Undaunted Hope (Beacons of Hope Series #3)

Undaunted Hope (Beacons of Hope Series #3)

by Jody Hedlund

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Undaunted Hope (Beacons of Hope Series #3) by Jody Hedlund

Readers Await This Dramatic Conclusion
to the
Beacons of Hope Series

Tessa Taylor arrives in 1870s Upper Peninsula, Michigan, planning to serve as a new teacher to the town. Much to her dismay, however, she immediately learns that there was a mistake, that the town had requested a male teacher. Percival Updegraff, superintendent and chief mine clerk, says she can stay through winter since they won't be able to locate a new teacher before then, and Tessa can't help but say she is in his debt. Little does she know that Percival will indeed keep track of all that she owes him.

Determined to become indispensable, Tessa throws herself into teaching, and soon the children of the widowed lighthouse keeper have decided she's the right match for their grieving father. Their uncle and assistant light keeper, Alex Bjorklund, has his own feelings for Tessa. As the two brothers begin competing for her hand, Tessa increasingly feels that someone is tracking her every move, and she may not be able to escape the trap that has been laid for her.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764212390
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Series: Beacons of Hope Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 467,877
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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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Undaunted Hope 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed this series! I could not stop reading this one. I kept telling myself just one more chapter...until I read the whole thing. This book could be read as a stand alone if you have not read the others. I highly recommend this book!
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Friday, January 29, 2016 Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund, © 2016 Beacons of Hope Series, Book Three uhn-dawn-tid; adj. not put off, discouraged, or beaten Eagle Harbor, Michigan, 1871 Upper Peninsula on Lake Superior Tessa Taylor has arrived aboard the Temperance following a four-day journey on the steamer to begin life anew as the school teacher for the miners' children. Only when she arrives, she is told the T. Taylor they hired was expected to be male. With the onset of winter and the last crossing, it is determined she can stay until a replacement school master can take her place. Tessa is rescued by a nearby fisherman, that will set her course. Humor and easy quips begin their meeting. I chuckled lightly when I discovered what his occupation was. Eagle Harbor Light Station You see, Miss Tessa has wanted to get as far away from lighthouses as she can get. Too much sorrow and robbing of the raging waters taking from her in the past. The slightest things in our past become a forefront need in the future. Her skills become assets for the community. The series, although connecting, can be read as stand-alones. I would like the characters to get together again to see where the Lord has taken them. Proverbs 16:9. What I like most about Jody Hedlund's stories is that they build family values and as you meet them, they become friends you would like to run into time and again. Strong character development wanting the best for each other. One scoundrel does not, however, and you would like him to get shipped off. It is a good focal of what selfishness looks like, while demeaning. This character could have had a turnaround, had he taken a clue from the others in how they treated each other despite his cruelty. I especially liked the storekeeper who was true to himself in loving others as they would want to be treated. ***Thank you to author Jody Hedlund for the invitation to be an influencer for book three in the Beacons of Hope Series, Undaunted Hope. I received a review copy from the publisher. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.*** Beginning of Jody Hedlund's Beacons of Hope Series: Out of the Storm ~ Novella; Love Unexpected ~ Book One; Hearts Made Whole ~ Book Two Beacons of Hope Series, Book Four Forever Safe ~ Releasing June 2016
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
UNDAUNTED HOPE is a really good book. It is book three in Ms. Hedlund's Beacon's of Hope series. It was really emotional. It had me crying at times and laughing at times. I really liked Tessa because she wasn't afraid to speak her mind even if it got her in trouble like countless times. The hero, Michael, he lost his wife five years ago. I understand him grieving for five years. I was waiting the entire book for him to wake up but he never really did. He was like the Walking Dead the entire book. I asked my Mom where the hope was because I was waiting for the hope in the title to come too. (It did come at the end.) I loved the twist at the end that I never saw coming! That was so great. I really enjoyed this book. I was given a copy off netgalley. All opinions are my own.
