Monday, September 17, 2012

Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund

Today's post is a part of the CFBA blog tour for Unending Devotion, the latest by novelist Jody Hedlund.......

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


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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she finally garnered national attention with her double final in the Genesis Contest, a fiction-writing contest for unpublished writers through ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers).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


ABOUT THE BOOK

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.

Pattie's Review:

I enjoyed this book very  much. It has so many parallels to today's awareness among Christian women activists to pay attention to the sex slave trade--and do what we can to help women both here and in other countries to break free from having to sell their bodies for money--which takes on many forms in our country. {I say "women activists" because the women I read who discuss this with concern, are activists. So should we all be, in our own ways.}

I could understand Lily's struggle of her changing feelings for Connell, and being afraid of turning into a loose woman like the women she rescues. I think it's a struggle many modern women will also relate to--especially in our sex-pervasive culture.

Overall, a good read which I recommend to those who enjoy historical fiction with modern parallels.

I was given a copy of the novel from CFBA as a part of this tour, to offer my opinion about the book. I will now be donating my copy to a basket that will be a part of a silent auction to raise money for a snowmachine (that's a hearty Alaskan snowmobile) for a mission school in Galena, Alaska.

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