Unending Devotion

Unending Devotion

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?

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  • Loved this book and the characters. I admired how headstrong Lily is and how she doesn’t give up on searching for her little sister. Got a glimpse into the world of logging camps and towns. Couldn’t put this one down,read it til’ the very end at the airport while waiting for my flight. Couldn’t get enough of Connell McCormick!

  • Crazed Mind says:

    The FB live chat party was wonderful. I love Suzanne’s delicate kind voice. It so matched the nature of her books. Thanks for hosting and bringing us together.http://www.amazon.com/review/R1KV4W2M5PSSRQ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_permhttp://www.goodreads.com/review/show/402596720

  • All told, I really enjoyed Unending Devotion. Like The Doctor’s Lady, much of this story is drawn from history, and Hedlund truly excels at fictionalizing the history books. She captures the personal struggle of crusading for what’s right when the cost is high, and that makes this book dramatic and endearing on many levels. Throwing in the potential romance between Connell and Lily only serves to make it sweeter.http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12928117-unending-devotion

  • Unending Devotion made me realize what true love and devotion can demand. How far would I go, how much would I risk and sacrifice to protect those I love most dearly? Lily, the main character of the story, really sets a challenge to match your words with your actions. This book was not what I expected. Instead, it made me wonder how I could expect so little from myself. I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more from author Jody Hedlund.I received a copy of this book to review. The opinions stated are 100% mine.

  • Unending Devotion is a well written historical mystery romance, which should satisfy most readers. http://www.amazon.com/review/ROD55IRK23W7S/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • WV Stitcher says:

    Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres so I was excited to read this one. Rich details that bring the story to life along with a very well written plot that immediately pulled me in and made this a great story. I thought Lily was a wonderful character, and while she felt guilt over her sister, it was easy to see what she believed in, and she wasn’t afraid to do whatever she needed to do. I found the life in the logging camps to be quite interesting, and the author really brought the men to life. Overall, the author blends together suspense, romance, along with a bit of mystery to make this book a great read.

  • Lessons abound in “Unending Devotion”—about following God’s leading, fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves, learning patience, and resisting temptation. But these lessons come packaged in such a compelling story that at first you don’t even notice—and when you do, you’re left pondering what God might be leading you to do. Not often do I think so much while reading fiction, and it was a nice change. Rather than pure fluff, Jody Hedlund has written a novel that, while set more than 100 years in the past, is quite relevant today.http://www.amazon.com/review/R2VRC455UA62AW/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • WV Stitcher says:

    Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres so I was excited to read this one. Rich details that bring the story to life along with a very well written plot that immediately pulled me in and made this a great story. I thought Lily was a wonderful character, and while she felt guilt over her sister, it was easy to see what she believed in, and she wasn’t afraid to do whatever she needed to do. I found the life in the logging camps to be quite interesting, and the author really brought the men to life. Overall, the author blends together suspense, romance, along with a bit of mystery to make this book a great read. I thought the author handled the subject of the sex trade industry during that time splendidly. She allows the reader to understand what is going on without being overly graphic, and gives the positive inspirational messages in such a way without being overwhelming. Historical fiction fans will certainly enjoy this one, I know I did!

  • Mary Bearden says:

    As you can see, nothing is like what we think sometimes. This is a good lesson in that it is not always best to be blind to what is really going on around you. This was a good book and would make a great story for someone who is having a difficult time and needs encouragement that things can get better, but only if you are willing to try.

  • Excerpt from review on my blog….This book is a book of love and devotion, between, not as you would assume at first, a man and woman, but rather between sisters. Lily searches for the sister she thought she was doing right by, but is plagued by guilt in what maybe she should have done instead. The historical facts surrounding the logging camps, the brothels, and the men that ran both is stunningly portrayed in this novel based on a time period between 1870-1880……..Please visit blog for complete review!

