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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 thTessa 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....

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Undaunted Hope Reviews

  • Beth
    2018-08-01 02:47

    I am always intrigued by a story that highlights a character that was not well-loved in a previous book. If you’ve read Hearts Made Whole, then you know Tessa wasn’t the most likeable secondary character. It made me so eager to read her story in Undaunted Hope, and the wait was certainly worth it. Tessa has matured and realized the error of her old ways. However, she still has a certain sass and isn’t afraid to step out in a profession that had traditionally been held by men. For me her character is what made this novel shine, along with the vibrant setting and rich historical detail.Tessa is one of my favorite heroines that Jody has written thus far. She’s got spunk that comes across in a realistic way. Her limitations as a woman are true to the time period, when reputation was everything for a woman. This story also portrays an important truth about the consequences of past mistakes. Even after you make the decision to become a different kind of person, the effects of those old choices are hard to overcome. However, with time, effort and God’s help, it can be done. Tessa’s journey as she strives to overcome the mistakes of her past is one that had my complete empathy and admiration.The secondary characters really stand out in this story. Brothers Alex and Michael, the children, and even prickly Nadine create such an endearing group of people. I really enjoyed the development of these relationships and the genuine feeling that is upheld throughout the entire story. The plot is especially well-paced. Everything flows naturally and realistically throughout the story. Though the romance for me isn’t the highlight of this story, it is still Jody’s trademark style, with a dramatic rescue and several tender moments.It seems that I gush about this with every novel of Jody’s, but the historical detail here is so well-done. These people had such a hard life, full of back-breaking, dangerous work. I could imagine the bone-deep cold of the coastal breeze and the helplessness of the miners as they bowed to the whims of selfish boss. That he was based on a real-life historical figure brought even more depth to the story. The setting and time period quickly come to life and stay strong throughout the story’s entirety.I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s so neat that Jody brought back characters from the novella that starts the Beacons of Hope series – it gives the feeling of completion within that storyline, and also provides a little bit of set-up for the next book in the series. I’m always a little sad when I finish one of Jody’s novels because it means another wait for her new release – thankfully the next book is set to come out in June of this year, so we don’t have to wait too long – but it’s also neat to get a glimpse of a character that readers will get to meet soon. If you haven’t read this series yet, definitely do. Though this book could be read as a stand-alone, the story felt even richer having experienced Tessa’s past in the previous book. I highly recommend Undaunted Hope for fans of romantic inspirational historical fiction.

  • Jamie
    2018-07-16 18:44

    If you read the previous novel in Jody Hedlund’s Beacons of Hope series, you remember Tessa. I have been eagerly awaiting her own novel since I turned the last page of Hearts Made Whole, because well, you’ll just have to read that book :). I think Tessa was my favorite – she’s a solid lead and knowing her past, Jody did a wonderful job showing her growth and maturity. It’s such a reminder that we are not our past mistakes. Plus she’s been keeping things sassy since 1871, so she’s what we call… MY PEOPLE. We both speak the love language of sass. I also really liked Alex and the children. Again, her character development is excellent! Another area she truly shines in this novel is revealing what life was like for the people in this era. Not only surviving the cold (which sidenote: #nope), but the circumstances they survived. These people were survivors!One of my other favorite things about Jody’s novels is discovering the true historical details of her novels. It makes me appreciate the story even more and makes it all the more real. One fact that was surprising was that Percival was based on a a guy that really lived. There’s more interesting details to that, but I’ll let you read the story first.Also, stay tuned…next week is a fun interview and giveaway from Jody. WOOT!What’s a recent fiction book you’ve recently loved?(Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)Originally posted at: http://booksandbeverages.org/2016/01/...

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    2018-08-02 03:00

    Jody Hedlund is one of those authors who is just consistently GOOD. I know whenever I pick up one of her books that I will be swept away by the writing, the history, the characters, the romance (blissful sigh!!), and the message of faith. Every single time. Including her latest release, Undaunted Hope. Up until I began Undaunted Hope, my favorite romantic hero of Jody’s has been Carl from A Noble Groom. But now … I don’t know, y’all… Alex is giving him some serious competition. I cannot resist an incorrigible flirt, especially one who is so great with kids. In fact, even before all the flirtatious goodness started, I knew Alex had a solid chance of toppling Carl from his first place ranking. Right from chapter one, as a matter of fact, when my romantic heart swooned over something as simple as Alex acting like he was merely fishing when in fact he was aware of everything going on with Tessa in the background. Yeah, I know – it doesn’t take much lol.Tessa was – in a word – all kinds of awesome. Ok, so that was four words but one general idea. She’s fierce when she needs to be, tender in the meantime, and as Jamie over at BooksandBeverages said, “she’s been keeping things sassy since 1871, so she’s what we call… MY PEOPLE.” Yes. Tessa’s sass + Alex’s Alex-ness = romance reader heaven. But then there was Michael and his kids … and oh my heart. I almost had to put the book in the freezer at one point. And then at other times, I almost had to put myself there. ;)Besides the characters, one of the things I adore most about Jody Hedlund’s books is her mastery of the setting. In a matter of words, she immerses her readers in the world of her story – the sights, the sounds, the smells, the sensations. In the case of Undaunted Hope, I almost had to go grab another blanket to battle the harsh Michigan winter. (I adore winter and cold and snow… but I think that would have been a bit much even for me!) Tessa’s living conditions were a whole handful of #nope as far as I was concerned, and I admit to shivering a time or two at Jody’s vivid descriptions.But perhaps the thing I loved most about Undaunted Hope was the theme that swirled through Tessa’s story: Whatever your past mistakes, who you are now is all that matters. Whatever your past fears, what you do now is all that matters. Perhaps you, like me, needed to hear that today too.Bottom Line: Jody Hedlund has once again crafted a beautiful story of love and hope set against an exquisitely-researched backdrop of history. Nearly all of your emotions will be engaged while you read Undaunted Hope, and you may even need to invest in a good fainting couch to survive some of the kissing scenes! (What a way to go!) It’s sassy. It’s sweet. It’s swoon-worthy. It needs to be in your collection.(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)

