Sunday, May 16, 2010

Book Review: The Heart Mender (and Giveaway!)

After I requested this book to review I went to the book's website to check it out. You can read the first two chapters online, so I did. I LOVED them! I was so excited to get the book, but of course I had to wait a week for it to be shipped. I truly enjoy a good love story and I expected to find one! Once my book arrived I was reading something else and had to finish it. Then I dug right in.

The book is split into three parts. In Part One, Andrews tells how he discovered this decades old story of mystery and love. Part Two is the story retold and Part Three is simply amazing. I would tell you about it, but I am not a storyteller like Andy Andrews and I would just ruin it. This book deals with resentment and anger and then forgiveness and the peace that accompanies it.

Andy Andrews was digging up an old dead tree in his back yard on the gulf coast of Alabama. He discovers a vegetable can that contains three photographs and a pile of German naval buttons from WW2 era. He researches all he can about the the buttons and what they mean, and talks to the old locals about why pieces of a Nazi uniform would be in Alabama. What he finds is a piece of history that got left out the media in 1942 and a love story to rival any fiction!

Josef Landermann is shot and thrown off a German submarine by the Nazi Party Representative on board. Helen Mason, a woman embittered by the death of her husband by the Nazis, finds him washed up, half dead on the beach by her house. She is at a loss of what to do when she discovers the man is an enemy.

The characters are funny and easy to relate to. The writing is poignant and interesting. The message is necessary.

The best part of this book- you can have one too! Thomas Nelson sent me an extra copy to giveaway! To enter leave a comment telling me what your favorite book is! This giveaway ends Sunday, May 23 at midnight!
I was provided this book for review by the publisher. My opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any other way.


  1. I'm always up for a free book! Hmmm...well, aside from the Bible, it is very hard to determine my favorite book, because I love so many of them and re-read them lots. Certainly in the top group is Keep a Quiet Heart, by Elisabeth Elliot.

  2. Oooooo a free book! How fun! Your little book reviews are a great read. Thanks for sharing! My favorite book is The Pact. It was the first Jodi Picoult book that I read and I got drawn to her way of writing. Since then I've read 5 of her other books!

  3. well...i would have to say that my favorite book is probably Redeeming Love by Francince Rivers...or really any book by Francine Rivers.

  4. Whew - caught this right in time :) It's just a few hours before midnight! So, my favorite book is "Cry, The Beloved Country" by Alan Paton. The book is simply beautiful. It takes place during the height of political unrest and severe racism in South Africa. The story line can be boiled down to a father's unrelenting love for his son. It's one of the few books that has brought me to tears and left me feeling peaceful. If you haven't read it, you must put it at the top of your "to-read" list!