  • Cara Putman says:

    Recently I received a copy of Jody Hedlund’s latest release Unending Devotion. Jody burst on to the writing scene a couple years ago with The Preacher’s Bride, a fantastic book that retold the story of John Bunyon in fictional form. Her next book looked at the Whitmans. Unending Devotion turns to the lumber era in Michigan mixing real people and events with fictional characters. The strength of this book remains its great characters and setting, but adds a strong layer of mission. The theme that we shouldn’t just let evil run unchecked resonated…but it’s not preachy. It shows a life that is committed to fighting a certain evil and the way that effects people around her. The characters are forced to make impossible decisions and in the process grow and develop. All of this happens in the context of a plot that kept me fully engaged. Jody truly is a master story-teller!This book is perfect for those who love historicals with the ring of truth to them. And don’t forget the very satisfying romance!

  • Pure enjoyment. Superbly written characters and chapters. There is nothing more I can say to exemplify how pleased I was all the way through and all the way to the very last word of this book.

  • Buzz4Mommies says:

    Unending Devotion was a joy to read. I loved the character Lily and her ideals but mostly her bravery. There are so many times when we have the opportunity to stand up for what we believe in and we don’t due to fear. Nowadays standing up for what we believe in isn’t really physically dangerous but emotionally but in this book Lily has to deal with both. She also has been searching for her sister and deals with a lot of guilt because of it. I really liked her take charge attitude but it often gets her in trouble so it reminds up that we need to think before we act even if it is the right thing to do. The romance in this book was also very charming and I think the tones about purity also resonate today. I think this would be a terrific book for a youth group of teens to start discussions about modesty and purity and how we must control ourselves for our own good. It really puts purity up on a pedestal but in a great way, as a devotion to God. The book was full of action and romance and great themes and I really enjoyed it.http://www.amazon.com/review/R3V4OB58O0B4KQ

  • Alicia says:

    Unending Devotion was not your cheesy romance novel. This book was so profound, it leaves you wanting to change the world once your done. I am so glad to have had the privilege of reading one of Jody Hedlund’s books. From what I’ve heard and now experienced, she is and exceptional writer.I enjoyed the fast plot. From the very first page you were thrust into a scene of action, and throughout the book there was plenty more. Just when your heart is racing from the expected, then out of nowhere the unexpected occurs leaving you once again breathless. Even when all things went “right” and I thought I can now breathe, you were sometimes surprised how the right quickly went so wrong.Unending Devotion is a book you do not want to miss! Wether you like, action, romance, biblical encouragement, photography, or just a laugh- out- loud read Unending Devotion is for you. I give this book its much deserved 5 out of 5 stars.

  • Lessons abound in Unending Devotion—about following God’s leading, fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves, learning patience, and resisting temptation. But these lessons come packaged in such a compelling story that at first you don’t even notice—and when you do, you’re left pondering what God might be leading you to do. Not often do I think so much while reading fiction, and it was a nice change. Rather than pure fluff, Jody Hedlund has written a novel that, while set more than 100 years in the past, is quite relevant today.http://www.amazon.com/review/R2VRC455UA62AW/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0764208349&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • This story has great mystery with Lily trying to find her sister. But is also has TRUE HISTORY! It is based on factual events. Some of the story lines are based on real people and truly heartbreaking times. We tend to view Saloon’s, Houses of Ill Repute and the Red Light Districts the way we see them in Cowboy Western movies. Scantily clad women, drinking it up and pleasing the fellows without a care in the world. But in the 1870′s – 1880′s, while this did take place, many times those girls were forced or tricked into that life. Times were very hard and young girls, orphans, etc. would set out and answer ads for what they thought was legitimate work. Waitressing, cooking, cleaning, mercantile work, etc. But it was actually early Human Trafficking. And it was heartbreaking. Unending Devotion gives us a very real glimpse into the lives of those girls. It is well written and very easy to get in to the story line. The characters are likeable. The setting of the lumber town is perfect. It is a great story!http://www.amazon.com/review/R15PRJ056N530Z

  • Historical fiction? yes…suspense? yes…characters to love and hate? yes…a romance to cheer for? oh yea!This wonderfully written story has it all, but there is more. So much more! Starting with a lesson in devotion: Devotion to family and to an important cause. We should all learn the lesson: “to live with intention and purpose”. Through those intentions and with purpose we can make a difference.

