Jody Hedlund's Unending Devotion tells the story of a young woman serving as a photographer's assistant as she meticulously searches through Michigan's lumber camps for her missing younger sister Unending Devotion is, again, another great novel by Jody Hedlund.
She has a way to play with the readers' emotions. This one is no different. She has the best author's notes in her novels and usually Unending Devotion.
Jody Hedlund. 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.
glabeleeldi.tk 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. I've been trying to figure out what was wrong with the writing and I think it comes I wanted to give this book five stars, purely because of the importance of its subject matter fighting sex trafficking and forced prostitution.
I've been trying to figure out what was wrong with the writing and I think it comes down to this: There's no subtlety. The characters are predictable - the very, very, very bad villian, the heroine who happens to be gorgeous with long flowing hair who is determined to solve the problem and protect her purity and chastity at the same time, the hero who isn't such a hero at the beginning but begins to see the light and takes his place in changing the world, etc, etc. There was too much of the, "I really find her sexually attractive but my mama taught me better so I'm going to wrench my eyes away from her bosom even though I want to look longer" kind of talk for my taste.
I'm really not exaggerating here either - that kind of blatant talk is all through the book. It's telling when even though I agreed with everything the characters were saying in terms of chastity and integrity, I still was annoyed at them and just wanted them to be a little more real and nuanced. In it, one of the characters who is happily married sees an old girlfriend of his and fights to push back down images of their lovemaking. Then McCall Smith writes, "It was a vision sent by Eros, who does not ask our permission for his whisperings. I doubt that was McCall Smith's agenda when writing the book but it's the lesson I learned from it none-the-less.
Good fiction doesn't have to sermonize to teach.
This book tries too hard to teach and consequently fails, both in teaching and even in being more than a moderately enjoyable story to read. View all 7 comments. Jul 03, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: historical-america , kindled-unlimited , , stars-3 , wealthy-person , adult , christian-fiction , part-of-a-series , romance , not-a-mh. A sad and haunting tale, this story moved me. I found it hard to like the h in the beginning, but her character definitely grew on me. Despite her judgmental spirit, the reader could see the good intentions in her heart. Likewise with the H, his good heart was masked by his fatalistic outlook and outward apathy.
I can identify with both these characters and struggle to find that blessed middle ground where you let God decide how He can use you in His redemption story. So why not more stars? Agai A sad and haunting tale, this story moved me. Also, the constant push and pull between the MCs got old pretty fast. One star for the engaging storytelling, one star for the encouraging message and one star for the rich historical details.
Jun 06, Andrea Cox rated it did not like it Shelves: challenges , cover-love. I like that Ms. Hedlund tackled this difficult topic in Unending Devotion, but the good fight got lost for me. The leading lady was controlling and closed-minded, not to mention bossy and rude and pretty unlikable. The leading man was too passive for seventy-five percent of the story, which always drives me crazy because, biblically speaking, men are supposed to be the leaders of their families and communities.
There was also a lot of muck by Andrea Renee Cox The fight against evil is a tough one. There was also a lot of muck to wade through to get to the good messages of this story. Prostitution was a heavy theme. I thought it was handled well in the first couple of chapters, but then it took a negative turn. Things became more lurid, suggestive, and indecent, leaving me feeling like my mind had been sullied simply by reading certain scenes. Expletive phrases and a derogatory term were used repeatedly.
Immorality was shown as a lifestyle in certain characters, and though the leads fought against the immorality, some other major characters did not repent. Hope finally did come in the last few chapters, and I was glad about that. I liked that the cover scene was a key point in the story, which is always a fun thing to discover. The character I enjoyed the most was Mrs. She was quite a delight. I was not compensated for this honest review.
Lily Young would give up her life to save and protect her sister. When she arrives in Michigan, she is close enough to discover what happened to her beloved Daisy, but finding her is not that easy especially if she must fight alone the most dangerous man she has ever encountered. When all hope is lost, will she find any help from the other people of the town? What if it is too late to save Daisy?
If I had to choose a single word to define this book, it would be powerful. A powerful story, a power Lily Young would give up her life to save and protect her sister. A powerful story, a powerful heroine and a powerful writing. Lily is an incredible woman! Some of her choices are debatable, because of her impulsiveness, but she acts by following her heart so I guess her behaviour is understandable.
Her actions and beliefs inspire an entire town to stand up against a vicious man and, most of all, her fiery temper helps one man to take action and open his eyes, Connell McCormick. Connell is a great hero, the one that you see changing in front of your eyes, page after page. He respects women, he protects them against the evil people and he slowly understands what really counts in life.
He lives in a place with thousands of temptations and yet, he is a gentleman at heart! I loved to read his banter with Lily, they were lovely and hilarious and I thought it was good to have some light moments throughout the story. Since the themes of prostitution, women slavery and violence are central and heartbreaking, I appreciated the fact that there was another part of the plot more delicate like the growing love between two people punctuated by tenderness and respect, completely different from the reality seen in the taverns and brothels. I know that abusive men have always existed and sadly they still do, but to know that all the cruel things the villain of the story did really happened, left me speechless.
There should be more women like Lily, more women ready and willing to help others and fight for their rights and happiness. A beautiful and poignant story of courage, forgiveness and love that will make you think about how terribly modern is the reality described by Jody Hedlund, even though this story is set in Hedlund is a great author and I highly recommend this novel, whether or not you are fans of Historical Fiction.
View all 12 comments. Feb 18, Michelle Sottile rated it it was amazing Shelves: christian , romance , clean , fiction , historical , america , mystery , finding-faith , faith-restored , could-not-put-it-down. Unending Devotion I couldn't put this one down. You could say I had an unending devotion to this book.
This novel story and its characters rang true to the title. Moreover, it reminds us of God's unending devotion to His people. Lilly Young is trying to find her runaway sister. Searching the red-light logging towns, she rescues prostitutes along the way and delivers them to a safe home for Unending Devotion Searching the red-light logging towns, she rescues prostitutes along the way and delivers them to a safe home for young women. Lilly had such a strong, God-fearing heart. However, she was rash Her heart was in the right place but acting on her emotions could cause chaos.
When she finally finds her sister, she simply couldn't wait for God's intervention.
Editorial Reviews. From the Back Cover. Michigan, In Her Darkest Hours, Is He the Man She Needs? Lily Young longs to find her lost sister or will die. Unending Devotion book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Michigan, In Her Darkest Hours, Is He the Man She Needs?L.
She soon finds that when she waits on the Lord and follows His instruction and plan, great things will happen. Things she couldn't have made happen for others or herself. Connell is much the opposite of Lilly. He is grounded, too grounded. Connell plays an important role in the family logging business.
He can't afford a scandal. Connell is trying to put his own life back together. Please his father with financials.
If only his father could see how hard he tries, how much effort he is putting in to find out why the numbers aren't adding up. If only he could stop trying break through to the hardened heart of his earthly father, and begin to rest in the open heart of his Heavenly Father.
He hides behind his ledgers and doesn't want to get involved with Lilly's plight. Yet he is drawn to her. He can't keep himself falling deeply for her and eventually falling for God's merciful, healing love. The threads of a miraculous life can only be woven together by His hands.
If you need a sweet, slow-budding love with a little girl power and a mare's nest, then this is the read for you! This is a novel I plan to buy to have on my shelf for cold day weather with a hot cup of cocoa.
I could read this story again and again. Easily one of my favorite novels.