Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Author Spotlight + Giveaway - Jody Hedlund

Jody Hedlund

Winner of the 2016 Christian Book Award and finalist for the Christy Awards, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

Click on the cover to learn more. You will find links to my reviews below the titles. Even though I have not read ALL of Jody's books...I do own every single one (in a combination of print and ebook...working on getting all print).

Young Adult



A Daring Sacrifice


Historical Romance

The Beacons of Hope Series




Undaunted Hope (Beacons of Hope #3)

Forever Safe

Never Forget

The Michigan Brides Collection




The Hearts of Faith Collection





Luther & Katharina
Newton and Polly


The Orphan Train Series

Trying to fill the ache she feels in her empty life, wealthy Christine Pendelton decides to volunteer at Centre Street Chapel. Reaching the worst part of New York City, the chapel aims at making a difference in the lives of the impoverished immigrants flooding the city. After seeing firsthand the hopelessness of the poor women and orphans, Christine believes more can be done to help them.
Guy Bedell has been serving at the Chapel and pouring his heart out for the poor people he’s grown to care about. When Christine begins to challenge his methods and offers a new vision of reaching out , can he trust that perhaps God has bigger plans in store for him–plans that may include this feisty socialite?

A Riveting Look at the Orphan Train from Historical Novelist Jody Hedlund

When a financial crisis in 1850s New York leaves three orphaned sisters nearly destitute, the oldest, Elise Neumann, knows she must take action. She’s had experience as a seamstress, and the New York Children’s Aid Society has established a special service: placing out seamstresses and trade girls. Even though Elise doesn’t want to leave her sisters for a job in Illinois, she realizes this may be their last chance.

The son of one of New York City’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, Thornton Quincy faces a dilemma. His father is dying, and in order to decide which of his sons will inherit everything, he is requiring them to do two things in six months: build a sustainable town along the Illinois Central Railroad, and get married. Thornton is tired of standing in his twin brother’s shadow and is determined to win his father’s challenge. He doesn’t plan on meeting a feisty young woman on his way west, though.

LOOK at this PIN that one of my wonderful readers, Jodi Abbot made!! I'm so honored!! And just tickled to death! Thank you so much Jodi!
Image made by Jodi Abbot - Pinterest
Have you ever found an author that from the minute you crack open the pages of their newest release, you just KNOW that nothing else will get done until you finish. Well, Jody Hedlund is THAT author for me. I have to get caught up on dishes and laundry before I allow myself to bask in the glory of her story. Faith is embedded in every sentence of Jody's books...and like Pepper...she is able to take one of your least favorite characters and turn them into someone who you want as your best friend. I have lost count how many times Jody's books have made me cry (full blown tears and snot streaming down my face kind of crying). If you want an intense roller coaster ride, Jody is your author! Characters who make you angry, heroes who make you swoon, heroines who defy the odds, and settings that will steal the very breath from your lungs. I am so excited about Jody's NEW SERIES! Definitely a must read! But my personal favorite is Newton & Polly, which is why it is a part of the giveaway. Such a powerful story! If you haven't read any books by Jody before, she has three novellas for FREE that you can check out HERE! And don't miss the excerpt from Newton & Polly below.

Newton & Polly
A Novel of Amazing Grace

December 1742
Chatham, England

“I fear that our wassailing has become a nuisance.” Polly Catlett slowed her steps, her toes aching in the stiff leather of her boots, the damp chill of December finally taking its toll. “Nonsense.” Susanna Smith linked her arm into Polly’s and dragged her toward the front door of the tenant farmhouse that stood across the road from the Blue Anchor Inn. “You’ve such a pretty voice. You could never be a nuisance.” One of Susanna’s friends, an older Quaker widow who held the beribbonned wassail bowl, knocked on the farmhouse door, while the others in the wassailing group formed a semicircle for the singing. A mangy mutt had announced their presence with deep-throated barking that echoed in the crisp cloudlessness of the coming night. The fading golden brocade that streaked the sky overhead was all that remained of the daylight but enough to show the frozen rosy splotches on each of their noses and cheeks. Enough for Polly to glimpse tension on the face of the older Quaker widow. “This is the last house,” Polly whispered to Susanna, flexing her aching fingers inside her wool mittens. “Then we shall return home.” “Of course,” Susanna conceded as the door opened and bright light poured out upon them, illuminating a spark in Susanna’s eyes, a spark Polly knew all too well. A spark that meant something was afoot. The
Quaker widow stepped away from the door and took her place among other Dissenters in the group who were attired in plain and unadorned garments as was their custom. Earlier, after Susanna had convinced Polly to join her for the wassailing, Polly wasn’t entirely surprised to discover that their company was made up of Susanna’s Dissenter friends. Susanna made no pretense about her strong political views and never passed up an opportunity to gather with like-minded friends whenever she came to visit. Although Polly would have preferred to wassail with friends from her own social circle, she hadn’t been able to begrudge Susanna the favor. Nor had she been able to resist an opportunity to sing, even if the group was strange and sober. Susanna’s poke through her heavy cloak was Polly’s sign to begin her song. As the open doorway filled with several women, Polly took her place at the fringe of the group and hummed several notes before starting, “A jolly wassail bowl, a wassail of good ale…” The others allowed her to sing the first stanza by herself, and her voice lifted clear and pure with the melody of the traditional song. A hush fell over the women who were now stepping out of the farmhouse. As her song rose, even the dog stopped its barking. At the Blue Anchor Inn across the road, she could feel the attention of several patrons upon her, men who were either coming to or going from the alehouse. Out of the corner of her eye, she could see that one stocky man had leaned his shoulder against the weathered clapboards and was staring at her from beneath the triangular brim of his cocked hat. (Used with Permission)