  • CarliAlice says:

    This book was so incredibly good! I could not put it down. I found the book so breathtaking in many parts that my heart was beating fast. I understood how Lily felt like she could push God’s plans and move them along herself. I loved Connell as well. Being a good man and not participating in sinful activity is easier than doing something about the sin. I loved that Jody Hedlund had done research and a few of her characters were based on actual events that actually occurred in that time. I love the ring of truth and it makes me want to learn more about that era.http://bit.ly/Oem8nE

  • HAPPY FOUR says:

    What a beautifully penned storyline of forgiveness, promises fulfilled and life renewed. Jody did an amazing job of portraying the lumber industry in the 1880’s. The characters of Lily, Daisy and Connell are fictitious, however, the story is based on what took place during that time period and will relate to each of the readers in a personal way. The characters are comprised of someone without parents who longs to find her sister and rescue her from life in a brothel, a young man living a moral life while uncertain if he can take a stand against the evil around him and a young woman finding it hard to release herself from a lifestyle she has entered. The book is full of challenges, action and love.

  • This book’s main theme is Good vs. Evil and standing up for what you know to be right. And…standing against what you know to be wrong. Sometimes that is a bit harder to do.It is also about enduring love. Not the romantic kind but the familial. It really made me think about some of my relationships with family members and see that I need a more understanding and loving heart. Ouch, my toes!This was my first read by Jody Hedlund but I look forward to more in the future!Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12928117-unending-devotion

  • Beautifully capturing the flavor of 19th century Michigan, Jody Hedlund has written an emotionally gripping tale that is sure to please lovers of historical romance. The novel is filled with action-packed drama that keeps the story moving along well, and readers will find much to delight in, from the interesting setting, richly drawn characters, and the elements of faith that inspire one to take action in the face of evil. I strongly recommend this book, and award it 4 out of 5 stars.http://www.amazon.com/review/RX18SMEWWGQRO/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0764208349&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • I loved the story of Lily. She’s doing something that I think most people wouldn’t have the courage to do. Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2GRZT799KPOZK/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • This is a book with good storytelling, character development, and Christian values. This is a relaxing read and one to enjoy; it is definitely worth reading.My rating is 4 stars.

  • Mama Zen says:

    From a historical perspective, I found Unending Devotion to be an excellent read.

  • Moments says:

    I loved this book! Right away on the very first page, there was an aura of mystery that drew me right into the story and kept turning the pages. Lily is helping a young girl escape from the life she has been living and although this girl is not her sister, she is not giving up hope of finding her. Right away, I loved Lily’s character, she is compassionate and although her main goal and focus is finding her sister, that does not keep her from helping other young girls in need as well. Oren is a great character as well as Connell; these two are both strong main characters and ones I enjoyed reading about. It is very easy to get into the story as Hedlund’s style of writing draws the reader right in and it is filled with descriptions and imagery transporting the reader to the late 1800’s traveling around to camps. This is an excellent book filled with mystery, romance, personal choices and decisions and characters growing!

  • Kathy says:

    Jody Hedlund is a masterful storyteller who skillfully brings the characters and setting brilliantly to life. Based on real events, Unending Devotion is thought-provoking novel that I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys faith based historical fiction.Amazon Link: http://tinyurl.com/9xufwfk

  • I loved that the relationship with Connell took time to develop. She didn’t just swoon and fall into his arms the first time she met him. Like in real life, you meet someone, you find them attractive, you get to know them, and sometimes that can lead to love. Both Lily and Connell are human, flawed characters so that made them very relateable. There was a slight message of purity and how it is better to wait for the right person that swept under the entire book, but it wasn’t at all heavy-handed. Knowing the type of person Lily was, it made sense that her virginity would be something that she would hold precious. As an orphan who had absolutely nothing, she knew that her own body and mind were the only thing that she could truly call her own. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/411219777