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
When I saw that the main character in this one was a secondary character from book 2, I was intrigued. Tessa was not the most liked character from that story, so I was interested to see how the author would turn the tables. And in fact, Tessa might have been my favorite of the MC's from this series. Tessa has been running since the events of the previous book. She is trying to put her past behind her, and has matured into a lovely young lady. She arrives as a teacher for this new town, only to find that they are not willing to have a female teacher. She talks them into agreeing to let her stay through the winter, and then throws herself into proving she deserves to stay. Tessa has become a very strong, independent character, and I loved her for it. She hates the way the townspeople are treated, and starts to do something about it. I loved seeing this change in her. She still has a lot to work through, but it's obvious she is now a very different person. I loved the other characters in this one too, from the kids to Alex and his brother. I did have issues with Alex when he and his brother tried to make decisions for Tessa as if it was their right, but Tessa quickly put a stop to that, which I admired her for. All in all, I thought this was a great addition to the series.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
Undaunted Hope is the third book in the Beacons of Hope series and it reacquaints us with Tessa Taylor and introduces us to another lighthouse on the Michigan shores. Interestingly enough Tessa isn't going to Eagle Harbor to work in the lighthouse. In fact she wants nothing to do with the lighthouse. The thought only brings up bad memories that she is determined to run away from. Instead she has signed on to be the local teacher. Percival Updegraff is the superintendent and chief mine clerk and he is not at all pleased to have a female teacher show up. The man is just wicked but Tessa has set her mind to proving she's worthy of the position. Then there's the Bjorklund brothers. One is a grieving widow and the other is a bachelor. Both are interested in Tessa. And therein lies the problem. As with all of Hedlund's novels the story is multi-layered. The surface story is that of a romance blooming where it seems impossible. But the real heart of the story lies deeper. In it you get to explore how running away from a problem doesn't usually make the problem go away. Through Tessa we get to see how facing the situation and dealing with it will allow you to heal and move on. The dynamics between the two Bjorklund brothers was also a lesson worth watching unfold. The love of a sibling goes deep and sometimes sacrifices are made that aren't necessarily in the best interest of either party. I've enjoyed this series and look forward to the next book. While the storyline has a common thread that weaves throughout the books they can be read as stand alone novels. But, if you plan to read them all you really should read them in order so you won't have plot spoilers creep up on you! I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
This was another inspiring story of good overcoming evil in the Beacons of Hope series. I loved the book for the amazing strength Tessa displayed as she sought to distance herself from the tainted reputation she brought on herself in the previous book. I admired Alex and his willingness to give so freely to his older brother, Michael, and Michael’s two children. That kind of brotherly love and self-sacrificing is seldom, if ever, seen in the time in which we live. The author shares in the Author’s Note at the back of the book about her extensive research of the historical records from Eagle Harbor and the surrounding area. She has woven together historical facts to create fictional characters to tell an intriguing story of a young school teacher, a light keeper and his assistant, the chief clerk of Cole Mine, and the people of Eagle Harbor. This is a great read for lovers of history, action, suspense, romance, and faith-based values. I recommend it for your reading pleasure. I won this book in a giveaway by the author. This is my honest review.
