“Hearts Made Whole” | Book 2 in Jody Hedlund’s Beacons of Hope Series

WHOO! Book 2 is finally here!

I’ve waited a really long time for this… and I’m so very excited to say that I finally have the novella AND the first two books!

… which is just how I like to review!

Stories about strong-willed women in distant times seem to be very prevalent in the current market.

I used to think it was a little silly – and unrealistic, but the more I research, the more I discover how realistic it really is… and I’m thankful to discover so many wonderful authors who write such amazing and accurate novels for us to enjoy.

I can hardly wait for the next story… if for no other reason than to see where Jody will take this wonderful series.


Review © JCMorrows 2015


More about Hearts Made Whole (Bethany House, June 2015)

Can she forgive the hurting man who costs her the role she loves?After her father’s death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse. But in 1865 Michigan, women aren’t supposed to have such roles, so it’s only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper—even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her.Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still haunted by the horrors of battle. He’s secured the position of lighthouse keeper mostly for the isolation—the chance to hide from his past is appealing. He’s not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who’s angry with him for taking her job and for his inability to properly run the light. When his failings endanger others, he and Caroline realize he’s in no shape to run the lighthouse, but he’s unwilling to let anyone close enough to help. Caroline feels drawn to this wounded soul, but with both of them relying on that single position, can they look past their loss to a future filled with hope…and possibly love?

About the author:
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
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“Love Unexpected” | Book 1 of Jody Hedlund’s Beacons of Hope Series


Love Unexpected is the first full-length novel in Jody Hedlund’s Beacons of Hope series!

If you have not read her novella intro; Out of the Storm, go snag it and read it BEFORE you read this one! It’s a FREE novella and you can’t get much better than FREE!

I have to be honest – the first thing that came to mind when I read the synopsis for this book was a memory of sitting with my mother as she read Janette Oke’s “Love Comes Softly” – woman stranded… in need of protection and shelter. Man with a young child… in need of a wife. Marriage seems like the best idea so they get “hitched”.

But even those similarities are worlds apart.

What a wonderful story! What an intriguing plot! What amazingly complex characters!

A love of lighthouses doesn’t hurt either…

A MUST READ for fans of Jody’s work!


And here is a bit more about Love Unexpected:

A Perfect Blend of History and Romance, with a Whisper of Mystery

All she’s ever wanted was a home. But stranded at Presque Isle port after their steamboat sank, Emma Chambers and her brother, Ryan, couldn’t be farther away from security. While Ryan at least can find work, Emma can’t even find a place to stay. An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper, who recently lost his wife and is struggling to raise his young son, arrives in town. A traveling preacher believes they might be the answer to each others’ problems, and after a hasty marriage, Emma is headed back to the lighthouse with this handsome but quiet stranger.

But nothing in her wandering life has prepared her for suddenly being asked to raise a child and keep a house. Struggling at every turn, Emma also suspects Patrick may be keeping something hidden from her. In town she hears whispers about strange circumstances surrounding his previous wife’s death, and it seems as though Emma’s answered prayer for a home and family may actually be something much more dangerous.


And watch for my next review. I’ll be talking about the next book in this series – the second full-length book; Hearts Made Whole.


Review © JCMorrows 2015

“Out of The Storm” | Intro Novella in Jody Hedlund’s Beacons of Hope Series

Before I tell you what I think of this new series… I have to say – I’m really glad it’s been nearly a month now since I read Jody’s post about eBook prices… I’ve had several weeks for my temper to cool and I’m now… well, somewhat calm.

It would not be fair to take out my frustration on her books… would it?


Fine then.


Imagine my surprise when I realized I had never actually reviewed this book on my blog. What on Earth happened…

Well, I dunno but I’m reviewing it NOW!
You can’t get much better than FREE! And the fact that it is an AMAZING story is just one BONUS of this FANTASTIC new series by Jody Hedlund!

OK… Yes, I have to admit it. I was not a huge fan of Jody’s new YA series but this series… I LOVE!

This first story, even though it’s a novella – does more than just introduce the series. It sets the tone completely. It tells us that we are diving into a wonderful series and it’s very exciting.

If you haven’t read it, go snag it! It’s FREE!


And here is a bit more about the novella – just in case you still need convincing [remember – it’s FREE!]

Having grown up in a lighthouse, loneliness is all Isabelle Thornton has ever known–and all, she assumes, she ever will know. But when her lightkeeper father rescues a young man from the lake, her sheltered world is turned upside down.

Bestselling author Jody Hedlund’s Out of the Storm is her first ever novella and introduces readers to Beacons of Hope, a new series set in the 1800s amid the romance, history, and danger surrounding the Great Lakes lighthouses of Michigan.


And watch for my next review. I’ll be talking about the next book in this series – the first full-length book; Love Unexpected.


Review © JCMorrows 2015

“An Uncertain Choice” by Jody Hedlund | YA DEBUT


Well, I’ll say this… Jody Hedlund excels at starting things off with a bang!

Let me say this also – if you are at all squeamish, have a weak stomach or a sensitive nature, you might want to rethink this read.


I can hardly believe it’s classified as young adult because the opening chapter alone is certainly not what I would present to a young audience.

But then, Jody has 10+ books under her belt so she may know more about it than me – so don’t just take my word for it.

Despite being too much for my tender Mercy’s heart, the book is incredibly well-written. In fact, it was all I could do to put it down… even when I was more than a little bothered by the content.

And possibly young adults today are more mature than I am giving them credit for and are perfectly able to handle such things but I know I am not and I’m 35.

Of course I discovered that when I tried to read about WWII…

Certain authors understand the squeamishness of their audience and write in such a way to show the horrors of real life without making it quite so descriptive.

This is not the first story of Jody Hedlund’s I have read and it certainly won’t be the last. I am nearly obsessed with her new lighthouse series and I look forward to each and every one so she has not lost me as a reader… just maybe not of her medievel series.

By the way, I’m giving the book 3 stars because – even though it’s not for me – it is exceptionally well-written. It would have been 4 but I’m still not certain this particular story is suitable for young adults and I hope the 3 stars will catch more attention and perhaps more readers will see my warning.

Review © JCMorrows 2015







Due to her parents’ promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father’s enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents’ will left a second choice. If Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow.

Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the competition for her heart seemingly results in a knight playing foul, she begins to wonder if the cloister is the best place after all. If only one of the knights the one who appears the most guilty had not already captured her heart.

Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy- tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.

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