  • Laura Hilton says:

    UNENDING DEVOTION has a unique premise, one that caught me attention and piqued my interest. The men who worked in lumber camps were a rough and rowdy bunch, but I never considered that lumber towns would employ prostitutes and gaming houses to entertain the men. Most of the camps I’ve visited in Michigan were pretty isolated, not towns. But it might have been different in Harrison.Lily is a spunky heroine, one who would upend any man’s world. Connell seemed a sweetheart, right from the start. I loved the way his mind worked, very analytical. If you are a fan of historical romance and want one with a different twist then UNENDING DEVOTION is a book to consider.http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/2012/09/unending-devotion-and-giveaway.htmlhttp://www.amazon.com/Unending-Devotion-Jody-Hedlund/product-reviews/0764208349/ref=cm_cr_dp_qt_hist_four?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addFourStar&showViewpoints=0

  • I really enjoy historical novels. So reading Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund was a treat indeed. I had read a previous book by her, The Preacher’s Bride, and enjoyed it as well.One of things I like about how she writes is the research she does for her books. Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, timber country, I was aware of some of the things she talked about in Unending Devotion, but not to the extent she brought out in her book. The opening of the story is what caught my attention. Lily Young, the main character, is on her way to rescue a young girl caught in prostitution in one of the logging towns. She wasn’t the first girl Lily rescued.http://www.amazon.com/review/R1X0097D9BL775

  • This is the first book I have read by Jody Hedlund, but it won’t be the last!! I loved this book. Jody did a great job broaching the subject of “white slavery” (aka. human trafficking) in the years of the lumber boom (the 1870s to the early 1880s). While telling the story of the lumber mills in Michigan and the towns that sprung up in the towns where the lumber companies set up mills and harvested the lumber. This is exactly the kind of book I enjoy reading… it has a great story line based on true historical events and is interwoven with God’s grace and love and the truth that He has a plan for you. Make sure you read the Author Note at the end of the book. https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A3VUHK99MT9IE?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_cr_thx_pdp

  • At first glance, Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund appears to be a typical historical romance novel. And indeed the book is set in 1883, and there is definitely a romantic slant that fits well in the historical romance genre. However, Hedlund paints a bleak picture of life in the brothels and shows that besides the obvious degradation, women are regularly beaten and even killed. The aspect that is shocking is that this is not a problem that ended in the 19th century. Human trafficking is also a contemporary problem and Hedlund gives a realistic look at the horror involved.The story is exciting and while I pride myself on being able to predict the ending in most books, this one was complex. This is a book with a satisfactory love story that weaves around an exciting plot. But it also describes a tragic problem that is relevant today. I would recommend this book.

  • This book was both historically interesting and attitude changing! That is when you know a book is REALLY well-written! It made me realize the many blessings in life that I take for granted and to give thanks to God for the big and small blessings he has given me each day!

  • I read this book sitting curled up in my favourite armchair with the last remnants of summer bathing me in warmth; yet, I did not feel that warmth for how deeply I was drawn in to the frigid Michigan winter. Rarely have I experienced being so immersed in the experience of a novel (especially historical fiction) as I was with Unending Devotion. The scents–from sweet spice of white pine, to the soiled stench of clothing after hours of labouring–and sights of a place and time I have never visited became eerily familiar. [Read full review at The Overweight Bookshelf]Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/279410877

  • Unending Devotion is a whirlwind of a story with the strongest heroine I have ever encountered! I was racing to the end of the book to find out what happens! Incredible tale of good versus evil. I can’t wait to read more from Jody Hedlund!http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Unending-Devotion/Jody-Hedlund/9780764208348?id=5414690411198

  • Autumn Dawn says:

    A story that will touch your heart and make you want to do something like Lilly did.

