Never Forget by Jody Hedlund

About the Book

Rose Island Lighthouse, Rhode Island

June 1880

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? 

Jody Hedlund

About the Author

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.

My Review

If you want a sweet, historic Christian novel that will make you swoon, this is for you. Nathaniel and Abbie are two characters with pasts wrought with mistakes. From the beginning to end, you see a radiant transformation that only God could accomplish.

Abbie is a hardworking woman who will do anything to keep her and her grandfather on the island, working in the lighthouse. She knows it’s the only thing keeping her grandfather from panicking in his senile state.  Her love for him is so strong that when Nathaniel washes up on the shore with no memory, she lets him believe he’s her husband. In fact, she lies to him on multiple accounts, promising to  tell him later. These lies weave a complicated web of problems from the beginning that she’ll have to face again.  

I felt like I was standing on the island rather than curled up on the couch reading a book. I could smell the salty ocean, feel the breeze against my skin, and watch the characters interact. I was engaged from the first page. When I wasn’t reading the book, I was anxiously wondering what would happen next. The romantic scenes were sweet and intense. While they never cross any intimacy lines, there are a few heated moments.

Never Forget is the final book in a five part series, but I easily read it as a stand-alone. I can’t wait to read the other books in the Beacons of Hope series! This is the first book I read by Jody Hedlund, but I can tell you it won’t be the last!  I give this book five stars.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

 

Guest Post from Jody Hedlund

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?

 

4 Comments

  1. Jody Hedlund

    Thank you so much for hosting me today on the Celebrate Lit blog tour! I’m really happy to hear that you enjoyed the book even though you hadn’t read any others in the series. Hope that you’ll have the chance to eventually read the other books too! 🙂 Many blessings! Jody

  2. Just Jo

    I’ve never read any of Jody’s books, but now I shall. This book sounds delightful.

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