Tuesday, September 18, 2012

CFBA: Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund

Song Stuck on the Brain:  A Heartful of Love from Les Mis

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:
Unending Devotion
Bethany House Publishers (September 1, 2012)
Jody Hedlund


Lily is a strong willed and determined young orphan who is on a mission. A mission to save her sister has led her to fight prostitution and saloons everywhere. What I appreciated most about Lily is that as her heart opens up to love she begins to see that temptation is universal. Because of that recognition it makes her determination to stay pure and fight temptation, to fight for her reputation all the more captivating. She starts out as an oppionated girl, and becomes a mature, spiritually deeper woman in the end. The story is as much her personal journey in faith as it is a very beautiful love story. Well drawn characters are icing on the cake. Villians you clench your teeth over, supporting cast that make you laugh and cheer. Great read.


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Unending Devotion, go HERE.

Jody has written novels for the last 20 years (with a hiatus when her children were young). After many years of writing and honing her skills, she finally garnered national attention with her double final in the Genesis Contest, a fiction-writing contest for unpublished writers through ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers).

Her first published book, The Preacher’s Bride (2010 Bethany House Publishers), became a best seller and has won multiple awards.

Her second book, The Doctor’s Lady, released in September of 2011, and her third book, Unending Devotion, is out now. She’s currently busy researching and writing another book!

Jody has been married for twenty years to her college sweetheart. Jody has five children ranging in ages from 15 to 6, with a set of twin daughters in the mix to make things more lively.

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