  • Dawn
    2018-07-19 18:50

    Tessa Taylor is looking forward to starting over in Michigan's Upper Peninsula as a teacher. She's hoping to escape her past. Upon her arrival, she's dismayed to discover that there was a mistake. The town requested a male teacher. Homeless, jobless, and with winter setting in, Percival Updegraff agrees to let her remain as the teacher until spring which then places Tessa into his debt. A debt that he won't hesitate to collect upon. Determined to bot be replaced come spring, Tessa throws herself into teaching the town's children and soon two adorable children feel she's the perfect match for their widowed father, the lighthouse keeper. Yet their uncle, the assistant keeper, has his own feelings for Tessa. Tessa soon finds both brothers competing for her hand, and begins to feel that someone is tracking her every move.When Tessa was first introduced in Hearts Made Whole, I didn't like her at all. It takes a really talented author to take a character that I didn't like and turn that character into one that has me rooting for her. Jody Hedlund is one such author. While this book wasn't my favorite in the series, that privilege belongs to Hearts Made Whole and Ryan Chambers, it was a very gripping read.First, I love how Tessa has learned what grace is and how to give it. Even when her past comes back to haunt her, she still shows grace to those who are set at ruining her. She's not the spoiled child any longer. She's grown up and it shows.I liked Alex from the moment he stepped into the story. I loved how supportive he was of his brother. And the children were adorable! I really think that his niece and nephew were my favorite characters in the book.Like her other books, Jody has done a fabulous job with crating her story around a remote lighthouse in Michigan. I love the way that she brilliantly brings to life her settings and her characters. I think that alone is one of the reason she's become one of my favorite authors. Because whenever I pick up a Jody Hedlund book, I know I'm in for a rich story with complex characters.I received the book for free from the author to help promote it. My thoughts and opinions are my own.Recommended to fans of Jody Hedlund, historical fiction, Elizabeth Camden, Kristi Anne HunterRating - 4 stars

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    2018-08-15 20:54

    I loved this rugged setting for Tessa's story. The landscape and harsh weather is a huge element in the book and I was able to picture it vividly. Tessa is a proud and opinionated young woman, but with a kind heart as she strives to help not only the children, but the men of the town as well, further their education to improve their life situation. Although the living conditions are not ideal, she quickly connects with several children and members of the community. One family in particular she is drawn to is the adult brothers Alex and Michael, along with Michael's children. I loved the chemistry between her and Alex and the fun banter they shared. A sense of humor is something I find very attractive in a hero ;) She feels conflicted throughout the story since she has a deep aversion to lighthouses and the sacrifices it takes to run them, but she can't help feeling like a part of the family and coming to their aid as often as they come to hers. I felt that the secrets she's hiding from her past didn't match the characteristics she portrays in this book; to fully understand the situation I think reading the previous book in the series, Hearts Made Whole, would be helpful. However her past does come into play during the climax of the plot so it needed to be included. And talk about an evil villain! The injustices and tragedies he is responsible for as he preys on the members of the community made me so mad. In the afterword of the book the author shared that Mr. Updegraff was based on a real person in history- that makes it even worse! (Although that guy's ending was different and more violent than in the book). I don't often find afterwords interesting but this one is filled with fascinating information about which characters and landmarks are inspired by real history. You won't want to miss it!(Thank you to the author and Bethany House Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

  • Kav
    2018-07-31 02:10

    Well hello, Alex Bjorkhund, my name is Kav and I fell in love with you on page 20 (she confesses, blushing furiously.) Brash, determined, a tease and a flirt with a great sense of humour that matches Tessa's. Phew! Is that steam rising off the pages? Because whenever Tessa and Alex are in the same scene sparks do fly. Alas Tessa is intent on a teaching career and not romance -- especially with a lighthouse keeper. She comes from a lighthouse keeping family and the tragic memories still haunt her. She hates the isolation, the danger and the 24/7 commitment. But try telling that to Alex. My, but that man knows what he wants and he isn't afraid to go after it. Cue fainting couch. Thud. Naturally, the course of true love never runs smooth and Tessa finds herself the recipient of two enamoured suitors...not to mention the unwelcome advances of a truly diabolical villain. Shudder. And if all that wasn't enough to complicate her life, Tessa soon discovers that there's something not right about this small mining town she has come to call home. It takes all her courage and ingenuity to stand up to the sinister force that holds the town captive. In the end, Tessa becomes the catalyst for change in the entire community.Captivating from cover to cover.

