Book Review

Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund

Jody has released two novels and a novella set in various lighthouses in Michigan. So far, I have found this series to be wonderful. You can go to the following links to read my reviews for the novella or the first novel of the series:

Out of the Storm

Love Unexpected

**I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**


1865

Windmill Point, Michigan

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?

“Sometimes even the strongest need someone to take care of them.”

-Tessa Taylor, Hearts Made Whole

There are a number of reasons why I love Jody Hedlund’s novels… and this book demonstrates them all. The characters are interesting and authentic. There is something that makes each one unique. In this book, Caroline is a woman who wants something that she can’t quite have because society tells her no. But she’s also desperate to be the one to take care of her family. Ryan finds himself in the position of being what Caroline needs and he has the ability to help her. But he has his own wounds that need to be dealt with. The characters truly help this novel come alive.

Another reason, is that I just find her novels hard to put down. I find myself constantly saying I’m only going to read one chapter more. The plot of this book involves a number of unexpected twists and a bit of a mystery. I found myself wanting to know what was going to happen and worried that the novel would not have the ending I was hoping for. These traits kept the book in my hands.

Hearts Made Whole was also a book that was rich in both the historical details but also in it’s message about love and forgiveness. I easily found myself in Windmill Point and watching the lake’s shoreline and being in a setting where women did not have the same freedoms that men had. Amidst that backdrop, I also enjoyed this story that touches on what it means to show love to someone and what forgiveness looks like.

About the Author:

Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and bestselling author of inspirational historical romances for both adults and teens.

As a busy mama-writer, she has the wonderful privilege of teaching her crew of 5 children at home. In between grading math papers and giving spelling tests, she occasionally does a load of laundry and washes dishes. When she’s not busy being a mama, you can find her in front of her laptop working on another of her page-turning stories.

She loves reading almost as much as she loves writing, especially when it also involves chocolate and coffee.

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