Review: Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund

Stop back by Britt Reads Fiction tomorrow for an interview with Jody Hedlund and a GIVEAWAY for a print copy of Undaunted Hope!

Undaunted HopeUndaunted Hope stands alone if you have not read the rest of the series. However, those who have read book two, Hearts Made Whole, will recognize that the main character in this novel comes from that story. The leading lady is Tessa, who caused all kinds of heartache in the previous book. She has grown into a very upstanding young lady, who deeply regrets her past actions that hurt her family.

I truly liked Tessa throughout this whole novel. She was a character who could be a bit stubborn at times and held strong opinions about things such as menial labor, level of education people should try to achieve, and she had an intense dislike of lighthouses. I appreciated seeing Tessa learn many things in this book.

The interactions between Tessa and the children in Undaunted Hope were very well written. The different personalities and situations that arose were very believable. The romantic tension that bloomed between Tessa and two brothers was wonderful. I loved seeing the differences in the ways Alex and Michael related to Tessa. It was clear to me who Tessa truly loved and it was a pleasure to watch her slowly come to the realization of it herself.

This book was very romantic and had quite a bit of danger and uncertainty in it. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and definitely recommend it for fans of historical fiction.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Undaunted HopeTessa Taylor arrives in 1870s Upper Peninsula, Michigan, planning to serve as a new teacher to the town. Much to her dismay, however, she immediately learns that there was a mistake, that the town had requested a male teacher. Percival Updegraff, superintendent and chief mine clerk, says she can stay through winter since they won’t be able to locate a new teacher before then, and Tessa can’t help but say she is in his debt. Little does she know that Percival will indeed keep track of all that she owes him.

Determined to become indispensable, Tessa throws herself into teaching, and soon the children of the widowed lighthouse keeper have decided she’s the right match for their grieving father. Their uncle and assistant light keeper, Alex Bjorklund, has his own feelings for Tessa. As the two brothers begin competing for her hand, Tessa increasingly feels that someone is tracking her every move, and she may not be able to escape the trap that has been laid for her.


Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and bestselling historical fiction author. She won the 2011 Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Romance Writers and was a finalist for Best Debut Novel in the 2011 ACFW Carol Awards. Currently she makes her home in central Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog.

Find Jody online: website, Twitter, Facebook


To purchase a copy of Undaunted Hope, please click on the book cover:

Undaunted Hope


About Brittany

I am a homeschooling mother of four children. I am an avid reader and have been for as long as I can remember. I truly enjoy reading and reviewing books I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
This entry was posted in author, book, book review, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Review: Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund

  1. carylkane says:

    I’m so excited for the release of Undaunted Hope!

  2. Sonja says:

    I just love historical fiction. And this cover is wonderful. The author is one of my faves! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.