  • Amy
    2018-07-28 21:50

    A beautiful conclusion to the Beacons of Hope trilogy that even wraps up the story from its prequel novella! An absolute must-read and keeper -- I couldn't put it down! Full review will be posted closer to publication date.

  • Staci
    2018-08-03 01:56

    The lighthouse backdrop continues in the third book of the Beacons of Hope Series. Two things in particular I am enjoying about the series. First, the hand made cross that was introduced in the first novel continues to make its way through lighthouse territory. Second, the author's note at the end that details her research and the parts of the novel is based upon fact add to the overall appeal of the novel.Undaunted Hope is about Tessa. Tessa was not a likeable character in book two so it was great to see her character growth after leaving her family and training as a teacher. The setting for the story is Eagle Harbor, Michigan, which for purposes of the novel was a mining town. The detail about the profession and the living conditions (bed bugs, lice and limited food stores as examples) were educational. Tessa's passion for teaching was clear and I loved that about her.Alex and Michael were admirable characters. I didn't find some of the banter between Tessa and Alex to be realistic though. Perhaps it was, but some of it seemed rather forward for the time.All in all it was another stellar Hedlund historical romance. I look forward to reading the conclusion to the series soon.

  • Rachel Brand
    2018-08-10 02:49

    I love it when an author takes a previously unlikable character and gives them the chance to redeem themselves and turn to their life around, especially when they devote an entire book to this journey! Tessa was definitely an annoying character in the previous Beacons of Hope novel, manipulating her family members and situations to get what she wanted. She wasn't your stereotypical villain, just a misunderstood teenage girl searching for love in all the wrong places. Tessa's actions might have been a bit outlandish at times (trying to trick her older sister's beau into marrying her, in particular) but what teenage girl hasn't felt the same as Tessa—overlooked, unloved, out of place? Tessa did make me want to bang my head against a wall in frustration in Hearts Made Whole, but I was also intrigued by her, and hoped that the third book in the series might be devoted to her.After all that hoping and waiting, did this book live up to my expectations? Mostly! I absolutely loved the first two books in the Beacons of Hope series and wasn't sure if Jody could keep up her fantastic streak. Often in a series, there is one book that doesn't quite live up to the others. It's not a sign of a bad writer, just that the reader likes one character more than another, or one situation appeals to them more. From the start of this novel, Tessa's situation intrigued me. Even if I didn't know her backstory (and I think you could probably read this book as a standalone), the strange situation she finds herself in makes for an interesting opening. She's a teacher in a town that's basically a dictatorship run by the mining superintendent, who is desperate to get rid of her. The lighthouse link felt a bit shaky at times, but does become more present as the story develops.I'll admit straight off that I'm not really a fan of love triangles. I always have to fight the urge to roll my eyes when two men are in love with the same woman. Maybe it's just because no one's ever fought for my affections, but it always feels a bit unrealistic. In this case, it didn't feel quite so unbelievable—Alex does genuinely have feelings for Tessa, while Michael is pushed into the situation by his children and the desire to find a mother for them. Tessa is basically the first single woman he's met since the death of his wife, so it's not like there are a lot of options out there. I appreciated that Tessa struck up friendships with both men, so it wasn't a case of them both pining for her from a distance and just being infatuated with her beauty, or anything annoying like that. They both like her, just in different ways. If the thought of a love-triangle puts you off, I'd recommend giving this book a shot anyway. This isn't Twilight with lighthouses, trust me. The details about the mining industry and the corruption in the town were really interesting. I've said it before, but it's worth repeating—I love how Jody Hedlund finds the gritty and previously overlooked parts of history and brings them to life and makes you realise just how interesting they really are. I know a bit about mining as I went to school in a former mining town in Scotland, but Undaunted Hope really highlighted how bleak and dangerous the mining life was. I hurt for Tessa as she attempted to help break families out of the cycle of poverty and death associated with the mining life. There is a lot of sadness in this book. Jody doesn't shy away from the real struggles of the miners. From the beginning of the novel, Tessa is worried about the townsfolk discovering the reputation that she made for herself back home, and she makes a lot of fuss about her actions not being misconstrued, especially when she spends time with Michael and Alex. I was initially concerned about this story thread, as one of my pet peeves in Christian Fiction is the infatuation with how others perceive our actions. Sometimes it doesn't matter how well you act, someone somewhere will find fault with what you do, or misinterpret something they see or overhear! Thankfully, it turned out that this was the lesson Tessa had to learn, as well as letting go of her fear of what others thought and just focusing on doing what she knew was right. I think Jody managed to get a good balance between the historical ideals of respectability and presenting a valuable lesson having freedom from fear and anxiety. This is a hard line to tread in historical fiction, especially with a character who has a “reputation” linked to (perceived) sexual sin. I've always found that Jody writes about sexuality from a historical viewpoint very well, and this book is no exception to that rule.Although I'm not a a big fan of love-triangles, this didn't stop me from thoroughly enjoying Tessa's story arc and cheering her on as she fought for the rights of the miners in Undaunted Hope. There is a lot of bleakness in this book, but there's plenty of encouragement too. I've really enjoyed this series and was pleasantly surprised to see that a fourth book is due to release in the summer, featuring a character who was briefly introduced at the end of this book. Here's hoping it's just as good as its predecessors!Review title provided by Bethany House.

