About the Book
In Her Darkest Hours, Is He the Man She Needs?
Lily Young longs to find her lost sister or will die trying. Heedless of any danger, she searches logging camps and towns, posing as a photographer’s assistant. And then she arrives in Harrison, Michigan–and the sights of Connell McCormick.
Connell is determined to increase the fortune of his lumber-baron father and figures as long as he’s living an upright life, that’s what matters. But when Lily arrives in town she upends his world, forcing him to confront the truth that dangerous men have gained too much power while good men turn a blind eye.
Vexing but persuasive, Lily soon secures Connell’s help, drawing them ever closer to each other. Will standing for what’s right cost them both everything?
I loved the story of Lily. She’s doing something that I think most people wouldn’t have the courage to do. She’s saving young women who are in need of rescue. But the one young woman she wants to rescue eludes her. Lily was so focused on her sister that I don’t think she realized when love came knocking on her door. It took her a little while to realize she was falling. But I liked that about the story. She wasn’t hard-headed, well yeah she was to a point, she was just so focused on what was important to her. I think that’s always how it happens. Love finds you when you least expect it. And even though she tried to listen to what God wanted for her she was so focused on her “mission” that she didn’t realize that God had put love in her life for a reason.
Connell was probably my favorite character. He’d been hurt and wasn’t quite ready to move on. So I think he was just as shocked when he realized that he was falling in love. But what I liked the most about him is that he was so much like many men I know. At first he just went with the flow. Lived his life and tried not to meddle in what was going on around him. But once he realizes that what is going on bothers him, maybe with a little influence, he stands up and does what’s right in his heart.
The writing was pretty good. I can tell that Hedlund did her homework. Being a Michigander I’ve done a bit of research on how the logging companies worked when they set up shop in the north of the state and Hedlund’s account seems to be pretty accurate. It really helped me connect to the story to see the author really knew what she was talking about. She may have took a little liberty, but to write good fiction I think that’s a necessary evil. And even though the end was a bit on the cheesy, everyone’s happy side it was still good. I didn’t cry (surprisingly) but it was still a touching story.
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