Tessa Taylor arrives in 1870s Upper Peninsula, Michigan, planning to serve as a new teacher to the town. Much to her dismay, however, she immediately learns that there was a mistake, that the town had requested a male teacher. Percival Updegraff, superintendent and chief mine clerk, says she can stay through winter since they won’t be able to locate a new teacher before then, and Tessa can’t help but say she is in his debt. Little does she know that Percival will indeed keep track of all that she owes him.
Determined to become indispensable, Tessa throws herself into teaching, and soon the children of the widowed lighthouse keeper have decided she’s the right match for their grieving father. Their uncle and assistant light keeper, Alex Bjorklund, has his own feelings for Tessa. As the two brothers begin competing for her hand, Tessa increasingly feels that someone is tracking her every move, and she may not be able to escape the trap that has been laid for her.
I don’t hide who my favorite authors are. Jody Hedlund makes that list. While Undaunted Hope is only the fourth official book I have reviewed, I have read all of her adult books. (Trying to get my local library to get the young adult fiction in for Ashleigh) I love her writing style and her passion for writing historical fiction.
Undaunted Hope is the third book in the Beacons of Hope series. While it is a stand alone novel, it has one minor theme that weaves through all three books. But again you don’t need to read all the books to understand it (I just think you should 😉 ). Undaunted Hope was my favorite in the series though.
I loved Tessa and Alex. I loved their chemistry and sassy attitudes. I enjoyed every character in this book. Hedlund’s characters have flaws yet you can still relate to them. They are fun and real. I even have a favorite line from the book (That isn’t always easy in fiction):
“In some ways , she sensed that God found some humor in taking her I won’t ever’s and turning them into I will’s.”
I really, really, really loved that line. Because honestly how many times has God done that to me!?! If you haven’t discovered Jody Hedlund please do. She is amazing and I can’t wait to read more from her.
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Bethany House
I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.