Saturday, January 07, 2017

Never Forget by Jody Hedlund

About the Book
Will she betray his trust to stay on the island she loves?
Abbie Watson is content to spend her days clamming, crabbing, and tending Rose Island Lighthouse. Her grandpa is the head light keeper, but his senility may lead to their eviction. Since leaving the island would kill her beloved Gramps, Abbie will do anything to keep him in the one place he knows and loves. Wealthy Nathaniel Winthrop III’s wild living has gained him a reputation as the ‘bad boy’ among the elite social circles of Newport. After a blow to the head in a yachting accident washes him up on Rose Island, Nathaniel has no memories of his past. Abbie tends the wounded stranger in her home only to realize he assumes they’re married. Although she knows she needs to correct Nathaniel’s mistake, his presence calms Gramps and provides a way to prevent eviction from the lighthouse. The longer the charade continues, the harder it gets for Abbie to tell Nathaniel the truth, more so as she begins to fall in love. Everyone she’s ever loved has abandoned her. Will Nathaniel leave her too, once he discovers he’s not really her husband?
**NOTE: Never Forget is Book 5 in the Beacons of Hope series but can be read as a standalone novel.

My Thoughts
*happy sigh* Oh what a gloriously wonderful book this was! To be honest, it's been a long while since I devoured a book as quickly as I did this one. I read the first quarter one morning and then the next I finished it in practically one sitting. I was so wrapped up in Abbie and Nathaniel's lives that I couldn't bear to leave.
I didn't have a high opinion of Nathaniel after the previous book but he redeemed himself and more in this one. At the start, he'd actually gotten worse than when we last saw him, but a knock to the head gives him a clean slate. I loved the way he handled the second chance he was given! He didn't remember who he was but he knew he hadn't been living right and instead of just accepting that was who he was he determined to never be that man again. He turned to God and started being a better man. Honestly his words and actions had me melting into a puddle!
Abbie has been abandoned by people close to her more than once and as a result is a bit guarded. She has a fierce devotion to her grandpa and she works as hard as she can and makes whatever sacrifices necessary to help him, all without a word of complaint.
They were an entertaining couple, with Nathaniel convinced he'd been a horrible husband and trying to prove he'd changed, and Abbie knowing it was all fake, doing her best to distance herself, yet falling for him anyway. There was obstacle after obstacle thrown into the path of their relationship. But they somehow made it through each one to an ending that left me sighing with happiness!
I could go on and on about this book but I'll let you discover the rest on your own, trust me, you won't be sorry!

Meet the Author
Winner of 2016 Christian Book Award for fiction and Christy Award for historical romance, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults. Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!). When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

I received an e-book copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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