When I first got The Heart Mender in the mail, I immediately turned to the back to read more about it. The first thing I saw was the Self-Help/Motivational/Inspirational listing. My heart sank. Not that those kind of books are bad, I just do not prefer them. Well, I had to get through it. So glad I did! Now I know I need to look through the entire book store, I might just find another gem like this one in a section where I least expect it. (Just what I need, another excuse to spend another couple of hours in Barnes and Noble!)
The story is about three people: the author Andy Andrews, an American woman in Texas during WWII, and a German submarine sailor also in WWII. It starts with the author finding some German war artifacts in his back yard. He becomes curious and starts to research how they got there. The story then goes back and forth between Helen Mason and Lt. Josef Landermann. Helen is angry at everything after her husband was killed by German bombs in England. Lt. Josef Landermann had to leave his wife and child back in German and was forced to fight. He is not a Nazi, he is a German.
I have already told many people about this book. It is wonderful for book lovers, history lovers, romantic people, and so many others. I can not wait to hear what the people I have told to read it so I can discuss the book with them.
I would obviously highly recommend this book to everyone. It is an easy read, but not "dumbed-down". The flow of the book is natural and not forced in any way. I hate when authors do that to their readers!
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com