Hearts Made Whole is a beautiful addition to the Beacons of Hope series. It is the second full length novel of the series and can be read as a stand alone story, as can book one. There is also a free novella that introduces the series and is available for Kindle or Nook.
I enjoyed this story so much! I love that the author has connections that run throughout these books that tie them together. An important item is introduced in the novella and makes an appearance in each story. I really like that continuity and seeing the way the tale behind the item helps the person who possesses it.
In Hearts Made Whole, we get to follow the story of Ryan Chambers, who is the brother of the heroine we read about in book one, Love Unexpected. He has had a tough few years and did not make it out of the Civil War unscathed in body or soul. I could not help but love this character! He struggled so much, but his growth throughout the book was all that more impressive for it.
Caroline Taylor, the heroine of the book, took my heart as well. What a strong woman! I was so impressed with the way she handled herself, her duties, and the caring attitude that she had for her brothers and sisters. I loved the way she dealt with Ryan’s issues. It really highlighted her compassionate heart.
This story was so wonderful! It took me on such an emotional journey from the very first page. Hearts Made Whole is a definite must-read for fans of historical fiction. (5 stars)
My thanks to the publisher and Litfuse Publicity for the complimentary copy of this book that I received in exchange for an honest review.
Can she forgive the hurting man who costs her the role she loves?After her father’s death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse. But in 1865 Michigan, women aren’t supposed to have such roles, so it’s only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper—even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her.
Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still haunted by the horrors of battle. He’s secured the position of lighthouse keeper mostly for the isolation—the chance to hide from his past is appealing. 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?
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About the author:
Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and bestselling historical fiction author. She won the 2011 Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Romance Writers and was a finalist for Best Debut Novel in the 2011 ACFW Carol Awards. Currently she makes her home in central Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog.
Don’t miss Jody Hedlund’s new book, Hearts Made Whole, a story of loss, forgiveness, hope, and true love set in 1865 Michigan. When Ryan’s 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. Can Caroline forgive the hurting man who costs her the role she loves?
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One grand prize winner will receive:
One second-place winner will receive:
- A copy of Hearts Made Whole
- A lighthouse journal
One third-place winner will receive:
- A copy of Hearts Made Whole
- A lighthouse necklace