Jody Hedlund is an amazing author. She delivers consistently good books every time. Her newest book Undaunted Hope is not an exception. It is the third book in the Beacon Of Hope Series. There is so much history, romance, and faith that I thoroughly enjoyed reading it even though I have not read the first two books in the series (which I plan to rectify very soon).
Tessa Taylor was so excited when she was chosen for a teaching job in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It's 1871 in Eagle Harbor, Michigan and she has dreams of starting over and forgetting her past. But, when she arrives her dreams seem to crash down as she learns the town requested a male teacher. As winter approaches she find herself homeless, hopeless, and jobless. Percival Updegraff decides he will allow Tessa to teach until Spring, putting her in his debt.
Tessa has come a long way and wants to thrive and succeed at her new job. She propels herself into her teaching and becomes close to the children. Two of the children think that she is the perfect match for their widowed father, the Lighthouse Keeper. But, his brother has other plans for Tessa and himself. She soon finds herself in a love triangle with both brothers competing for her affections. All the while, Tessa has a strange feeling that someone is following her every move.
This book was riveting and romantic. I could not put it down. Jody Hedlund is one of the greatest authors of historical fiction. Her way of writing captivates you and makes you feel as though you are part of the book. The characters come alive and cause you to root for them or really dislike them (the villains). She intertwines all of this with her faith. That is such an important part of her writing and it is what keeps me coming back to her books.
*I was given this book by Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*