“Undaunted Hope” ~ Book Review

Jan 25, 2016 by

Welcome back to Rachel’s Back Talk! I’m so glad you could join me again. Today I am reviewing Jody Hedlund’s book, Undaunted Hope, which is the THIRD book in her “Beacons of Hope” series.


As is my custom, if I could ask Jody one question about Undaunted Hope it would be — “Was it difficult to not write about a girl who was living at the lighthouse like your previous books in the series?” And if you want to know why I asked that question, I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out!


And without further ado, onto Rachel’s Back Talk!

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From the Back Cover:

Running from the mistakes of her past, Tessa Taylor heads to the uppermost reaches of Michigan, planning to serve as the new teacher to the children of miners. She quickly learns the town had requested a male teacher, but Percival Updegraff, superintendent and chief mine clerk, says she can stay through winter since it’s too late to replace her. Tessa can’t help but thank him and say she is in his debt.

Determined to make herself irreplaceable once spring thaw arrives, Tessa throws herself into her work, and soon two students have decided Miss Taylor is the right match for their grieving father. At the same time, charming assistant lightkeeper Alex Bjorklund makes his interest known, surprising Tessa, who has never had men fight for her hand before. But not all is well as she feels that someone is tracking her every move, and she may not be able to escape the trap that has been laid for her.


Rachel’s Back Talk:

5 – award winning covers

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Jody’s books are a “no-brainer” and I have loved reading each of her Beacons of Hope books. It was wonderful to read about Tessa and see how her choices from the previous book were going to affect her life. Each of the lighthouse books, including Undaunted Hope, are wrapped in mystery, suspense, and a beautiful love story.

I loved to see how Tessa matured so much since Hearts Made Whole. She tried to seek God’s will in everything that she did, except she was steadfast in her decision to stay away from lighthouses and their keepers. But even as she strived to overcome her fear, she was able to bring light to the town of Eagle Harbor.

Alex was the “perfect” hero…or at least he tried to be. Alex was so intent on protecting those he loved that he forgot to follow what God wanted for his own life. As Alex learned, there is a point in time that you just need to let go of what you can do and let God have control. A good reminder!


*I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review which I have given*


Stay tuned for an interview with Jody Hedlund on Friday 1/29. *Hint – there may be something about a giveaway!*


More books by Jody I will read next:

A Daring Sacrifice

Unending Devotion

The Doctor’s Lady

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