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Unending Devotion

Jody Hedlund ´ 9 Summary

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. A thrilling historical drama by a bestselling author and a fabulous storyteller “Unending Devotion” is the latest from the pen of a talented author I found the story uniue from her previous two titles in that the themes were almost a bitdarker But I actually liked the mood of the story It broods below the surface as Lily fights to save her sister from prostitution Lily is a determined heroine What she wants she sets her mind too and she wants her sister back She has honorable determination but how do you save someone who doesn’t want to be rescued What I loved the most about this book was the parallels between Lily’s love for her sister and Christ’s love for us The beautiful weaving of faith and strengthening of that faith pulled at the story’s strengths weaving the plot completely together Connell McCormick is such a fine hero Not very often do you find a historical hero we get to watch open up before a reader’s eyes A hero who is silently strong but also discovering who God wants him to be instead of the expectations pushed upon him I loved watching him be transformed And I loved watching him fall in love with Lily Oh did their romance sizzle on the page All in all another great addition to my Hedlund collection I’ve failed to be disappointed This review is my honest opinion Thanks to the publishers through CFBA for my copy to review

Characters Unending Devotion

Chigan 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. Lily Young would give up her life to save and protect her sister When she arrives in Michigan she is close enough to discover what happened to her beloved Daisy but finding her is not that easy especially if she must fight alone the most dangerous man she has ever encountered When all hope is lost will she find any help from the other people of the town What if it is too late to save DaisyIf I had to choose a single word to define this book it would be powerful A powerful story a powerful heroine and a powerful writing Lily is an incredible woman Some of her choices are debatable because of her impulsiveness but she acts by following her heart so I guess her behaviour is understandable Her actions and beliefs inspire an entire town to stand up against a vicious man and most of all her fiery temper helps one man to take action and open his eyes Connell McCormick Connell is a great hero the one that you see changing in front of your eyes page after page He respects women he protects them against the evil people and he slowly understands what really counts in life He lives in a place with thousands of temptations and yet he is a gentleman at heart I loved to read his banter with Lily they were lovely and hilarious and I thought it was good to have some light moments throughout the story Since the themes of prostitution women slavery and violence are central and heartbreaking I appreciated the fact that there was another part of the plot delicate like the growing love between two people punctuated by tenderness and respect completely different from the reality seen in the taverns and brothelsAfter reading the author’s note I was shocked to learn that some of her characters truly existed I know that abusive men have always existed and sadly they still do but to know that all the cruel things the villain of the story did really happened left me speechless There should be women like Lily women ready and willing to help others and fight for their rights and happinessA beautiful and poignant story of courage forgiveness and love that will make you think about how terribly modern is the reality described by Jody Hedlund even though this story is set in 1883 Ms Hedlund is a great author and I highly recommend this novel whether or not you are fans of Historical Fiction

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Michigan 1883 In Her Darkest Hours Is He the Man She NeedsLily 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 Mi. by Andrea Renee CoxThe fight against evil is a tough one I like that Ms Hedlund tackled this difficult topic in Unending Devotion but the good fight got lost for me The leading lady was controlling and closed minded not to mention bossy and rude and pretty unlikable The leading man was too passive for seventy five percent of the story which always drives me crazy because biblically speaking men are supposed to be the leaders of their families and communitiesThere was also a lot of muck to wade through to get to the good messages of this story Prostitution was a heavy theme I thought it was handled well in the first couple of chapters but then it took a negative turn Things became lurid suggestive and indecent leaving me feeling like my mind had been sullied simply by reading certain scenes Expletive phrases and a derogatory term were used repeatedly Immorality was shown as a lifestyle in certain characters and though the leads fought against the immorality some other major characters did not repentHope finally did come in the last few chapters and I was glad about that I liked that the cover scene was a key point in the story which is always a fun thing to discover The leading lady’s passion for fixing injustice was lovely in the few moments when it didn’t come across as being controlling The character I enjoyed the most was Mrs McCormick She was uite a delightI was not compensated for this honest review


About the Author: Jody Hedlund

Jody Hedlund is the author of over thirty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy Carol and Christian Book AwardJody 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



10 thoughts on “Unending Devotion

  1. says:

    I wanted to give this book five stars purely because of the importance of its subject matter fighting sex trafficking and forced prostitution I saw the book recommended on a blog that I enjoy so I figured I'd read it although these days I do generally try to avoid romantic fiction Christian or not It's set in the late 1800s in Michigan and I did find the historical background of the story uite interestingI've been trying to figure out what was wrong with the writing and I think it comes down to this There's no subtlety The characters are predictable the very very very bad villian the heroine who happens to be gorgeous with long flowing hair who is determined to solve the problem and protect her purity and chastity at the same time the hero who isn't such a hero at the beginning but begins to see the light and takes his place in changing the world etc etc There was too much of the I really find her sexually attractive but my mama taught me better so I'm going to wrench my eyes away from her bosom even though I want to look longer kind of talk for my taste I'm really not exaggerating here either that kind of blatant talk is all through the book It's telling when even though I agreed with everything the characters were saying in terms of chastity and integrity I still was annoyed at them and just wanted them to be a little real and nuanced I recently read an Alexander McCall Smith book who is NOT a Christian writer In it one of the characters who is happily married sees an old girlfriend of his and fights to push back down images of their lovemaking Then McCall Smith writes It was a vision sent by Eros who does not ask our permission for his whisperings This entire passage is far effective at advancing the cause of chastity than the full on assault of Unending Devotion I doubt that was McCall Smith's agenda when writing the book but it's the lesson I learned from it none the lessGood fiction doesn't have to sermonize to teach This book tries too hard to teach and conseuently fails both in teaching and even in being than a moderately enjoyable story to read


