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Review: The Hearts We Mend

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Review: The Hearts We Mend

The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springertheheartswemend
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: March 8, 2016

Thirteen years ago Evie Bennett’s firefighter husband died battling a fire, leaving her with a five-year-old son, a beautiful home and a community willing to step in and “look out for her.” She has spent those thirteen years cocooned in being safe while preaching in the ladies ministry she heads up that “Every adventure starts with one step.” When her 18-year-old son proposes marriage to his pregnant girlfriend, Evie’s cocoon begins to crack. Their engagement brings an unlikely friendship with Raine’s mother, Gin who begins chipping away at Evie’s cool exterior. When she meets Jack Vale, the new substitute custodian at Hope Community where Evie is the director of women’s ministries, she begins to see how her cocoon has limited God’s blessings for her.

Jack moved to Banister Falls to be near his brother, Travis. After their dad left, Jack became his little brother’s caregiver at the age of 10. When their mother died a few years later, the boys ended up with an indifferent father. Both ran wild for a time but Jack was given a chance to redeem himself by a contractor in Milwaukee. Coop not only gave Jack a job, he led him to the Savior. Jack’s tattoo may say “biker gang” but his heart is all about service – from the people living in his building, to his brother and his family, to becoming his niece’s primary caregiver when both his brother and sister-in-law end up in jail – Jack serves everyone he meets without expecting a thing in return.

Evie’s first meeting with Jack, she sees the “biker gang” persona. When he shows up to work at the church, she’s sure the pastor has lost it. Her eyes are opened to the man when she starts helping him in his mission. Can Evie look past the person Jack appears to be – the person her friends believe he is – to the servant heart beating within? Can Jack get past the differences in their upbringing to see that Evie might just be the person he’s been looking for all along?

The Hearts We Mend is book 2 in Kathryn Springer’s Banister Falls series and much as I loved The Dandelion Field, book 1, this one was even better! No way would I have ever put the Evie I met in book 1 with Jack but does it ever work in The Hearts We Mend. It’s like Evie has been hiding out in her home for 13 years but she starts to change as she learns to know Gin and Raine. She’s cautious, which I understand, but when she finally reveals her own heart of service and begins to challenge herself, I was amazed how much more I liked her! If you love Christian romances that will challenge you to see the world around you a little more clearly, this series is for you. While each book can stand alone, reading them together was beneficial for me. I went into book 2 knowing some of the hard things Evie was already dealing with and it was fun seeing Gin trying to “loosen Evie up”. You won’t regret picking this one up!

Rating G: No worries here.

Reviewer’s copy was purchased personally.

 

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