“In a town mired in darkness, she may shine the light they need.”
Jody Hedlund’s third book in her historical lighthouse series, Beacons of Hope, is the perfect winter read. The story is set partly during the brutal winter of 1871-2 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and the author weaves a tale of courage, adversity, and love amidst difficult circumstances.
Undaunted Hope follows Tessa Taylor, sister of Caroline Taylor from Hearts Made Whole (#2 in the series). Tessa is a dynamic young woman whose past choices make future paths limited. She’s determined to leave her mistakes behind and begin anew in the small mining town of Eagle Harbor, Michigan.
Tessa arrives in remote Eagle Harbor in early fall, set to take the position of school teacher for the miners’ children. But one bump in the road after another leads her to rely on local lighthouse keeper brothers, Michael and Alex Bjorklund, and reach out to the close-knit mining community.
Despite her determination to steer clear of lighthouses, she ends up caring for the widowed family at Eagle Harbor’s lighthouse.
In Undaunted Hope, Jody crafts humorous dialogue and warm, vibrant chemistry between the main characters. Some of the banter between Tessa and Alex made me laugh out loud.
Tough but tender-hearted Tessa has learned from her past, and she’s just the strong-willed person Eagle Harbor needs to lead them out of a dark place.
I appreciate how Jody’s stories show realistic difficulties faced during the time frame in which her novels are set. The lack of supplies during stark winter months in northern Michigan was eye-opening. Her stories are based on real places, often with notorious figures from the past.
I wanted to squash the villain between my fingers as I read about his dark hold on the citizens of Eagle Harbor.
The never-ending winter and unforgiving landscape of northern Michigan became another character in Undaunted Hope; combined with a detestable villain and a romantic triangle that keeps readers guessing, this story about overcoming evil and trusting God no matter what, kept me turning pages and gnawing my nails.
The Beacons of Hope series provides a fascinating look at the sometimes-difficult lives of lighthouse keepers and their families, as well as the treacherous landscape on which they’re built.
Each book is also filled with sigh-worthy moments between hero and heroine.
Undaunted Hope packs an emotional punch with themes of forgiveness, facing our fears, and relying on God’s strength to leave the past behind.
I highly recommend this series, and look forward to Jody’s next book.
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