  • Carole Jarvis
    2018-08-15 19:59

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://bit.ly/1nLzHOeI’ve been blessed to have read enough of Jody Hedlund’s books to know that she is consistent in all that she delivers – captivating storytelling combined with rich characterization, romantic tension, vivid sense of place, and a wealth of historical details drawing from actual eras and people. Rather than saying that this or that book is my favorite, I think that with Jody’s writing, the book I am currently reading becomes my favorite. However, I will say that several themes in Undaunted Hope instantly drew me in – such as Tessa’s school teaching, Alex’s breeding of Norwegian Elkhounds (I loved Bear and Wolfie!), Michael’s children, and the plights of the copper mining community. Tessa is a wonderful lead character who inspired me throughout. Those who have read the previous novel, Hearts Made Whole, will remember that she hasn’t always been all that likeable. But five years have passed and it’s now 1871, when Tessa comes to Eagle Harbor on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to teach school. She is a tireless worker, determined, strong willed, and opinionated – but most of all, caring. The normal romantic tension is heightened by the fact that two brothers, Alex and Michael, both care for Tessa. Romance fans will love the opening scene where Alex rescues her from the waters of Lake Superior. Also, Jody’s skill at vividly conveying historical elements, like ice fishing and copper mining, added much richness and pulled me right into the characters’ lives.Tessa’s growth and maturity from a questionable past reflects one of the best things about Christian fiction - journeying with a character and finding much that applies to our lives. Grace, redemption, courage, and trusting God for the necessary strength to confront fears are a few themes that touched me.This series has been special to me because I’ve always been drawn to lighthouses, for they symbolize the human condition of danger, lostness, rescue, hope, and the safety that comes through Jesus. There’s a literal contrast between light and dark in Undaunted Hope – the lighthouse’s shining beam with the darkness deep within the mining shaft – but a spiritual one as well. Tessa’s wanting to be a shining light for change within the community made me think of Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”Undaunted Hope arrives at a very satisfying conclusion. Starting with the novella that begins this series, Out of the Storm, a connecting factor has been the passing on of a letter and a hope-filled cross carved from driftwood. I am intrigued with the character who received the cross toward the end of this story and am eager to see how Jody brings the Beacons of Hope series full circle. Recommended to all who enjoy historical romance.Thank you to Jody Hedlund and Bethany House for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Carissa
    2018-07-18 01:48

    The lighthouse was lovely, as always. That's the single most outstanding setting in Ms. Hedlund's Beacons of Hope series that I continue to enjoy. I grew up on the Oregon coast, with countless lighthouses, so it's always fun and nostalgic to read a novel that includes a lighthouse. I think it's time to speak life to Christian historic romance writers. You can do this.Ms. Hedlund, I have read some amazing stories by you. The Preacher's Bride? Oh my gosh, that is the best book ever, one of my top favorites because it is so authentic and REAL. You are a talented and skilled writer. So I know that you can create fiction of lasting quality, that really means something to your readers.Don't give up. Don't just assume that you can't offer depth to a story or that you have to work with a cookie-cutter formula of romance. Be brave. Be different. Make the relationships and characters real because I've seen you do it before.Undaunted Hope was not the book for me. But I don't want to go into the reason because I am now trying to speak life to brothers and sisters in Christ instead of judging harshly.Ms. Hedlund, keep trying. Do something different than what you have been for the last couple of years. Maybe try returning to the story and characterization you designed back when you wrote The Preacher's Bride. Because where you're going now is not a good use of your remarkable talents and abilities. Prove me right. I know you can do it.Be authentic. Be genuine. Write characters that put the Lord first and themselves second, whose thoughts aren't all wrapped up in themselves and their romantic entanglements. Be the cut above the rest that I know you are. *I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.

  • Vera Godley
    2018-07-17 22:46

    As I have read each of the books in Jody Hedlund's "Beacons of Hope Series" I have been amazed at the lives of the characters who lived during the mid to late 1800s and who manned the light houses in and around the Michigan and Great Lakes area. Living in North Carolina as I do, I know some of the history and necessity of light houses for the safe sailing of ships throughout history. Hidden shoals or rocky shores are treacherous and make such areas burial sites for many a ship and sailor.But I am amazed, too, at how these persons managed to grapple with life as presented to them during these bygone days. It was hard. It was unjust. It was unrelenting. And Jody Hedlund brings it all to bear as she writes her well constructed characters into the events fleshed out so well historically.To travel alone in 1870 to secure a teaching position was perilous enough. But to arrive and you're a woman but they they were expecting a man really places the lady at risk. Endeavoring to brave it and forge ahead, Tessa Taylor succeeds in beginning her work as the sole teacher in this forlorn and forsaken place. She soon sees the need for opportunities for the adults to also receive an education and makes plans to make this happen for them. She also tutors and helps those who have need of more than usual instruction. But especially does she learn to love a young crippled girl and her strong uncle.As the story unfolds a villain is exposed and the people seem helpless against this person. But hope sustains and in the end hope prevails.

