Monday, February 15, 2016

Book Review: "Undaunted Hope"

Undaunted Hope is the third book is Jody Hedlund’s Beacon’s of Hope series. The story stands alone but has some fun and surprising ties to the first two books in the series. (I haven’t read the first yet, but I didn’t see these ties as spoilers in any way. They just made me more eager to find time to read that first book.)

In this story, Tessa Taylor is trying to find a fresh start in a new community. She accepts a teaching position in Eagle Harbor, Michigan, a mining town. Though she’s determined to protect her reputation and keep the secrets of her past, she’s relieved when a new acquaintance, Alex Bjorklund, steps in to keep her from starting off with a tragic first misstep. Sadly, Alex turns out to be the community’s assistant lightkeeper, and Tessa, who grew up in a lighthouse, has vowed never to set foot in one again. She decides Alex is off-limits, but he has other ideas.

This was a fun and intense read. As always, Hedlund starts by putting her characters into hot water right off, turning up the heat again and again as the story goes on, developing strength and maturity in her creations and bringing them help from unexpected places before all is lost. I recommend this novel and thank Bethany House Publishers for sending a complimentary copy in exchange for this honest review.

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