Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Writer’s Review of “Hearts Made Whole” by Jody Hedlund

 {About Hearts Made Whole}

Hearts Made Whole (Bethany House, June 2015)
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 Review}

Its been a long time since Ive read such an emotionally moving book as Jody Hedlunds Hearts Made Whole. Im never one to miss reading one of her books since A Noble Groom is one of my all-time favorites, but this one took me by surprise and is now also one of my favorites... though at one point I did want to throw it against the wall. Instead, I set it down for a few days so I could collect myself and dove right back in with much anticipation about how Jody would bring out the happy ending I was desperate to see between Caroline and Ryan. 

Jody writes characters very wellso well, that its like theyre right there with you. I think this is why I love her writing so much. I am never disappointed with the deep level of character development she is able to achieve. Or the way her stories, about simple, everyday people, twist and turn and are emotionally spot-on every single time.   

And in case youre not already convinced you need to read this book, I have to tell you that the kissing scenes in this book are some of the BEST Ive ever read.

5 blazing stars... if you need to ask. :)

Jody Hedlunds Hearts Made Whole has a rating of 4.45 out of 5 stars (from 206 ratings) on GoodReads. I was given a copy of of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book released June 2, 2015.

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{More About Jody Hedlund}


Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of nine novels, including Captured By Love, Rebellious Heart, and A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award and INSPYs Award. She received a bachelor’s from Taylor University and a master’s from University of Wisconsin, both in social work. Currently she makes her home in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children.

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Book Buzz!

“With painterly prose that never skimps on wit and verve, Hedlund gives us vivid characters, inventive plot twists, fascinating historical detail and heartfelt faith journeys….Lovers of inspirational fiction won’t want to miss this sparkling gem of a novel.” 
RT Book Reviews Top Pick

“Hedlund’s superb and affecting story of faith and healing is set in the past, but its message about soldiers returning from battle rings just as true today.” 
Booklist starred review


Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund Afternoon at the Beach Giveaway and Facebook Party!

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