Unending Devotion, by Jody Hedlund.
Lily Young is an adult orphan trying to find her sister;
who she thought was safe with an adoptive family, but runs away. Lily
has a job as a photographer’s assistant and travels in central Michigan
to logging camps as part of her work. She goes from brother to brothel
seeking to save her sister, often saving others instead. She uses her
faith and strength from God to save young girls who are caught up in the
ugly shanty town lifestyles, and end up becoming prostitutes. She
helps rally townspeople to make things better and overthrow a powerful
tavern/brothel owner, who makes his own laws.
I enjoyed this book. I’ve been a Michigan resident my whole life, and this book brought some unsavory history to me about lumber towns. It resembles classic stories about newly developing towns and how they were full of men, taverns and lawlessness. It told of the struggle of building a town, trying to get churches and schools established, so respectable citizens and families would want to settle. It showed perseverance, and using God’s strength and grace to fight for what is right, even when the battle is hard.
This book was given to me as a review copy from Bethany House Publishing Group. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.