Out of the Storm (Beacons of Hope): A Novella

Out of the Storm (Beacons of Hope): A Novella

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by Jody Hedlund
     
 
Having grown up in a lighthouse, loneliness is all Isabelle Thornton has ever known--and all, she assumes, she ever will know. But when her lightkeeper father rescues a young man from the lake, her sheltered world is turned upside down.

Bestselling author Jody Hedlund's Out of the Storm is her first ever novella and introduces readers to Beacons of Hope,

Overview

Having grown up in a lighthouse, loneliness is all Isabelle Thornton has ever known--and all, she assumes, she ever will know. But when her lightkeeper father rescues a young man from the lake, her sheltered world is turned upside down.

Bestselling author Jody Hedlund's Out of the Storm is her first ever novella and introduces readers to Beacons of Hope, a new series set in the 1800s amid the romance, history, and danger surrounding the Great Lakes lighthouses of Michigan.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441265524
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/2014
Series:
Beacons of Hope
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
12,098
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Jody Hedlund is the author of over a dozen novels, including Love Unexpected, Captured by Love, Unending Devotion, The Preacher's Bride, and A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award for historical romance. She received a bachelor's degree from Taylor University and a master's from the University of Wisconsin, both in social work. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog at www.jodyhedlund.com.

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Out of the Storm (Beacons of Hope): A Novella 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only 75 pages, Extremely clean. Some death and violence. There ia also a bit of religion. The ending was okay, but left an abundance of unanswered questions. This short story was very simplistic. Chick lit, ages 16 and up. Some of the plot spoiling reviews were almost as long as the book. There is an excerpt of another book at the end. It is about 55 pages long, so I imagine it is fromba much longer book. I did not read it. AD
Sylvia17 More than 1 year ago
Out of the Storm is a wonderfully written novella. As always, this author has provided us with lovable characters who reflect a deep relationship with God. I was so engrossed in the story, I completed the whole tale in less than an hour!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was as enjoyable read about Isabelle and Henry. I would have liked to have seen a little more character development with Henry, but he did have his transformation. I enjoy books from Ms. Hedlund and this one did not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novella introduces the Beacons of Hope series by Jody Hedlund. This was a wonderfully written story about the dangers and isolation of 1850's lightkeepers and their families. I hope we learn more of Henry and Isabelle's story.
HSMomof4 More than 1 year ago
Presque Isle Lighthouse, Michigan, 1854 "'Everyone's dead.' Isabelle Thornton shuddered at her father's words......Flotsam littered the beach around them, the remains of a steamer that had been ripped apart by the thrashing squall" (Chapter 1, page 2). The novella introduces us to the Beacons of Hope series. From the opening paragraph to the closing chapter, Jody Hedlund captured the harsh reality of living on the shores of the Great Lakes in Michigan. The dangers, both natural and human, are woven into the story allowing the reader to gain a glimpse into the life of an 1850's lighthouse keeper. Overall, I enjoyed the novella's setting, characters, and plot. I was disappointed in the few romantic scenes that did not seem as believable as the rest of the story. Enjoy Out of the Storm for free! Free Nook Book Free Kindle Book I look forward to reading more about the life and times of the Great Lakes' lighthouse keepers and their families in the series first book Love Unexpected in December 2014.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
What a great start to Jody Hedlund’s upcoming Beacons of Hope series. I thoroughly enjoyed this free novella. Since it is a novella, I prepared myself for a romance that would move along a bit quicker than in a full-length novel. That was true with this story, but even though the romance moved at a faster pace, I still connected with the characters and felt that things did not move too quickly. I enjoyed seeing the changes in Henry and Isabelle throughout the novella. Henry began the story as a brash and spoiled man, while Isabelle began the story believing she had no hope of a future. Even Isabelle’s father had a dismal outlook to the future and was overprotective of his only daughter. The changes in these characters was heartwarming and my only complaint is that I wish the book had lasted longer! I would have enjoyed a few more chapters with this couple. I am looking forward to reading the novels in the Beacons of Hope series.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Enjoyed, was a good read!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Love all of her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not exatly the historical ovel I was looking for, just short'n sweet.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a great historical romance novella! I loved the characters in this short novella. Because of the length of the story there wasn’t time to do a really deep development for any of them except for Isabelle. There is just enough about her father and Henry so that they were very realistic and their relationships to Isabelle were believable. I thoroughly enjoyed the setting of the lighthouse on the lake. I had never given much thought to what a light keeper might have to face in the aftermath of a storm. The beginning of this story made that reality come alive for me.
VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
Out of the Storm (Beacons of Hope): A Novella by Jody Hedlund This novella introduces us to the Beacons of Hope series. I was drawn into the story from the very first page, with the interesting start after a devastating storm, and it kept my attention until the last page. I loved the unique setting in Michigan, close by the lighthouse and water, as well as the unique story where Isabelle and her father save Henry from the storm which nearly killed him. From the opening paragraph to the closing chapter, Jody Hedlund captured the harsh reality of living on the shores of the Great Lakes in Michigan. The dangers, both natural and human, are woven into the story allowing the reader to gain a glimpse into the life of an 1850's lighthouse keeper. It was interesting to see how this historical romance novella plays out. A sweet and unique story. I enjoyed the novella's setting, characters, and plot. I look forward to reading more about the life and times of the Great Lakes' lighthouse keepers and their families. Overall, I enjoyed this novella. It had a number of surprising revelations and there was a tension that coursed through it pushing the story forward. Would Henry grow up, give up his playboy ways and settle down with a handicapped wife? Will Isabella leave the only life she’s ever known and settle down in a mansion? You’ll have to read Out Of The Storm to find out. Like most novellas, it was a quick read. I received a copy of eBook from the publisher for my review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will read it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was very good i just wish it had been longer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this little prequel the story was goid
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story. And it takes place at one of my favorite lighthouses!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
25jump More than 1 year ago
Beautiful love story.  Very easy and short read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this was a wonderful story. The characters have to work through their problems and it doesn't always turn out in a fairy tale way, more reflecting real life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was much shorter than it led you to believe. Not a fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful writer and story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Notice how the reviews are long? Maybe they should have written the book. Maybey the book would have been longer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Beautiful introduction to the Beacons of Hope series! In this novella the author introduces the role of lighthouse keepers along the Great Lakes, Lake Huron in particular. A widowed man and his daughter are alone on a distant isle on the eastern coast of Michigan's lower peninsula. Lake Huron storms are harsh and have battered many ships through the years. This story develops around a seriously injured lone survivor of a shipwreck and his attraction to the lightkeeper's daughter. Jody Hedlund has done an outstanding job of creating the pace for a new series of books surrounding lighthouses around the state of Michigan. Her research is impeccable, and the romantic involvement in this short book is tangible. Certainly there is no room for in-depth development; however, considering the brevity of this novella the author has piqued my interest in her newest series. Jody is known for creating well developed characters and a spine tingling story of danger and romance. A very strong theme recurring through this story is hope.  I highly recommend this free novella as an introduction to further books in this series. Disclaimer: I obtained a copy of this novella free through Amazon with no expectations for a review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago