Thursday, June 4, 2015
Hearts Made Whole - A Review
Series - Beacons of Hope Book 2
Author - Jody Hedlund
Title - Hearts Made Whole
Format - ebook, paper
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After the death of her father, Caroline Taylor has continued to man the light at the Windmill Point Lighthouse. It provides a home for her four siblings, yet she knows that it is just a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector removes her from the post because she is a woman. Unfortunately for Caroline, that happens sooner rather than later. When Civil War veteran Ryan Chambers accepts the position as the lighthouse keeper, he has no idea that he is causing a woman and her siblings to become homeless. All Ryan wants is someplace remote where he can chase the demons of the war away. Caroline sees Ryan's wounded heart and soul. As he comes to depend on her, she finds something she'd never dreamed possible - a chance to let someone else take care of her. Yet with someone determined to see Caroline and her family driven away, the chance for a future with Ryan seems impossible. Will she be able to trust God through this storm? And can God heal Ryan's brokenness?
While this is book 2 in the Beacons of Hope series, it can be read as a stand alone. One of the things that I love about Jody Hedlund's novels is that her books are very character driven. This particular book may be the most character driven of her novels to date. I'd kinda fallen slightly for Ryan when I met him in Love Unexpected. Seeing him in his own story, only made me like him more. Caroline is a woman working in a field where at the time, was dominated by men. And she's good at it. Yet she also has a tender heart. I loved seeing how Ryan nurtured her tender heart.
I'll admit that I never really thought about lighthouses in places other than Maine. Silly me. Yet, I feel like I've been on a trip to Michigan and visiting the lighthouses there. The research that is put into this novel is very much evident. I love how Jody Hedlund tries to be as accurate as possible.
While this one isn't my favorite one of hers, I did find it to be a delightful read. Fans of books rich in historical detail will enjoy this book. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.
I received a copy of the book for free from the author for the purpose of reviewing and promoting. My thoughts and opinions are my own. As part of my agreement with her, I will be giving away my copy of the book in July during my Quarterly Giveaway.
Recommended to fans of historical fiction, Karen Witemeyer, Jody Hedlund, Laura Frantz
Rating - 4 stars