Thursday, 20 September 2012

Book Review: Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund

About the Book: Michigan, 1883 - 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?

My Thoughts:  I loved this book.  Loved it.

The main characters were so believable, because they were not perfect.  They each had strengths and weaknesses and both Lily and Connell grew in character because of the other's strengths.  And isn't that exactly what a marriage is supposed to be?  (I guess that's a spoiler, but really, we all know they're going to end up together)  Iron sharpening iron.

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.

I found this story very inspiring and well-written.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for organizing this tour and providing me with my complimentary review copy.

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