Book Giveaway & an Interview with Jody Hedlund

I’m thrilled to host Jody Hedlund on my blog today. Scroll down to learn more about her latest book, Undaunted Hope. And that’s not all! Jody is also giving away one print copy of Undaunted Hope.Β Undaunted Hope



Hi Jody!

Each of your lighthouse books is set at a real lighthouse that once existed in Michigan or still does exist. Tell us a little about the lighthouse in this third book.

Yes, my first lighthouse book (Love Unexpected) is set at Presque Isle which is on Lake Huron on the north eastern side of the state. The second book (Hearts Made Whole) is set at Windmill Point Lighthouse that once existed on Lake St. Clair near Detroit.

Undaunted Hope is set at Eagle Harbor Lighthouse which is in the far north of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In fact, it’s about as far north as you can go in Michigan. During the mining boom in the Upper Peninsula, Eagle Harbor saw a rapid increase in the commerce in the area with ships arriving to supply miners as well as load up the valuable copper that was being mined. Due to the dangers of a rocky ledge in the harbor, the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse was established in 1851 to guide ships safely to and from the docks in the harbor.

The heroines in the first two books actually live in lighthouses. In Undaunted Hope, the heroine is a school teacher. Why did you decide for her to be a school teacher instead of a light keeper?

As I researched the area and the Keweenau Peninsula, I came across the diary of a real school teacher, Henry Hobart, who lived and taught in Clifton which was just a few miles down the road from Eagle Harbor. He wrote a detailed account of his life as a school teacher to the mining children.

I loved reading his diary and learning about all he experienced, especially those unique things that came with being in such a remote area of Michigan and living among the mining community.

I used many of Hobart’s experiences in Undaunted Hope. For example, he boarded with a Cornish family, the Rawlings, and Mr. Rawlings was a prominent mine engineer and mechanic. So I had Tessa board with this particular family. Hobart faced many hardships like bedbugs, lice, scarlet fever, the harsh winter, and much more. So again, I had Tessa experience many of those same things.

Eagle Harbor itself has an old one-room school house now known as the Rathbone School House. While it’s no longer in use and serves as a museum, during my research trip I was able to visit it. I used it as the inspiration for the school house in this book.

Do you base the villain in Undaunted Hope on a real Michigan criminal as you do in previous books? If so, who did you pick this time?

The villain, Percival Updegraff, is based on a real rogue from Michigan history, Albert Molitor. Molitor lived in Rogers City and ruled as “king” over his wilderness lumbering community. He controlled who was hired and fired. He had a company store and held a monopoly on all food and merchandise.

He was also a sexual predator. Since he had so much control over the people who worked for him, if he took interest in a woman, he would walk into the woman’s house and order her into bed. If she refused or resisted, he’d fire her husband and force the family to leave the company owned home.

He “ruled” this way until the people in the community finally revolted. They held secret meetings to plan to overthrow him. And while it took a couple of attempts, they attempted to assassinate him. He was mortally wounded and eventually died which finally freed the town of his cruelty.

You have a busy publication schedule in 2016! In addition to Undaunted Hope, can you tell us what other books we have to look forward to?

My second young adult novel, A Daring Sacrifice, releases in March. I’m super excited about this reverse twist on the Robin Hood story set during medieval times.

In June, Forever Safe releases. This is a fourth lighthouse book that involves a very special character. While the first three books are set at all Michigan lighthouses, this fourth book moves to the East Coast to Race Point Lighthouse on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Finally in October, my second historical will release. Following in the same vein as my Luther and Katharina book, I will be bringing to life another historical couple. I hope to reveal the couple, title, and cover in the next few months!

Do you have any parting words?

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The giveaway is for one paper back copy of Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund and is restricted to US addresses only due to shipping costs.

The giveaway begins on 1/16/16 and ends at midnight on 1/23/16.

To enter, click on the book cover or Rafflecopter link.

Undaunted Hope


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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.
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49 Responses to Book Giveaway & an Interview with Jody Hedlund

  1. Kathryn Voss says:

    When my brother lived in the UP, we would tour the area and visit lighthouses. I also visited one in Door County. There’s something nostalgic and romantic about those stately structures!

  2. Yes, I’ve been to many lighthouses! My late husband and I went to all the lighthouses in North Carolina one summer. It was so fun! In my (our) beach house, I have a bedroom decorated with lighthouses. I’d love to win this book! It would be fun to put some lighthouse books in that room!
    Susan in NC

  3. sarahsmithstorm says:

    I love that this book sets place in Michigan. I live in Michigan and love when authors write about places they visit, live or history they find to be fascinating. It’s super cool!

