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Title:
Unending devotion
Author:
Hedlund, Jody.
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minn. : Bethany House, 2012.
Physical Description:
374 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Lily Young's search for her lost sister takes her to Harrison, Michigan, where she meets Connell McCormick. Soon Lily has Connell's help, but the danger they face may cost them everything.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780764208348
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Book

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High-Stakes Drama Meets High-Tension Romance

In 1883 Michigan, Lily Young is on a mission to save her lost sister, or die trying. Heedless of the danger, her searches of logging camps lead her to Harrison and into the sights of Connell McCormick, a man doing his best to add to the hard-earned fortunes of his lumber baron father.

Posing during the day as a photographer's assistant, Lily can't understand why any God-fearing citizen would allow evil to persist and why men like Connell McCormick turn a blind eye to the crime rampant in the town. But Connell is boss-man of three of his father's lumber camps in the area, and like most of the other men, he's interested in clearing the pine and earning a profit. He figures as long as he's living an upright life, that's what matters.

Lily challenges everything he thought he knew, and together they work not only to save her sister but to put an end to the corruption that's dominated Harrison for so long.


Author Notes

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 at JodyHedlund.com.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Hedlund's (The Preacher's Bride) latest historical romance is a meaty tale of life amid the debauchery of the lumber camps of 1880s Michigan. The lumber barons turn a blind eye to the moral decay that is eroding towns overrun with brothels and saloons servicing a burgeoning population of lonely, work-weary men. Lily Young plunges headlong into this violent and unforgiving environment in search of her 16-year old runaway sister. Lily tags along as assistant to Oren, a photographer who guards the orphaned girl, although she engages in more meddling than assisting. Her reckless behavior endangers not only herself but the few good townfolk aiming to help her on her foolhardy quests, including camp boss Connell McCormack. Hedlund portrays passion in tantalizing scenes. Her antagonist, the ruthless James Carr, and his exploits are based on the brutality of a real-life brothel owner who enslaved young girls during the logging boom, killing those who were not compliant. Hedlund intricately balances romance and drama, asking where the line between good and evil lies and exploring the dangers that erupt when that line becomes blurred. Hedlund's tale is exciting and unpredictable to the very end. Agent: Rachelle Gardner. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Lily Young's search for her missing sister leads her to Harrison, MI, where she poses as a photographer's assistant and comes into contact with -Connell McCormick. Connell runs three lumber camps for his father and turns a blind eye to the destruction and crime around him. Lily can't understand how he can ignore what's happening. Can she change him? And will she find her sister? VERDICT Full of period detail and engaging dialogue, Hedlund's (A Noble Groom) historical should appeal to Susan Higginbotham fans. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.