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Publisher Description

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.

Fiction & Literature
December 29
Bethany House Publishers
Baker Book House Company

Customer Reviews

Carol M Smith ,

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.

Kris Anderson, The Avid Reader ,

Delightful book!

Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund is the third book in the Beacons of Hope series. It is 1871 and Tessa Taylor is heading to Eagle Harbor, Michigan to teach school. Tessa is hoping for a new start on her life. She wanted to get away from home where everyone knew what she had done. Unfortunately, the town thought she was male. They wanted a male teacher for their students and Tessa had signed her letters T. Taylor (couldn’t they tell from the handwriting). Since the ship that Tessa came in on is one of the last ships before winter sets in, Percival Updegraff (Chief Clerk for Cole Mine Company Store and Office) decides that Tessa can stay the winter. Tessa wants to prove what a good teacher she is and how she can help the children as well as the adults in the community.

Michael and Alex Bjorklund are brothers that run the lighthouse. Michael is a widower with two children. Alex joined him to help him with the lighthouse and the children. Ingrid (six) and Gunnar (eight) decide that Tessa would be the perfect wife and mother for their father. However, Alex is quite taken with Tessa. Tessa, though, wants nothing to do with lighthouses (nor keepers). She feels they have taken enough from her. But can Tessa fight God’s will and his plan for her life?

Undaunted Hope is just delightful. It is my favorite book in the Beacons of Hope series. Undaunted Hope is well-written and very engaging. My interest was captured right away and was held throughout the whole book (it will also provide some good laughs). Undaunted Hope can be read alone, but I would highly recommend reading the previous books in this series (it does help). I give Undaunted Hope 5 out of 5 stars. I look forward to reading more books by Jody Hedlund in the future.

I received a complimentary copy of Undaunted Hope from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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