Faye_reviews More than 1 year ago
Tessa Taylor is looking forward to leaving her past indiscretions behind her and starting afresh as a teacher in a small mining town. But things are not as simple as she was led to believe, the town is run by Percival Updegraff, the clerk of the mine owner, and he runs the town with an iron fist, nothing happens without his knowing or say so. Alex and Michael Bjorklund are the only exception to Percival's ever increasing rules, as lighthouse keepers they are not employed by the mine. Ever since the death of Michael's wife, the brothers have worked together to raise Michael's two children, Gunnar and Ingrid. But when Alex and Michael both decide to pursue Tessa, and Percival makes his thoughts and power known, will Tessa's new found friends stand by her when all is at stake? A riveting journey, engaging, with memorable characters that captured my heart. I loved Tessa's determination and drive to teach, sharing her love of learning with her students of all ages. She knows she made a mistake a long time ago, and is doing her best to show that she has matured and grown from that. Alex and Michael are brothers, different in demeanor, but similar in what and who they love. Where Alex is spirited, Michael is more reserved, though they may quarrel at times they care for Gunnar and Ingrid and love them unconditionally. I loved both brothers, and their hearts for their family and for justice. One of the things that stood out most to me, was the wonderful job that Ms. Hedlund did creating the perfect feel for the community. Though the many characters, of the miners, the Updegraff brothers, the wives of the miners, and the children, the story was excellently told, and I got the feel for the Michigan mining town, and felt every thrum of tension. Overall, a fantastic read, that drew me in from the very first. Thought part of a series this book works well as a stand alone, though I would definitely recommend reading all of the amazing previous books in the series. I was impressed with how much Tessa had grown and matured since I last read of her, I wasn't sure how much I'd like her, but Ms. Hedlund made me love her! A pleasure to read all the way through, I was nervous about writing this review because I loved it so much and didn't want to not say enough, or say too much. Fantastic read, engaging characters and plot with a sense of urgency, would highly recommend to fans of historical fiction! Much thanks to Jody Hedlund, who graciously gave me a copy of this book to read so I could share this review with you.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
In true Jody Hedlund form, she has created a cast of characters for us to love (or not, depending on the character). Tessa comes from the book before this one (however, if you haven’t read the previous book don’t let that stop you from picking up this one but the other books in this series are amazing). I wasn’t a huge fan of some of Tessa’s choices in the previous book but she is looking to redeem herself and that alone puts me on her side. She meets Alex and is a hero from the very beginning, a kind and strong man who can see Tessa’s true beauty. I also love that fact this book takes place in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I love northern Michigan, there is so much beauty so it was wonderful to visit this part of my great state. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sparrowhawk24 More than 1 year ago
Undaunted Hope was one of those disturbing yet compelling books that I just could not put down. It’s a story about emotional turmoil, perseverance, human will, and the amazing power within us that propels us to rise above the darkness that shrouds all hope ― I really liked it! ___________________________________ WHAT I LIKED + Undaunted Hope is a story peppered with some pretty distressing themes ― hopelessness, strife, animosity, restlessness, domestic violence, gender roles, and misogyny. Yet while this may be true, I felt the themes were delicately and expertly handled. They were each richly portrayed in a meaningful perspective that left a strong impression. + The story is far more complex than what the synopsis suggests. To be frank, I didn’t quite expect to read what I read in Undaunted Hope . At times, I was taken aback both by the story and Jody Hedlund’s valor to explore and pen such dark themes. Yet this is exactly what made me appreciate the story even more, it was a perfect portrayal of the pain and anguish women who fall victim to tyrannical bondage are left to endure. Needless to say, most of the characters in this story were inspired by true accounts! + Beacons of Hope is the first series of books I have read from author Jody Hedlund and she has easily become one of my favorite authors. I have found her style of writing to be exceptional and her story telling is just as stellar. She thoughtfully builds unsettling atmospheres by relying on brief and gripping fine points, she effortlessly creates the perfect amount of emotional turmoil and romantic tension to keep the reader engaged and mesmerized in her tales, she adds just enough details to make the storyline believable, and her characters are never one-dimensional. She has proven this yet again in Undaunted Hope . + Undaunted Hope's greatest triumph is in its character development. Almost every character has the enough growth and depth to hold the story through. We have Tessa (our protagonist) who arrives at Eagle Harbor with high hopes to start life anew, but certain circumstances force her to walk through obstacles that hinder her dreams and compel her to take charge of her insecurities. There’s the relationship between Alex and Michael, two brothers who are both fond of Tessa (yes, there is a love triangle in this story) and are ultimately impelled to find a resolve on the matter. None of these aspects were dull, there were plenty of moments where the atmosphere was convincing and the banter just as engrossing. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE - Other than the misogynistic antagonist who had my blood boiling, I had no other quibbles with this book. AFTERTHOUGHTS While Undaunted Hope was altogether unsettling and stressful to read, I was enchanted by the true to life storytelling ― it was tense, gripping and kept me on the edge of my seat.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Jody Hedlund's Undaunted Hope We are taken to the isolated town of Eagle Harbor. This town is located on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The area experiences very cold, harsh weather there. The descriptions in the book are deftly woven taking the reader right into the midst of the story. The author mixes historical details into the everyday happenings making the story vividly realistic. The characters are well developed, realistic and artfully drawn. The reader can relate to them feeling their surroundings as if we were beside them. This story takes place in the 1870’s. You learning about the times, customs and how the people provided for themselves. Tessa Taylor, one of the characters from Hearts Made Whole ( Beacons of Hope #2 ) takes the stage as the main character in Undaunted. Hope. Tessa gets a teaching job in this area but discovers a mistake has been made. The town expected a male teacher not a woman. But Tessa will have to teach as it is too late to find a man for this season. That is just the first of her struggles in this new area. Read the book to find out what Tessa has to endure and how she handles these problems. This is the third book in this series but is a stand alone. Thank you to Jody Hedlund, the Influencers and Bethany House for providing a copy of this book. My opinion is my own.
