Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Hearts we Mend - A Banister Falls Novel - Kathryn Springer

The Hearts We Mend – A Banister Falls Novel – Kathryn Springer

            I broke my self-imposed rule when reading The Hearts We Mend.  I didn’t read the first book, The Dandelion Field.  However, this time it worked out!  I have also never read any other books by Kathryn Springer, which makes me happy because I really like finding new-to-me authors whose books I enjoyed! 
            Evie has been living with her life on hold for many years.  She is a young widow whose son is getting married and leaving the nest.  In walks Jack, who would seem to be the polar opposite of Evie.  Although Evie has Jack stereotyped, she feels her soul being challenged by how Jack lives his life.  Vise-versa is also true.  However, on that side, I think Jack believes he isn’t good enough for her. 
What did I think about the book?  Well, I did read a few of the other reviews while in the middle of this book, and I can’t believe there are people out there that didn’t thoroughly enjoy this story!  I loved how they begin to see the truth of who they are in Christ.  I love how they let Christ stretch them beyond themselves.  I loved how they broke down culturally built walls.  I loved them theme of looking at people for who they are – not where they are.  I just loved it!
            There are many interesting characters in this story.  Bert, Lily, Dan and Gin all help fill out this wonderful book!  I loved this book, and can’t wait for the next one in the series.   
            My negative had nothing to do with the story, but the formatting of this actual book.  It skipped from page 216 to page 249!  Let me tell you…I struggled!  This chapter was set to be a page-turner!  I moved on, trying to fill in the blanks…and there were a bunch because there were many chapters missing.  Fortunately, after page 280 the missing chapters reappeared!  So, when you buy this book check out these pages numbers before you start reading.  If you have a mixed up copy, follow my page instructions listed above!

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  Thanks Thomas Nelson and Zondervan!

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