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Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund
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Nov 17, 12

Read in November, 2012

Jody Hedlund's Unending Devotion will draw you in within the first 50 pages--I was sucked in by page 20! Jody's seasoned style balances action, dialogue and conflict with engaging romance. The spark of attraction between hero and heroine is up front and satisfying yet believable while the external plot pace is interesting and holds the pace well through the story.

Setting:
Jody's story is set in 1883 in Michigan's back woods logging camps during a time when the logging industry boomed much like the railroad business, or today's housing market. The opportunity for a logging company to make a mint and place the logging baron on a path for wealth was great. The financial prospects drew those of mind to grow an empire, but also those willing to profit from the laborers who worked the camps willing to spend a dime for a good time.

Characters:
Lily Young only wants one thing--to find her sister no matter the cost. With no one else for her sister to depend on, Lily's devotion embeds deeply in her heart, fueling her drive and impulsive determination. She is ready to risk without calculating the cost. Connell McCormick never does anything without calculating the cost--to him, his family, or his business. But what he never figured into his equation was a vexing, persuasive brunette who challenges his mediocrity and snares his heart into risking much more than he'd ever planned.

Plot & Conflict:
Lily pulls Connell into her battle against an evil business owner who holds power over the town and keeps the loggers spending their hard earned money at his establishment, essentially buying their silence. Lily's quest to rescue her sister, threatens the powerful baron, destibilizing the status quo Connell has been content with. Will he keep the status quo and lose Lily, or go after Lily and risk everything he's worked for?

Romance:
One word--sizzling and (okay two words) lovely.

Overall:
--a page-turner
--edgy
--3 thumbs up (or 4 stars) :)
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