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?
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Publisher’s Weekly calls Unending Devotion ” A meaty tale of life amid the debauchery of the lumber camps of 1880s Michigan . . . exciting and unpredictable to the very end.”
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.
Secret #10: One of the hardest things I’ve ever done. By Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund
I’ve done many hard things in my life. One of the hardest was having five kids. Having children stretches our comfort zones, patience, endurance, and hopefully diminishes our selfishness. Homeschooling my kids has been incredibly difficult too for many of the same reasons.
Another hard thing I’ve done is become a published author. Not only was the journey to publication fraught with fears, rejection, and many demands. But the path afterward has also been a difficult steep uphill climb.
But aside from having five kids and becoming an author, one of the most difficult things I’ve ever physically accomplished was climbing one of Colorado’s fourteeners.
Okay, you Colorado people who climb 14,000 feet mountains for fun every day can go ahead and laugh. Cackle away. I deserve it. I’m a mid-western girl through-and-through, and climbing mountains just isn’t in my blood.
Even so, I DID live in Colorado at two different points in my life. One of those times was when my husband went to graduate school. We lived in Denver for three years. In fact, that’s where our oldest son was born.
When we first moved to the mile-high city, we couldn’t wait to go hiking in the mountains. So a couple of weeks after we settled into our little apartment, we decided to drive up to the nearest fourteener and enjoy a leisurely climb.
From the parking lot at the bottom of the mountain, we glanced ahead at the gradual climb and thought, “This doesn’t look so bad. We can do this.”
Little did we know what really awaited us.
It took us over five grueling hours to finally reach the summit. By that point we were completely exhausted and wondered what in the world ever made us believe we could climb a mountain.
As we dragged ourselves to the top, the view was stunning. All we could do was sit and stare breathlessly at the miles and miles of beautiful valleys, lakes, and peaks that surrounded us. At that point, we decided the horrible, painful climb was all worth it.
Until of course, we started the decent which was surprisingly difficult too. When we reached home later that night, we both fell onto the couches sick to our stomachs—which we later heard was a result of our bodies not being acclimated to the high altitude.
We learned a number of lessons about persevering, about the beauty that comes out of hardship, and about the sense of accomplishment we would have missed if we’d turned back too soon.
What about you? What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
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Quite the dilemma befell me while reading this book.
The villain was so dastardly, that I was nervous to continue reading on. A first to be sure!
Plus, the villain’s wife was just as evil as he was. Double the trouble. How could I possibly continue on reading, my mind racing with all of the terrible things I knew were going to happen to our hero and heroine? My poor aching nerves just could not take it I tell you!
Finally, after contacting Jody herself, and confirming with her that a happily ever after was coming, I girded myself up to carry on. The book is definitely her best yet. This one had a little bit more romance added to this historical novel and I love that she included her home state of Michigan as the setting.
It is not included in the book blurb, but much of this story revolves around Lily’s search for her sister in brothels, as Daisy has turned to prostitution. There are also many allusions to abuse and rapes included in the story. Human trafficking was alive and well hundreds of years ago and is unfortunately, still alive and prospering in the world today. I usually let my 12 year old daughter also read many of the novels I enjoy, but this one will have to wait a few years before I allow it. The subject matter is definitely for a more mature reader.
A book that challenges the reader to not only see the injustice around them, but also when called upon, to act. We all can only do our part, just as Lily and Connell followed their convictions and did theirs.
To celebrate the release of Unending Devotion, Jody is giving away a signed copy to one of my readers. Valid only with US or Canadian addresses. Jump on the Rafflecopter in order to be entered to win a copy of Unending Devotion!
Bethany House and Jody Hedlund sent me the above book for review purposes. They will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Bethany House.