Never Forget

Never Forget

Rose Island Lighthouse, Rhode IslandJune 1880Will she betray his trust to stay on the island she loves?Abbie Watson is content to spend her days clamming, crabbing, and tending Rose Island Lighthouse. Her grandpa is the head light keeper, but his senility may lead to their eviction. Since leaving the island would kill her beloved Gramps, Abbie will do anything to keep him...

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Title:Never Forget
Author:Jody Hedlund
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:284 pages

Never Forget Reviews

  • Beth
    Dec 20, 2016

    Never Forget, the fifth and final book in the Beacons of Hope series, is another beautifully romantic story by Jody Hedlund. Through their mistakes and mishaps, their bright moments and triumphs, these characters are utterly endearing. Abbie is determined to help her grandfather keep his place as the light keeper and will do anything to make this happen. When a man washes up in a wreck on their shores and can’t remember a thing, though she knows it’s not the right thing to do, she uses the situa

    Never Forget, the fifth and final book in the Beacons of Hope series, is another beautifully romantic story by Jody Hedlund. Through their mistakes and mishaps, their bright moments and triumphs, these characters are utterly endearing. Abbie is determined to help her grandfather keep his place as the light keeper and will do anything to make this happen. When a man washes up in a wreck on their shores and can’t remember a thing, though she knows it’s not the right thing to do, she uses the situation to help her grandfather. Of course, this doesn’t go quite the way she planned, because the stranger is kind, handsome and willing to do anything to help both Abbie and her grandfather. The journey that ensues is one of tense scenes, tender moments and uplifting affirmations of faith.

    I’ve so loved the settings of each of these books. I feel like I have a good understanding of all of the chores and day-to-day tasks that keep a lighthouse running. I found all of those details fascinating, and in this story, it was especially endearing how Abbie knows all about the serious maintenance of a lighthouse, but still maintained a sweet concern about her chickens. I love that Hedlund bases certain details on historical fact – make sure to read the Author’s Note because of the extra tidbits that make the reading experience more memorable.

    The plot is engaging. I never felt it was moving too fast or too slow for the story. Truth be told, I couldn't put it down and read it in less than two days, which is pretty fast for me! Hedlund touches on some tough subjects with a deft hand, especially dementia, addictions and keeping secrets. As always, everything is tasteful yet realistic. The pain of the characters is tangible, yet nothing is gratuitous or overly dramatic.

    As with any Hedlund novel, I must mention that loveliness that is the relationship between Abbie and Nathaniel. The ups and downs, hurts and tender moments all feel realistic and happen in a timely manner – talk about some amazing chemistry. And though I never questioned the happily-ever-after, there were moments that I was unsure just how this was all going to play out, and I love being surprised that way.

    I’m sad to see the end of this series, but feel so happy that there were five full stories to enjoy. Never Forget and the rest of the series are certainly books that I will read again. If you enjoy stories with swoon-worthy romantic elements and realistic historical details, I highly recommend the Beacons of Hope series.

    I received a complimentary copy of this novel, which I chose to review. This review is my honest opinion.

  • Susan
    Dec 24, 2016

    I was so glad to read another installment in this series by one of my favorite authors. I was not disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As the title of the series suggests, Hope is the constant theme throughout the series.

    Abbie Watson will do anything to maintain stability for her senile grandfather. He is currently the light keeper on Rose Island. As his inability to hold this position becomes evident to others, Abbie has to result to subterfuge so that they will not be evicted.

    Nathani

    I was so glad to read another installment in this series by one of my favorite authors. I was not disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As the title of the series suggests, Hope is the constant theme throughout the series.

    Abbie Watson will do anything to maintain stability for her senile grandfather. He is currently the light keeper on Rose Island. As his inability to hold this position becomes evident to others, Abbie has to result to subterfuge so that they will not be evicted.

    Nathaniel Winthrop III is washed ashore after a boating accident. He has temporarily lost his memory from a head injury during the accident. Through a few misunderstandings by Abbie's grandfather and the lighthouse superintendent, Abbie continues the misconception that Nathaniel is her husband in order to maintain their home at the lighthouse.