  2. says:

    by Andrea Renee CoxThe fight against evil is a tough one I like that Ms Hedlund tackled this difficult topic in Unending Devotion but the good fight got lost for me The leading lady was controlling and closed minded not to mention bossy and rude and pretty unlikable The leading man was too passive for seventy five percent of the story which always drives me crazy because biblically speaking men are supposed to be the leaders of their families and communitiesThere was also a lot of muck to wade through to get to the good messages of this story Prostitution was a heavy theme I thought it was handled well in the first couple of chapters but then it took a negative turn Things became lurid suggestive and indecent leaving me feeling like my mind had been sullied simply by reading certain scenes Expletive phrases and a derogatory term were used repeatedly Immorality was shown as a lifestyle in certain characters and though the leads fought against the immorality some other major characters did not repentHope finally did come in the last few chapters and I was glad about that I liked that the cover scene was a key point in the story which is always a fun thing to discover The leading lady’s passion for fixing injustice was lovely in the few moments when it didn’t come across as being controlling The character I enjoyed the most was Mrs McCormick She was uite a delightI was not compensated for this honest review


  3. says:

    A sad and haunting tale this story moved me I found it hard to like the h in the beginning but her character definitely grew on me Despite her judgmental spirit the reader could see the good intentions in her heart Likewise with the H his good heart was masked by his fatalistic outlook and outward apathy I can identify with both these characters and struggle to find that blessed middle ground where you let God decide how He can use you in His redemption story So why not stars? Again I didn’t mind the flawed characters but the fact that they started their transformations very late into the book was frustrating I’d prefer to spend time reading about how their lives were after that started changing their beliefs Also the constant push and pull between the MCs got old pretty fast This story was very sad and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who avoids sad stories that pivot around potential triggers like prostitution white slavery and rape However I would recommend this story to mature readers who are looking for a realistic yet ultimately encouraging story of God’s love One star for the engaging storytelling one star for the encouraging message and one star for the rich historical details


  4. says:

    Lily Young would give up her life to save and protect her sister When she arrives in Michigan she is close enough to discover what happened to her beloved Daisy but finding her is not that easy especially if she must fight alone the most dangerous man she has ever encountered When all hope is lost will she find any help from the other people of the town? What if it is too late to save Daisy?If I had to choose a single word to define this book it would be powerful A powerful story a powerful heroine and a powerful writing Lily is an incredible woman Some of her choices are debatable because of her impulsiveness but she acts by following her heart so I guess her behaviour is understandable Her actions and beliefs inspire an entire town to stand up against a vicious man and most of all her fiery temper helps one man to take action and open his eyes Connell McCormick Connell is a great hero the one that you see changing in front of your eyes page after page He respects women he protects them against the evil people and he slowly understands what really counts in life He lives in a place with thousands of temptations and yet he is a gentleman at heart I loved to read his banter with Lily they were lovely and hilarious and I thought it was good to have some light moments throughout the story Since the themes of prostitution women slavery and violence are central and heartbreaking I appreciated the fact that there was another part of the plot delicate like the growing love between two people punctuated by tenderness and respect completely different from the reality seen in the taverns and brothelsAfter reading the author’s note I was shocked to learn that some of her characters truly existed I know that abusive men have always existed and sadly they still do but to know that all the cruel things the villain of the story did really happened left me speechless There should be women like Lily women ready and willing to help others and fight for their rights and happinessA beautiful and poignant story of courage forgiveness and love that will make you think about how terribly modern is the reality described by Jody Hedlund even though this story is set in 1883 Ms Hedlund is a great author and I highly recommend this novel whether or not you are fans of Historical Fiction


  5. says:

    “If she had to leave an imprint of herself for all time she wanted it to reflect the happiness of her life not the heartache”I’ve said this about 37 times before but Jody Hedlund is one of my favorite authors and reading Unending Devotion sealed the deal This was such an great novel on every levelthe storyline the characters the faith lessons and the deeper purposeLily’s devotion to her sister is inspiring and I love the changes Connell goes through Not only a heartwarming story of love and forgiveness but an inspiring one of changeJames Carr was a despicable human being He is the perfect face for the issue this story deals with Human traffickingToday Detroit is one of the highest cities of human trafficking and can be traced back to the lumber era where prostitution often where the women were forced violence and alcoholism were rampant And the horrible Carr was a real person and so was one of the girls who he murdered It’s heartbreaking to read these stories and even so because trafficking is even rampant today than ever beforeRead this story and may you be inspired to stand up and make a difference As Hedlund wrote in her Author’s Note “May we rise up stand tall and fight against the injustices that still exist today” PS She’s not just about words either proceeds from Unending Devotion go to stopping modern day slavery “If you are neutral in situations of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor” Desmond Tutu


