Written by: Jody Dedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
Pub Date: September 1, 2012
Buy Link: http://ow.ly/dihgn
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The year is 1883 and Lily Young spends her days as a photographer's assistant traveling to logging camps and small towns, but Lily has another agenda up her sleeve. She is actually searching for her missing younger sister.
While in Harrison, Michigan, Lily crosses path with Connell McCormick, an Irishman and knife thrower. Connell is helping his father increase the fortune by running three of their logging operations. He wants to expand their operations and hopefully show his father that he is responsible. He has moral values, but he also has eyes for the saloon girls.
Lily's goal of finding her sister may be in jeopardy as she starts to fall for the handsome Connell, and his goal of expanding his father's business may be in trouble as he also has feelings for Lily.
I believe this is the first book I have read by author Jody Hedlund and it won't be my last as I like her writing style and her descriptions of the 1800s. The plot of young women being dragged into prostitution of the 1800s is parallel to today's human trafficking problem, which gives a sense of realism to the story and to the main character, Lilly. The problem I find in some Christian novels, is that the hero is always kindhearted and never sins, which always feels unreal to me. Here we get Connell, who is generally a nice guy, but he is not perfect and he has his share of personal problems to deal with throughout the novel. Unending Devotion is a well written historical mystery romance, which should satisfy most readers.
* I would like to thank Bethany House and Litfuse Publicity Group for sending me a free review copy.
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Jody Hedlund is an award-winning author of inspirational historical romances, including the best-selling historical, The Preacher's Bride.
As a busy mama-writer, she has the wonderful privilege of teaching her crew of 5 children at home. In between grading math papers and giving spelling tests, she occasionally does a load of laundry and washes dishes. When she's not busy being a mama, you can find her in front of her laptop. Sometimes her family thinks her fingers are super-glued to the keyboard, but in reality she usually finds her writing time in the wee hours of the morning and then for a couple of hours in the afternoon when done with school. She views writing as God's gift to her--a creative outlet that helps bring fresh energy to her parenting.
She's living testimony that amidst the crazy chaos of running a large family, it's still possible to squeeze in time for writing and fulfill the dream of publication. She chronicles both the joys and difficulties of her journey toward publication on her blog, Author Jody Hedlund: http://jodyhedlund.blogspot.com/