Monday, March 21, 2016

Book Review - The Hearts We Mend


Thirteen years ago, Evie's firefighter husband was killed in the line of duty, leaving her to raise their young son, Cody, alone. Now, Cody is marrying the love of his life, and as he packs up his belongings, the house feels as empty as Evie's heart. But for all her planning and mad organizational skills, Evie could never have anticipated the dramatic shift her life is about to make.

Tattooed, rough-around-the-edges Jack raises quite a few eyebrows in the tight-knit community of Banister Falls. Where Evie's life is stream-lined, Jack's approach to living is moment-by-moment. But as Evie gets drawn into Jack's world---a world that isn't as safe or predictable as the one she's worked so hard to create---he challenges her to open her eyes to the problems outside the walls of the church.

Jack doesn't make Evie feel comfortable, but he definitely makes her feel something. Something she hasn't felt since Max passed away---or, maybe ever. Because even though Jack isn't anything like her late husband, he just might be everything she needs.


Kathryn Springer is a USA Today bestselling author. She grew up in northern Wisconsin, where her parents published a weekly newspaper. As a child she spent many hours sitting at her mother's typewriter, plunking out stories, and credits her parents for instilling in her a love of books --- which eventually turned into a desire to tell stories of her own. Kathryn has written nineteen books with close to two million copies sold. She lives with her husband and three children in Marinette, Wisconsin.


This is the second book in the Bannister Falls Series and it's a wonderful book that brings us back to visit our favorite characters from the first book, The Dandelion Field.  It may take you a couple of chapters to figure out who everyone is, but you won't be lost in this book if you haven't read the first. However, I highly recommend the first book as it was great, too!

Evie is a mature woman whose only son is getting married and she's feeling a bit left out of his life as he's moving on into a new season of his life, she realizes she is, too. Her life has been about her son and now he is moving out and she's left feeling at drift. She's been widowed for some years and so her empty nest really feels empty. 

Enter Jack into her life and things take a very interesting turn! Evie is very organized and plans everything out. Jack, not so much. He comes with some baggage of family issues and it's totally different than Evie is used to. 

I loved the characters in this book because they were so well developed and complex. They were flawed, just like us, and this makes them totally relatable. I loved how they relied on their and made it an important part of their lives. It was also wonderful to see the maturity develop in them, especially Evie. She has grown up a lot since the last book.

I loved this book! It was one of those books that you hate to put down because you're enjoying it so. I don't always keep my novels but I will be keeping this one for sure! You'll love it as much as I did and I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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