  6. says:

    Review on on my blog to be posted 917 Devotion is the first of Jody Hedlund's books I've read but I don't think it'll be my last After reading it I now really want to read her previous novelsI loved how some of the things in Unending Devotion actually took place in real life and that a few of the characters in this book were real people It added a lot meaning to the story and I just thoroughly enjoyed reading itI found the characters great and while I did get annoyed a little by Lily when she rushed to do things too uickly if you read the book you'll know what I'm talking about I did still really like her character My two favorites though would have to be Connell and Oren he made me chuckle with his protectivenessOverall I found Unending Devotion to be an interesting read that helped me to understand how things were in the 1800's what with sex slavery and logging camps I recommend it if you enjoy historical romance books with some historyI received a complimentary copy of this book for my review I was not reuired to give a positive review only my honest opinion which I've done All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own


  7. says:

    Thoughts This was my first Jody Hedlund novel and she did not disappoint It was interesting to read about the late 1800s American logging culture This book motivated me to research it It was also a reminder of the difficult fight against human trafficking and how abhorrent it is that people have endured such pain throughout history Recommended Age Range 18Themes · Love· Commitment to family· Familial issues· Ending violence on womenhuman traffickingReader DiscretionViolent andor Vulgar Content· Prostitution· Some violent scenes IntimateSexual Content· Passionate kissingReligious Political and Cultural Content· Christianity· Michigan· Brothelsprostitution· Lumber townshanty boy culture· Alcohol consumption


  8. says:

    Where I got the book review copy provided by publisher This review first appeared on the Historical Novel Society's website and in the Historical Novel Review issue 63This inspirational romance is set in the lumber camps of Central Michigan in 1883 Lily Young’s search for her sister Edith leads her to the shanty towns that house the lumberjacks and the brothels that service them Protected by the friendly photographer Oren for whom she works Lily believes she can cope with shanty boys like handsome Connell McCormick But Connell turns out to be the boss’s son and his attraction to Lily doesn’t mean he agrees with her views on cleaning out the brothels and saving the beautiful pine forests from total destructionIt’s always good to see a Midwest setting and Hedlund’s vivid descriptions make full use of an underexplored slice of American history reminding the reader that the swift progress of settlement created sizeable moral problems that had nothing to do with Western gunfights and cattle rustling I enjoyed the settings in this novel very muchI had some trouble liking the main characters We are told Lily is lively and has a great sense of humor but little of either characteristic shows up and she comes across as both earnest and foolhardy a strange combination Connell’s subordination to his father his hesitation to fight the villain Carr and the way his desire for Lily renders him speechless make him appear weak particularly compared to Lily’s other suitor Stuart While I commend Hedlund for not giving us the conventional alpha male I find Connell’s softer side — and the overwhelmingly physical nature of his attraction to Lily — a little off puttingSome dramatic moments seem contrived; why for example in a location so well supplied with prostitutes should so many men want to rape Lily? And the prostitute Frankie seems to exist merely to further the plotAnd yet my overall impression was of an enjoyable and well written story sure to delight Hedlund’s fans


  9. says:

    A thrilling historical drama by a bestselling author and a fabulous storyteller “Unending Devotion” is the latest from the pen of a talented author I found the story uniue from her previous two titles in that the themes were almost a bitdarker But I actually liked the mood of the story It broods below the surface as Lily fights to save her sister from prostitution Lily is a determined heroine What she wants she sets her mind too and she wants her sister back She has honorable determination but how do you save someone who doesn’t want to be rescued? What I loved the most about this book was the parallels between Lily’s love for her sister and Christ’s love for us The beautiful weaving of faith and strengthening of that faith pulled at the story’s strengths weaving the plot completely together Connell McCormick is such a fine hero Not very often do you find a historical hero we get to watch open up before a reader’s eyes A hero who is silently strong but also discovering who God wants him to be instead of the expectations pushed upon him I loved watching him be transformed And I loved watching him fall in love with Lily Oh did their romance sizzle on the page All in all another great addition to my Hedlund collection I’ve failed to be disappointed This review is my honest opinion Thanks to the publishers through CFBA for my copy to review


  10. says:

    Hard to put this down once I have begunAn interesting setting of the lumber industry back in 1800s Michigan of the lumber barons and debauchery that goes on when the shanty boys lumberjacks are off workLily's passion in changing the world is admirable but I find her a tad too stubborn self righteous it would be hard to work with her glad she realized she is not so perfect at the end of the novel Sensual for a christian novel not one I would recommend to teenage girls but otherwise this is a satisfying read I enjoyed it


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