    As their relationship grows, Abbie tries to end the subterfuge but does not know how. Will Abbie be successful in keeping this home for her grandfather? Can Nathaniel and Abbie learn to rely on God as the one true Beacon of Hope? Can Nathaniel learn that he can turn a page and live a new life?

    This is a story with many twists and turns, some predictable but others took me by surprise...even at the end. Not only does Abbie fight the elements, carrying out rescues in the storms, she finds the strength to fight the storms and struggles in her life as well. I loved reading Nathaniel's story. It is a joy to see the admirable man of integrity surface as he attempts to live a new life.

    This is the fifth book in the series, but can be read as a stand-alone.

    I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Rachel
    Jan 06, 2017

    Every time I crack open the pages of one of Jody's books I am left in awe. Her books consistently posses quality story and the characters reach out and grab my heart and emotions.

    Abbie and Nathaniel's story will take you on the emotional ride of a lifetime. There were so many possible outcomes that I was furiously reading the last few chapters to see what happened. No matter the ending, the message of the story shines brightly and is unavoidable; In Christ, we CAN become new. His love and forgi

    Every time I crack open the pages of one of Jody's books I am left in awe. Her books consistently posses quality story and the characters reach out and grab my heart and emotions.

    Abbie and Nathaniel's story will take you on the emotional ride of a lifetime. There were so many possible outcomes that I was furiously reading the last few chapters to see what happened. No matter the ending, the message of the story shines brightly and is unavoidable; In Christ, we CAN become new. His love and forgiveness can wipe away the past and we can start fresh. However, it is so much harder to turn away from the past under our own strength. That being said...No, I am not telling you how the book ends. I will tell you I screamed aloud several times, laughed, cried, and giggled like a schoolgirl before I finished.

    One thing that I simply adore about Jody Hedlund, (I am sure I have said this before) is that she doesn't shy away from the truth. The Bible, Christ, faith, conviction, and redemption are all strong aspects of her writing. Her words move me and touch my heart in such a precious and powerful way. Even her "Author's Note" contains the power of Christ.

    "He is always there offering you His hope, love, and forgiveness. Please, never forget all that He offers." - Jody Hedlund

    Beacons of Hope has earned a position as one of my forever favorites. I am so sad to see its conclusion, yet Never Forget brings the series to a satisfying end. Following the Cross of Hope we discover so many lighthouses and learn about the REAL women who worked them. The journey has been rewarding, educational, and inspirational. I HIGHLY recommend these books! Each of the books can stand alone, however, reading them from the beginning will give you the full experience. When all is said and done, I pray that the message of HOPE speaks to your heart as it did to mine.

    I received a complimentary copy of Never Forget. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    Jan 10, 2017

    There’s so much more to this book than kisses, but my goodness there are some fabulous kisses too! Like… the kind of kisses that make you forget how to breathe. The kind of kisses that make you worry slightly that your toes will be permanently curled by the end of the book (totally worth it though). The kind of kisses that you go back and read again immediately after finishing them…. and then maybe once more (at least) for good measure.

    Wowzah.

    Ok… so … i did say there was more to Never Forget tha

    There’s so much more to this book than kisses, but my goodness there are some fabulous kisses too! Like… the kind of kisses that make you forget how to breathe. The kind of kisses that make you worry slightly that your toes will be permanently curled by the end of the book (totally worth it though). The kind of kisses that you go back and read again immediately after finishing them…. and then maybe once more (at least) for good measure.

    Wowzah.

    Ok… so … i did say there was more to Never Forget than kisses, didn’t I?

    There is the richness of the historical setting and the depth of each character, both particular skills of Hedlund’s. From the dichotomy of Abbie’s grit and vulnerability to Nathaniel’s battle to live with integrity to Gramps’ meanderings in and out of dementia… these vivid characters evoke deep emotions from the readers and take up residence in the heart. These are characters I’ll be thinking about for a while.

