Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hearts Made Whole Book Review

Beacons of Hope Series
Book Two

SUMMARY:  1865  Windmill Point, Michigan
     Can she forgive the hurting man who costs her the role she loves?
     After her father's death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse.  But in 1865 Michigan, women aren't supposed to have such roles, so it's only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper - even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her.
     Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still haunted by the horrors of battle.  He's secured the position of lighthouse keeper mostly for the isolation - the chance to hide from his past is appealing.  He's not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who's angry with him for taking her job and for his inability to properly run the light.  When his failings endanger others, he and Caroline realize he's in no shape to run the lighthouse, but he's unwilling to let anyone close enough to help.  Caroline feels drawn to this wounded soul, but with both of them relying on that single position, can they look past their loss to a future filled with hope . . and possibly love?

REVIEW:  Jody Hedlund's latest novel does not disappoint!!  She uses subjects such drug and alcohol addiction, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, misperception, abuse (animal and child) in a very eye opening and captivating way.  Caroline is a strong woman who has been taking care of her siblings and the lighthouse since her father died.  I love how even though she is strongly disappointed that her job as lighthouse keeper has been given to someone who does not know how to do the job, she steps up and tries to teach Ryan and, in the process, helps him overcome his addiction to opium and alcohol.  Many times Caroline is dealt a raw hand and is not given the opportunity to prove herself worthy, but she doesn't let that stop her from doing the best that she can.  
     This is a wonderful book!  Though it is the second in the Beacons of Hope series, you don't need to read the first book to understand this one.  I can't wait until the third one comes out next year!

This book was provided by Litfuse and Bethany House for review without compensation.

Jody Hedlund is the author of over ten novels, including Love Unexpected, Captured by Love, Unending Devotion, The Preacher's Bride, and A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award for historical romance.  She makes her home in Michigan, not far from the lighthouses she writes about, and loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog at

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