About the book:
The Hearts We Mend (Zondervan, March 2016)
Planning and Post-It notes are the epitome of Evie's life. But when she meets Jack, her life gets more than a little complicated.
Thirteen years ago, Evie's firefighter husband was killed in the line of duty, leaving her to raise their young son, Cody, alone. Now, Cody is marrying the love of his life, and as he packs up his belongings, the house feels as empty as Evie's heart. But for all her planning and mad organizational skills, Evie could never have anticipated the dramatic shift her life is about to make.
Tattooed, rough-around-the-edges Jack raises quite a few eyebrows in the tight-knit community of Banister Falls. Where Evie's life is stream-lined, Jack's approach to living is moment-by-moment. But as Evie gets drawn into Jack's world---a world that isn't as safe or predictable as the one she's worked so hard to create---he challenges her to open her eyes to the problems outside the walls of the church.
Jack doesn't make Evie feel comfortable, but he definitely makes her feel something. Something she hasn't felt since Max passed away---or, maybe ever. Because even though Jack isn't anything like her late husband, he just might be everything she needs.
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About the author:
Kathryn Springer is a USA Today bestselling author. She grew up in northern Wisconsin, where her parents published a weekly newspaper. As a child she spent many hours sitting at her mother's typewriter, plunking out stories, and credits her parents for instilling in her a love of books --- which eventually turned into a desire to tell stories of her own. Kathryn has written nineteen books with close to two million copies sold. She lives with her husband and three children in Marinette, Wisconsin.
Kathryn Springer has become one of my must-read authors and her Banister Falls books have become one of my all-time favorite series! I have loved both of the books and "The Hearts We Mend" just continued on with the story from "The Dandelion Field" so well. Evie was a character who I have to admit was not my favorite at first in "The Dandelion Field." However, she had grown on me by the end of the book and now after spending time with her and really getting to know her in "The Hearts We Mend," I love her! Evie has been caring for Cody on her own ever since Max passed away and she has also guarded her heart and her memories of Max as well. Jack is the first person whom Evie has let her guard down with, but he is also someone who did not know Evie growing up and he truly sees her, her for herself, not Evie in connection with Max. I just love their interactions and could completely picture Evie with her post-it notes planning out events and leaving them lined up in Jack's closet for him and Evie taken by surprise the first time being at Jack's place and cooking. Jack has such a servant's heart and love for people that I loved his character and the bond and interactions he had with others.
Kathryn does a wonderful job with creating and developing character and bringing them to life. I felt as if I were a part of the story and the characters were so real to me as they had so much depth. Evie and Gin were both hurting and trying to survive in life, each in her own way, but really they were both so alike and just the friend that each other needed, not to mention the men whom become a part of their lives as well, There are so many pieces to this series and various storylines with the various characters that I became so wrapped up in their lives and in this town and I cannot wait to see what Kathryn writes next. I have to say my guess is that Nikki may be the focus of book #3, but honestly I do not care who the focus is as I cannot wait to read more and be back in Banister Falls.
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*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*