Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Unending Devotion~ Book Review

This is the first time I read a book written by Jody Hedlund. I am confessing once again staying up half the night to finish it. I love a good Christian romance but I also love history. This book was inspired by actual events on the early 1880's ~ during the lumbering era when the white pine tree was considered "green gold."

This time in history has left behind many glamorized legends, stories and songs. Yet~ the damage that the lumbering crew left behind were the barren lands unsuitable for farming and the moral decay of alcoholism, prostitution and violence. During this time white slavery was introduced in Michigan with forced prostitution of young girls who answered want ads for an honest job to be held against their will and beaten with no hope of ever being free. 

In this book the story is centered around Harrison~ a real town in Michigan~ that sprung up in the lumbering era.  The population was 2000 with 20 taverns. The villain of this story is an actual villain who lived in this town to prey on shanty boys and innocent young girls.

Immediately~ I am hooked by the main character of this book Lily Young who is trying to find her younger sister who has been missing for a long time. Lily suspects she has been one of the unfortunate  girls being held against her will. 

Jody had my attention from the first line. She truly made history come to live and a reminder for me to pray for those girls that are caught in human trafficking today. 

Excellent book! This book was provided to be in exchange for my honest review.

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About the Book: 

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?

Meet Jody: 

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.

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