Unending Devotion

By Jody Hedlund
Published on September 1, 2012
Published by Bethany House
Source: From Publisher for Review
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 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?

Unending Devotion is a historical fiction novel that addresses the problem of sex trafficking in the United States.  Although the main storyline and the protagonist are purely fiction, the main villain in the story as well as many of the side characters are based on actual people of the same name.

The author doesn't beat around the bush about what the main theme of this book is- it permeates every page of the book.  There are no scenes in the book that do not somehow relate to the problem of sex trafficking and of young girls being abducted into the trade.  I honestly did find this a little distracting at times.  Although this is an absolutely important topic- I was having trouble seeing how the two main characters could develop a love story together when they didn't spend a great deal of time together.

I also struggled with Lily herself.  She is an absolutely flawed heroine.  She does her work at almost a frantic pace, bearing the weight of the world on her shoulders.  She has no patience for anyone or for God and as soon as she has an idea in her mind- it must be done IMMEDIATELY.  Although her actions were for selfless reasons, I found her to be very selfish.  She does learn towards the end about waiting and be patient, but it takes a VERY long time for her to get there.

Although this book had a few flaws in my opinion, I did enjoy it overall.  I thought it was an original storyline and the fact that it was based in fiction made it even more interesting.  I enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the overall story.  I would be very happy to read more from this author.

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