Monday, February 29, 2016

A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund

In a reverse twist on the Robin Hood story, a young medieval maiden stands up for the rights of the mistreated, stealing from the rich to give to the poor. All the while, she fights against her cruel uncle who has taken over the land that is rightfully hers. Forced to live in the woods and hide with the poor people she’s grown to love, she works to save and protect them, but she never anticipates falling in love with the wealthy knight who represents all she’s come to despise.

For three years, the Cloaked Bandit has terrorized Wessex, robbing the nobility by the point of a well-placed arrow. But little does anyone know, this bandit is in fact Juliana Wessex, the rightful ruler of the land, and a girl her uncle--the current Lord Wessex--believes is a dead as her father.

Juliana has become skilled at hiding in the forest, stealing from the nobility in order to provide the peasants with food and shelter. But when she robs Collin Goodrich one day, her red hair betrays her true identity. Lord Collin remembers Juliana from when they were children--and forces her to stay on his estate after she is injured. Juliana is intrigued by Collin and his charms, but only time will tell if he can overcome her distaste of the nobility and win her heart.

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What a fun story! It is great how the book goes from his point of view to hers. Different type face is used for each one so it was easy to tell who's point of view it was right away. This series takes place in the late 1300's. During that time there were some very cruel people who had authority over others. Their types of punishments for things were extreme. And they were sometimes extreme in deciding how far to take their punishment depending on the person, not necessarily the actual "crime".  Jody writes it in a way that while, yes, it is terrible, it isn't so bad that you can't see past it to the adventure and romance. It shows just how brave these characters really have to be to go to the lengths they do to survive and to help their friends.

This book has just the right amount of everything, romance, adventure, danger and suspense. I love the relationship between Collin and Juliana. They have a competitive spirit, mostly with each other. This book also gives you a glimpse into what it was like to have much and to have little or nothing. It is easy to take that for granted, like it is today. I love how it opened their eyes to both sides and showed compassionate ways to do something about it.

Great series for teens and adults alike. I highly recommend this series. Another 5 star book!

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Jody Hedlund is the author of over ten 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 makes her home in Michigan, not far from the lighthouses she writes about, and loves hearing from readers on Facebook and her blog at JodyHedlund.com


HER OTHER BOOKS

The Hearts of Faith Series...
The Preacher's Bride
The Doctor's Lady
Rebellious Heart

The Michigan Brides Collection...
Unending Devotion
A Noble Groom
Captured by Love

The Beacons of Hope Series...
Out of the Storm: A Novella
Love Unexpected
Hearts Made Whole
Undaunted Hope
Forever Safe - June 2016

The Noblest Knights Series
The Vow: A Novella
An Uncertain Choice
A Daring Sacrifice



In compliance with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission,  as part of every Web or Amazon review that I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Undaunted Hope: Beacons of Hope Book 3 by Jody Hedlund

1871 EAGLE HARBOR, MICHIGAN

In a Town Mire in Darkness, She May Shine the Light They Need

Running from the mistakes of her past, Tessa Taylor heads to the uppermost reaches of Michigan, planning to serve as the new teacher to the children of miners. She quickly learns the town had requested a male teacher, but Percival Updegraff, superintendent and chief mine clerk, says she can stay through winter since it's too late to replace her. Tessa can't help but thank him and say she is in his debt. 

Determined to make herself irreplaceable once spring thaw arrives, Tessa throws herself into her work, and soon two students have decided Miss Taylor is the right match for their grieving father. At the same time, charming assistant lightkeeper Alex Bjorklund makes his interest known, surprising Tessa, who has never had men fight for her hand before. But not all is well as she feels that someone is tracking her every move, and she may not be able to escape the trap that has been laid for her. 

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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. 

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Jody Hedlund is the author of over ten 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 makes her home in Michigan, not far from the lighthouses she writes about, and loves hearing from readers on Facebook and her blog at JodyHedlund.com


HER OTHER BOOKS

The Hearts of Faith Series...
The Preacher's Bride
The Doctor's Lady
Rebellious Heart

The Michigan Brides Collection...
Unending Devotion
A Noble Groom
Captured by Love

The Beacons of Hope Series...
Out of the Storm: A Novella
Love Unexpected
Hearts Made Whole
Undaunted Hope
Forever Safe - June 2016

The Noblest Knights Series
The Vow: A Novella
An Uncertain Choice
A Daring Sacrifice - March 2016



In compliance with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission,  as part of every Web or Amazon review that I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.