Wednesday 1 July 2015

Book Review: Hearts Made Whole

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From the Back:

Windmill Point, Michigan

Can She Forgive the Hurting Man Who Costs Her the Role She Loves?

After her father's death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse. But in 1865 Michigan, women aren't supposed to have such roles, so it's only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper--even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her.

Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still haunted by the horrors of battle. He's secured the position of lighthouse keeper mostly for the isolation--the chance to hide from his past is appealing. He's not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who's angry with him for taking her job and for his inability to properly run the light. When his failings endanger others, he and Caroline realize he's in no shape to run the lighthouse, but he's unwilling to let anyone close enough to help. Caroline feels drawn to this wounded soul, but with both of them relying on that single position, can they look past their loss to a future filled with hope...and possibly love?

My Reflections:

Who wouldn't love a story with Windmill Point as the quaint and fascinating backdrop. I absolutely love the idea of living in a lighthouse, in fact I have a friend who grew up in a lighthouse, and I am always delighted to hear the stories this dear woman has to tell.

It was a pleasure to read  Jody Hedlund's newest book "Hearts Made Whole" #2 in the Beacon's of Hope series. The characters were authentic and stole my heart early in, sigh..Oh so good!

Caroline's plight tugged at my heart strings and made me stand up and root for her. After a traumatizing situation occurs, she must find a way to provide for her family, but her prospects are limited. Her lighthouse job is what keeps her siblings fed and sheltered, but in 1865 it is just not proper for a single woman to hold a position like this.

When Ryan Chambers is hired on as the new lighthouse keeper Caroline must handle the situation with tact and determination, something she is apt to do!

Ryan Chambers has had some rough years, he has survived the Civil War but his body and soul have taken a major hit. It will take a compassionate heart, patience and perhaps the help of a certain spunky ex lighthouse keeper for him to heal and try to recover. But there is the fact that he stole her job and her income to contend with...

All the trademarks of a great novel are present in Hedlund's newest novel, drama, gripping suspense, romance and a fabulous setting, not to mention an expertly woven storyline which seamlessly flows from her previous novel to this one. Just enough detail to fill the reader in. Suitable for a stand alone, but treat your self and start at the first novel in this series, Love Unexpected.
Brilliant work Jody Hedlund!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

About The Author

  1. Jody Hedlund
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    Jody Hedlund

    Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of seven novels, including Captured by Love, A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and The Preacher's Bride, winner of the 2011 Award of Excellence. She received a...
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