artsybookworm More than 1 year ago
Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund is the third book in the Beacons of Hope series. I loved the depth in this story! Right from the beginning I knew where the author would have the main character grow and change, but it was okay because she did it gradually just like it is in real life. It wasn't a surprise but more like a planted seedling turning into a flower. Tessa Taylor has arrived at Eagle Harbor, Michigan to be a teacher. Dreading the brutal winter to come in the Upper Peninsula, she nevertheless pushes forward. This was a chance to be free of her past since no one here knows about her past indiscretion. But when she is met with shock that she is a woman teacher, things begin to go downhill. Until she meets Alex Bjorklund that is. Could she finally find love here in this dreary place? I loved the historical aspects of this story. Jody Hedlund always pulls me in with that and then pushes me away when she is too sensual in her books. The way Tessa seems to only notice and talk about Alex's looks is disconcerting. I can't stand writing like that especially when it is marketed as Christian fiction. But other than that, the story was very good. The characters were all well written and well developed. The people and situations felt real because they were written as imperfect humans in a harsh world; it was pretty impressive writing in that regard! The story itself was a little harder for me to get into, but once I did I couldn't stop reading. I was given this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
angelmom1165 More than 1 year ago
We meet Tessa in Hearts Made Whole. In that book we see how much she hates the life she lives and feels she is trapped in the lighthouse and taking care of her siblings. She has lost so many people she loves and blames the sea and the lighthouse for it. She makes some pour choices to try to get away from that life. In this book we see she does start fresh in a new town, but one that is also on the sea and has a lighthouse of it's own. She is compassionate and strong. She cares so much about the kids she teaches and the families. The quirky relationship Tessa and Alex have is so fun. They are always joking around and coming back with sarcastic comebacks for each other. Tessa is trying so hard NOT to fall for him because she wants to teach and teachers can't be married. The town has no secrets from the one who runs everything. He is a man out for his own good and he doesn't care who he hurts. I have to admit that there were a few times where I was crying my eyes out. It grabbed my heart and didn't let go until the very end. I love this series. I love all of her books. Jody is a wonderful writer and draws you into the story very easily. I recommend this book to teens and adults alike. It shows how we can make bad choices but strive to do better and move forward from them. Real friendship is more powerful than the evil that abounds in the world. This is another 5 star book.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
Jody Hedlund is one of those authors who is just consistently GOOD. I know whenever I pick up one of her books that I will be swept away by the writing, the history, the characters, the romance (blissful sigh!!), and the message of faith. Every single time. Including her latest release, Undaunted Hope. Up until I began Undaunted Hope, my favorite romantic hero of Jody’s has been Carl from A Noble Groom. But now … I don’t know, y’all… Alex is giving him some serious competition. I cannot resist an incorrigible flirt, especially one who is so great with kids. In fact, even before all the flirtatious goodness started, I knew Alex had a solid chance of toppling Carl from his first place ranking. Right from chapter one, as a matter of fact, when my romantic heart swooned over something as simple as Alex acting like he was merely fishing when in fact he was aware of everything going on with Tessa in the background. Yeah, I know – it doesn’t take much lol. Tessa was – in a word – all kinds of awesome. Ok, so that was four words but one general idea. She’s fierce when she needs to be, tender in the meantime, and as Jamie over at BooksandBeverages said, “she’s been keeping things sassy since 1871, so she’s what we call… MY PEOPLE.” Yes. Tessa’s sass + Alex’s Alex-ness = romance reader heaven. But then there was Michael and his kids … and oh my heart. I almost had to put the book in the freezer at one point. And then at other times, I almost had to put myself there. ;) Besides the characters, one of the things I adore most about Jody Hedlund’s books is her mastery of the setting. In a matter of words, she immerses her readers in the world of her story – the sights, the sounds, the smells, the sensations. In the case of Undaunted Hope, I almost had to go grab another blanket to battle the harsh Michigan winter. (I adore winter and cold and