Publisher: Bethany House
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: Beacons of Hope
Have you ever picked up the second book within a series to find that it is really confusing if you haven’t read the previous book prior? You won’t have to worry about that with Hearts Made Whole. This is definitely a must read!
Jody Hedlund has been on my to-read list for awhile now and I was not disappointed. Hedlund has a way of story-telling that you keep you glued to the pages to find out what is going to happen. My favorite part was watching where each character started in the beginning and how they developed in the end. Many topics brought up were very realistic and relatable and will encourage readers.
It is 1865, just after the Civil War has ended, in Windmill Point, Michigan.
Caroline Taylor has grown confident and a love for running the Windmill Point Lighthouse after her father has died. In 1865, women weren’t allowed to be lighthouse keepers because it was considered men’s work. Due to this, it is only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper. This worries Caroline to no end because she has nowhere to go and no other job available to her. What can one do as a woman who has to provide for her younger siblings? Besides, the lighthouse is all she knows.
Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still being haunted by the horrors of battle. He has secured the position of lighthouse keeper mostly for the isolation. He’s not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who’s angry with him for taking her job and for his inability to properly run the light. When his 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. Caroline feels drawn to this wounded soul, but with both of them relying on that single position, can they look past their loss to a future filled with hope…and possibly love?
I am looking forward to the next novel and hope that Jody Hedlund will choose to focus on Tessa. I would love to learn more about her.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Meet Jody Hedlund
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 http://www.jodyhedlund.com.