  • 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. Great book!Review posted at christianbook.com and at Farming On Faith

  • Andi Tubbs says:

    Ever sit down to read and have a book surprise you? Well, Unending Devotion did just that. Never would I have thought that sex slavery would have been going on in the 1800’s. I loved Lily’s spunk and her drive! She was in a man’s world but she wasn’t going to let that stop her. Highly recommended!

  • If ever a fiction book relates on an event that happened in the past but is still so very relevant to today, this would be it. Focused on the sex industry and full of history, this was a very well written book that will open eyes and press hearts. Since sex slavery is still rampantly occurring in the U.S. and many other places in the world, this book serves as a reminder (yes, a reminder, even if it is fiction) that all it takes is one person to make a difference.

  • I grew up in Michigan and love to read books that basically took place in my back yard. Lumber camps and timber is still such a big part of the history of Michigan. I loved the details into the lumber camps, some not pretty, but factual. I loved Lily’s fortitude to rescue her sister at all cost. To put the past behind and press forward, a true love for her lost sister.

  • In Unending Devotion, Jody Hedlund once again builds a compelling, fictional plot around true people and events. Her newest novel transports readers to the lumber towns of central Michigan in the 1880s, where we witness the devastation brought to the landscape and human lives. Hedlund tackles the painful issue of prostitution – both forced and voluntary. There are many historical fiction novels that mention prostitution and brothels, but Unending Devotion stands out and offers a different perspective. As Hedlund mentions in her Author’s Note, James Carr, the evil antagonist in the novel, comes directly from the pages of Michigan history. It is sad and distrubing to picture the real victims of Carr’s violence, and to realize that such atrocities still occur today. Unending Devotion is a call to action for readers to take a stand against injustices. Blog Review Link: http://ramblingsof2readers.blogspot.com/2012/09/review-of-unending-devotion-by-jody.htmlGood Reads Review Link: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/413804589

  • The title of the book, Unending Devotion, is appropriate on so many levels. I think you will enjoy discovering the meaning. I couldn’t help but weep at the closing of the story. The culmination of God’s plan and His ultimate unending devotion is always overwhelming.http://www.amazon.com/review/RSZH9VH58881A/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0764208349&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • This is not just a story about adventure, romance and intrigue, it is about the horrible life women and children were forced into living. White slavery of women and children has always been a big problem even today. I admire the author for centering this story on white slavery. It is something we should not turn on backs on. We must continue to protect women and children from this horrendous crime.The real hero in this story was Lily. Due to her strong faith God, He gave her the strength to push forward with her cause. She was persistent in her crusade against white slavery and recruited other people into to her fight against this injustice to human lives.http://www.amazon.com/review/R1L5D5J96V5MAK/ref=cm_cr_rdp_permhttp://my.barnesandnoble.com/reviews-Its_Time_Mamaw/http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/329677674

  • This is a sweet tale of an impetuous girl and a thoughtful boy falling in love. Ms. Hedlund builds her romance slowly with humor, grace and it is grounded in as much reality as possible. She has a true gift for bringing time and place to life. It was a fast, page turning read with very likable good guys and rotten bad guys. She brings to light the horrors of a “trade” that goes on to this day, luring in young girls with promises of easy money. The love of family – whether the one you are born into or the one you create – can help surmount any difficulty. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/413576976

  • Stacey Dale says:

    “Unending Devotion” is a lovely story that will entertain and enchant.

  • I enjoyed this book and how passionate Lily got about this whole situation especially when her sister was involved. I liked how she thought of them as humans and how they probably didn’t have any choice in the matter.

