Sunday, July 3, 2016

Book review: Forever Safe by Jody Hedlund

About the book:

Race Point, Massachusetts, 1876

Will she ever be able to stop running, even when she believes she’s finally safe?  Heiress to a vast fortune, Victoria Cole has everything she wants, including the perfect fiancé. Having left two other men at the altar, Victoria is sure that now she’s found her true love and will finally live happily ever after. As her wedding draws near, however, Victoria’s life is threatened. To keep her safe, Victoria’s father hires a bodyguard.

Tom Cushman’s number one priority is protecting his clients, which means no personal entanglements.
But he’s never guarded someone as beautiful and winsome as Victoria. After a near-kidnapping, the
wedding is cancelled, and Tom hides Victoria at Cape Cod’s Race Point Lighthouse until her attacker can be found. Appointed as assistant light keeper with Victoria posing as his wife, Tom believes the isolation of the lighthouse will keep her safe.

As Victoria struggles to live without familiar luxuries, her heart betrays her with growing feelings for her protector. Determined to help Tom stop fleeing from his haunted past, can the runaway bride learn to face her own fears? With the attacker closing in, will both of them ever be able to stop running and find the safety they long for?

My review:

Victoria Cole's life has been threatened, and her bodyguard attacked.  Her new bodyguard, Tom Cushman, insists on secretly locating her to a remote location where she will be kept safe until the attacker is found.  The Race Point Lighthouse on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, kept by Tom's father, is certainly secluded enough, but Tom insists that they travel as man and wife in order to not arouse suspicion.  Victoria must make the adjustment from being pampered to taking care of her own needs, as well as of those around her.  There is hilarity and heartbreak as Tom and Victoria masquerade regarding their union, until the attacker is found and Victoria is finally safe.

I enjoyed this fourth installment of the Beacons of Hope series, perhaps more than the others.  When the reader can't help but feel the tension between desire and propriety, feel the sweat trickle down her back, hear the crunch of broken glass beneath her feet, and wrinkle her nose at the stench of her captor, you know you have good writing.  Author Jody Hedlund has written another thoroughly enjoyable novel full of love, laughter, healing, and suspense that fans will certainly enjoy.  Those who are new to the series will have no trouble picking it up and fully appreciating it; it stands alone well.

I received an ARC ebook from the author in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

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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