“Hearts Made Whole” by Jody Hedlund

The Beacons of Hope series, written by Jody Hedlund, tells stories about lighthouses and those who keep them.  In her second book of the series, “Hearts Made Whole”, Ms. Hedlund tells the story about Caroline Taylor, who with her father and siblings help man the lighthouse at Windmill Point, Michigan in 1865.  After the untimely drowning death of her father, Caroline tries to keep her job at the lighthouse in order to care for her two sisters and two brothers.  However the board does not accept that women are expected to marry and have children, not have a job, no matter the circumstances and gives the job to a recovering veteran of the Civil War.  Ryan Chambers is  injured in body and soul.  He has turned to drink and drugs to dull the physical pain of  his injuries and the emotional toll of the horrors of war.  He and Caroline, of necessity, start to work together to help each other.  In the midst of dangerous unexplained happenings and “accidents” they seek to determine who the culprit is who is trying to run them out.  I thought this book was well written and very interesting.  I enjoy reading historical novels and this was one of the best.

I was sent a free print copy of the book by Litfuse Publicity Group and Bethany House in return for my honest opinion of the book.

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