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Unending Devotion (Michigan Brides #1)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,798 Ratings  ·  245 Reviews
Michigan, 1883
In Her Darkest Hours, Is He the Man She Needs?

Lily Young longs to find her lost sister or will die trying. Heedless of any danger, she searches logging camps and towns, posing as a photographer's assistant. And then she arrives in Harrison, Michigan--and the sights of Connell McCormick.

Connell is determined to increase the fortune of his lumber-baron father a
Paperback, 374 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Bethany House Publishers
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Katie Ganshert
Sep 12, 2012 Katie Ganshert rated it it was amazing
My FAVORITE of Hedlund's So Far!

After reading and thoroughly enjoying Hedlund's first two novels, I knew I was a fan. With The Preacher's Bride and The Doctor's Lady, I picked the books up and unable to put them down, read each in a day or two.

I may not have read this one as fast as the others, but it sure is sticking with me more. I finished this novel with much of the same feeling I have after finishing a good Francine Rivers' book. Incredibly satisfied, but also challenged and inspired. This
Jan 22, 2015 Jamie rated it it was amazing
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“If she had to leave an imprint of herself for all time, she wanted it to reflect the happiness of her life, not the heartache.”

I’ve said this about 37 times before, but Jody Hedlund is one of my favorite authors and reading Unending Devotion sealed the deal. This was such an great novel on every level…the storyline, the characters, the faith lessons and the deeper purpose.

Lily’s devotion to her sister is inspiring and I love the changes Connell goes through. Not only a heartwarming story of lo
Lily Young would give up her life to save and protect her sister. When she arrives in Michigan, she is close enough to discover what happened to her beloved Daisy, but finding her is not that easy especially if she must fight alone the most dangerous man she has ever encountered. When all hope is lost, will she find any help from the other people of the town? What if it is too late to save Daisy?

If I had to choose a single word to define this book, it would be powerful. A powerful story, a power
Oct 16, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok
I wanted to give this book five stars, purely because of the importance of its subject matter (fighting sex trafficking and forced prostitution). I saw the book recommended on a blog that I enjoy so I figured I'd read it although these days, I do generally try to avoid romantic fiction, Christian or not. It's set in the late 1800s in Michigan and I did find the historical background of the story quite interesting.

I've been trying to figure out what was wrong with the writing and I think it comes
Nov 24, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing
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Unending Devotion is the first of Jody Hedlund's books I've read, but I don't think it'll be my last. After reading it, I now really want to read her previous novels!

I loved how some of the things in Unending Devotion actually took place in real life and that a few of the characters in this book were real people. It added a lot more meaning to the story and I j
Feb 02, 2013 Jane rated it really liked it
Where I got the book: review copy provided by publisher. This review first appeared on the Historical Novel Society's website and in the Historical Novel Review, issue 63.

This inspirational romance is set in the lumber camps of Central Michigan in 1883. Lily Young’s search for her sister Edith leads her to the shanty towns that house the lumberjacks and the brothels that service them. Protected by the friendly photographer, Oren, for whom she works, Lily believes she can cope with shanty boys li
Amber Stokes
Sep 17, 2012 Amber Stokes rated it really liked it
Jody Hedlund writes engaging stories, no doubt about it! This third release has a lot to love: a strong heroine, a battle of good vs. evil, plenty of romance, and a setting that is intriguing and full of all kinds of danger - from the freezing cold to wolves of both the animal and human variety.

Lily is passionate about life - finding humor and excitement in living it, and finding joy in helping others to embrace it. When she blows into Connell's cold, career-centered life like a warm summer bre
Sep 15, 2012 Casey rated it really liked it
A thrilling historical drama by a bestselling author and a fabulous storyteller.

“Unending Devotion” is the latest from the pen of a talented author. I found the story unique from her previous two titles in that the themes were almost a bit…darker. But I actually liked the mood of the story. It broods below the surface as Lily fights to save her sister from prostitution.

