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Published by Bethany House on January 5th 2016
Genres: Christian, Fiction, General, Historical, Romance
Readers Await This Dramatic Conclusion to the Beacons of Hope Series. Tessa Taylor arrives in 1870s Upper Peninsula, Michigan, planning to serve as a new teacher to the town. Much to her dismay, however, she immediately learns that there was a mistake, that the town had requested a male teacher. Percival Updegraff, superintendent and chief mine clerk, says she can stay through winter since they won't be able to locate a new teacher before then, and Tessa can't help but say she is in his debt. Little does she know that Percival will indeed keep track of all that she owes him. Determined to become indispensable, Tessa throws herself into teaching, and soon the children of the widowed lighthouse keeper have decided she's the right match for their grieving father. Their uncle and assistant light keeper, Alex Bjorklund, has his own feelings for Tessa. As the two brothers begin competing for her hand, Tessa increasingly feels that someone is tracking her every move, and she may not be able to escape the trap that has been laid for her.
Tessa Taylor arrives to Eagle Harbor, Michigan with the hopes of starting over. She’s running from her past and hopes to change the lives of the children and parents of a struggling mining town through the opportunity of an education. She must face many obstacles, all connecting back to the sleazy superintendent and chief mine clerk Mr. Updegraff. Percivel runs the town like a tyrant and has surly plans for the new teacher. Meanwhile, the two handsome Bjorklund brothers vie for Tessa’s love.
I’m a little underwhelmed with Undaunted Hope. There is a love triangle between the two brothers and Tessa. I didn’t like who she ended up with, which was glaringly obvious. As for Alex Bjorklund, I just didn’t like his attitude toward Tessa. The whole “You’re in love with me. Just admit it…” thing was annoying. I’m unconvinced of their love. The romance and back and forth of the brothers took away from some possibly more interesting details of her teaching and life outside of the men. There were cute moments, but I’m just dissatisfied. Alex seemed to make Tessa selfish because she would ignore Michael Bjorklund, even though there were reasons to be rightfully concerned about him during certain scenes in the story.