  • Brittany
    2018-07-24 18:47

    Undaunted Hope stands alone if you have not read the rest of the series. However, those who have read book two, Hearts Made Whole, will recognize that the main character in this novel comes from that story. The leading lady is Tessa, who caused all kinds of heartache in the previous book. She has grown into a very upstanding young lady, who deeply regrets her past actions that hurt her family.I truly liked Tessa throughout this whole novel. She was a character who could be a bit stubborn at times and held strong opinions about things such as menial labor, level of education people should try to achieve, and she had an intense dislike of lighthouses. I appreciated seeing Tessa learn many things in this book.The interactions between Tessa and the children in Undaunted Hope were very well written. The different personalities and situations that arose were very believable. The romantic tension that bloomed between Tessa and two brothers was wonderful. I loved seeing the differences in the ways Alex and Michael related to Tessa. It was clear to me who Tessa truly loved and it was a pleasure to watch her slowly come to the realization of it herself.This book was very romantic and had quite a bit of danger and uncertainty in it. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and definitely recommend it for fans of historical fiction.I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.You can read this review on my blog at:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  • Amanda Tero
    2018-08-10 02:58

    After reading about 1/4 of the book, I decided not to finish it. I am not a big romance fan, and from chapter one, Tessa was engrossed with Alex's rippling muscles and drowning in his cobalt blue eyes. Just mentioning that doesn't quite bother me, but when it goes on and on, chapter after chapter, her clearly lusting after this man, it just was too much (one quote that is very mild, "He was a beautiful specimen of manhood. She honestly had no desire to take her eyes off of him, even though she knew she was ogling inappropriately in front of the children.").I thought about finishing the book and skimming the parts between her and Alex...but then Alex's brother Michael came onto the scene. And I just don't like love triangles. So, while I would have enjoyed the school situation, discover what Mr. Updegraff would say when Tessa started an adult school without his knowledge, I just could not in good conscience finish it.So, while people who enjoy "swoon worthy" material may enjoy it, those who are trying to monitor the amount of romance they read will probably want to avoid this book.*I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review*

  • Hannah
    2018-08-09 01:47

    4.5 starsThere's some tough reading stuff in this one (has elements of man-against-man and man-against-nature types of plots, which really put me on the edge of my seat), as an upper-Michigan mining town struggles against the climate and the local despot. Tessa is determined to make a new, independent start, despite a less than welcoming beginning in the new town where she intends to teach. But soon she comes to realize that unfriendliness is the least of her worries.I loved her relationship with the Bjorklund family at the lighthouse. In many ways they are the only people in the area with any real degree of autonomy, though the beast Updegraff is ready for any reason to bring them too under his thumb. How much must these characters endure before winter breaks? And who will find true love in the bleak circumstances?Counting the weeks to book four...

  • Joleen
    2018-08-14 01:10

    1871, Eagle Harbor, MichiganTessa had been the daughter of a lighthouse keeper. She saw too many shipwrecks and family deaths due to this dangerous occupation, and if she never set foot in another lighthouse it would be too soon. Escaping her past poor choices and ruined reputation, Tessa finds a teaching position in a mining village on the shore of upper Michigan.Alex Bjorklund was the most handsome man Tessa had ever seen, saving her three times in the space of a few minutes. First he rescues her from several crude ship crewmen who accosted her wanting a kiss, then the next moment he pulled her out of the water she just fell in. Then, as he's helping her find room and board, he saves her from the lecherous Mr. Updegraff who insisted she stay at his home which he shares with his housekeeper, who, rumor has it, is his mistress.As a single female teacher in a mining town, she had to guard her reputation by staying clear of even the appearance of anything inappropriate, which meant staying away from men. But Alex had the most beautiful, mesmerizing, captivating eyes she was drowning in... (all her adjectives). Plus she couldn't keep from "staring at the muscles of his bronze chest", "perfectly chiseled"..."a beautiful specimen of manhood"... ogling in front of children...(yes, again, all this coming from her). But for someone cautious of impropriety, we read that she and Alex took an evening stroll up by the mines and..."He angled so that his lips brushed against her cheek".... "he pressed a kiss against the hollow part of her ear".... "tilting her head and giving him access to more of her neck." With flashbacks later of how good his touch felt. They were interrupted by a 15 year old girl and a boy coming out of a mine building right next to them..."Their faces were flushed, their hair and clothes askew. The boy had been doing a lot more than kissing Josie." Josie (the 15 year old) threatened that if Tessa told on her, she would spill about how their teacher and Alex were kissing in the woods.UghAgain she was threatened by Mr. Updegraff (the man who hired her, who acted like king of the town) that she must be above reproach. However... "Halfway through town she stopped abruptly at the sight of Percival Updegraff exiting one of the miner cabins in the process of buttoning his pants. His coat and vest were askew, his shirt only half tucked in."...."Was she, (Hannah) a married woman, having an affair with Percival behind her husband’s back?"... Seeing her class assistant (Hannah) the next day she asks...“Does he force himself on you?” ..."Finally she said, “If I don’t do what he wants, he’ll not only fire my husband but he’ll make sure Mr. Nance never gets another mining job.” Tessa decides to keep these incidents to herself. Mind you, the 15 year old girl was her landlady's daughter, and Percival Updegraff was apparently using his power to take advantage of any woman he wanted. But she says nothing!Ugh.At this point (at about 40%) I was so disillusioned I nearly quit reading this book. But I kept on, hoping it would redeem itself. There were about 4 tragedies to keep the story interesting I suppose. But much of the book was a love triangle (Tessa/Alex/Michael, his brother), including flirting and ridiculous arguments about which one she really loved...then the wretched Perceval Updegraff pressured her for her "favors". The the final blow came when Alex and Michael are framed for setting fire to the town's food supply warehouse, and Tessa's past being found out, consequently getting fired.Ugh. Although I liked the fun banter between Alex and Tessa, and she seemed to be a fairly upright and caring young woman who was determined to keep her reputation pure, she kept ping-ponging back and forth, mooning over Alex, then denying her feelings saying she can't love him and she would never spend her life with a lighthouse keeper (which he and his brother both were). For someone careful with inappropriate appearances, she kept putting herself in compromising situations knowing full well she was being spied on and reported daily. As much as so many people loved this book, I could not see it, and can't give it more than three stars...and I'm really not sure why I'm giving it even that high of a rating. This was simply not Jody-Hedlund-worthy, in my estimation. I've enjoyed so many of her books, but this? Sadly this was not my favorite.