  4. Wenona says:

    Sad to say, I’ve never been to a light house, but have read several historical fiction stories where that was the setting and really enjoyed them. This looks like a great read!

  5. I have seen lighthouses but never been in one.

  6. Heather Olsen says:

    I have never visited a lighthouse, but have driven past a few.

  7. Anne L. Rightler says:

    No, I have not visited any lighthouses but my sister was “into” lighthouse decor so for several yrs I bought a lot of lighthouse ‘trinkets’ and decor for her birthday and Christmas gifts. Would love to win the book. Thank you for the interview and the opportunity.

  8. Loraine N. says:

    I love this question because I get to share one of my favorite memories. My husband proposed to me at the top of the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse in Michigan! We have been to almost all of the lighthouses in Michigan’s lower peninsula. Thanks for the interview with Jody and the giveaway!

  9. pattymh2000 says:

    I grew up in MI, but don’t remember visiting any lighthouses as a child. I been to the top of the Harbor Town lighthouse on Hilton Head Island in SC, but I’m not sure that it was ever a working lighthouses, I think it is more for looks than anything.

  10. Lucy Reynolds says:

    I loved the first two books in this series. I visited a lighthouse in Door County, WI. Thank you for the chance to win.

  11. wendynewcomb says:

    Yes I have visited more than one lighthouse. Unfortunately I was unable to make it to the top, way too many steps for me. I really enjoyed going even if I could only visit the surrounding historical buildings & homes as well as the gift shop. I did get some good pictures of the lighthouse though, lol.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  12. Karen says:

    I grew up in Michigan. I’ve seen lots of lighthouses! I’ve also been to the lighthouse in Cape May, NJ, when I lived in PA. I never tire of visiting them.

  13. Pam K. says:

    I’ve never seen a lighthouse in person. I did read Jody’s first book in this series and a book by Collen Coble that had a lighthouse theme. My knowledge is pretty limited.

  14. Kim Hampton says:

    I’ve never visited a lighthouse, but I would love to!

  15. Bhriv says:

    Absolutely love Jody’s book! Would love to win it, but if not…definitely going to read it!

  16. kim amundsen says:

    Yes every summer we went to maine. Fun to see the insides of them.

  17. Elma brooks says:

    Love to win this book ,love lighthouses…had the opportunity to visit the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse last summer, which I did climb up ,then we visit the Bodie lighthouse,didn’t climb that one.Going back soon to visit the others.
    Thanks for the interview.

  18. Elizabeth Dent says:

    I have visited some light houses , but it has been awhile . Love your blog Britt . I have not read this book , but it sounds so good . Would love to win . Thanks for the giveaway .

  19. Bonnie Roof says:

    I love lighthouses – and have taken pics of them all over the U.S.. I lived in an apartment on a bank overlooking Lake Michigan – for a year, such a wonderful experience, and the lighthouse was just a mile or so down the beach from me. I loved to go walking on the beach and out to the lighthouse at dusk. It wasn’t something to be done in stormy weather, however – a young man was killed when he was washed off the walkway to the lighthouse, by a wave during a storm, while I was living there. Even though the walkway seemed quite high, one can underestimate the strength of a lake storm and the height of it’s waves. I’ve heard that Lake Michigan is more dangerous than an ocean-the many sunken ships in it’s depths an illustration of this.

    I love Jody’s writing, and enjoyed the interesting interview. Such an exciting storyline “Undaunted Hope” has, can’t wait to read it – thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

    Shared post!!

  20. Sarah Richmond says:

    No, I haven’t even been to see a lighthouse but I think it would be fun to see one someday!!!

  21. Jeanie Dannheim says:

    Even though a long way from my home state of Michigan, the history fascinates me – and lighthouses equally fascinate me! I appreciate that Jody Hedlund used events from a real school teacher and info on a real antagonist. Also, I had forgotten that copper mining had once been very important. Only once have I been near a lighthouse, in Michigan. While I don’t remember exactly where, it was not active, and fenced in. Can’t wait to read this latest book!

  22. There isn’t any lighthouses here in Oklahoma but I enjoy reading and learning about them through Body’s books

  23. Yes I have! πŸ™‚ I’ve visited the lighthouse in St. Augustine, Fl! πŸ™‚ I was beautiful! But I wouldn’t want to be the keeper and have to lug that heavy oil up ALL those stairs every day! πŸ˜‰ WOW! When I read Hearts Made Whole I REALLY thought it was great the Jody made the heroine the keeper of the light!

