Opening a Jody Hedlund book is like sinking into a big, cozy chair that envelops you in a hug. Undaunted Hope, Book Three in the Beacons of Hope series, continues the excellence in historical fiction that Hedlund fans have come to expect.
The story is about Tessa Taylor, a young schoolteacher who moves to Eagle Harbor, Michigan for a fresh start, where no one knows her or her reputation. Tessa immediately finds that the entire town is controlled by Percival Updegraff, the chief clerk of the copper mine. From that point on, Tessa rises to the challenges of teaching a large number of students in her school, establishing evening classes for adults, and surviving the harsh Upper Peninsula winter. The hardships that she and the entire town face are made even more unbearable by Mr. Updegraff’s tyrannical dictatorship over the town.
Two of Tessa’s favorite students are the children of the local light keeper, Michael Bjorkland. Both he and his brother Alex fall for Tessa and compete for her heart. Tessa has no desire to marry, since she is just beginning her teaching career, and no desire to be a light keeper, since she grew up in such a family.
I give this novel a five-star rating. It was easy to love Tessa. She was spunky, yet committed to doing right by God. Having met her in Hearts Made Whole, her commendable qualities were still a part of her character, and she had grown since the events chronicled in that story. Alex was a handsome, hard-working man, whose devotion to and sacrifices for his family were admirable. The repartee between the two characters was fun to read. I also felt the despair and desperation of the twists and turns of the story line, which kept my attention to the very end.
Historical fiction and romance fans will enjoy this book. I especially love reading this series, set in my home state of Michigan.
I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
About the author:
Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and bestselling author of inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.
As a busy mama-writer, she has the wonderful privilege of teaching her crew of 5 children at home. In between grading math papers and giving spelling tests, she occasionally does a load of laundry and washes dishes. When she's not busy being a mama, you can find her in front of her laptop working on another of her page-turning stories.
She loves reading almost as much as she loves writing, especially when it also involves chocolate and coffee.