Friday, November 9, 2012

Book Review: Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund

Jody Hedlund's Unending Devotion will draw you in within the first 50 pages--I was sucked in by page 20! Jody's seasoned style balances action, dialogue and conflict with engaging romance. The spark of attraction between hero and heroine is up front and satisfying yet believable while the external plot pace is interesting and holds the pace well through the story.

Jody's story is set in 1883 in Michigan's back woods logging camps during a time when the logging industry boomed much like the railroad business, or today's housing market. The opportunity for a logging company to make a mint and place the logging baron on a path for wealth was great. The financial prospects drew those of mind to grow an empire, but also those willing to profit from the laborers who worked the camps willing to spend a dime for a good time.

Lily Young only wants one thing--to find her sister no matter the cost. With no one else for her sister to depend on, Lily's devotion embeds deeply in her heart, fueling her drive and impulsive determination. She is ready to risk without calculating the cost. Connell McCormick never does anything without calculating the cost--to him, his family, or his business. But what he never figured into his equation was a vexing, persuasive brunette who challenges his mediocrity and snares his heart into risking much more than he'd ever planned.

Plot & Conflict:
Lily pulls Connell into her battle against an evil business owner who holds power over the town and keeps the loggers spending their hard earned money at his establishment, essentially buying their silence. Lily's quest to rescue her sister, threatens the powerful baron, destibilizing the status quo Connell has been content with. Will he keep the status quo and lose Lily, or go after Lily and risk everything he's worked for?

One word--sizzling and (okay two words) lovely.

--a page-turner
--3 thumbs up (or 4 stars) :)


Jody Hedlund is an award-winning historical romance novelist and author of the best-selling book, The Preacher's Bride. She received a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and a master’s from the University of Wisconsin, both in Social Work. Currently she makes her home in Michigan with her husband and five busy children. Publishers Weekly called her newest book Unending Devotion, " a meaty tale of life amid the debauchery of the lumber camps of 1880s Michigan . . . exciting and unpredictable to the very end."  
So, visit your local bookstore and get your copy! :o)


  1. Thank you so much for the lovely review, Anne! I appreciate you taking the time and effort to spotlight my book! :-)

  2. Sure Jody! Thanks for stopping by. Quiet on the blogwaves today...

  3. I've got Unending Devotion on my bedside table at the moment. Trying to pace myself :)


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