Friday, January 20, 2017

Never Forget by Jody Hedlund ~ Giveaway & Review

Book: Never Forget
Author: Jody Hedlund
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: January 4, 2017

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?

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Rebecca's Review
4 STARS!!!

"If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation . . . ", the Bible says.

Wealthy Newport playboy Nathaniel Winthrop, III certainly wants to begin his life all over again, especially after a violent storm sends him overboard the deck of his yacht, only to wash him ashore Rose Island with a nasty concussion and no memory of the man that he used to be. His wife seems to recall that he was a derelict husband, . . . . .wait a minute . . . his wife?

Abbie Watson is so relieved when the gentleman who washes up on the island, where she and her grandfather maintain Rose Island Lighthouse, regains consciousness. She never intended to fabricate lies about his identity, but when her future is viciously jeopardized by a neighboring light keeper, Abbie convinces her superintendent that her wayward husband Nate, has finally returned to assist them.

Allowing Abbie's anonymous patient to believe that he belongs with her, and her mentally deteriorating grandfather, is a terrible gamble; one that begins as a blessing in disguise, only to take a more personal turn, bringing several terrible truths to light, and threatening to wash Abbie's dreams completely "out to sea".

"Never Forget" is a rich, tender, and emotional romance between two people whose young lives are sadly riddled with guilt, fear, and painful regrets. However, on a much deeper level the story is a powerful reminder of the God who truly makes all things new, while loving his children unconditionally, and forgiving them for all eternity; a truth never to be forgotten.

I received a copy of this book from the author. All the opinions expressed above are entirely my own. 

 Rebecca is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education, and is currently serving at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina as the Director of Children's Ministry. With nearly 28 years of experience in her field, she has had many opportunities to use her love of reading and writing in creative ways across the generations. A wife, mother of four "nearly" grown children, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren, Rebecca has been able to return to her love of reading and more recently reviewing, with a renewed passion for the "beauty of story".

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About the Author

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.

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?


To celebrate her tour, Jody is giving away the entire Beacons of Hope series. Click below to enter. 
Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!  


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  1. I love Jody's books, but please dont enter me as I have read this one.

    1. I'm glad to hear you love Jody's books! I think you should still enter the giveaway. You can win the entire series! Just click on the link above where the arrows are and fill out the form. Your comment here counts for 9 extra entries if you fill it out and check the boxes! :-)

  2. I've read quite a few books after fellow bloggers have recommended an author. Jody Hedlund is new to me but I'll be sure to see if our library carries her books. I'm going to enter the draw just in case. :-)

    1. I'm so glad you're going to enter the giveaway, Judith! I've heard nothing but wonderful things about Jody's books. Best wishes!!!

  3. I've read several of Jody's earlier books, but not any of this series. Would love to win the whole series.
    I prefer novels that can stand alone within a series.

    1. It's difficult to come into the fray, sometimes. Thanks for your visit, Patty!

  4. Thank you so much for hosting me as part of the blog tour! I appreciate your help promoting the book! :-) Jody

    1. Hey Jody, Thanks for stopping by. Rebecca and I are happy to promote great Christian fiction like yours! Blessings~

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    1. That's good to hear, Virginia! Have a great week!

  6. I love both types. Sometimes I just like to go back to a familiar place and people I know. It's like going home. Melissa Tagg's Maple Valley is a great example of that. But there are some series I'm so excited about certain books in the series but not others so like the idea of being able to read any of them without being left out or lost feeling. I'm so glad this is the case for The Beacons of Hope books!

    1. Yes, some series are like coming home. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I love Jody's books and find it fancinating that she homeschools and writes !
    Her books are such a godly inspiriation !
    Linda Marie Finn
    Faithful Acres Books

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Linda! I'm always delighted to hear of more folks who homeschool. YAY for homeschooling!!! :-)

      Didn't you blog on blogger years ago? I was pretty sure I followed you but I signed up again on your Wordpress site.

      Have a blessed weekend~


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