snow… but I think that would have been a bit much even for me!) Tessa’s living conditions were a whole handful of #nope as far as I was concerned, and I admit to shivering a time or two at Jody’s vivid descriptions. But perhaps the thing I loved most about Undaunted Hope was the theme that swirled through Tessa’s story: Whatever your past mistakes, who you are now is all that matters. Whatever your past fears, what you do now is all that matters. Perhaps you, like me, needed to hear that today too. Bottom Line: Jody Hedlund has once again crafted a beautiful story of love and hope set against an exquisitely-researched backdrop of history. Nearly all of your emotions will be engaged while you read Undaunted Hope, and you may even need to invest in a good fainting couch to survive some of the kissing scenes! (What a way to go!) It’s sassy. It’s sweet. It’s swoon-worthy. It needs to be in your collection. (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
I loved this story by Jody Hedlund! It is the third story in the Beacons of Hope series. Tessa Taylor is all grown up and making her way in this world on her own with direction of the Lord. She heads to a small mining town in a far out area of Michigan to works as the town's teacher, but when she gets there she realizes that they wanted a male teacher and she is only there until they can find one. Tessa does everything that she can to make the town want her and like her by being the best possible teacher that she can be. She soon has many friends in town including two brothers who are the Lighthouse keepers. Having them both care for her puts her in an awkward position, but she soon realizes who she cares for and what the Lord has planned for her life. I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
gatorade635 More than 1 year ago
Even though Tessa wasn't exactly the most lovable character in Hearts Made Whole she began to redeem herself at the end and I was excited to see what the author had in store for her. From the very first page I was swept up in Tessa and Alex's story and couldn't wait to figured out how they would overcome the many obstacles standing in the way of them being together. I loved how selfless Alex was! Time and time again he sacrificed to help those he cared about without much or any thought to how it would affect him. As for Tessa, she had grown quite a lot since we last saw her and I admired how she was always looking for ways to help those around her. They really were a well suited pair and I loved watching their relationship play out! Alex's brother, niece, and nephew were all great characters as well and while Alex and Michael's both vying for Tessa's attention was a bit painful at times it also provided some amusing moments that made me laugh and I loved the bond that the brothers had through it all. I loved the setting of this book and greatly appreciate all the research the author did to make it as authentic as possible. It has been fun getting to learn about the inner workings of lighthouses throughout this series! This book made me laugh, brought tears to my eyes, had me on the edge of my seat wondering how things were going to play out, and left me sighing with happiness! I definitely recommend this series and really any of this author's books! I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
HollyMag321 More than 1 year ago
Historical Romance isn’t my first choice in reading but this book turned out to be really good. The characters were good and the story moved at a good pace. I also enjoyed learning more about that time period and that part of the country. I had never thought about how harsh the winters must have been. The thing that impressed me the most was how the author was able to keep me guessing on how she was going to resolve the ending. Tessa was an enjoyable character. She had a tainted past and was trying to make up for her mistakes. She also carried baggage from her childhood. Both of these situations affected her choices and attitudes. Watching her come to terms with these was heartwarming. Alex was charming at times and at times I wanted to slap him for his arrogance. I would definitely recommend this book to certain friends. The ones I know enjoy historical fiction and romance. I would love to know what happens next for the people of Eagle Harbor. Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Zelma More than 1 year ago
