Friday, January 20, 2017

"Never Forget" by Jody Hedlund Book Tour And GiveAway

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About the Book

Book: Never Forget

Author: Jody Hedlund  

Genre: Historical Romance  

Release Date: January 4, 2017  

Rose Island Lighthouse, Rhode Island  

June 1880  

Will she betray his trust to stay on the island she loves?

Abbie Wilson is content to spend her days clamming, crabbing, and tending Rose Island Lighthouse. Her grandpa is the head light keeper, but his senility may lead to their eviction. Since leaving the island would kill her beloved Gramps, Abbie will do anything to keep him in the one place he knows and loves.

Wealthy Nathaniel Winthrop III’s wild living has gained him a reputation as the ‘bad boy’ among the elite social circles of Newport. After a blow to the head in a yachting accident washes him up on Rose Island, Nathaniel has no memories of his past.

Abbie tends the wounded stranger in her home only to realize he assumes they’re married. Although she knows she needs to correct Nathaniel’s mistake, his presence calms Gramps and provides a way to prevent eviction from the lighthouse.

The longer the charade continues, the harder it gets for Abbie to tell Nathaniel the truth, more so as she begins to fall in love. Everyone she’s ever loved has abandoned her. Will Nathaniel leave her too, once he discovers he’s not really her husband?

My Review

"You're Despicable. I don't want to see you ever again". When I read those words in "Never Forget" by Jody Hedlund, I was like No No, you can't mean that".  I think those were the saddest words in the entire series ( Beacons Of Hope).

"Never Forget" by Jody Hedlund is the fifth and final book in the series. All Five books can be read as standalones but I am glad I read the entire series including the  novella "
Out of the Storm" that introduces the Beacons of Hope, which is a series set in the 1800s amid the romance, history, and danger surrounding the Great Lakes lighthouses of Michigan.

"Never Forget" is a novel that is filled with love and SUSPENSE. Everytime I thought I knew what was going to happen between the characters a new twist happened in the story. This book had me rejoicing and then I was No, that can't be. I want it to go the other way. This is one story that literally kept me on the edge to the last page.

All five stories feature a different lighthouse and a wooden cross .

"Never Forget" is a love story about forgiveness and learning to trust in God's love , well all five are.

Can wealthy Nathaniel Winthrop III, and Abbie, a poor lightkeeper who is trying to keep her grandfather safe and happy, find happiness? Abbie is hoping but there is a problem, Nathaniel doesn't remember who he is and Abbie is afraid to tell him the truth because he thinks he is her husband.

"Never Forget" made me experience laughter and hope and sadness. All the qualities that makes a "Great Read"

I really loved the ending and it is a perfect ending but it is also bittersweet that the series has ended. I think I would like to read more of these characters but I will definitely be reading more of Jody Hedlund's books. The "Beacon Of Hope" series was the first of her books I  have read and I have to say I am glad to say this reader is no longer a stranger to her novels. 

Warning: Although these books are clean reads, there is a lot of PASSIONATE kisses.

I am giving "Never Forget" by Jody Hedlund five stars. I was given a copy of "Never Forget" by the author and Celebrate Lit.  These opinions are mine own.

About the Author

Winner of the 2016 Christian Book Award and Christy Award, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

Guest Post from Jody Hedlund

Which Do You Prefer: Series or Standalones?

By Jody Hedlund

Readers usually have strong opinions about whether they like series or standalones.

Some readers refuse to read books that are inter-related. Others can’t get enough books about their favorite characters.

I see the pros and cons of both.

For series, I don’t like feeling lost as I try to wade through previous characters along with their backstory. I recently started a series by a well-known author and was disappointed to realize the first book was connected to a previous series she’d already published. From the get-go, I felt left out as though I didn’t quite know who all the characters were or their significance.

On the other hand, for standalones, I sometimes feel as though I would like the story to continue. I’ve invested in the setting and characters and so enjoy when I can return to that place and continue to glimpse the characters I’ve fallen in love with—even if from a distance.  

My favorites are books that fall in the middle between standalone and series. I like to think of them as standalones within a series. Becky Wade’s Porter brother series is like that. Each of the books centers around one of the brothers (and a tomboy sister). While characters from other books make an appearance in the stories, each plot is separate and complete without any reliance upon another book.

My Beacons of Hope lighthouse series falls in the middle too. The books are related in that they all take place at lighthouses and share a symbolic “cross of hope” that is passed on from one book to the next. A minor character in a previous book becomes the hero or heroine in the next book. But each book can be read by itself without having read any of the others.

In other words, readers can pick up my newest release, Never Forget, which is the fifth and final book in the series, and they wouldn’t be confused about who the characters are or what their history is. The plot starts with a bang and ends with a satisfying sigh. It is complete story unto itself.

And yet, for those who’ve read other books in the series, they’ll get to see the happily-ever-after of a character from a previous book. And they’ll also get to find out where the cross of hope finally ends.

If you’re not a fan of series, I encourage you to give the Beacons of Hope series a try. It might satisfy the need for standalones and series all in one neat little package.

To that end, I’m giving away all FIVE books in the series as part of the Celebrate Lit blog tour to one lucky winner!  

Tell us: What is your preference: Standalones, Series, or Standalones within a Series?

Blog Stops

                                                      January 10: Reading Is My SuperPower

January 10: Karen Sue Hadley
January 10: Bookworm Mama
January 11: Faithfully Bookish
January 11: Inklings and Notions
January 12: Smiling Book Reviews
January 12: Genesis 5020
January 13: The Scribbler
January 13: Bibliophile Reviews
January 14: Daysong Reflections
January 14: Blogging With Carol
January 15: Moments Dipped in Ink
January 16: A Greater Yes
January 16: Bigreadersite
January 17: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS
January 18: Book by Book
January 18: Jeanette’s Thoughts
January 19: Carpe Diem
January 19: A Bakers Perspective
January 19: Splashes of Joy
January 20: Christian Bookaholic
January 20: Stuff and Nonsense
January 21: Radiant Light
January 21: cherylbbookblog
January 22: Neverending Stories
January 22: A Path of Joy
January 23: Henry Happens
January 23: Onceuponatime


To celebrate her tour, Jody is giving away the entire Beacons of Hope series. Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


  1. I love Jody Hedlund. I am reading one of her books now for the second time. Thanks for the giveaway and the great review and guest post. Good luck everyone.

  2. I loved your review. You focused on what you like about the book and pointed out things readers would like. Great job.

  3. Great review! I'm looking forward to reading this one.

  4. I am a big fan of all of Jody Hedlund's books. I put everything she writes on my must read list! The only book I have read in this series is Out of the Storm, so I would love to win this prize package.

  5. Thank you so much for hosting me on the Celebrate Lit blog tour, Debbie! I appreciate your lovely review! Many blessings! Jody

  6. Oh,this sounds like a book that will feed my love for coastal waters. Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to read this.

  7. I like books that stand alone. With so many Christian fiction authors today, it's very difficult to keep up with all the sequels.