Monday, January 2, 2017

Book review: Never Forget by Jody Hedlund

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About the Book

Rose Island Lighthouse, Rhode Island June 1880

Will she betray his trust to stay on the island she loves? Abbie Watson is content to spend her days clamming, crabbing, and tending Rose Island Lighthouse. Her grandpa is the head light keeper, but his senility may lead to their eviction. Since leaving the island would kill her beloved Gramps, Abbie will do anything to keep him in the one place he knows and loves. Wealthy Nathaniel Winthrop III’s wild living has gained him a reputation as the ‘bad boy’ among the elite social circles of Newport. After a blow to the head in a yachting accident washes him up on Rose Island, Nathaniel has no memories of his past. Abbie tends the wounded stranger in her home only to realize he assumes they’re married. Although she knows she needs to correct Nathaniel’s mistake, his presence calms Gramps and provides a way to prevent eviction from the lighthouse. The longer the charade continues, the harder it gets for Abbie to tell Nathaniel the truth, more so as she begins to fall in love. Everyone she’s ever loved has abandoned her. Will Nathaniel leave her too, once he discovers he’s not really her husband?

 **NOTE: Never Forget is Book 5 in the Beacons of Hope series but can be read as a standalone novel.

My Review

Author Jody Hedlund has superbly wrapped up the Beacons of Hope series in this fifth book, Never Forget.  This book is about Nathaniel Winthrop III, whom we met in the previous book.   Since then, he has developed a deservedly bad reputation.  But when a yachting accident finds him amnesiac and washed up on the shore of Rose Island, he is led to believe that he is married to the beautiful lightkeeper, Abbie.  Abbie desperately needs his help, but doesn't expect to fall so deeply in love with him.

This is a beautiful story in which Nathaniel utilizes a second chance to define who he is.  He resolved to be the best possible husband he could be for Abbie.  And Abbie determines to live her life in peace, after the lies she had lived backfired.

I really enjoyed this book.  Hedlund's writing style is easy to read, and the plot kept moving.  Fans of historical romance will enjoy this book, and those with an interest in lighthouses will enjoy the series.

I received a digital copy of this book from the author for review purposes.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Winner of the 2016 Christian Book Award and finalist for the Christy Awards, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats.

Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

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