    Some gut-punching twists and turns will keep you on your toes (the ones that are permanently curled from those kisses!), but at every new bend in the path there is the steady truth that pulses throughout Never Forget – that no matter what your past, you can be a new creation in Jesus.

    Bottom Line: Romantic chemistry off the charts! Kisses sure to melt even the most frozen of pearl-clutchers. A setting which perfectly complements the characters. Characters so dimensional you feel their joys and agonizings and fears and longings as clearly as if they were your own emotions. Life lessons that will linger, thanks to the beauty of the story. While I hate to see this series end, Never Forget is such a fitting finale and is without a doubt my new favorite of the bunch!

    (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.)

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  • Edward Arrington
    Nov 18, 2016

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the Beacons of Hope series. The fifth and final book was no less captivating. I have probably stated it before, but I will repeat that I love lighthouses and reading stories about them, even when the stories are fiction. This book kept my interest from the first page to the last as Abbie Watson desperately clings to every shred of hope to keep the Lighthouse Board from taking the light keeper position at Rose Island Lighthouse away from her Gramps. She has been doing th

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the Beacons of Hope series. The fifth and final book was no less captivating. I have probably stated it before, but I will repeat that I love lighthouses and reading stories about them, even when the stories are fiction. This book kept my interest from the first page to the last as Abbie Watson desperately clings to every shred of hope to keep the Lighthouse Board from taking the light keeper position at Rose Island Lighthouse away from her Gramps. She has been doing the majority of the work since senility began affecting Gramps. The effects of the senility are heart-rending but Gramps experiences some good days as the story progresses. A character from the fourth book in the series plays a role in this story. Nathaniel Winthrop III is from an extremely wealthy family and has earned the nickname of Bad Boy of Newport because of his partying lifestyle. He is busy living up to that nickname when he gets clobbered in the head by the sail boom on his yacht and knocked into the bay during a serious storm. The story seemed to raise question after question in my mind as I read. How long can a young eighteen-year-old woman take care of a lighthouse and all the household responsibilities while also taking care of a grandfather who is becoming increasingly more senile? As she feels pressured to “live a lie” to be able to keep him as calm as possible and also to keep his position as light keeper, how does she even know the truth any longer? On top of everything else in her life, how is she going to take care of a man who has washed onto the beach of the island and wakes up with no memory of who he is and how he got there? If and when Nathaniel regains his memory, will he go back to his old lifestyle? I am fairly sure the point of the book was not to prove the old saying that “when you tell one lie, you have to tell another to prop that one up”, but I think that becomes quite obvious. The real theme of this series has been about hope. That message comes through clearly in this story. Never lose hope. Even if things don’t work the way you want them to, don’t give up hope. I enjoyed the action, suspense, romance, and faith portrayed in this exciting book. I recommend it to anyone who loves good clean historical romance. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Copy of this book.

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    Jan 26, 2017

    Boy, does this story give its characters quite a dilemma! I was initially disappointed in Abbie's choice to deceive Nathaniel, and was surprised that she easily dismissed any concern for his family. However as she got to know Nathaniel she started exhibiting more feelings of conflict over her decision and taking his happiness into consideration. I admired Nathaniel's thoughtful insights and determination to use his second chance at life to become a better man. He developed a relationship with Ab

    Boy, does this story give its characters quite a dilemma! I was initially disappointed in Abbie's choice to deceive Nathaniel, and was surprised that she easily dismissed any concern for his family. However as she got to know Nathaniel she started exhibiting more feelings of conflict over her decision and taking his happiness into consideration. I admired Nathaniel's thoughtful insights and determination to use his second chance at life to become a better man. He developed a relationship with Abbie's Gramps and treated him compassionately, which spoke to his true character. There was strong romantic chemistry between Abbie and Nathaniel; he appreciated Abbie's strength and inner beauty, while Abbie realized that the goodness and kindness of Nathaniel showed how different he was from her former husband. The threats from a rival lightkeeper and a looming deadline kept the tension high as Abbie is desperate to find a way to prove that she can manage the lighthouse so she can keep Gramps on the island, all the while dreading the day she would have to reveal the truth to Nathaniel. Some of the twists kept me guessing how the story would end, but don't worry, this amazing series dedicated to female lighthouse keepers ends with a happily ever after in its final book.

