Publication Date: January 2016
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Bethany House Publishers
“He wanted to pull out his money and outbid his brother.”
Tessa Taylor certainly complicates the lives of bachelor brothers, Alex and Michael Bjorklund, when she lands in Eagle Harbor, Michigan on a September day in 1871. Tessa, a beautiful young woman, hired to be the local schoolteacher finds herself in all kinds of trouble after being hired by Percival Updegraff, superintendent of the local mining operation, because he thought she was a man.
The novel follows the drama of life in a mining town which is controlled by a dishonest, scheming man who thinks nothing of destroying anyone who dares to dispute his word. The tale unfolds as Tessa begins teaching and gradually finds herself enmeshed in the lives of the Bjorklund brothers, who run the local lighthouse.
Some of the characters in the story are based on real people and events which were detailed in diary entries. The detailing of life in a mining town during the most brutal time of the year is both interesting and sad at the same time. The book is centered on themes of overcoming fear by facing it with faith and the fact that goodness and faith triumph over evil even in the darkest of times.
The characters in this novel were not as appealing as in the previous books in the series. The story did not move at a very fast pace. I had to push myself to get through a couple of slower spots. I have read all of Jody Hedlund’s books; and to me, this particular book was not as engaging as her others.
This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
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