Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Heart Mender - A BookSneeze Review

The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews weaves two compelling stories together in a message of forgiveness and hope. This captivating story begins with a man’s mysterious find in his backyard; a tin full of German artifacts and photographs from World War II. 

It is during the pursuit of the story behind these objects that we come to know the incredible story of Helen Mason and Lt. Josef Landermann. 

Widowed by the war, she happens upon his near lifeless body on the shores of her small Gulf Coast town and must decide whether or not to let him die.

What happens next is a touching story that explores overwhelming loss, the healing power of love, and the gift of forgiveness.

We journey through the dusty pages of history with the main character as he uses internet searches and interviews with long time residents of his sleepy town to pull together the true story of the U-Boat invasion of the American coast. 

Little known facts about the submarine attacks on our shores, the government’s attempt to quell panic, and the brave acts of the small Gulf town all intertwine with a personal story of two broken hearts longing for healing to make a riveting tale.

Not a war story buff, I was unsure of this book, but having been touched by the message of hope and love in this novel, I give it my highest recommendation. 

Filled to the brim with intriguing plot points, great tension, and a poignant romance, Andy Andrews delivers a compelling and powerful novel.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My wife might like it.

Belbin9 said...

I love stories that deal with history. I will defiantly have to check this book out. Thanks

Raquel Byrnes said...

Great, I hope you stop by and let me know what you thought. =)