Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund is the third book in the Beacons of Hope series. I loved the depth in this story! Right from the beginning I knew where the author would have the main character grow and change, but it was okay because she did it gradually just like it is in real life. It wasn't a surprise but more like a planted seedling turning into a flower.
Tessa Taylor has arrived at Eagle Harbor, Michigan to be a teacher. Dreading the brutal winter to come in the Upper Peninsula, she nevertheless pushes forward. This was a chance to be free of her past since no one here knows about her past indiscretion. But when she is met with shock that she is a woman teacher, things begin to go downhill. Until she meets Alex Bjorklund that is. Could she finally find love here in this dreary place?
I loved the historical aspects of this story. Jody Hedlund always pulls me in with that and then pushes me away when she is too sensual in her books. The way Tessa seems to only notice and talk about Alex's looks is disconcerting. I can't stand writing like that especially when it is marketed as Christian fiction. But other than that, the story was very good. The characters were all well written and well developed. The people and situations felt real because they were written as imperfect humans in a harsh world; it was pretty impressive writing in that regard! The story itself was a little harder for me to get into, but once I did I couldn't stop reading.
I was given this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.