Saturday, January 23, 2016

Review: Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund


I was very much looking forward to this third novel in Jody Hedlund’s  Beacons of Hope series. Undaunted Hope is Tessa Taylor’s story after leaving her sister and brother-in-law’s light house and starting out on her own life.  No worries if you have not read any of the other books in the series.  This novel can be read very well as a stand-alone.   I, myself, have only read the previous book where we meet Tessa and her family.  Tessa was not a character I cared much for due to her attitude and conniving ways in the previous book.  She did something that almost ruined her sister’s chances for true love and did ruin her reputation.  Here in this story, a few years have passed she has matured, and is hoping for a second chance to start over in a town as a schoolteacher without the shadow of scandal.  The moment she steps off of the ship she has her work cut out for her and has an uphill battle.  Though she is quite determined and has learned from her past mistakes, this redeemed character lives up to the title undaunted and was a joy to root for.  She loves teaching, but this town has some dark secrets that threaten her and those she comes to care about.  There is a very evil man and two brothers that are the light keepers that vie for her attention.   This book was a satisfying read and a roller coaster of emotions.   Sometimes I wanted to smack the heroes and the town for letting some of things that were going on to continue.  What was very interesting was the author’s note in the back where Ms. Hedlund received some of her inspiration.  Even though this story was fiction, some of the events were inspired by true stories.  I received a copy of this book for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers and the opinions are my own.

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