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Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund
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Sep 10, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: historicalfiction, forreview, forpleasure, blog-tour-book
Read in September, 2012

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, which allowed for them to write the prostitutes off. But one of them was Lily's sister. She was the only family Lily had and she wanted to protect her younger sister who'd gotten caught in the devil's snare.

Though she annoyed me at times because of her impulsiveness, I loved seeing how Lily inspired an entire town that had felt powerless to fight the evil in their midst, and how Connell also learned that apathy was as sinful as the people doing the sex trafficking. Doing nothing allowed it to continue. Great point and spiritual awakening for Connell. I loved how Lily realized that God could do more if she got out of the way and trusted Him more. Good stuff there!

As far as the romance went, this story was more yummy than most. The tension was delectable and I could feel the yearning on both ends. The best part was Connell actually thought like a man (imagine that) and it was not the typical feminine perspective often seen in Christian fiction. The scene where they were stranded for several days and he had to warm her up was very well done. It sort of forced an intimacy that may not have happened otherwise. And the brother Tierney, well he was just a pig. But I'll let you read the story to see why I felt that way about him. This story is definitely worth reading.
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