Unending Devotion - Jody Hedlund (Review & Giveaway!)

4 Stars!
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?

Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of The Doctor's Lady and The Preacher's Bride. She won the 2011 Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Romance Writers and was a finalist for Best Debut Novel in the 2011 ACFW Carol Awards. Currently she makes her home in central Michigan, with her husband and five busy children.
 She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog at JodyHedlund.com.  
For some reason I love books about logging camps and coal mining camps! So this one taking place in a Logging camp was perfect for me! It was a real nice story. It had all the gritty, dirty stuff that goes on in Logging towns but also had the softness of Lily trying to find her sister. I was adventure with a love story. Definitely interesting enough to keep your attention. I read this one in a couple of days.   
The character development was great. I liked Lily, as naive and silly minded as she was, she won my heart. But I really loved Connell  and it takes a real great male character to make me fall in love with him. He was tough, rugged, smart, kind hearted, an upstanding citizen, the kind of guy who would bend over backwards to help you. It just too bad Lily took so long to see this! LOL
"Connell was definitely no boy. His shirt stretched acrpss his shoulders and around his thick arms. He had the rugged build of a man accustomed to cutting and hauling heavy logs. He might have earned the nickname Shanty Boy, like all the other men who came north to work in the woods, but he was all man as far as she could see." ~Yummy! You had me at rugged build!
The descriptions in this were equally as great. If you don't know what a logging town looks like you will after reading this.

All in all this was a great, clean read! No swearing, no sex. There are prostitutes in this book so there is talk of sex, but nothing even close to being graphic.  I would say this would be appropriate for older teens on up. Especially those interested in Historical fiction.

This is the first book by Jodi I have read. I do own both her other books - "The Doctor's Lady" and "The Preachers Bride" which i look forward to reading next year!

Thank you so much "Bethany House" for sending me this great book to read and review!

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  1. I loved your review. I've been wanting to read this book but mostly because I LOVE the cover :)

  2. Interesting... sounds like a good book to read during a rainy afternoon.

  3. Logging book are fun! This one's on my to-read shelf :) Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

  4. I have read this one and she is a great author, I particularly like the fact that she writes about true things and just adds some fiction to make the story a good one to read. you learn as you read-good combo
    I dont wish to be in your drawing but wanted to say how much I like Jody Hedlund, cant wait to read more of her work.

    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

  5. Great review! This book sounds like a super read. I really like that Lily and Connell stand up for what is right. I would love to read it. Thanks for having this giveaway.


  6. The cover is awesome! Totally makes me want to read it even before I've read the synopsis, lol!

  7. Good review!


  8. Great review~ a new author for me, but definitely going on the TBR! Thanks for the chance to win one :) ps LOVE the cover!

  9. This sounds like a good book. I would love to read
    Lilly and Connells story
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