lily's impatience she really did have a good heart and was quite loyal. I loved how even though she was searching for her sister she didn't hesitate to take the time to help other girls out of their situations. As for Connell, he was quite the swoon worthy hero! He had the whole  rugged outdoors man mixed with the sensitive protector, and was a complete gentleman, add to that that he was crazy good a knife throwing and you've got a pretty awesome hero. He's definitely making it onto my list of favorite heroes!

A couple other characters I loved were Oren and Vera. Oren's over-protectiveness of Lily was sweet and funny and I loved his oft-used expression of  "What in the hairy hound...?", cracked me up every time! And Vera was that lovable mother type who was always yelling at the men and helping Lily.

So yeah I really really loved this book and even though it was my first Jody Hedlund novel it definitely won't be my last!


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she finally garnered national attention with her double final in the Genesis Contest, a fiction-writing contest for unpublished writers through ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers).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.


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