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?
My Overall Feeling of the Book:
This book's main theme is Good vs. Evil and standing up for what you know to be right. And...standing against what you know to be wrong. Sometimes that is a bit harder to do.
It is also about enduring love. Not the romantic kind but the familial. It really made me think about some of my relationships with family members and see that I need a more understanding and loving heart. Ouch, my toes!
This was my first read by Jody Hedlund but I look forward to more in the future!
My Favorite Character:
My favorite character was Lily. Even though at times I thought she was naive, obtuse and reckless, she always had good motives and intentions. The love she had for her sister was unwavering even if it did cause Connell to have to rescue her a few times.
My Favorite Scene:
Speaking of rescuing, my favorite scene is after Connell rescues Lily from dying in a snow storm. They find a lean-to to weather out the storm and are stuck there for a few days. Alone. How scandalous!
My Favorite Sentence/Paragraph:
"Did you know the wolves would come?" She shivered and wrapped the blankets tighter.
"I figured once the storm abated, they'd catch our scent. But I was hoping they'd leave us alone."
The scratching at the door started again.
Page 132 (Lily and Connell)
It Would Have Been Better If:
I hate to be blood-thirsty but I would have liked for Connell to beat the tar out of his brother a lot sooner. lol
I Would Recommend This Book To:
Photographers, timber-people, Michiganians (? hehe), family business-ers, accountants, those in the hospitality industry, sisters, weather dependant workers, foresters.
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