Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Hearts We Mend + Giveaway


Will life begin as your hearts mend?

" God brings people into your life for a reason." (97)

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Title:  The Hearts We Mend
Series: Banister Falls, Book #3
Author: Kathryn Springer
Publisher:  Zondervan
Release Date:  March 8, 2016


ABOUT THE BOOK


Planning and Post-It notes are the epitome of Evie’s life. But when she meets Jack, her life gets more than a little complicated.

Thirteen years ago, Evie's firefighterhusband was killed in the line of duty, leaving her to raise their young son, Cody, alone. Now, Cody is marrying the love of his life, and as he packs up his belongings, the house feels as empty as Evie's heart. But for all her planning and mad organizational skills, Evie could never have anticipated the dramatic shift her life is about to make.

Tattooed, rough-around-the-edgesJack raises quite a few eyebrows in the tight-knit community of Banister Falls. Where Evie's life is stream-lined, Jack's approach to living is moment-by-moment. But as Evie gets drawn into Jack's world—a world that isn't as safe or predictable as the one she's worked so hard to create—he challenges her to open her eyes to the problems outside the walls of the church.  

Jack doesn't make Evie feel comfortable, but he definitely makes her feel something. Something she hasn't felt since Max passed away—or, maybe ever. Because even though Jack isn't anything like her late husband, he just might be everything she needs.

                                                                                                                                                                      

MY THOUGHTS

What is it about a bad boy? Like cowboys, there's just something about a bad boy that just holds onto one's heart? Well, if that bad boy has a heart of gold and a servant attitude like Jack in The Hearts We Mend, by Kathryn Springer, I'd say take that chance, and go for it. And speaking of chance, that's what this is about. It's about taking the chance that God gave you, and trusting Him with all.

" 'God...I need Your help, I'm afraid of everything. Loving. Losing. Making mistakes. Not making them. I don't know what to let go of...and what to keep'... Because that's what it always came down to - an act of the will.  Evie believed God could heal the past.  She believed in heaven. But was she going to trust God with all the moments in between?" (242)

Having lived a shelter life, Evie is surrounded with family and friends that loves and protects her as best as they can.  While Jack, from a totally different lifestyle, with danger that lurks through his family and neighborhood, lives by the moment for others. Together, they find what the other is missing, and learn to see the world differently, as a whole.  Jack is a witness of service as he serves those who need guidance, a friend, a meal or just a place to crash. His heart of gold shows off God's grace abundantly. Evie, a loving mother and a caring friend held herself back for those she loves. Maybe together with Jack, she's finally able to let loose and be who she and God wants her to be from now on. I must also add Lily. She's the cutie of the story!

"Every adventure starts with one step." (101)
"The storm rumbled on, the mountains of cumulus clouds dissolving into a glorious crimson sunset.  Jack loved it when God showed off." (168)

A beautiful story of family, love and trusting God to find growth. One not to miss!
"You have to get on your knees...Get your hands into the soil and work it. Sweat a little in the tending and weeding...and then you'll see things grow." (138) 


NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity Group for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathryn Springer is a USA Today bestselling author. She grew up in northern Wisconsin, where her parents published a weekly newspaper. As a child she spent many hours sitting at her mother’s typewriter, plunking out stories, and credits her parents for instilling in her a love of books—which eventually turned into a desire to tell stories of her own. Kathryn has written 19 books with close to two million copies sold. She lives with her husband and three children in Marinette, Wisconsin. 

TO CONNECT WITH KATHRYN:  website,  facebook

                                                                                                                                                                      

GIVEAWAY

Celebrate the release of The Hearts We Mend with Kathryn and enter to win two of her books by signing up for her newsletter on her website (left sidebar). The winner will be announced March 23 via Kathryn’s newsletter.



                                                                                                                                                                      

7 comments :

  1. Oh, WOW - what a beautiful title for a novel, I'm eagerly anticipating the inspiration that will be derived from reading "The Hearts We Mend"!! Thanks for a beautiful review, Annie.

    I never seem to have enough time to visit the many blogs I love on a regular basis, so please forgive me - I'd love to have the gift of accomplishing all that you do. That quote: "God brings people into your life for a reason" certainly caught my eye. You are one of those people in my life, my friend - you've certainly been a blessing in the short time I've known you!! Thank you for that!!

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  2. Thank you, Bonnie! You are always encouraging in your reviews and in our chats! Thank you!

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  3. I've never read any of Kathryn Springer's books, but The Hearts We Mend sounds like such a fabulous way to start! ;-)

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  4. This looks so good! And yeah, those bad boys are something special!

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  5. Karen and Beth, this one's great! I'm inclined to go back for all the Banister Falls novels!

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  6. I signed up Thanks for sharing her books look Great

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  7. I can't wait to read this one. The Dandelion Field was an absolute favorite last year!

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