Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Unending Devotion

Title: Unending Devotion
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 374
ISBN:
Publication Date: September 1st, 2012

Synopsis:
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?
Review:
I have now read every book by Jody Hedlund that has been published to date. Unending Devotion did not disappoint. Each book I have read have been fantastic and contained many of the same elements, historical, romance, a bit of suspense. Unending Devotion offered them as well.

Lily Young has grown up as an orphan. The only family she has left is her younger sister Daisy. She has done her best to take care of her as they traveled from distant family member's houses to orphanages. Lily has fought to keep her sister by her and has succeeded, until it was hard to place two nearly grown girls. Lily made the decision for her sister to live at a farm with a nice family, while she went to the home of an older couple. The wife was ill and needed care. All seemed well until Lily received a note that her sister was leaving to find work where women were needed and the job paid well, even if the job went against society standards. Lily does the only thing she can, she follows Daisy, unknown to the exact location.

After the older woman who Lily was helping care for passes away, she sets off with Oren, the older man who took her in. She becomes his assistant as he snaps photographs of loggers in logging camps. After many stops, Lily hasn't found her sister, but she has been able to help a few girls get out of their place of business, brothels. Each girl she helps, Lily can't help but picture Daisy.

It is in Harrison, Michigan that Lily in her quest runs in to Connell McCormick. He is big and strong, but he is one thing that most shanty boys aren't, he is respectful of the women he is around. It is because of this and his concern for the well being of the women in town, Connell gets Lily out of a few problems. In doing so, Connell is drawn in, whether he wants to or not, into Lily's life and her passion to help the girls in the brothels start to open his eyes to the situations around him.

I enjoyed reading Connell and Lily's story! Connell is a great hero. He is strong, handsome, and respectful. Lily is a great mix. She is determined, which makes her independent, but she can appreciate the help that she receives, even if it isn't always in her time frame. She has a strong belief and pushes forward, even when she is threatened, and in doing so, her fortitude rubs off on others and a small flame is ignited in those around her.

Too Read!
5 out of 5

2 comments:

Jamie Lapeyrolerie said...

I loved loved loved this one too! I can't wait for her next book!!

Kate said...

Jody Hedlund's books are marvelous! Thankfully not to much longer to wait. :-)