Beacons of Hope, #3
Eagle Harbor, Michigan
In a Town Mired in Darkness,
She May Shine the Light They Need
Running from the mistakes of her past, Tessa Taylor heads to the uppermost reaches of Michigan, planning to serve as the new teacher to the children of miners. She quickly learns the town had requested a male teacher, but Percival Updegraff, superintendent and chief mine clerk, says she can stay through winter since it's too late to replace her. Tessa can't help but thank him and say she is in his debt.
Determined to make herself irreplaceable once spring thaw arrives, Tessa throws herself into her work, and soon two students have decided Miss Taylor is the right match for their grieving father. At the same time, charming assistant lightkeeper Alex Bjorklund makes his interest known, surprising Tessa, who has never had men fight for her hand before. But not all is well as she feels that someone is tracking her every move, and she may not be able to escape the trap that has been laid for her.
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Undaunted Hope is the third book in the Beacons of Hope series and it reacquaints us with Tessa Taylor and introduces us to another lighthouse on the Michigan shores.
Interestingly enough Tessa isn't going to Eagle Harbor to work in the lighthouse. In fact she wants nothing to do with the lighthouse. The thought only brings up bad memories that she is determined to run away from. Instead she has signed on to be the local teacher.
Percival Updegraff is the superintendent and chief mine clerk and he is not at all pleased to have a female teacher show up. The man is just wicked but Tessa has set her mind to proving she's worthy of the position.
Then there's the Bjorklund brothers. One is a grieving widow and the other is a bachelor. Both are interested in Tessa. And therein lies the problem.
As with all of Hedlund's novels the story is multi-layered. The surface story is that of a romance blooming where it seems impossible. But the real heart of the story lies deeper. In it you get to explore how running away from a problem doesn't usually make the problem go away. Through Tessa we get to see how facing the situation and dealing with it will allow you to heal and move on.
The dynamics between the two Bjorklund brothers was also a lesson worth watching unfold. The love of a sibling goes deep and sometimes sacrifices are made that aren't necessarily in the best interest of either party.
I've enjoyed this series and look forward to the next book. While the storyline has a common thread that weaves throughout the books they can be read as stand alone novels. But, if you plan to read them all you really should read them in order so you won't have plot spoilers creep up on you!
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