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Review and Giveaway: Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund June 25, 2015

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 4:17 pm
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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?

My thoughts and giveaway:

Jody Hedlund (sigh). I have never been disappointed with anything I have read of hers so far. I don’t know how she turns out book after book that captures me, keeps me up way past my bedtime, has me feeling so deeply for her characters but she does.

Hearts Made Whole is a wonderful story of two people dealing with different things and brought together by a lighthouse.

Ryan Chambers is introduced in the first book in this series. Don’t worry, if you didn’t read the first book you won’t feel lost. It truly can be read as a stand-alone. He is returning from the Civil War and he is broken, inside and out. We easily see his outward wounds but it’s the ones on the inside that Jody slowly reveals to the reader.

Caroline wants to take care of everybody but herself. So much is resting on her shoulders and she’s willing to sacrifice her own happiness to care for her family. But someone starts targeting her and strange things are happening at her home.

This book deals with the wounds that so many of us carry and coming to the One who can redeem and restore, who makes all things new.

Visit Jody here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by July 3rd for your chance to win a copy. Winner will be chosen by (U.S. addresses only. I am not responsible for book lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


13 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund”

  1. Pam K. Says:

    I’ve read several of Jody’s books and have enjoyed them very much. I haven’t read either of the books yet in this new lighthouse series but they look very good. Thanks for the chance to win Hearts Made Whole.

  2. Loraine N. Says:

    I have a special place in my heart for the Michigan Lighthouses so I am looking forward to reading Jody’s series on them. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  3. agboss777 Says:

    Hearts Made Whole sounds so good. I love historical fiction. The whole concept of this series revolving around light houses is captivating and even more intriguing as I live in Michigan! I have not read any books by Jody Hedlund, but I am definitely adding her books to my reading list. Thanks for the opportunity of this giveaway!

    • I live in Michigan too so I always love stories set in our great state. Jody lives in Michigan, all the books I’ve read by her have been set somewhere in Michigan. I’m sure you would enjoy her.

  4. Melanie Backus Says:

    I can’t wait to read this one. It sounds wonderful!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  5. Bonnie Roof Says:

    Love lighthouses and love Jody’s novels – thanks for the opportunity to win “Hearts Made While”!!


  6. Maxie Lloyd-Hamilton Anderson Says:

    Hi Melissa. Thanks for this review and a chance to win Jody’s new book. It sure sounds good and I would love to win it. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  7. Dominique Says:

    I absolutely love reading Jody Hedlund books, I feel the same way. I can’t wait for the next!!

  8. I would love to win Jody’s latest. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  9. Maryann Says:

    I would love to read Caroline and Ryans story. I like the lighthouse theme. I have read Jody’s YA book and would love to read this historical fiction book.

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