Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Release: Undaunted Hope


Book Title: Undaunted Hope
Author: Jody Hedlund
Series: Beacon of Hope (Book 3)
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Bethany House

Description:
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.

My Review:
I absolutely loved the newest addition to the Beacon of Hope series! It's quite possibly my favorite out of the three. :)

After playing the not-so-likable character in the last book I was afraid I'd have difficulties liking Tessa as the main character. My fears were quickly put to rest. It was obvious from the first chapter that she had matured into a woman worthy of respect and admiration. And may I just say, I adored Alex! ;) Even if this book had been a movie I don't think I could have gotten a more clear image of him. His personality was charming and quite frankly someone I would fall for; I'm sure others would agree.

With two men vying for Tessa's hand it would be easy as a reader to root for one and not the other. But in this book, as much as you knew Alex was perfect for Tessa it was difficult not to hope that Michael would also find happiness with her. I was very pleased with how the story ended.

The plot, romance, characters, historic setting,... everything about this book was superb!! And I loved that the cross and letter from Isabelle Thornton was tied into this story. I would definitely recommend this book be on your to-read-SOON list!

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
(Thank you Bethany House for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

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