Saturday, November 24, 2012

Unending Devotion

Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund was a riveting read. It addresses a topic so many Christian authors shy away from: prostitution. Particularly in the 1883 lumber camps.

Lily Young's only sister has disappeared into one of the numerous lumber camps of Michigan with the intention of making money. Lily is determined to rescue Daisey, even if it means walking into every brothel in the state. Connell McCormick has turned a blind eye to his workers frequenting the brothels, believing it to be the only way to keep them happy and that as long as he didn't partake he was still being a good Christian.

Lily takes Connell's blinders off as she fights for her sister. But will Lily's impulsive ways save the day or create more chaos? And will Connell be able to protect Lily from her enemies?

Hedlund approaches the topic of prostitution without beating a Bible over her readers' heads. If fact she doesn't really address it directly. She just shows through her characters that love is the only way to deal with any type of sin. Love and forgiveness.

Both Lily and Connell's struggles, internal and external, are expertly constructed. The whole story is humorous and serious, the perfect blend.

I look forward to what Hedlund comes up with next.

Take a look at the trailer.

*I was given a free copy by Bethany House Publishers in return for an honest review.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Over the Edge

Over the Edge, by Mary Connealy, is the third book in The Kincaid Brides series. It is a beautiful blend of action, humor, and romance. I have not read the earlier books in the series, but that will soon be remedied.

Seth Kincaid is a survivor, but a crazy one. After all, he doesn't remember marrying Callie. Callie won't let him off easy though and follows him out to Colorado after he disappears. When she finds her husband, she wants to shoot him. All Seth wants to do is make amends, but Callie doesn't trust him and won't let him out of her sight.

What a wonderful way to start out a marriage, huh?

Connealy did a wonderful job characterizing Callie. Her reactions to being abandoned by her husband are believable, it is no wonder she is so reluctant to trust the man she married.

Seth also has to deal with the terrors of his past.

These internal battles are always the hardest to maintain credibility at a writer and Connealy doesn't seem to bat an eyelash in the process.

Take a look at the book trailer.

*I was given a free copy by Bethany House Publishers in return for an honest review.