The Heart Mender - A Story of Second Chances by Andy Andrews is AWESOME!!! I LOVE THIS BOOK!! It is set in Coastal Alabama during World War II. It is based on a true story. Actually, this book was published before under the name Island of Saints but, due to a myriad of bad timing and luck, it didn't go too far. A few people who read the book loved it and helped get it re-released under the current title. One of the many questions the author receives about this book is "Is this story true?" and the answer is yes with some tweaks. A few of the locations and most of the characters' names have been changed but all the dates, history, numbers and items he found are real. This information made the book even more interesting and captivating.
Helen Mason is angry at everyone and everything. After losing her young husband to the war, Helen is bitter. Moving away from everything, she finds shelter in Coastal Alabama. Lt. Josef Landermann served on a German U-boat that was patrolling the Gulf of Mexico. Betrayed, shot and left for dead, he washes ashore where Helen finds him. Both struggle with how life treated them and their current (and dangerous) circumstances. Together they find that forgiveness and letting go of the past brings healing: physically, mentally, and spiritually. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves history and unforgettable stories!! I finished this book in two days and hated putting it down.
In the classic storytelling style of The Noticer and The Traveler's Gift, New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews now delivers an adventure set sharply against the warm waters and white sands of the Gulf of Mexico in WWII America.
Saddened and unable to abandon her resentment towards the Nazi war machine tht took her husband's life, the young and attractive Helen Mason is living a bitter, lonely existence. Betrayed and left for dead, German U-boat officer Lt. Josef Landermann washes ashore in a sleepy town along the northern gulf coast, looking to Helen for survival.
The Heart Mender is a story of life, loss and reconciliation, reminding us of the power of forgiveness and the universal healing experience of letting go.
This book and give away copy were provided by Thomas Nelson Publishers.
GIVE AWAY INFORMATION:
Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me a copy of this book to give away. To be in the drawing, you must either comment on this post or send me an e-mail (email@example.com) by Saturday, May 22, 2010. I will draw a name from all the entries and mail the winner a copy of the book. You will not be disappointed with this book.