  • Posted 9/15…Unending Devotion is a terrific book that is worth reading and keeping. Jody Hedlund is a writer of the highest caliber. Thank goodness we don’t have to wait very long for her next book, A Noble Groom.Full Amazon Review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3O2810VM54XFP/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0764208349&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • Another must read from author Jody HedlundTwo different backgrounds, and two different points of views add up to just the right amount of conflict to propel the story forward. Add a touch of suspense and you have a story that keeps the reader turning pages well into the night.http://ourhomeschoolingpilgrimage.blogspot.com/2012/09/unending-devotion-by-jody-hedlunda.htmlhttps://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A1T1WTVRY6YGSM?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

  • This book will grab your heart and plunge it to places that will cause you to ache for others. It isn’t often that a work of fiction addresses subjects such as this one does. This book made me think of the all too real problem that plagues us, not only in third world countries, but also here at home in the States. I’m glad the author tackled this subject (and she did it well, mixing in some fact with her fiction as she explains in the end of the book).

  • There doesn’t seem to be many books that use the background of lumber camps. Shame really because these camps offer such a wealth of story possibilities. However, there is no need to fear because Ms. Hedlund has filled this void with her new novel, “Unending Devotion”. First there is the quest, Lily is looking for her sister, because she fears she is being held in a brothel and Lily is going to rescue her. Then there is Connell who doesn’t see the lack of morality in his father’s lumber camps because he feels he is living a moral life. If you thought the book was exciting when you started just wait until these two characters meet. Then the excitement really takes off. It is one thing to ravage the land, it is quite another to ravage people and Ms. Hedlund tells this story with great skill. Romance, mystery and adventure all rolled into one marvelous story. I really liked ”Unending Devotion” and look forward to more stories from Jody Hedlund.Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/review/R39UEBVJR54V93

  • Unending 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 novels!I 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.

  • More of Him says:

    There are many times when my heart was in my throat wondering what was going to happen next. When Lily finds her sister, the story takes an unexpected turn that I wasn’t expecting, making the story even more amazing. There are horrible villains in the book that you just despise and, even more amazing, one of these men was based on a real person! I really liked that the author gave us some background on her story at the end – sharing historical facts – that made the story so real.I also loved the story of redemption, forgiveness and grace woven throughout the book – especially at the end. It’s beautiful story of allowing God to lead us instead of us always jumping head-strong into what we want. I highly recommend this book – it’s enjoyable on so many levels!

  • This is the first book I have ever read by author Jody Hedlund and it definitely won’t be my last. I was most impressed with her writing style and her descriptions of life in the 1800s. The plight of young women being dragged into prostitution of the 1800s is very much parallel to the human trafficking problem we are still experiencing today. The storyline is very realistic as is the character development of Lilly, Daisy, and McCormick. I felt as if I knew each of the main characters on a first name basis. Unending Devotion is a well written historical mystery romance, which should satisfy most readers.

  • Jody did an exceptional job at keeping the reader engaged with non stop action as the search for her sister continues through the novel and the romantic tension develops between her and Connell. For those that love a bit of spicy western romance, then this is the one for you!Posted a review on Amazonhttp://www.amazon.com/review/R3GYTQ28Z1SKJI

  • I was so excited to read Unending Devotion. I have read both of Jody Hedlund’s other books and really enjoy her writing style and skill of drawing you into the story in such an amazing way. However, I couldn’t wait to read this story because it was like picking up a piece of my family’s past. My great, great-grandfather (and probably his father before) was a lumber jack in New York before the Civil War. After the war, they settled in central Michigan, where my great-grandfather grew up and became the first policeman of Midland Township…http://www.amazon.com/review/R2S3I75R8IG7HM/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0764208349&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • I haven’t ever read anything by Jody before but I am happy to have started with this one!One of the things I really loved in this book was for me the parallel between the love that Lily has for her lost sister. Without regard for the danger to her own person she searches through logging camps and towns searching for her sister. It reminds me of how God will never give up on us when we are lost.I also give props to whomever had responsibility for the cover of the book. The cover alone makes you want to pick it up and dive in. Something hauntingly beautiful but with a definite air of mystery. http://www.booksamillion.com/product/9780764208348?id=5237259589554#customer-reviews