Another excellent book by Jody! In this 3rd book of the series follows Tessa. Tessa was mentioned in the 2nd book in this series Hearts Made Whole and I have to admit I was super excited that Tessa would be getting her chance at love after so much loss at her own doing. Starts with Tessa hitting the ground running with a new job in a remote place, She was going to leave the lighthouse life for good and become a teacher, but when she gets there she's told she doesn't have a job because she is not a Man! What is she going to do now? When she went back to the ship to get her things she runs into trouble landing her in the water and a handsome man saving her. This act will turn her world upside down as the story continues. Tessa is a strong willed woman and nothing is going to get in her way of her dream even when everything gets closed off to the world come winter. She is a survivor as with everyone else who lives in that town. I love all the different children mentioned in this novel, as a mom I believed every moment that happened with her and the children. Then comes in 2 brothers vying for her attention which one will win out? This book can be a stand alone but better if you read the series esp book 2 so you can really get a true understanding of Tessa and how she has grown into this beautiful strong woman!
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I loved this rugged setting for Tessa's story. The landscape and harsh weather is a huge element in the book and I was able to picture it vividly. Tessa is a proud and opinionated young woman, but with a kind heart as she strives to help not only the children, but the men of the town as well, further their education to improve their life situation. Although the living conditions are not ideal, she quickly connects with several children and members of the community. One family in particular she is drawn to is the adult brothers Alex and Michael, along with Michael's children. I loved the chemistry between her and Alex and the fun banter they shared. A sense of humor is something I find very attractive in a hero ;) She feels conflicted throughout the story since she has a deep aversion to lighthouses and the sacrifices it takes to run them, but she can't help feeling like a part of the family and coming to their aid as often as they come to hers. I felt that the secrets she's hiding from her past didn't match the characteristics she portrays in this book; to fully understand the situation I think reading the previous book in the series, Hearts Made Whole, would be helpful. However her past does come into play during the climax of the plot so it needed to be included. And talk about an evil villain! The injustices and tragedies he is responsible for as he preys on the members of the community made me so mad. In the afterword of the book the author shared that Mr. Updegraff was based on a real person in history- that makes it even worse! (Although that guy's ending was different and more violent than in the book). I don't often find afterwords interesting but this one is filled with fascinating information about which characters and landmarks are inspired by real history. You won't want to miss it! (Thank you to the author and Bethany House Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
I was very much looking forward to this third novel in Jody Hedlund’s Beacons of Hope series. Undaunted Hope is Tessa Taylor’s story after leaving her sister and brother-in-law’s light house and starting out on her own life. No worries if you have not read any of the other books in the series. This novel can be read very well as a stand-alone. I, myself, have only read the previous book where we meet Tessa and her family. Tessa was not a character I cared much for due to her attitude and conniving ways in the previous book. She did something that almost ruined her sister’s chances for true love and did ruin her own reputation. Here in this story, a few years have passed she has matured, and is hoping for a second chance to start over in a town as a schoolteacher without the shadow of scandal. The moment she steps off of the ship she has her work cut out for her and has an uphill battle. Though she is quite determined and has learned from her past mistakes, this redeemed character lives up to the title undaunted and was a joy to root for. She loves teaching, but this town has some dark secrets that threaten her and those she comes to care about. There is a very evil man and two brothers that are the light keepers that vie for her attention. This book was a satisfying read and a roller coaster of emotions. Sometimes I wanted to smack the heroes and the town for letting some of things that were going on to continue. What was very interesting was the author’s note in the back where Ms. Hedlund received some of her inspiration. Even though this story was fiction, some of the events were inspired by true stories. I received a copy of this book for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers and the opinions are my own.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Undaunted Hope is another captivating story in the Beacons of Hope series! Superb characterization and attention to detail are hallmarks of Jody Hedlund’s writing as she brings to life another compelling tale of history and romance. Since reading Book 2, Hearts Made Whole, I have been anticipating Tessa’s story. Burdened by the mistakes of her past, Tessa Taylor arrives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula eager to make a fresh start. Her journey is filled with unexpected events, and she soon finds herself in situations she never imagined. “In a town mired in darkness, she may shine the light they need.” I loved the historical details, spiritual themes, and tender romance of this story! Beautifully written, Undaunted Hope is a book you don’t want to miss! I highly recommend it, as well as the other novels in the Beacons of Hope series. While each story stands alone, there is a special thread that runs through the series and is such a beautiful part of each story. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
