Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews

The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chancesimage The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances by Andy Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The phrase "Don't judge a book by it's cover!" is very fitting for me and this book. For some reason, even though I was asked to review this book by Thomas Nelson, I just had a hard time picking it up and starting it. However, after the first chapter or two I could barely put it down!

This amazing book is broken into three sections with the main story being in the second section. As I followed Andy's journey from the present to the past and back again I was intrigued, breathless, curious, and fascinated. The fact that this story is real is almost mind boggling! It is an easy to read book that will have you spellbound whether you like history or not.

The Heart Mender is a mix of romance, mystery, faith, intrigue, suspense, and history. It is the perfect book to read on the beach this summer...or anywhere, really!


While digging up a withering wax myrtle tree beside his waterfront home on the Gulf coast, author Andy Andrews unearths a rusted metal container filled with Nazi artifacts and begins an intriguing investigation that unlocks an unspoken past that took place in his backyard . . . literally.

In 1942, as the country gears up for a full-scale commitment to WWII, German subs are dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico to sink U.S. vessels carrying goods and fuel. While taking a late-night walk, Helen Mason—widowed by war—discovers the near-lifeless body of a German sailor. Enraged at the site of Josef Landermann's uniform, Helen is prepared to leave him to die when an unusual phrase, faintly uttered, changes her mind.

Set in a period simmering with anger and suspicion The Heart Mender offers the very real chronicle of a small town preparing itself for the worst the world has to offer. As cargo from torpedoed ships begins to wash up on the beach, Josef and Helen must reconcile their pasts to create a future.

Blending his unique style of historical accuracy with unparalleled storytelling, New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews offers a tale of war, faith, and forgiveness illuminating the one principle that frees the human spirit.

Previously released as Island of Saints. Now includes a Reader's Guide and a Where are They Now? section.

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This book was provided for review courtesy of Thomas Nelson Publishing. The review is my own thoughts and opinions.

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  1. I'm a sucker for WWII books. I'll add it to my "to read" list.

  2. I had the opportunity to review this book... now I wish I had! Sounds amazing! I'll put it on my list of books "I should have already read, but will in the future." ;)


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