  • Rachel
    2018-08-01 01:46

    This is the third novel in the Beacons of Hope series, which are so far subtly Christian historical romances set in various lighthouses of Michigan during the 1860s and 1870s. In this novel, the main focus is on Tessa who is the sister of the keeper in the previous novel, and she becomes a teacher in a small town determined to redeem her reputation that she had cast aspersions on through her own deceit and immature decisions regarding her new brother-in-law, but I'm not trying to put spoilers here. Anyway, Tessa has matured a great deal over the past few years, but she still has a vast fear of lighthouses, which she ends coming to face head on throughout the twisting events of the plot. I really enjoyed this novel, which made me glad that I had persevered with the series despite the second one having disappointed me in some ways.

  • Irene
    2018-07-27 23:06

    Well. This definitely had me spinning!There’s something special about stories and characters getting a second chance at redemption. Like the third novel in the Beacons Of Hope series, Undaunted Hope, and Its lovely heroine, Tessa Taylor. If you’ve read my review on the second novel in the series, Hearts Made Whole, you would know that it absolutely won me over. Or I should say the entire series so far. And I was excited to know the next story in the series would be Tessa’s.…Where to start? Everything about this book really took me by surprise. The characters. The setting. The twists. At first, I didn’t see where the story (Or its characters. Particularly the male characters!) were leading to, but after settling in a few chapters I could remember why I love reading from this author. The way Jody Hedlund takes well used storylines and make it into something fresh and exciting always manages to sweep me off my feet. In short, reading Undaunted Hope was a journey I enjoyed taking. And one I won’t soon forget.And you know what I liked best about this book? The incredible near ending. It was something I didn’t expect in the least, yet I completely loved it. If you’ve kept up with the previous books in the series, I think you will too. Like always, I can’t wait to see what else is in store for the Beacons Of Hope Series! Originally posted here; https://athoughtreflected.wordpress.c...

  • Leah
    2018-08-14 00:43

    This was my least favorite story in this series. I liked Tessa in this book, and I liked Michael and his children, but I didn't like Alex. The story itself was okay, but I didn't like the ending. Also, I was happy that Henry made an appearance in this book, but I was disappointed that Isabel was only mentioned. The setting, another Michigan lighthouse, was my favorite part of this book.

  • Crystal Barnes
    2018-08-08 19:09

    Thoroughly enjoying this series. Can't wait for the next one.

  • Claudia {SparrowHawk}
    2018-07-28 02:04

    Undaunted Hope was one of those disturbing yet compelling books that I just could not put down. It’s a story about emotional turmoil, perseverance, human will, and the amazing power within us that propels us to rise above the darkness that shrouds all hope ― I really liked it!___________________________________WHAT I LIKED+ Undaunted Hope is a story peppered with some pretty distressing themes ― hopelessness, strife, animosity, restlessness, domestic violence, gender roles, and misogyny. Yet while this may be true, I felt the themes were delicately and expertly handled. They were each richly portrayed in a meaningful perspective that left a strong impression.+ The story is far more complex than what the synopsis suggests. To be frank, I didn’t quite expect to read what I read in Undaunted Hope . At times, I was taken aback both by the story and Jody Hedlund’s valor to explore and pen such dark themes. Yet this is exactly what made me appreciate the story even more, it was a perfect portrayal of the pain and anguish women who fall victim to tyrannical bondage are left to endure. Needless to say, most of the characters in this story were inspired by true accounts!+ Beacons of Hope is the first series of books I have read from author Jody Hedlund and she has easily become one of my favorite authors. I have found her style of writing to be exceptional and her story telling is just as stellar. She thoughtfully builds unsettling atmospheres by relying on brief and gripping fine points, she effortlessly creates the perfect amount of emotional turmoil and romantic tension to keep the reader engaged and mesmerized in her tales, she adds just enough details to make the storyline believable, and her characters are never one-dimensional. She has proven this yet again in Undaunted Hope .+ Undaunted Hope's greatest triumph is in its character development. Almost every character has the enough growth and depth to hold the story through. We have Tessa (our protagonist) who arrives at Eagle Harbor with high hopes to start life anew, but certain circumstances force her to walk through obstacles that hinder her dreams and compel her to take charge of her insecurities. There’s the relationship between Alex and Michael, two brothers who are both fond of Tessa (yes, there is a love triangle in this story) and are ultimately impelled to find a resolve on the matter. None of these aspects were dull, there were plenty of moments where the atmosphere was convincing and the banter just as engrossing.WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE- Other than the misogynistic antagonist who had my blood boiling, I had no other quibbles with this book. AFTERTHOUGHTSWhile Undaunted Hope was altogether unsettling and stressful to read, I was enchanted by the true to life storytelling ― it was tense, gripping and kept me on the edge of my seat.Blog || Facebook || Twitter || Instagram || Google+ || Bloglovin'