Lily is a determined heroine. What she wants she sets her mind too and she wants her sister back. She has honorable determinati
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I really enjoyed Jody Hedlund's second novel The Doctor's Lady and looked forward to this one. While I liked Lily and Connell well enough, this wasn't a story that truly resonated with me. Although noble, Lily was little too good to be true. The logging aspect was fascinating. The descriptions were vivid and the story had compelling aspects. Fans of historical fiction and Jody Hedlund especially will enjoy it. I found it a nice diversion and an easy, comfortable read.
Maureen Timerman
Sep 02, 2012 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing
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Unending Devotion is just that. Lily Young will risk everything to find and rescue her sister. Just when she thought her sister was fine and in a good loving home, she learns that she has run away. Now she is looking everywhere in the Michigan logging towns.
When you read that some of the people in this book really existed and were as bad as they are portrayed here as they were in real life. You are looking at the face of pure evil, and the facts that are presented as fiction, some did actually
Unending Devotion is a story that was inspired by true events andI LOVED that - it's like history coming alive! It helped the story to stick in my head and I also learned a lot about the Michigan lumber industry in the 1880s.

The subject matter in the book was surprising to me - I wasn't expecting something so...well...shocking. I didn't realize how prevalent sex slavery was in Michigan at that time. I always think of prostitution as being more in the wild wild west at that time in history, but t
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Sep 14, 2012 Patricia Kemp Blackmon rated it it was amazing
1883, Central Michigan

Lily and her sister Daisy were orphans and was moved from one place to another. Daisy ran away from adoptive family without even telling Lily she was doing so. Lily was heart broken and was determined to find her sister. She knew that her sister had no skills to get a job and she was so very young. Lily feared Daisy had me forced into white slavery to work in one of the brothels in the lumber camps in Michigan.

Lily was fortunate to be living with an older couple that were v
Feb 28, 2013 Dawn rated it it was amazing
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Again, Jody Hedlund has crafted one of the best books I've read all year–probably since I finished reading her second book, The Doctor’s Lady (last November).

There are books that I can tell are books... and then there are books that simply draw me in so far that I’m right there inside the characters. And I don’t want to leave. There are books that take me long days and even weeks to finish because I know I am reading a book... and that I keep having to read the book to see what happens in the e
Oct 09, 2012 Bethany rated it really liked it
I read this book in under 24 hours, so that should tell you how interesting and hard-to-put-down it was. :) I have previously read Jody's first book, The Preacher's Bride, and LOVED it. So I was very excited when I found out that I won a copy of Unending Devotion in a giveaway. :) I really, really enjoyed this book, and if it weren't for the large amount of mature content, then I'd give it 5 stars! Jody Hedlund just has a way with her books were you end up reading a lot more that you would think ...more
Sep 17, 2012 Kelli rated it it was ok
I found that I am not as impressed with this one as I was with her other two books. I feel like this plot and time period have been done before. Maybe it was just my mood when I read it, but it felt overdone to me.
I do really like Hedlund's way of writing though. I think her descriptions are done well and she writes some really fun side characters. I just didn't get into it, so I skimmed till the end. I was more interested in the authors note about the true stories of the lumbering workers and
This is my first Jody Hedlund novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Her background research on the lumber industry during that time period was excellent and showed throughout the plot. The storyline really captured my attention and the character development was excellent. I really liked how both Lily and Connell grew and changed in their faith as the story developed. I also thought the prodigal ending was very appropriate.
R Luker
Feb 21, 2015 R Luker rated it liked it
While I appreciated many aspects of this book, it was difficult to really enjoy it. The subject matter of the lumber industry, deforestation, prostitution, and white slavery was fascinating. But I felt like I was being preached to, instead of reading an informative, historical story. The preaching was about prostitution, chastity, and environmentalism. All great subjects to feel passionately about, but I didn't need a lecture on every single page about them.

Lily had a little too much self-righte
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This book is set in the 1800's in Michigan. Lily travels from logging camp to logging camp in desperate search for her sister who has entered into a life of prostitution in a brothel somewhere. The problem is locating where she is and then rescuing her.

Lily has a strong sense of what is wrong and right. She is firm in her beliefs and will do anything to help out another person in need. Her strong character gets her into many scrapes. Fortunately, Connell is nearby. He watches her and protects he
Jan 23, 2015 Cassie rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Sheri Salatin
Jan 28, 2013 Sheri Salatin rated it it was amazing
I have had the privilege to read all three of Jody Hedlund’s books so far and to be honest I’m not sure which is my favorite. Each one is just as good as the last. No duds found here. :)

Unending Devotion takes place in Michigan in the year of 1883. It’s a man’s world and lumber is his trade.

