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Rose Island Lighthouse, Rhode Island
Will she betray his trust to stay on the island she loves?
Abbie Wilson is content to spend her days clamming, crabbing, and tending Rose Island Lighthouse. Her grandpa is the head light keeper, but his senility may lead to their eviction. Since leaving the island would kill her beloved Gramps, Abbie will do anything to keep him in the one place he knows and loves.
Wealthy Nathaniel Winthrop III’s wild living has gained him a reputation as the ‘bad boy’ among the elite social circles of Newport. After a blow to the head in a yachting accident washes him up on Rose Island, Nathaniel has no memories of his past.
Abbie tends the wounded stranger in her home only to realize he assumes they’re married. Although she knows she needs to correct Nathaniel’s mistake, his presence calms Gramps and provides a way to prevent eviction from the lighthouse.
The longer the charade continues, the harder it gets for Abbie to tell Nathaniel the truth, more so as she begins to fall in love. Everyone she’s ever loved has abandoned her. Will Nathaniel leave her too, once he discovers he’s not really her husband?
SERIES: Beacons of Hope #5
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Northern Lights Press
RELEASE DATE: January 4, 2017
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“If we’re walking down the wrong path, it’s never too late to make a detour and start running down the right one.”
Pardon me a moment as I type one-handed while fanning myself with the other. WHEW! There’s so much more to this book than kisses, but my goodness there are some fabulous kisses too! Like… the kind of kisses that make you forget how to breathe. The kind of kisses that make you worry slightly that your toes will be permanently curled by the end of the book (totally worth it though). The kind of kisses that you go back and read again immediately after finishing them…. and then maybe once more (at least) for good measure.
Best to drag your fainting couch outside (or near your freezer, if temps in your area of the world are still balmy) for the duration of this read. I don’t want to be responsible for swooning-induced injuries. Nor, I’m sure, does Jody Hedlund.
Ok… so … i did say there was more to Never Forget than kisses, didn’t I?
There is the richness of the historical setting and the depth of each character, both particular skills of Hedlund’s. From the dichotomy of Abbie’s grit and vulnerability to Nathaniel’s battle to live with integrity to Gramps’ meanderings in and out of dementia… these vivid characters evoke deep emotions from the readers and take up residence in the heart. These are characters I’ll be thinking about for a while.
Some gut-punching twists and turns will keep you on your toes (the ones that are permanently curled from those kisses!), but at every new bend in the path there is the steady truth that pulses throughout Never Forget – that no matter what your past, you can be a new creation in Jesus.
Bottom Line: Romantic chemistry off the charts! Kisses sure to melt even the most frozen of pearl-clutchers. A setting which perfectly complements the characters. Characters so dimensional you feel their joys and agonizings and fears and longings as clearly as if they were your own emotions. Life lessons that will linger, thanks to the beauty of the story. While I hate to see this series end, Never Forget is such a fitting finale and is without a doubt my new favorite of the bunch!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author via Celebrate Lit Book Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 5 stars / In a class by itself.
KissingBook Level: 5 / still fanning…
Winner of the 2016 Christian Book Award and Christy Award, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.
Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).
When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.
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Which Do You Prefer: Series or Standalones?
By Jody Hedlund
Readers usually have strong opinions about whether they like series or standalones.
Some readers refuse to read books that are inter-related. Others can’t get enough books about their favorite characters.
I see the pros and cons of both.
For series, I don’t like feeling lost as I try to wade through previous characters along with their backstory. I recently started a series by a well-known author and was disappointed to realize the first book was connected to a previous series she’d already published. From the get-go, I felt left out as though I didn’t quite know who all the characters were or their significance.
On the other hand, for standalones, I sometimes feel as though I would like the story to continue. I’ve invested in the setting and characters and so enjoy when I can return to that place and continue to glimpse the characters I’ve fallen in love with—even if from a distance.
My favorites are books that fall in the middle between standalone and series. I like to think of them as standalones within a series. Becky Wade’s Porter brother series is like that. Each of the books centers around one of the brothers (and a tomboy sister). While characters from other books make an appearance in the stories, each plot is separate and complete without any reliance upon another book.
My Beacons of Hope lighthouse series falls in the middle too. The books are related in that they all take place at lighthouses and share a symbolic “cross of hope” that is passed on from one book to the next. A minor character in a previous book becomes the hero or heroine in the next book. But each book can be read by itself without having read any of the others.
In other words, readers can pick up my newest release, Never Forget, which is the fifth and final book in the series, and they wouldn’t be confused about who the characters are or what their history is. The plot starts with a bang and ends with a satisfying sigh. It is complete story unto itself.
And yet, for those who’ve read other books in the series, they’ll get to see the happily-ever-after of a character from a previous book. And they’ll also get to find out where the cross of hope finally ends.
If you’re not a fan of series, I encourage you to give the Beacons of Hope series a try. It might satisfy the need for standalones and series all in one neat little package.
To that end, I’m giving away all FIVE books in the series as part of the Celebrate Lit blog tour to one lucky winner!
Tell us: What is your preference: Standalones, Series, or Standalones within a Series?
As Jody said, to celebrate her tour, she is giving away the entire Beacons of Hope series! Enter via the PromoSimple form below. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!
Follow along with the Celebrate Lit Blog Tour for a list of tour stops & more chances to win!
*Special thanks to Melony Teague for the “fan warning” graphic!