  • This was a creative way to bring the issue of sex slavery in the sex industry to the forefront of our minds once again. While those situations and that industry did exist, this story showed that apathy about something that seems too big to impact (like changing an entire town) can be done if one person is brave enough to take a chance and fight for what is right. Lily saw them as victims, and more than that, people. She didn’t reduce them to “whores” in her mind like many of the townspeople, which allowed for them to write the prostitutes off. But one of them was Lily’s sister. She was the only family Lily had and she wanted to protect her younger sister who’d gotten caught in the devil’s snare.As far as the romance went, this story was more yummy than most. The tension was delectable and I could feel the yearning on both ends. The best part was Connell actually thought like a man (imagine that) and it was not the typical feminine perspective often seen in Christian fiction. The scene where they were stranded for several days and he had to warm her up was very well done. It sort of forced an intimacy that may not have happened otherwise. And the brother Tierney, well he was just a pig. But I’ll let you read the story to see why I felt that way about him. This story is definitely worth reading.

  • The emotions of the characters were spot on, the romance was the right balance, and the historical events were woven into the book so well that I couldn’t tell where the fiction stopped and the history began…The plot is well-crafted, moves along at the perfect pace, has the right quantities of drama, romance, and even a small amount of mystery is worked in. http://www.amazon.com/Unending-Devotion-Jody-Hedlund/product-reviews/0764208349/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

  • Wow, this is my first book of Jody Hedlund’s and I am now hooked! Unending Devotion was not an easy book to read at times because of the situations with sex slavery, but it is one of the best books I’ve read. Author Jody Hedlund created wonderful realistic characters that developed very well as the story unfolded. I really like Lily and her determination to find her sister no matter what, even though that determination lead her to jump into things too quickly sometimes without thinking. Connell was a honorable gentleman in every way and I like the way Lily made him do crazy things that he wouldn’t otherwise do, of course she didn’t know she was doing this. And Oren, well he was just a hoot with that gun of his. How did Connell ever survive around Oren?

  • http://musingsbymaureen.blogspot.com/2012/09/litfuse-publicity-tours-presents.htmlWhen you read that some of the people in this book really existed and were as bad as they are portrayed here as they were in real life. You are looking at the face of pure evil, and the facts that are presented as fiction, some did actually happen.http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A456NFKWB68YD/ref=cm_cr_pr_auth_rev?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview

  • I am a new follower of Jody HedlundI really liked this book. There is suspense and romance, as well as relationships and character growth. Lily had some lessons to learn. Sometimes we must wait for God to move and not try to take matters into our own hands. Connell also learned that often by not acting against the evil that surrounds us, he was actually supporting it, and God had a plan for him as well. Unending Devotion has a good-paced plot with strong characters. I was thoroughly involved in the story and enjoyed reading it. http://www.amazon.com/review/R16OCBQEGFJNFP/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • Lily is such a wonderful, strong character. I love that she is out championing for the rights of others and determined to save the world even if she is alone! Connell is a good man and really a great male ‘lead’

  • “I am so impressed in the amount of historical facts and characters that are woven into the story. You will meet James Carr who built the Devil’s Ranch Stockade in Harrison in the early 1800’s. Carr offered the lumber mill workers a saloon and harlot house, but a countless number of men never made it back alive. I was shocked to see the historical truth of the young women who were forced into prostitution slavery, and so surprised that I had never been told of this before. Carr would advertise help wanted ads for Waitressing and Housekeeping, offering to pay their train ticket. Once the young women arrived, they were told that they must do as Maggie, the head mistress said, in order to repay their train fare. While there is no way to compensate the innocent lives that were lost, I commend Jody Hedlund in her journey to expose this horrible event in our history.”  

  • I thought Unending Devotion was a great read. The story deals with the serious reality of prostitution and human trafficking that took place in the 1800’s. I really loved Lily in spite of her impetuous nature. I admired that she was not afraid to take a stand for what was right even though she was putting herself smack in the middle of danger. Connell was a true hero and a real honest and honorable man realizing that he needed to do the right thing in helping Lily rescue young girls from a very bad fate.

