Friday, June 5, 2015

Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund

From the publisher:
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?

This is the second book in the Beacons of Hope series, but if you haven't read the other book you won't find yourself lost.  I highly recommend reading the previous book, as well and the prequel novella, but that is only because Jody Hedlund is an amazing author and you won't want to miss any of the stories.

Jody Hedlund is a master storyteller.  She takes history and teaches you but you don't even know you are being taught because of how the story draws you in.  The characters are authentic and flawed.  There is romance and mystery in this book, but that doesn't mean the Jody leaves out God.  Instead she makes a deep impact in her writing as the characters hearts are made whole by God and God alone.  I truly appreciated that Jody Hedlund can create romantic, historical, Christian fiction and do it in a way that I could easily recommend this book to anyone.

I highly recommend this book as well as her other books.

I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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