Widowed at the age of twenty-five when her firefighter husband was killed in the line of duty, Evie Bennett has spent the last thirteen years raising their son, Cody, in the close-knit community of Banister Falls. As the women’s ministry director of her church, Evie encourages women to boldly pursue God’s plan for their future . . . while she is content with her memories of the past. But Evie’s well-ordered life begins to change when she meets Jack Vale.
As Evie gets drawn into Jack’s world—a world that isn’t as safe and predictable as the one she’s worked so hard to create—he challenges her to open her eyes to the problems in the community . . . but will Evie open her heart to love again?
Because even though Jack isn’t anything like her late husband, he just might be everything she needs.
The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer is the second book in the Banister Falls Series. Once again, I didn’t read the first book in this series, and I’m bummed. With that being said, it did not stop be from falling in love with these characters and falling in love with Banister Falls, a small town in Wisconsin. The Hearts We Mend is a beautiful book that will fill your soul with sadness, love, and joy. Not many books can successfully take you on such an emotional roller coaster. Kathryn Springer wrote a touching story about following the path God has laid out before you and trusting Him even when you don’t think He is right.
Evie lost her husband at such a young age and hasn’t really dated since then. Now that her son, Cody, is getting married, she will be living in the house her husband built for them, all by herself. When Jack blows into her life like a hurricane, she can’t help to think that her feelings are purely of lust, not love. Not only is Evie questioning God’s intentions with Jack, Jack is also questioning whether or not he is hearing God correctly. Jack can’t imagine trying to live up to Evie’s deceased husband’s legacy as a firefighter.
The Hearts We Mend is an inspiring story. It is one of those books that made me want everyone to live happily-ever-after, because each character just seemed like someone I would want to be friends with. The community in Banister Falls is ideal for anyone longing to live in a small town where everyone takes care of one another, even if you are new to town. Hope Community Church sounds like a lovely place of worship. The garden walk that the women’s ministry sets up every year sounded like so much fun. I would love to be a part of something like that. What a wonderful way to showcase someone’s beautiful garden that they have worked so hard on.
The first book in the Banister Falls Series, The Dandelion Field, focuses on Gin and Raine. Raine is the woman, Cody, Evie’s son is marrying in The Hearts We Mend. It also focuses on Gin’s growing relationship win Dan, Evie’s deceased husband’s best friend. I enjoyed this book so much that going back and reading The Dandelion Field is not out of the question. I hope that the series continues. My heart was so full of happiness when I finished, I want more of that.
You can learn more about Kathryn Springer and her other books on her website.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.