    (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  • Rebecca
    Dec 30, 2016

    "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation . . . ", the Bible says.

    Wealthy Newport playboy Nathaniel Winthrop, III certainly wants to begin his life all over again, especially after a violent storm sends him overboard the deck of his yacht, only to wash him ashore Rose Island with a nasty concussion and no memory of the man that he used to be. His wife seems to recall that he was a derelict husband, . . . . .wait a minute . . . his wife?

    Abbie Watson is so relieved when the gentleman who was

    "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation . . . ", the Bible says.

    Wealthy Newport playboy Nathaniel Winthrop, III certainly wants to begin his life all over again, especially after a violent storm sends him overboard the deck of his yacht, only to wash him ashore Rose Island with a nasty concussion and no memory of the man that he used to be. His wife seems to recall that he was a derelict husband, . . . . .wait a minute . . . his wife?

    Abbie Watson is so relieved when the gentleman who washes up on the island, where she and her grandfather maintain Rose Island Lighthouse, regains consciousness. She never intended to fabricate lies about his identity, but when her future is viciously jeopardized by a neighboring light keeper, Abbie convinces her superintendent that her wayward husband Nate, has finally returned to assist them.

    Allowing Abbie's anonymous patient to believe that he belongs with her, and her mentally deteriorating grandfather, is a terrible gamble; one that begins as a blessing in disguise, only to take a more personal turn, bringing several terrible truths to light, and threatening to wash Abbie's dreams completely "out to sea".

    "Never Forget" is a rich, tender, and emotional romance between two people whose young lives are sadly riddled with guilt, fear, and painful regrets. However, on a much deeper level the story is a powerful reminder of the God who truly makes all things new, while loving his children unconditionally, and forgiving them for all eternity; a truth never to be forgotten.

    I received a copy of this book from the author. All the opinions expressed above are entirely my own.

  • Rachael
    Dec 14, 2016

    Never Forget is a tremendous book. Reads like this one, I find difficult to review as it was so very good. It had all the elements of a great story. The storyline was tremendous. Not only is it historical fiction, but it has so many other wonderfully written subplots. Love, loss, mystery, suspense, and what I love most about Christian Fiction, a tremendous faith theme!

    This fifth book in the serious sort of brings everything full circle and finishes off the series in spectacular fashion.

    I don't c

    Never Forget is a tremendous book. Reads like this one, I find difficult to review as it was so very good. It had all the elements of a great story. The storyline was tremendous. Not only is it historical fiction, but it has so many other wonderfully written subplots. Love, loss, mystery, suspense, and what I love most about Christian Fiction, a tremendous faith theme!

    This fifth book in the serious sort of brings everything full circle and finishes off the series in spectacular fashion.

    I don't care for long reviews so I'm going to keep this short, but so much more could be written about this novel. I will be purchasing it in paperback for my forever shelves. This is definitely a keeper!

    I received this book from the author. All opinions written are my own.

  • Julia Wilson
    Jan 20, 2017

    Never Forget by Jody Hedlund is a wonderful historical Christian romance. It is the fifth and final book in the Beacons Of Hope series but can be read as a stand-alone. I really loved it.

    There are many themes within the novel including that of new beginnings. Everyone can have a fresh start with God. Our past does not have to dictate our future. We can have a new beginning with God as He cleanses us.

    Tied in to the new beginnings theme is that of guilt and forgiveness. However we have previously

    Never Forget by Jody Hedlund is a wonderful historical Christian romance. It is the fifth and final book in the Beacons Of Hope series but can be read as a stand-alone. I really loved it.

    There are many themes within the novel including that of new beginnings. Everyone can have a fresh start with God. Our past does not have to dictate our future. We can have a new beginning with God as He cleanses us.

