Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Unending Devotion Book Review

I have another great book to tell you about called Unending Devotion written by Jody Hedlund. I like to start off by giving you the excerpt from the back of the book and then a little bit about what I thought of the book.

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?
It is 1883 and the lumber companies were big, saloons were in full swing and a man named James Carr had a big prostitution ring where many a girl was imprisoned, killed and many a shanty men lost their lives. This is where Lily thinks her sister has disappeared into and why she travels to the camps, in search of her lost sister, Daisy.

They only had each other after both parents had died. They lived where they could until Lily found a home with a man and his wife, but when she died, Lily decided it was time to go searching for Daisy.

Lily found her in Harrison, Michigan but things were not as she had thought. Daisy was James Carr's favorite prostitute and her services were not cheap. Lily realized that maybe things weren't as black and white as she thought. For one, she had reason to believe that Daisy might be an alcoholic. Also, Carr was keeping a close eye on her because she was his best prostitute.

Lily had befriended a girl named Frankie and one day Carr's men came and kidnapped her. They never saw her again. Later on, they found out that she had died from a beating. This made things even more dire for Lily and her sister along with Connell, who really was a good man trying to do the right thing. They finally got Daisy away from Carr and they went to stay with Connell's parents.

Of course, Daisy still was the same and before long, Lily caught her with Connell's brother. Lily gets her out of that situation but the next day when Lily went looking for Daisy, she found out she had left during the night and stolen quite a few things from Connell's parents! She figured she was going to use them to buy alcolhol. What a mess!

As you can see, nothing is like what we think sometimes. This is a good lesson in that it is not always best to be blind to what is really going on around you. This was a good book and would make a great story for someone who is having a difficult time and needs encouragement that things can get better, but only if you are willing to try.

Happy Reading!

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