Monday, May 10, 2010

The Heart Mender GIVEAWAY!

Stories of WWII fascinate me, as do stories of faith and forgiveness.  The Heart Mender (previously published under the name Island of the Saints) is a fitting blend of both of these themes.  Set in the Gulf Coast, Andy Andrew's book tells of a young woman, Helen, who has lost her husband in WWII and has become embittered.  She lives a lonely existence on a small island, only leaving it for work.  As she is walking on the beach one evening, she discovers a wounded German officer that has washed ashore.  It is a collision of countries and hurt hearts.  She must decide whether to offer life or anger.

The Heart Mender is a blend of historical fact and fiction.  The truth of the story makes it even more compelling.  Not only does it offer beautiful a story of forgiveness and healing, but it also intrigued me with new knowledge of WWII.  I was unaware of the presence of German U-boats in the Gulf of Mexico, and it made me want to discover more about this piece of our history.  I had not considered too often the distinction between a German and a Nazi.  This gave me a little more insight into how the German people could justify their part in the war.  I also appreciated the "Where Are They Now?" section at the end of the book that gives the reader a little more information and resolution.   

This is the first time I have read anything by Andy Andrews.  This book was enjoyable and easy to read -- a sweet mix of history, romance and mystery.  After reading this, I look forward to searching out more of his stories. 

Thomas Nelson is giving me the opportunity to share a free copy of this book with one of you!  If you would like a chance to win this book, leave a comment by Thursday, May 13th about your favorite type of book to read(This giveaway is only open to those living in the U.S. or Canada.)



*I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for an honest review through BookSneeze.*
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23 comments:

KB said...

I would LOVE to win this! I am an avid reader and I am a HUGE WW11 buff! I love to read anything and everything as well as watch movies related to that war. I am currently finishing The Good War by Studs Terkel.
I would eat this up in an instant!
PICK ME! :) :)

Lucy said...

My favorite books to read are historical fiction! And of course a little romance never hurt anyone...

Also, I gave you an award today :)

http://www.lucilleinthesky.com/2010/05/versatile-blogger-award.html

alabaster cow said...

i love me some historical fiction! following from SITS. and i see you know lucy so you must be good people. :)

rachelw said...

I love to read, and my favorite type of book to read is historical fiction.

This book looks very interesting!

Writing Without Periods! said...

I would love to win this book. I love books and read all the time.
Cross fingers,
Mary

partialemptynester said...

Sounds like my kind of book ;)

MamaMonki said...

I'm a fan of books that touch the heart. I don't necessarily stick to one genre - I just like books that make me think and feel and look at things in new ways.

Shell said...

Sounds like something that I would love to read!

Thank you for dropping by my SITS day yesterday! Your post on where you've seen beauty is...beautiful!

alicia said...

I'm not a huge reader, but am thinking of joining a book club this summer.

Just wanted to thank you for dropping by my blogfrog discussion. It's so nice to know I'm not ALONE.

alicia @ a beautiful mess

Rachel said...

Oooo! That looks good! I love reading (when I get the chance). I love suspenseful books and Christian fiction. Thanks for the giveaway! =)

GlowinGirl said...

Be sure to check back Friday to see if you won!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I saw this book up on Thomas Nelson. I am glad it was so good. I can't wait until you can start Muffin Tins. I bet you will have great ideas.

Monica said...

Thank you for the review. I too enjoy that era, but would probably not have picked this book up with out having known someone who had read it and enjoyed it! Thanks!

Rachel said...

Hey I just found your blog. It's fabulous!

As far as my favorite type of book? It has to be historical fiction.

Fun giveaway.

Blessings to you!

Rachel

ActiveMamainAZ said...

Humor does it for me -- a little escape from the real world. Author Laurie Notaro makes me laugh out loud!

bluecottonmemory said...

I love mystery,fairy tale romance and history. Some of my favorite books include James Herriot All Creatures Great and Small series, Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit), Jane Austen (19th century literature is just so much hopeful with good winning over evil), John Mortimer, oh, and a very favorite is the Oxford English Edition of classic Ghost Stories. I've also read Stephen Ambrose's books on WWII, plus other books I buy my sons.

I think The Heart Mender sounds like a great beach book! Wonderful review!

Missie said...

I love Booksneeze!

Karen said...

I love to read...period...not many types of books I don't enjoy....

Christine said...

I love your blog! So bright! :)

Cranberry Morning said...

Great book review. Historical fiction is my favorite type of book; Docu-drama is my favorite type of TV. This sounds like a great read! Thanks for the book review. :-)

Carrie said...

Count me in, too! I'd love a chance to win!

I usually read non-fiction, Christian books, but I'm learning to like fiction a little more and let my heartstrings be tugged on some, too, as I share books with my son ... we homeschool, too! ;)

Natalie said...

Good for you for realizing that you were hiding your light, girl! I love your transparency in admitting that pride kept you from putting it out there - I do this so often. What a wonderful reminder - thank you!

Natalie at Mommy on Fire
http://www.mommyonfire.com

edmontonjb said...

I love anything funny or inspirational best

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