Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund (review by Kristi)

Hearts Made Whole

About the book: 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 been given the post as lighthouse keeper, and the isolation where he can drown in drink and hide from his past is appealing. He’s not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who’s none-too-pleased to be giving up her position. They both quickly realize he’s in no shape to run the lighthouse, but Ryan’s unwilling to let anyone close, ravaged by memories and guilt. Caroline’s 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?

My review: Wow!!! This book was amazing. It is a wonderfully written story of sorrow, hope, recovering, moving on, and love. This book is so well written that I was soon engulfed in the story and forgot these were fictional characters. The author did a fantastic job weaving all the elements of the story together into a book that I didn’t want to put down but at the same time didn’t want to read too quickly as I wanted to savor every moment between the two main characters.

Caroline and Ryan were the perfect couple and I loved how their story progressed in a very natural way. They are two people who are facing challenges and soon discover that they are stronger together than apart. Their relationship progresses in a very natural way and seems authentic. I don’t want to spoil the story so I will just say Ryan’s treatment of Caroline will leave readers swooning. I just loved these two characters together and wanted the best for them.

This was the first book I had read by this author and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Her writing style is great and the story had such a good flow to it that it was easy to read and stay interested in. I definitely recommend this book!

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.

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