    Many Blessing, Amada (

  24. Karen says:

    I have not visited a lighthouse, but I love to see pictures of them! I think it would be exciting (because of Jodi’s books I’ve read so far) to be a keeper!

  25. Winnie T says:

    I visited a couple of awesome ones in Portugal. They were wonderful and interesting. Thanks for the interview and the chance to win.

  26. Lisa Cowell says:

    I live in NW Ohio, so yes, lighthouses are common, and I have visited them. I am also intrigued by the Michigan settings since I am so close to Michigan.

  27. Merry says:

    I have visited Fire Island Lighthouse in Montauk, NY. This looks like a wonderful book that I would love to read. Thanks for the great interview Brittany! Also I am looking forward to the second knights book too. I have not read any of Jody’s adult novels yet.

  28. Winnie T says:

    I visited a couple of lighthouses in Portugal. They were very interesting and beautiful. Thanks for the interview and the chance to win.

  29. Jackie McNutt says:

    No , I love light houses but have not had the opportunity to visit any.

  30. Cyndi Wilson says:

    LOVE Jody’s books! Yes, I’ve been to Cape Hatteras on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

  31. DEE says:

    I would love to have this book.

  32. kda61 says:

    Jody, I enjoyed reading about your research trip to Eagle Harbor, Michigan, I have never traveled that far north. I did make it across Mackinac Bridge in 2011. I enjoy reading diaries from the 1700 and 1800’s along with war time diaries.

    I enjoy visiting lighthouses. I have visited several along the Washington and Oregon Coasts. If you have seen the movie “The Goonies”, you have seen the lighthouse my brother gave us a tour of while he was serving with the Coast Guard at Astoria, Oregon. It was fascinating listen to him tell us how they were converting the lighting system in the lighthouse so the light would reach further.

    My designated project for this year is to complete the 1500 piece puzzle of all the Michigan State Lighthouses my father gave me for Christmas.

    I look forward to the release of your book.

  33. Alyssaz says:

    That is quite the full schedule! I knew aBout these first 2 books, but not that she would releasing 2 more later this year! Wowza! And congrats πŸ™‚

  34. Christina Pereira says:

    I used to visit the lighthouse on Ocracoke island in the North Carolina outerbanks. It is still used today. A wonderful experience. I love lighthouses. They were so essential to safety and hold so much history.

  35. agboss777 says:

    I live in Michigan and have seen light houses from afar but never personally visited one. This books sounds very intriguing & is on my ‘Books To Read’ list! Thanks so much for this interview and the opportunity of this giveaway! ~Alison

  36. Sylvia Miller says:

    Oh, yes I’ve visited several lighthouses! They are some of my favorite sights to see. I live in North Carolina and we have several lovely lighthouses on the Outer Banks and other places as well. There’s nothing like the water and that solid lighthouse on it’s banks.


  37. susanmsj says:

    I have never visited a lighthouse (there aren’t many in west Texas, lol), but I plan to visit one in Hawaii next month when I go visit my sister. This sounds like a really good book.

  38. I have never visited a lighthouse but I enjoy reading books containing lighthouses! Thanks for the giveaway, I love Jody’s books!

  39. carylkane says:

    I grew up near at lighthouse on the Texas Gulf Coast. I don’t remember ever visiting it though. Thanks for the great interview with Jody. “Undaunted Hope” is at the top of my wish list.

  40. I have seen a couple of lighthouses from a distance but don’t believe I’ve ever been up in one. Need to remedy that — and here’s hoping I win Undaunted Hope! πŸ™‚

  41. Nanette says:

    I was able to visit a lighthouse and walk up to the top of it in Scotland a few years back. My grandmother had spent her summers in a cottage by the lighthouse and cleaned the lanterns in the lighthouse. I was awesome to visit the lighthouse there.

  42. Nanette Kern says:

    I was able to visit a lighthouse in Scotland that my grandmother had vacationed at as a little girl. She cleaned lanterns as a little girl there. I was able to climb up to the top and look out – it was awesome!

  43. conniepsaunders says:

    No. I have never had the opportunity to visit a lighthouse. Thanks for featuring Jody and thank you for this giveaway.

  44. Kristin H. says:

    I have never visited a lighthouse.

  45. I love lighthouses. Some of my favorites are off the Oregon Coast.

  46. Merry Z says:

    I’ve been to many lighthouses on both coasts of the US.

  47. MomIsReading says:

    I did go to one as a child. I can’t even remember where it was though.

  48. Karen R says:

    Love this series! We’ve enjoyed touring lighthouses on the Oregon and Washington Coast. It’s really interesting to imagine living in one as a keeper.

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