First Line Friday (#9) – Unending Devotion

 

 

Happy Friday! Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! For my final FLF for July, I’m featuring the final book from my May TBR.  In May, I was in a mini book slump and missed my projected book goal by one book.

This week’s book selection is: Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund.

 

 

 

JANUARY 1883

CENTRAL MICHIGAN

It was time.  The drunk shanty boys were finally quiet.

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About Unending Devotion (Michigan Brides, #1)

IN HER DARKEST HOURS,

IS HE THE MAN SHE NEEDS?

Lily Young longs to find her lost sister or will die trying.  Heedless of any danger, she searches logging camps and towns, posing as a photographer’s assistant.  And then she arrives in Harrison, Michigan—and into the sights of Connell McCormick.

Connell is determined to increase the fortune of his lumber-baron father and figures as long as he’s living an upright life, that’s what matters.  But when Lily arrives in town she upends his world, forcing him to confront the truth that dangerous men have gained too much power while good men turn a blind eye.

Vexing but persuasive, Lily soon secures Connell’s help, drawing them ever closer to each other.  Will standing for what’s right cost them both everything?

 

 

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Review: The Doctor’s Lady (Heart of Faith #2) by Jody Hedlund

Book Blurb:

 

Pricilla White KNEW God wanted her to be a missionary, NOT A WIFE.

Then, the missionary board declares the ONLY WAY she can serve is to be MARRIED.

Now, married IN NAME ONLY, her epic journey west will test her spirit . . . and the new LONGINGS of her heart.

 

 

 

 

Little Miss Bookworm’s Review:

 

 

The Doctor’s Lady is another historical romance masterpiece by Jody Hedlund. With well-crafted dialogue and descriptive narrative, Hedlund depicts life in the early 1800s. Dr. Eli Ernest is a complex character, but maintains a level of integrity and perseverance. Priscilla White is strong-willed and determined to serve in the missionary field. Forced into a marriage of convenience, Eli and Priscilla are unprepared for a multitude of obstacles. On a journey fraught with adversity and heartache, they are tested to the utmost of their endurance and abilities. Illness, deprivation, unreliable guides, hostile tribes, and uncertainty threaten their quest to reach Oregon territory.

Filled with romantic tension, The Doctor’s Lady keeps a reader in suspense from the first page until the last. With historical details woven into the plot, flawed characters and a gripping adventure, Hedlund’s sophomore novel is a must read. In particular, I loved the Oregon Trail element. The Doctor’s Lady is based loosely on the real life of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, a young missionary couple who traveled overland in 1836 to start a mission in Oregon for the Nez Perce natives. Narcissa Whitman and Eliza Spalding were the first women to cross the Continental Divide.

 

I give The Doctor’s Lady by Jody Hedlund . . . 5 Stars.

First Line Friday (#3) – The Doctor’s Lady

 

 

Happy Friday! Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! This week I’m highlighting another book in my May TBR pile.

This week’s book selection is: The Doctor’s Lady by Jody Hedlund.

 

 

February 1836

Angelica, New York

“Indians!” The sharp call from the back of the sanctuary jolted Priscilla White.  She sucked in a breath and twisted in the pew.

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About The Doctor’s Lady

Pricilla White KNEW God wanted her to be a missionary, NOT A WIFE.

Then, the missionary board declares the ONLY WAY she can serve is to be MARRIED.

Now, married IN NAME ONLY, her epic journey west will test her spirit . . . and the new LONGINGS of her heart.

 

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Review: The Preacher’s Bride (Heart of Faith #1) by Jody Hedlund

thepreachersbrideBook Blurb:

No matter the sacrifice,

Elizabeth Whitbread would serve a wounded family.

No matter the danger,

John Costin was determined to speak God’s word.

Neither expected to fall in love.

As enemies threaten to silence Costin—and those close to him—will following their hearts cost John and Elizabeth everything?

 

Little Miss Bookworm’s Review:

 

 

Jody Hedlund’s The Preacher’s Bride is a debut novel filled with rich historical detail and emotional depth.  Based on the life of evangelist John Bunyan (author of Pilgrim’s Progress) and his wife Elizabeth, Jody highlights the religious persecution and class division within a close knit Puritan community in 1659 England.  It encompasses the last days of Oliver Cromwell’s rule following the English Civil War.  The book opens with a heart-wrenching scene that immediately hooks the reader until the last page.  Each of the main and secondary characters have complex personalities that make them unique.  Elizabeth Whitbread views herself as plain and inconsequential.  However, her strong faith guides her into helping those in need.  John Costin is a newly widowed father who believes it is his destiny to preach Gospel to the poor.  As an unlicensed preacher, he becomes a prime target of Royalist supporters.  Their fragile relationship is hindered by the demands of others in the congregation, rumors, threats, and betrayal.  The powerful themes that emerge within the historical romance include:   Hopes.  Dreams.  Struggles.  Fear.  Worry.  Doubt.  Second-Guessing.  Despite the danger, the unbending faith and enduring love makes The Preacher’s Bride an interesting read.

 

I give The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund . . .  4 Stars.

 

May “To Be Read” Pile . . .

 

Hello Bookworms! It’s that time to post a new batch of books of the To Be Read Pile. I’ve been in a massive reading slump all year. Spring is my favorite season, so I’m hoping it will inspire me to read more. I’ve set an ambitious goal this month to read 9 books for May. *I’m not sure if I’ll reach this projected goal. Without further ado, my TBR is:

 

 

One woman searches for love—and herself—in a wild land.

