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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