SusanKC More than 1 year ago
Unlike many series, Jody Hedlund's Beacons of Hope series keeps getting better and better. Undaunted Hope is my favorite book in the series. I love Tessa's story! Tessa hopes to leave past mistakes behind as she travels to the community of Eagle Harbor, located on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the 1870's. When Tessa arrives to serve as the teacher in this small community, she hopes to be a beacon of light to this small community. The miners and their families are living in fear of an unscrupulous mine supervisor. Hedlund paints a vivid description of the isolation this community felt during the long, harsh winters in the Upper Peninsula. Tessa has an intense dislike of lighthouses and the life their keepers lead. This comes from her past as the daughter of a lightkeeper. The Eagle Harbor lighthouse keeper has two children that encourage a relationship between their family and Tessa. Tessa soon finds herself courted by both the lightkeeper, Michael, and his brother, Alex. The romantic tension just sizzles! My favorite part of this story is that as Tessa is put through one test after another, she realizes that God is helping her to face her fears as she sacrifices and cares for the people of Eagle Harbor. Hedlund provides a story of hope, that although mistakes have been made in the past, one can be seen as the godly person one is becoming.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
Opening a Jody Hedlund book is like sinking into a big, cozy chair that envelops you in a hug. Undaunted Hope, Book Three in the Beacons of Hope series, continues the excellence in historical fiction that Hedlund fans have come to expect. The story is about Tessa Taylor, a young schoolteacher who moves to Eagle Harbor, Michigan for a fresh start, where no one knows her or her reputation. Tessa immediately finds that the entire town is controlled by Percival Updegraff, the chief clerk of the copper mine. From that point on, Tessa rises to the challenges of teaching a large number of students in her school, establishing evening classes for adults, and surviving the harsh Upper Peninsula winter. The hardships that she and the entire town face are made even more unbearable by Mr. Updegraff’s tyrannical dictatorship over the town. Two of Tessa’s favorite students are the children of the local light keeper, Michael Bjorkland. Both he and his brother Alex fall for Tessa and compete for her heart. Tessa has no desire to marry, since she is just beginning her teaching career, and no desire to be a light keeper, since she grew up in such a family. I give this novel a five-star rating. It was easy to love Tessa. She was spunky, yet committed to doing right by God. Having met her in Hearts Made Whole, her commendable qualities were still a part of her character, and she had grown since the events chronicled in that story. Alex was a handsome, hard-working man, whose devotion to and sacrifices for his family were admirable. The repartee between the two characters was fun to read. I also felt the despair and desperation of the twists and turns of the story line, which kept my attention to the very end. Historical fiction and romance fans will enjoy this book. I especially love reading this series, set in my home state of Michigan. I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Once again, Jody Hedlund has composed a beautifully descriptive novel, the third in her Beacons of Light series. Strong characters prevail throughout this impressive adventure in Michigan's northern-most location. A villainous brute of a man controls this mining town of Eagle Harbor and everyone in it. Upon discovering that T. Taylor is a woman, he vows to make her life miserable. The character Tessa portrays is strong willed, resolute and determined to demonstrate her capable teaching skills in spite of being a woman. Her acquaintance with the lighthouse keeper and his assistant bring back painful memories of her past, as the child of a light keeper. Ms. Hedlund brings the three adults together through two small motherless students, children of the head light keeper. The descriptive elements of Eagle Harbor and the lighthouse that safely points