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Monday, June 22, 2015

Out of the Storm (Beacons of Hope): A Novella by Jody Hedlund




            This novella introduces us to the Beacons of Hope series. I was drawn into the story from the very first page, with the interesting start after a devastating storm, and it kept my attention until the last page. I loved the unique setting in Michigan, close by the lighthouse and water, as well as the unique story where Isabelle and her father save Henry from the storm which nearly killed him.

            From the opening paragraph to the closing chapter, Jody Hedlund captured the harsh reality of living on the shores of the Great Lakes in Michigan. The dangers, both natural and human, are woven into the story allowing the reader to gain a glimpse into the life of an 1850's lighthouse keeper. It was interesting to see how this historical romance novella plays out. A sweet and unique story.  I enjoyed the novella's setting, characters, and plot. I look forward to reading more about the life and times of the Great Lakes' lighthouse keepers and their families.

            Overall, I  enjoyed this novella. It had a number of surprising revelations and there was a tension that coursed through it pushing the story forward. Would Henry grow up, give up his playboy ways and settle down with a handicapped wife? Will Isabella leave the only life she’s ever known and settle down in a mansion? You’ll have to read Out Of The Storm to find out.
Like most novellas, it was a quick read.

I received a copy of eBook from the publisher for my review 


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