A unique blend of historical fact and engaging fiction showing the power of forgiveness.
In 1942, German subs are dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico to sink U.S. vessels carrying goods and fuel. While taking a late-night walk, Helen Mason—widowed by war—discovers the near-lifeless body of a German sailor. Enraged at the site of Josef Landermann's uniform, Helen is prepared to leave him to die when an unusual phrase, faintly uttered, changes her mind.
In The Heart Mender, a small town must prepare itself for the worst the world has to offer, and Josef and Helen must reconcile their pasts to create a future.
I loved this book and read it in one sitting. The book alternates between past and present in three big sections. It flows well and is well written. It is a mixture of truth and fiction. This is typical for this author.The book begins with the author finding WWII artifacts buried under a tree in his yard. He is very curious about the pictures and buttons and starts researching them. It has some mystery, suspense, romance, and a good theme. I like how in the front and back of the book the author explains what is fact versus fiction and why in the book. It was a very touching story and the main theme is forgiveness. The plot is definitely unique and the characters interesting. Highly Recommended. :)
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I received this book to review as part of the Book Sneeze program.