the way for ships into the harbor are impeccable, and easily envisioned by the reader. Historic information is accurate and well told. The lives of the area residents, mostly copper miners are poignant and authentic. Danger is a constant in the mining industry, and the magnificent power of Lake Superior is a deadly threat through storms and the winter elements. I was swept into this story of intensity and incipient romance and the constant threats from the town's villain, as well as the unpredictability of the Great Lake. As with the previous books in this series I found myself enraptured and unable to put the book down. The men in Tessa's life are strong and assertive, and the young children are charming and delightful. This is a book that will remain on my bookshelf and undoubtedly be read again. It goes without saying, I loved it! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author and Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Undaunted Hope is Jody Hedlund’s third book in her Beacons of Hope series. Set in the upper peninsula of Michigan Undaunted Hope introduces us to Tessa, a new school teacher who arrives in Eagle Harbor to teach school in a remote mining community. While Tessa’s new adventure helps her escape her past for a time, soon she realizes that although she is miles away from her past, her mistakes and fears have followed her in powerful way. With the help of the lightkeeper’s family, Tessa finds hope and healing and a community of people who truly care about her. I found this novel of Hedlund’s intense and authentic. Tessa and Alex are strong, complex characters that create a powerful story of hope and desire. Percival Updegraff is the perfect villain to twist up the plot. And the other supporting characters create a story of a community that knows how to endure, but only passively. I like how even though Tessa is only one woman, she brings hope to a community that needs hope and courage, and she is willing to fight relentlessly to share that hope, even when her hope seems gone. While somewhat difficult to read about, the hardships that Tessa faced with the other characters mirrored well the hardships of remote mining communities who struggled to survive in harsh natural conditions and under harsher, despotic bosses. With unexpected plot twists and a lot of dirt and cold, Hedlund draws readers into a historical reality that is worth exploring and understanding. While I wouldn’t call Undaunted Hope relaxing to read, it was definitely unforgettable. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund for my candid review.
swimreadbreathe4JC More than 1 year ago
 Undaunted Hope is the third book in the "Beacons of Hope" trilogy...except I saw recently that there will be a fourth book so it's not really a trilogy!! Eek! I'm so excited.  So anyway, this is by Jody Hedlund and published by Bethany House.  Each book can be read as a stand-alone novel, and while the first to second don't really connect in an obvious way, the second novel's main character is sisters with this novel's main character, Tessa.  I actually didn't like Tessa in the last book, but she grew on my so quickly in this book since she had matured in the couple of years' difference, and this has become my favorite book of the whole series so far.  I loved Tessa's spunk!        Tessa is tired of the lighthouse keepers' life.  It took her family from her: some passed while trying to save others, and some decided to remain lighthouse keepers.  Well, she's sick of it either way, and has moved on to become a school teacher in a small mining town.  Throwing off everything to do with lighthouses, she resolves to start anew.  However, she doesn't realize the hardship she'll face from her employer, nor does she imagine the extent her past will follow her to.  Will she be able to survive and make a living in such a harsh environment?        Alec Bjorklund, the local lighthouse keeper, is immediately attracted to Tessa, and seeks to protect her from angry men in high positions in the town who aim to ruin her.  He and his brother both battle for her heart, but she refuses to become involved with either of them.  He doesn't understand her aversion to men, and he is ashamed of his own lack of education.  Will they be able to help each other through their own misunderstandings and hardships?        I really enjoyed this story, and read it in a day.  The characters enchanted me, and the setting was so historically fascinating that I was drawn in.  The mining town seemed so realistic, and I know that the author put a lot of time and research into this.  I for one can tell that it has paid off! I would highly recommend this novel, especially those who like a good historical fiction.        Thank you so much to the author and Bethany House publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive, nor were they influenced by anything other than the book itself.