  • Kim Moss
    2018-08-04 21:04

    Beginning one of Jody’s books is like opening that first box of long-awaited Thin Mints during Girl Scout cookie season. You know that once it’s open, you won’t be able to stop until you’ve devoured the entire thing. Jody Hedlund never fails to craft stories that keep me engaged from start to finish. As soon as I saw the cover of Undaunted Hope and read the back cover blurb, I knew I was going to have to carve out an entire chunk of my day to read the latest book in Jody Hedlund’s Beacons of Hope series. Undaunted Hope is the story of Tessa Taylor, a character I honestly had a hard time liking in Book 2, Hearts Made Whole. Without spoiling it for you, I’ll just let you know that she was an impetuous young girl who made some bad choices that hurt her older sister, the book’s protagonist. Now, older and wiser, Tessa plans to trade the mistakes of her past for a new beginning. She gets a job working as a teacher for a small mining town up in the farthest parts of Northern Michigan. Immediately, she faces some challenges—a superintendent who thinks a woman is incapable for the job, unwanted advances from a very powerful man, and the harsh reality that the boys of this community are forced to work rather than be educated. (As a teacher in a Title 1 school and the mother of boys, it broke my heart that these boys weren’t allowed to escape the cycle of poverty.) Tessa’s love for these children and for the people in this community was compelling. I especially loved how Tessa tries to invest in Josie Rawlings, a young girl on the verge of making even bigger mistakes than Tessa made at her age. It really made me like her character even more. I could still see glimpses of the flirtatious, young girl I remembered from the second book, especially when she was with Alex Bjorklund. Handsome and charming, Alex brought out her fun, more playful side. Once again, Jody nails it with the character chemistry. Their banter is spot on. I really enjoyed Alex’s character, except for the fact that he was a little too unselfish at times. The climax of the book was well-written and gave some nice surprises. I was thrilled with how Jody brought in characters from the prequel and tied together their lives with these characters. I also liked how Jody used the lighthouse as a symbol of Tessa’s fears and pain. She’d lost so much in her young life, and the lighthouse was an agonizing reminder of her past. The best part of the book was Tessa’s redemption. Hers is a lesson that so many of us can learn from. By facing her fears head on, she was able to both make peace with her past and forgive herself at the same time. I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes a good romance/mystery. It’s better if you read the other books first, but each one can stand alone just fine. I’d like to thank Bethany House for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Nancee
    2018-07-29 22:58

    Once again, Jody Hedlund has composed a beautifully descriptive novel, the third in her Beacons of Light series. Strong characters prevail throughout this impressive adventure in Michigan's northern-most location. A villainous brute of a man controls this mining town of Eagle Harbor and everyone in it. Upon discovering that T. Taylor is a woman, he vows to make her life miserable.The character Tessa portrays is strong willed, resolute and determined to demonstrate her capable teaching skills in spite of being a woman. Her acquaintance with the lighthouse keeper and his assistant bring back painful memories of her past, as the child of a light keeper. Ms. Hedlund brings the three adults together through two small motherless students, children of the head light keeper. The descriptive elements of Eagle Harbor and the lighthouse that safely points the way for ships into the harbor are impeccable, and easily envisioned by the reader. Historic information is accurate and well told. The lives of the area residents, mostly copper miners are poignant and authentic. Danger is a constant in the mining industry, and the magnificent power of Lake Superior is a deadly threat through storms and the winter elements. I was swept into this story of intensity and incipient romance and the constant threats from the town's villain, as well as the unpredictability of the Great Lake. As with the previous books in this series I found myself enraptured and unable to put the book down. The men in Tessa's life are strong and assertive, and the young children are charming and delightful. This is a book that will remain on my bookshelf and undoubtedly be read again. It goes without saying, I loved it!Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author and Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

  • Renee
    2018-07-24 19:06

    First off I'll start by saying Jody Hedlund's books have always been some of my favorites. I tend to add her books to my wishlists without even reading the cover blurbs. I just KNOW they will be that good. Her adult historical fiction books take up a large space on my rather small keeper shelf, so having to write this review is painful. Simply put, I did not care for this book. Tessa Taylor comes off as snobbish and judgy and waaaaaay too easily distracted by a pretty face. I kept thinking to myself, "Pot meet kettle" from what I knew of her from the previous novel. The two brothers, Alex and Michael, fighting over a woman at every turn was very juvenile. Maybe I'm getting a little too old for these types of shenanigans, but with all of that, I didn't really cheer on any of the main characters. I love the setting for this series. The lighthouses and duties of the keepers are fascinating. While this book doesn't revolve around the lighthouses as much as the previous two, it is still interesting. Mining and the dangers that go along with it are something that were a part of the way of life here in this part of the world and not something I often read about in romance! Mining in The US is definitely something I would like to read more of! While the characters weren't my favorite, the research Jody Hedlund does shines through. I'm anxious to read the next book in the series because Victoria already seems like a likeable character! * I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