I have collaborated with all of these authors and I am so excited for this giveaway! I am giving away a box of FIVE books...All signed (one signed bookplate sticker) by the authors! I will also be including some bookish/reading items in the box of books, bookmarks, tea, chocolate, etc. Each "Blogiversary" post will have MORE options to enter to win, so make sure you check back. Today we are kicking it off pretty easy! Please enter via the Rafflecopter form below. If you are having difficulties please email me and we will get your name entered.

Jody Hedlund has contributed a SIGNED copy of Newton & Polly for the giveaway!

**ONE (1) Winner will be selected by Rafflecopter at the end of the giveaway**
Books provided for giveaway by the individual authors and myself. Books included: Just the Way You Are, The Lady and the Lionheart, The Illusionist's Apprentice, Newton & Polly, Behind the Scenes. I am not compensated for any portion of this giveaway. Some of the books were donated for the giveaway. Giveaway will run 8/1/17 - 9/1/17 at 12:00am PDT. Open internationally. Void where prohibited. Please see Policies and Disclosures for more information. *Bookish swag items subject to change*


Trisha Robertson said...

Hey Rachel, great post! Yes, I too love Jody Hedlund's books!

Caryl Kane said...

YES! I love Jody Hedlund's books! :)

Rachel said...

Thank you Trisha! She is fabulous isn't she?

Rachel said...


Haley Schmeltzer said...

I love Jody Hedlund's book--especially her YA series!

Paula said...

I absolutely love Jody's writing. I have not read all of them but what I have read I could not, or didn't want to, put down! My favorite so far is Luther and Katharina! I'm a Lutheran so I naturally wanted to peak into the past! It was Riveting. Thanks for the opportunity to win all these books!

Dianne Casey said...

I really enjoy Jody's books. Being from Michigan, I like The Brides of Michigan series and her historical fiction.

Kay Garrett said...

I, too, love Jody Hedlund's books. It was fun looking through and seeing the few books I've missed. This is an amazing giveaway package and someone is going to be very fortunate. Of course, I'd love to be that one. :)

Kay Garrett said...

If I had to pick my very favorite book, I think I'd have to pick - THE PREACHER’S BRIDE.

MH said...

Great post! Would you believe I haven't read any of her books yet? For shame, I know. I have several on my TBR list so I'd better get started!

Lori said...

great post. I love her books. I just finished An Awakened Heart. truly wonderful. I look forward to reading the rest of the series
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Anonymous said...

The first book by Jody I've read was "Newton and PollY" and I loved it. I just started the Beacons of Hope Series and have finished the Novella "Out of the Storm" and currently finished chapter two of "Love Unexpected" - Marie Layman

Karen Klepsteen said...

I haven't found a single book of Jody's that I haven't loved!! I just checked out A Noble Groom from the library and can't wait to read it!

Anonymous said...

Jody Hedlund books are beautiful.

Anne Rightler said...

I love her covers!. I haven't read too many of hers but I did enjoy For Love and Honor a lot!

Heidi Robbins said...

I feel the same way as you about Jody's books, you described it so well! I love the feeling of being completely immersed in a book.

amandainpa said...

Jody Hedlund is an author I've always wanted to read. I'm planning to pick up her books soon.

Just Commonly said...

Awww, my dear Rachel. I just LOVE stopping by here! I love your enthusiasm and your charisma! LOVE YOU!!! Jody is an awesome author and sooo lucky to have you as one of her fans!!

(I'm just dropping in to say hi - not entering the giveaway.)

Chanel M. said...

I haven't read any books by this author but the featured books sound really good. I admit, I don't really gravitate to historical fiction but I definitely want to give this author and genre a chance. Especially since you only had wonderful things to say about her writing.

Pam K. said...

I've read several books by Jody and liked them all. My favorite has to be A Noble Groom. The cover is wonderful and it's just a great book.

VanG said...

I have read several of Jody's books and have enjoyed them immensely. 😊

Becky Smith said...

I have several of Jody's books on my kindle, waiting to be read. I LOVE all of her book covers! I'm really looking forward to reading her books.

bonnie howard said...

I love Jody's books! Luther & Katharina, Newton & Polly! I need a few more.

Connie said...

Luther and Katharina was great. I also loved The Vow and An Uncertain Choice.

agboss said...

I haven't read any of Jody Hedlund's books yet, but I just recently purchased her book, For Love and Honor, and am looking forward to reading it!

Winnie Thomas said...

Jody Hedlund's books are wonderful. There are several that I haven't read yet, but I'm looking forward to getting to them soon.