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Friday, June 19, 2015

Hearts Made Whole

In 1865, the right of women were still something that was waiting to be resolved. Most men would agree that a woman's place was caring for the home and family and work outside of the home was a man's right. When Caroline Taylor watched in horror as her father plunged beneath the waters of Lake St. Clair during a storm, she never imagined she would have to fight for what she had always known. Her ability to care for the light at Windmill Point as her father had shown her when climbing the stairs to do so caused him so much pain. But it was truly a labor of love and Caroline knew that besides keeping mariners safe, she was also providing a home and security for her younger sisters Tessa and Sarah as well as her two twin brothers. It was all she had ever known and to think about ever leaving was not something she would consider.

Yet that is precisely what Mr. Finick had in mind when he told Caroline that she had one week to find another place to live. No amount of begging would change his mind because he had already hired a war veteran to take her place. A man, who was more suited for the job than she would ever be despite how well she had managed the lighthouse in the months following her fathers death. How would she ever be able to find a place for all of them within a week and how would she care for Sarah who has been in failing health and unable to move?

Ryan Chambers had hurt enough people in his life. The last thing he had ever planned on doing was adding to that growing list. The war had taken more out of him than he could ever have imagined when he was able to convince the doctor to spare removing his arm in order to salvage what was left when a shell removed more than half of it. Feeling less than a man, he lost more jobs than he held and was about to give up hope when the lighthouse keeper job was offered to him. At least the solitude at the lighthouse would offer him solace from all those who stared at his injury whenever he couldn't hide it in time, and had to find the words once again to explain what happened. This was the perfect place for him to find healing.

I received Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund compliments of Litfuse Publicity and Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. This is the second novel in the Beacons of Hope Series, and not having read the first novel, I was hoping I wouldn't be missing much. I wasn't! Jody Hedlund has been creating this series, highlighting famous lighthouses in Michigan and this is just another one to add to the growing collection. I've always shared a love for the life of a lighthouse keeper and believe that lighthouse in general offer a sense of romantic mystery. The lighthouse itself could probably lend quite a few tales of the lives of those that lived and cared for them in the years that they remained in operation. While the characters are fictional, they are based on the lives of real characters that existed and love the way Jody has carefully crafted them into this novel. The chemistry between Caroline and Ryan truly works because each is looking for a way to get back what has been broken inside them. I won't share with you what happens but this is truly an exceptional store of restoration and hope in the midst of the darkest storms and well worth all 5 out of 5 stars!

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Don't miss Jody Hedlund's new book, Hearts Made Whole, a story of loss, forgiveness, hope, and true love set in 1865 Michigan. When Ryan's 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. Can Caroline forgive the hurting man who costs her the role she loves?

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