    Tied in to the new beginnings theme is that of guilt and forgiveness. However we have previously lived, we know that we have been forgiven by God. We do not need to feel any guilt and we need to learn to forgive not only ourselves but others.

    The sins of the fathers is not destined to be repeated for generations. "If he was destined to end up like his father, then what difference did it make how he lived or how good he tried to be?" We can break out of the cycle of sin with God's help.

    There is the topic of prejudice and appearances. "Was he so quick to judge by outward appearances that he wouldn't look a man in the eyes and judge his worth there instead?" Too often we make snap judgements based on outward appearances. The reader is reminded that God looks at the state of our heart not the state of our clothes.

    Life can be hard. We need God. God can give us the strength to face anything. "He could handle whatever came his way today, not in his own strength, but in God's."

    The novel also deals with the topic of truth and lies. Sometimes lies are told with the best of intentions but a lie is always a lie. It is much better to tell the truth and face the consequences.

    Likewise the evil one will whisper lies to us. "He was too lost, too unworthy, too undeserving to make his way back." We need to make sure we listen to God, the voice of truth. No-one is ever too far from God to be redeemed by Him.

    Reality is blurred within the novel for one character with dementia. Jody Hedlund has obviously researched dementia as the character of Hosea is well drawn. He brings out feelings of protectiveness not only within the other characters within the novel but also in the heart of this reader.

    Jody Hedlund shows the value of kindness within the novel. Kindness brings out the best in others. Kindness seeks to put others first. Kindness is closely linked to love and the novel lives out love as described in 1 Corinthians 13.

    Never Forget was a powerful novel that spoke to my heart. I 'felt' the love and compassion of the characters, not only for each other but for all creatures great and small. Love radiated from the novel - love for God and love for each other.

    The novel has its foundation in fact as its lead character Abbie is based on a strong, real life character from the nineteenth century. Some of the action also has a grounding in reality. Never Forget is a perfect blend of fact meeting fiction and I loved it. It was a fabulous novel with lessons from God for us all to learn.

    I love Jody Hedlund's writings and can highly recommend them. I am eagerly awaiting more from her.

    A wonderful warm read.

    I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  • Rachel
    Jan 03, 2017

    I really enjoyed this newest book by Jody Hedlund in her Beacons of Hope series. This book can be read as a stand alone. I have not read any of the other books in this series and did not have any problems following the story line.

    I felt for poor Abbie in her struggle to keep her life from falling apart. In dealing with her Grandfather, she has to keep up a pretense that she never feels fully comfortable with. She's fending off a man who's trying to get her and her grandfather kicked off the isla

    I really enjoyed this newest book by Jody Hedlund in her Beacons of Hope series. This book can be read as a stand alone. I have not read any of the other books in this series and did not have any problems following the story line.

    I felt for poor Abbie in her struggle to keep her life from falling apart. In dealing with her Grandfather, she has to keep up a pretense that she never feels fully comfortable with. She's fending off a man who's trying to get her and her grandfather kicked off the island. And she's running herself ragged trying to keep up with the duties of the lighthouse. Then, to top it all off, she rescues a man from the water and her Grandfather mistakes him for her missing husband. Now she has another pretense to add to the list. Abbie has a lot of strength and character and although she makes some mistakes, she also changes and grows throughout the book and I really liked her.

    Nathaniel is a swoon worthy hero! :) Although he starts out as a rich "bad boy", his amnesia brings forth a change of character and he sets out right away to be a man worthy of Abbie's love. He is so patient and tender with Abbie that she can't help but fall in love. The romance between these two is sweet and sparky. :) And he's so good with her Grandfather. When the truth comes out, he struggles with falling back into his old despondency and has to make the choice to turn to God for the strength to be the man he needs to be.

    All in all, I believe you'll enjoy this sweet romance with some twists that will surprise you.

    *Thanks to Celebrate Lit for a complimentary copy of this book. I was not paid or required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*