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Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund
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Jul 20, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: kindle-books, read-in-2012
Read from October 08 to 09, 2012

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 within a certain amount of time, just because you can't put the book down!

This story had a big emphasis on standing up for what's right, even when it isn't easy, convenient or beneficial. I really liked how there was a TON of historical facts found in this book. At the end of the story, Jody shared about the time period which this book is based off of {The lumber era in the late 1800's} and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that almost all the story, even some of the tiny details were based of real historical facts/events! I loved how much history was put into this story, and it was obvious that Jody had done her homework and well-researched the time period for her book.

Another thing I liked...the main male character Connell, was just so pure and righteous. In this story there was a lot of impurity and uncleanliness that surrounded him, but in the book you can see his obvious will do be a god-fearing man and not let everything around him affect his morals or convictions...well maybe except for Lily. :) She did change his mind a bit, but the rest of the characters didn't. In several scenes he showed tremendous self-control and was a good example to the other men in the story who could have learned a thing or two from him. He had his faults like everyone else, but I found him to be an outstanding character.

Another great thing about this book was the ending! I loved it! The only downer with this book was the mature content is had. The time period this book was placed in- the mid 1800's- was a time were prostitution in this part of Michigan was outrageous. So in order to keep it as true to history as possible Jody obviously had to make this a part of her story, but it's not always a pleasant picture. While there were never any "direct view" scenes of this sin, there were parts were it got close, and the prostitution was a major part of this story. So due to the prostitution and a few mildly violent scenes, I'd only recommend it to older mature girls, certainly around the age of 16+. At some parts there was a bit more detail than I'd have wanted, but overall I'm glad I read this book as it exposed me to this horrible truth in this time period. However I will say that I think Jody handled it in a right way, were she made the emphasis that it is wrong and should be stopped, so I appreciated this.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was one of those books were you just can't put it down, and was jammed full of history and had a well written plot. But due to the above things I mentioned, I'd only recommend this book for ladies ages at least 16+.
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Allie I totally agree with your review. My thoughts exactly!

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