Reviewed by Charity Lyman
Every once in a while you stumble across a book that you might not normally read, but then in the middle of it you realize that it has fast become a favorite. Such is the case with my latest read, The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer. It is part of a series and thankfully I found out afterwards that I have the first book already in my TBR pile. And this author is going on my must-read list!
The story was different for me, which I like. Evie Bennett is a single mom, thanks to the accident that killed her firefighter husband thirteen years before. She has one child, but he is no longer her little boy and when the book opens, Cody is getting ready to be married. Her best friend, Dan, is also a firefighter and the person everyone thought would eventually propose to her. Unfortunately, things don’t always turn out the way they are expected to. Evie meets the new janitor of the church she attends, Jack Vale. He has tattoos, his family life is a mess and he looks like a biker. But when they meet, something sizzles between them and Evie’s world is turned upside down. Will they realize that love is not a one-time thing? Can Jack get past his family troubles and make a life of his own?
One of the things that threw me from the beginning of the story was the ages of the main characters. Most of the novels I read revolve around people in their early to mid twenties, or even younger, and they are alive with young romance. Springer, instead, moved away from the norm in Christian fiction and gave us a story about a mature woman, a widow. The hero was different as well. He had a niece always hanging on him, a brother who was basically wasting his life away and an apartment complex full of characters with lives as complicated as his. All of whom ended up at his place for spaghetti. It was really an interesting story full of life, the reality, the horrors but also the abundance and enjoyment. If I could give it more than five stars I would but alas, five will have to do. Excellent book Mrs. Springer!!
Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady.
Review copy was provided by Zondervan. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.