The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer
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 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 might be everything she needs.
This book is just lovely! Wonderful amounts of sweetness, drama, funny little parts, faith, and love! Just simply lovely! I am ready to read more books by Kathryn Springer right now!
I wanted to get to the end so bad, and yet I didn't want it to end! I caught myself trying to skim ahead on the page so that I could see what was going to happen several times (mostly nearing the end of the book) and had to stop myself and go back to where I was supposed to be reading. There were times that I got so frustrated at Jack, just wanting to smack some sense into him, and then I would feel the same way about Evie!
Faith was a big part of The Hearts We Mend but it wasn't the kind of book that shoves it in your face. If you enjoy reading faith-based books, you will like this one. But, even if you don't typically enjoy faith-based books, you'll most likely still enjoy this book. It was just really well written. I highly recommend reading The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer!
*Note: I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
Carrie Kurtz is a full-time mom and wife who can’t help but make time to explore new worlds in between carpooling and laundry loads. She’s trying to encourage a similar obsession with reading in her two children, and she’s grateful her husband supports her habit. She can be found at Carrie K’s Book Reviews.