The Heart Mender. Andy Andrews. Thomas Nelson. May 2010. Hardcover. 256 Pages
About a month ago I entered a book giveaway and won a copy of The Heart Mender. I got it in the mail on Saturday, but I barely got the chance to start reading it today and before I knew it I finished the whole book within a few hours. This has got to be the best book I've read this year. The book starts out with the author sharing how he found buttons, medals and pictures in a tin can while digging up an old tree in his yard. He became curious as to who these belonged to and began researching to find out how they ended up in his yard on the Gulf coast of Alabama. These items led him to two people and their amazing story.
This story is set in 1942, during World War II. Helen, a young woman who recently lost her husband in the war was recovering emotionally. She was depressed, lonely, and angry at everyone, including God. Josef was a German officer on a U-Boat patrolling the Gulf of Mexico. These two met after Josef was shot by a Nazi observer on the submarine he was on. Helen found him on the ground while on a walk on the beach one night. Despite her hatred toward Germans, she nursed him back to health. As time goes on, these two form an unlikely friendship. The value of forgiveness, and second chances is soon realized by Helen as she begins to have a closer relationship with Josef.
This book is amazing. I couldn't put it down and I had to keep going so I could find out what happened next. Andy Andrews is a wonderful author and I look forward to reading his other books. I believe this story could be turned into a great movie. I would definitely go see it. I highly recommend this book, you will not be disappointed.
My Rating: 5/5 stars
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(This book was not provided for review purposes. It is one that I won from a blog giveaway.)