Lily Young has spent years searching all of the brothels in all the mining and lumber towns for her younger sister. In the process she has rescued several young girls and continues to put her life in danger w
Keli Gwyn
Dec 04, 2012 Keli Gwyn rated it it was amazing
Hedlund's latest story reeled me in from the start. I fell hard and fast for Connell. Wow! Talk about a hero that is sigh-worthy. This hunky, hardworking, principled logger earned some serious hero points. The more I got to know him, the better I liked him. I enjoyed watching him deal with Lily as she challenges everything he stands for.

Lily is one feisty heroine. There are times her impulsiveness gets her in trouble, but I admire her determination. In an effort to save her sister, she’s willing
Sep 09, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
September 2012
ISBN: 978-0764208348
Genre: Inspirational/historical

Lily Young’s sister Daisy left home, claiming she could make a lot of money working in the logging towns as a prostitute. Lily is certain that her sister is tired of that life and wants to leave, but she doesn’t know how to escape. So, posing as a photographer’s assistant, she searches through logging towns, hoping to find her sister.

When Lily arrives in Harrison,
Jan 20, 2015 Leah rated it it was amazing
Ever since I first saw the cover of Unending Devotion, I knew I was going to like the book. I anxiously awaited it to come out and when it did, I quickly got my copy. But somehow the book got buried in my to-read pile and I just now finally got to it! Let me tell you, I wish I hadn’t waited so long because I absolutely loved this book!
Unending Devotion follows the story of Lily Young who is searching for her lost sister throughout the lumber camps of Michigan. Having been orphaned at a young age
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
Sep 11, 2012 Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf) rated it it was amazing
Full review here:

Inspired by true events, Unending Devotion places a spotlight on the lumber industry’s apathy towards white slavery and human trafficking in the late 1800s through an emotive and compelling fictional story of one woman’s relentless search for her indentured sister. This book is not only a work of historical fiction, but a medium through which to consider the present state of society and the prolific human trafficking trade that continues
Jaime Jo Wright
Sep 10, 2012 Jaime Jo Wright rated it it was amazing
Characters: between the sister on the hunt for her runaway sibling who has been lured into the world of slavery with the promise of fortune, to the logging camp owner who's outward strength belies a heart lacking the courage to take a stand ... the heroine and hero are so rich, so deep, and so REAL you feel as if Jody were writing biographies. Love the depth of her characters. You just get a layer peeled away and oops -- there it is! another layer!

Romance: ok. I've always loved Jody's romances.
Cara Putman
Oct 01, 2014 Cara Putman rated it it was amazing
Recently I received a copy of Jody Hedlund's latest release Unending Devotion. Jody burst on to the writing scene a couple years ago with The Preacher's Bride, a fantastic book that retold the story of John Bunyon in fictional form. Her next book looked at the Whitmans. Unending Devotion turns to the lumber era in Michigan mixing real people and events with fictional characters. The strength of this book remains its great characters and setting, but adds a strong layer of mission. The theme that ...more
Rachel Brand
I've just finished listening to this novel on audiobook, and while I thoroughly enjoyed the story, there's something that stops me from rating it above 4-stars. It's hard to put my finger on what I didn't love about this book, but ultimately, I think it has something to do with Lily's judgementalness and the holier-than-thou attitude the protagonists had about purity. I know that this accentuated their flawed, realistic characters and that they were challenged about their attitudes towards purit ...more
This was a creative way to bring the issue of sex slavery in the sex industry to the forefront of our minds once again. While those situations and that industry did exist, this story showed that apathy about something that seems too big to impact (like changing an entire town) can be done if one person is brave enough to take a chance and fight for what is right. Lily saw them as victims, and more than that, people. She didn't reduce them to "whores" in her mind like many of the townspeople, whi ...more
Sep 26, 2015 Kara rated it liked it
This book talks a lot about "white slavery" and prostitution, and it made me sad to realize how long that has been a problem in society since the story took place in 1883. It made me feel that much more of a responsibility to do my part and continue being involved in my Abolitionist Moms group to help save those enslaved. I love how Jody Hedlund said we need to "discover where God wants to use us." There is power in that statement. I feel it's truth and a strength in my own convictions.
Hadassah Harper
Jan 16, 2016 Hadassah Harper rated it it was amazing
I have finally read this amazing book, and fell in love! I would add more of a review, but I am at a loss for words, because it was beautiful!

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Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and bestselling author of inspirational historical romances including books for adults and youth. She currently makes her home in central Michigan with her husband and their five busy children.

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
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