LOVELY AND HIGH-SPIRITED, Lael Click is the daughter of a celebrated frontiersman. Haunted by her father’s ties to the Shawnee Indians and her family’s past, Lael comes of age in the fragile Kentucky settlement her father founded. As she faces the many trials of life on the frontier, Lael draws strength from the rugged land. But the arrival of a handsome doctor threatens her view of her world, her God, and herself. Can the power of grace and redemption break through in this tumultuous place?

This epic novel gives you a glimpse into the simple yet daring lives of the pioneers who first crossed the Appalachians, all through the courageous eyes of a determined young woman who would not be defeated.

 

 

EVEN A PROPER VICAR’S DAUGHTER CAN MAKE A MISTAKE . . . and now Charlotte Lamb must pay a high price for her fall. To avoid the prying eyes of all who know her, she hides herself away in London’s forbidding “Milkweed Manor,” a place of mystery and lore, of old secrets and new birth.

But once there, she comes face-to-face with a suitor from her past—a man who now hides secrets of his own. Both are determined, with God’s help, to protect those they love. But neither can imagine the depth of sacrifice that will be required.

Sprinkled with fascinating details about the lives of women in Regency England, Lady of Milkweed Manor is a moving romantic drama about the redemption of past failings and the beauty of sacrificial love.

 

 

No matter the sacrifice,

Elizabeth Whitbread would serve a wounded family.

No matter the danger,

John Costin was determined to speak God’s word.

Neither expected to fall in love.

As enemies threaten to silence Costin—and those close to him—will following their hearts cost John and Elizabeth everything?

 

 

CAUGHT BETWEEN THE WILDERNESS AND CIVILIZATION, MORROW LITTLE MUST FIND HER WAY TO TRUE LOVE.

MORROW LITTLE is haunted by the memory of the day her family was torn apart by raiding Shawnee warriors. Now that she is nearly a grown woman and her father is ailing, she must make difficult choices about the future. Several men—ranging from the undesired to the unthinkable—vie for her attentions, but she finds herself inexplicably drawn to a forbidden love that both terrifies and intrigues her. Can she betray the memory of her lost love ones—and garner suspicion from her friends—by pursuing a life with him? Or should she seal her own misery by marrying a man she doesn’t love?

This sweeping tale of romance and forgiveness will envelop you as it takes you from a Kentucky fort through the vast wilderness of the West.

 

 

Lilly Haswell remembers everything—whether she wants to, or not . . .

AS LILLY TOILS IN HER FATHER’S APOTHECARY SHOP, preparing herbs and remedies by rote, she is haunted by memories of her mother’s disappearance. Villagers whisper the tale, but her father refuses to discuss it. All the while, she dreams of the world beyond—of travel and adventure and romance.

When a relative offers to host her in London, Lilly discovers the pleasures and pitfalls of fashionable society and suitors, as well as clues about her mother. But will Lilly find what she is searching for—the truth of the past and a love for the future?

Blending romance, family drama, and fascinating historical detail, The Apothecary’s Daughter is a novel to savor and share.

 

 

Pricilla White KNEW God wanted her to be a missionary, NOT A WIFE.

Then, the missionary board declares the ONLY WAY she can serve is to be MARRIED.

Now, married IN NAME ONLY, her epic journey west will test her spirit . . . and the new LONGINGS of her heart.

 

 

CAN LOVE SURVIVE THE SECRETS KEPT BURIED WITHIN A TORMENTED HEART?

Roxanna Rowan may be a genteel Virginia woman, but she is determined to brave the wilds of the untamed frontier to reach a remote Kentucky fort. Eager to reunite with her father, who serves under Colonel Cassius McLinn, Roxanna is devastated to find that her father has been killed on a campaign.

Penniless and out of options, Roxanna is forced to remain at the fort. As she spends more and more time with the fiery Colonel McLinn, the fort is abuzz with intrigue and innuendo. Can Roxanna truly know who the colonel is—and what he’s done?

Immerse yourself in this powerful story of love, faith, and forgiveness set in the tumultuous world of the frontier in 1779.

 

 

SHE NEVER INTENDED TO OVERHEAR HIS.

BUT NOW THAT SHE HAS, what is Lord Bradley to do with her? He cannot let her go, for were the truth to get out, he would lose everything—his reputation, his inheritance, his very home.

He gives Miss Keene little choice but to accept a post at Brightwell Court, where he can make certain she does not spread what she heard. Keeping an eye on the young woman as she cares for the children, he finds himself drawn to her, even as he struggles against the growing attraction. The clever Miss Keene is definitely hiding something.

Moving, mysterious, and romantic, The Silent Governess takes readers inside the intriguing life of a nineteenth-century governess in an English manor house where all is not as it appears.

 

 

Michigan, 1883

IN HER DARKEST HOURS, IS HE THE MAN SHE NEEDS?

Lily Young longs to find her lost sister or will die trying. Heedless of any danger, she searches logging camps and towns, posing as a photographer’s assistant. And then she arrives in Harrison, Michigan—and into the sights of Connell McCormick.

Connell is determined to increase the fortune of his lumber baron father and figures as long as he’s living an upright life, that’s what matters. But when Lilly arrives in town she upends his world, forcing him to confront the truth that dangerous men have gained too much power while good men turn a blind eye.

Vexing but persuasive, Lilly soon secures Connell’s help, drawing them ever closer to each other. Will standing for what’s right cost them both everything?

 

What is in your May “TBR” Pile?