Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Unending Devotion ~ A Book Review

This is the second book I've read by Jody Hedlund and I've enjoyed both of them immensely.

When I picked up Unending Devotion, I knew it was about a young woman, Lily, seeking the whereabouts of her sister, who had run off to the lumber camps to find employment as a prostitute. When Lily arrives in Harrison, Michigan, in the heart of the lumber camps, she meets Connell, the boss of a large lumber operation. Connell is concerned with his profits and pleasing his father, so he has turned a blind eye to the realities of the sinful state of Harrison, thinking there is nothing he can do to change it.

What I didn't know was how much this book deals with white slavery and the sex trade in the lumber camps of the 1880's - I hadn't been aware of the very serious problem it had been, but I thought Jody did an amazing job bringing this subject to light. It isn't an easy subject to discuss, but she was able to do it with grace and sensitivity - and she wove it into a beautiful love story, with strong characters, that kept me turning the pages.

Unending Devotion is an excellent read, worth your time.

What about you? Have you read any books by Jody Hedlund? Have you read Unending Devotion?


  1. I was privileged to read Unending Devotion in manuscript form. I love the characters, especially Connell. He's a great hero. And Lily has a lot of spunk!

  2. Jodi's remarkably gifted when it comes to addressing tough subjects and combining them with love stories. Haven't read this yet but it's no my to-read list.

    Praying for your time away!


  3. I haven't read any of Jody's books yet, but I've got "The Doctor's Lady" on my shelf, and I'm looking forward to tearing into it. "Unending Devotion" sounds like a great book. Are you excited about the ACFW conference yet!?! Only a few more days!

  4. Thank you for the lovely review, Gabrielle! I appreciate your kind words so much!

    Hope you have a wonderful week! I'll look forward to hearing about how ACFW goes!

  5. Gabrielle...a wonderful posting...I'm looking forward to reading Jody's latest novel :)


  6. I've read Gabrielle's blog and I love reading it! Great review!

    I awarded you the Daisy Award! You deserve it! :)

  7. I meant this, "I read Jody's blog and I love reading it!" I typed too fast :(


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