  • Minding Spot says:

    I won’t tell you what all happens because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say that things get a bit hairy and unexpected. The characters are well-developed and real, as well as the plot can be paralleled to today’s times. A suspenseful, clean romance that will endear readers to Jody Hedlund’s talent!

  • What I love about Lily is her determination to stand against evil no matter the cost. When good men do nothing, evil flourishes. We cannot let fear, loss of material gain or anything else, stop us from standing up for what’s right. Now, there are also foolish ways of going about doing that, a lesson Lily learns too, but the principle is bang on, and if more people were willing to take a stand like that, we’d see change beyond what we could even imagine.

  • Kianna Rose says:

    This book is a definite page turner that will touch your heart. The “I-have-bitterflies-in-my-stomach-feeling’ will abound, leaving you with a flurry of predictions. The thought-provoking story and lessons in this book will leave you with someting more… something your average chick-lit romance novel doesn’t reveal. I’d willingly rate Unending Devotion 5 out of 5 stars! After reading this book, you will want to keep it on your shelf of favorites… especially with it’s pretty cover:)http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/397932755

  • Hardcover Feedback says:

    Unending Devotion is a story that was inspired by true events and I LOVED that – it’s like history coming alive! It helped the story to stick in my head and I also learned a lot about the Michigan lumber industry in the 1880s.Unending Devotion is the first book I have read by Jody Hedlund, but if her other books are anything like this one, I will have to read them very soon! If you love Christian historical fiction, I highly recommend that you read Unending Devotion.Review on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1QKY3YR0L3BZR/ref=cm_cr_rdp_permReview on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/361735530

  • I enjoyed this story, and was impressed that Ms Hedlund exposed both the debauchery of prostitution and the horrors of white slavery (girls were often lured into captive lives as prostitutes on the promise of honest work as maids), as well as touching on both sides of the lumber industry issue – the devastation of clear cutting and the fact that lumber barons relied on prostitution, gambling and alcohol to keep their drastically underpaid and overworked men on the job, as well as the eventual push to reform labor laws and working conditions, and find a new way to harvest lumber while preserving our forests.External Review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R27956IURN3QAM/ref=cm_srch_res_rtr_alt_1

  • It shows how much a letter from someone can really encourage one another through the hardships and trials of war. What may start as a friendship may lead to something more and find a love that goes beyond mere words on a page.

  • The plot is unique and takes the reader on a series of twists that only make the book more of a discovery to read. With the first in a new series of three, I’m eager to learn what is coming up next.

  • Kianna Rose says:

    This book is a definite page turner that will touch your heart. The “I-have-bitterflies-in-my-stomach-feeling’ will abound, leaving you with a flurry of predictions. The thought-provoking story and lessons in this book will leave you with someting more… something your average chick-lit romance novel doesn’t reveal. I’d willingly rate Unending Devotion 5 out of 5 stars! After reading this book, you will want to keep it on your shelf of favorites… especially with it’s pretty cover:)

  • Oren and Connell are terrific characters! Oren’s protectiveness and threats – “Mister, you’re a dead man” – made me smile every time he entered a scene…funny and touching. I think I love Connell. His mam taught him to take care of a woman’s needs before his own. He loves his mom, doesn’t want to disappoint his dad, and stands up to crude loggers to protect a woman from unwanted advances and probable rape. Picture Hedlund’s description of Connell: eyebrow quirking with humor, unruly lock of blond hair, green eyes, suspenders, muscular, plaid coat, spectacles, and exasperation over the dangerous situations Lily Young gets herself into.

  • I was impressed that Ms Hedlund exposed both the debauchery of prostitution and the horrors of white slavery, as well as touching on both sides of the lumber industry issue. I recommend this story to anyone who enjoys historical romantic fiction.

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