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 firefighter husband 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-edges Jack 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.
Continuing the storyline first introduced in The Dandelion Field, The Hearts we Mend finds Evie’s ordered life in upheaval. I crave books with characters and life situations that read authentically and without the saccharine sentiment that “come to Jesus” moments pave the way to problem-free-ever-after. While the synopsis alludes to a familiar opposites attract storyline, these characters diverge from the archetypes of good girl (or in this case, woman) meets rebel man and falls in love in spite of her better judgement. Both Evie and Jack have let their past influence how they live in the present and plan for the future. For Evie, she has withdrawn behind a wall of ordered self-protection, whereas Jack has learned to live with abandon. Each has a portion of what the other need, and together they realize that living to either extreme is actually keeping them from full contentment and joy. Their love story is a heartfelt look at second chances that is both thoughtful and entertaining. With a host of charming secondary characters, Banister Falls beckons you for a sojourn through a quaint town and endearing stories.
**Disclosure: Review copy provided by Litfuse Publicity and Zondervan**