Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer


The Hearts We Mend
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Planning and Post-It notes are the epitome of Evie’s life. But when she meets Jack, her life gets more than a little complicated.
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.

My Thoughts: 
First, I hope "The Hearts We Mend" turns into a movie. Returning to Banister Falls was lovely. You'll love the sense of community here and don't worry if you haven't read the first book " Dandelion Field" because this book can be read as a stand alone, but it does help to read it first. You'll bask in the lives, homes and churches where book two picks up of the Cody & Raine, teenage parents. We see a community of people getting ready to celebrate a special occasion as Evie Bennett gets busy planning her son's wedding. Although she's not prepared to lose him, after being widowed for thirteen years, she's not sure what her future holds or does she even have one? 
Evie is forced to work with the new temporary church custodian, Jack Vale. Although she has opinions about him, she is also attracted to him in some odd way. Does the Lord have bigger plans for the two of them then she had ever dreamed of? 
You'll love the bantering that happens between Evie and Jack as they not only share a personal connection, but their deep family connections as well. I also love how Kathryn (author) isn't afraid to use the characters to convict other characters of much-needed head and heart change to move forward from past wounds. This is a book not to miss.
Thank you to Litfuse for providing me a complimentary ARC copy in exchange for my honest review, which I have given. 

About the Author:
Kathryn Springer
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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.


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