I occasionally receive free books from Bethany House in exchange for reading them and posting a review.
This review is for the book Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund.
I would give this book 3 1/2 stars. I had a hard time staying interested in this book, but I did enjoy the setting and the basis for the story. I really liked the Connell character and enjoyed watching him go from standing back and not getting involved in the depravity that was happening around him to taking a stand for what was right and making things better by the end of the book. He seemed to find himself by the end and was firm in his beliefs and how things should be handled. I liked that he didn't let Lily boss him around or cave in to her demands even though he loved her.
As far as the Lily character, I liked her passion for what she was doing. However, I had a very hard time with her decisions as to HOW to right the wrongs she saw. Throughout the book, she continually thought nothing whatsoever about her own personal safety and charged head first into many dangerous situations without a real plan. She really needed to take time to learn some personal defensive moves, how to handle a weapon, or ways to defend herself if she was so insistent in charging into harmful situations on her own. I also disliked her belief that she was right, her way was the only way, and she only wanted to be with Connell if he did exactly what she wanted him to do. I found her a little too controlling and I was glad when Connell didn't give in to her. However, we did see a character change in the end as she learned that other people can do good things too even if it's not the way she thought it should be done.
If you like a story where the hero has to save the heroine over and over when she makes poor choices (even though her intentions are good), you will probably enjoy this book.
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