  • Susan
    2018-07-28 18:41

    Unlike many series, Jody Hedlund's Beacons of Hope series keeps getting better and better. Undaunted Hope is my favorite book in the series. I love Tessa's story! Tessa hopes to leave past mistakes behind as she travels to the community of Eagle Harbor, located on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the 1870's. When Tessa arrives to serve as the teacher in this small community, she hopes to be a beacon of light to this small community. The miners and their families are living in fear of an unscrupulous mine supervisor. Hedlund paints a vivid description of the isolation this community felt during the long, harsh winters in the Upper Peninsula. Tessa has an intense dislike of lighthouses and the life their keepers lead. This comes from her past as the daughter of a lightkeeper. The Eagle Harbor lighthouse keeper has two children that encourage a relationship between their family and Tessa. Tessa soon finds herself courted by both the lightkeeper, Michael, and his brother, Alex. The romantic tension just sizzles! My favorite part of this story is that as Tessa is put through one test after another, she realizes that God is helping her to face her fears as she sacrifices and cares for the people of Eagle Harbor. Hedlund provides a story of hope, that although mistakes have been made in the past, one can be seen as the godly person one is becoming.

  • Amy
    2018-08-15 22:07

    I've really enjoyed Jody Hedlund's Beacons of Hope series. Set at a variety of shoreline lighthouse locations in Michigan - it provides a location surrounded by beauty, with that very real element of danger that those who lived their lives as Lighthouse Keepers faced. The third book follows Tessa, who we meet in the 2nd book, but you could read all of these books as a stand alone as Jody does a good job of a quick summary to keep the reader appraised of pertinent details from the past. Tessa is looking for a new life, away from her tainted reputation, where she can begin again - in her efforts to be the woman she knows God wants her to be. She arrives in Eagle Harbor, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She has a job as school teacher, to the children of the mining families that make up the population of this small isolated town. She is immediately thrown into trouble to which the hero Alex comes to her aide. It was hard to read the abuse that one man - Percical Updegraff- has over the town, the controlling ways he treats those below him as he serves as the Clerk to the mine. It almost feels as nothing could ever bring his terrorizing to an end. Tessa inspires, as a woman standing up against evil, in a time when women had little rights - and despite her fear she allows her faith in God to pursue what she knows to be true & right. Thank you Jody for another fantastic read! I received the ARC from Bethany House publishers & Netgalley in return for my honest review.

  • Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
    2018-07-22 00:51

    Tessa Taylor's precocious and resolute character first graced the pages in Hearts Made Whole, during which she jeopardized her reputation and fractured the relationship with her sister with the singular goal of escaping the hardship and emotional turmoil of life in a lighthouse. Undaunted Hope finds Tessa in a desolate mining town isolated by a relentless Michigan winter, reformed of her rebellious and impetuous youth, yet still running from the memories.This Tessa is a woman to be admired with her selfless and valiant dedication to educating the whole town. The same tenacity that she used for ill in the past has found a new restorative purpose as Tessa attempts to atone for her destructive behaviour. Her nurturing spirit draws the affection and regard of the town, specifically two men of noble character. Brothers Alex and Michael both vie for Tessa's affection in a love triangle that has moments of pure comedy as well as stirring devotion. Jody Hedund has created a strong female lead character that readers want to befriend and emulate. Tessa's is a story of redemption and sacrifice that is certain instil a message of hope in readers. Another resounding historical success for Jody Hedlund. Original post: http://www.overweightbookshelf.com/20...

  • Karen
    2018-08-11 21:44

    What an amazing story. As soon as this book started I fell in love with these characters and their town. The struggles they all faced, yet their willingness to look after each other simply warmed my heart. As individuals they warmed my heart, but the community as a whole won me over.This is a love story, but it is filled with many unexpected twists and turns that I really enjoyed. I wanted so badly for justice to be served and for everyone to get their happy ending. I won't give spoilers, but I thought the book had a perfect ending. I loved how everyone's story wrapped up, and that I felt the town was going to be so well off in the future.Definitely a must-read for your reading list. This is the third book in a series, but can be read as a stand alone.*I received an advanced copy of this book as part of the author's launch team. However, my thoughts are my own.*

  • Laura
    2018-08-15 00:45

    UNDAUNTED HOPE is a really good book. It is book three in Ms. Hedlund's Beacon's of Hope series. It was really emotional. It had me crying at times and laughing at times. I really liked Tessa because she wasn't afraid to speak her mind even if it got her in trouble like countless times. The hero, Michael, he lost his wife five years ago. I understand him grieving for five years. I was waiting the entire book for him to wake up but he never really did. He was like the Walking Dead the entire book. I asked my Mom where the hope was because I was waiting for the hope in the title to come too. (It did come at the end.)I loved the twist at the end that I never saw coming! That was so great.I really enjoyed this book. I was given this copy free off Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  • Chantal
    2018-07-25 03:06

    Not nearly as good as the first two as it didn't have as much about lighthouses and I wasn't as fond of the main character. I still stayed up late to finish it though. :D