Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Book review: Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund

After watching her widowed father drown, Caroline Taylor assumes his responsibilities as the Lighthouse Keeper at Windmill Point, and as the provider for her four siblings.  Four months later, however, she is given notice to leave by week’s end.  Although her performance is exemplary, her supervisor is prejudiced against her because she is a woman.

Her replacement, Ryan Chambers, stumbles into her life – and her home - drunk, unkempt, addicted to painkillers, and haunted by his memories of the Civil War.  Caroline faithfully keeps the light, while the new keeper sleeps.

They come to an agreement in which Caroline works as his assistant and trains Ryan to do the job.  Ryan is grateful for her help, and he finds strength and healing in work and in her family.  Caroline’s kind, non-judgmental ways help Ryan to heal, and Ryan’s strength and commitment to help Caroline’s family endear him to her.

Strange things begin happening around the lighthouse, putting Caroline and her family in danger.  Caroline doesn’t want to leave the home and work she loves, but in order to protect her family, she considers accepting a marriage proposal from the local innkeeper’s feeble-minded son.

I enjoyed reading this book, and as I was reading, it got better, and better, and better!  It is historical, romance, and suspense - something for everyone!  I highly recommend it. 

This is the second book in Jody Hedlund’s Beacons of Hope series, and while I recommend the first book, Love Unexpected, this book easily stands on its own.

I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.

About the author:

Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of seven novels, including Captured by Love, A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and The Preacher’s Bride, winner of the 2011 Award of Excellence.  She received a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and a master’s from the University of Wisconsin, both in social work.  She lives in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children.  She can be found online at www.jodyhedlund.com

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