Another fabulous release... The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer (Blog Tour Review)

The Hearts We MendThe Hearts We Mend
(Banister Falls #2)
by Kathryn Springer
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 320 Pages
March 8th 2016 by Zondervan


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.

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My Review

THE HEARTS WE MEND was like coming back home to characters I already love or am familiar with, a small town with all the usual charm and a close-knit church community, and a few new characters to throw some twists in. It was great to see how Evie has slowly thawed since first being introduced to her in the first book and to see how much Jack pushes her to see her town and herself in a different light. Jack was a great character! A perfect balance for Evie. There were so many sweet moments between the two, the townspeople, and some little kiddos that I loved. Another fabulous release from Springer!

Jack might look rough around the edges and definitely has a rough past, but has the kindest heart. I loved his humor, selflessness, work ethic, and loyalty. Evie looks all prim and proper, but actually has a lot more to her. I loved seeing how her heart changes and how much she cares for others. Jack had his own changes to undertake as well. The other characters added so much to this story from the Moretti clan to Gin, Raine, and Cody, to the apartment residents, and the church members. I can see a story developing between Officer Ryan and Maggie, so I'm curious if they will be the focus of a future story (hopefully so).

The story was heartfelt, tragic, and very sweet. I pretty much loved it from beginning to end. I didn't enjoy it as much as I did The Dandelion Field, but they have different situations and characters. I loved how the inspiration was woven through this story. So perfect. I also loved the spark between the two main characters and how well the author conveyed meaning without words.

If you enjoy reading Christian Romance or general Romance, I'd definitely recommend THE HEARTS WE MEND. I can't wait to read the next story in this series!

Content: Clean

Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity, which did not affect my review in any way.

Other Books in the Series

The Dandelion FieldThe Dandelion Field
(Banister Falls #1)
by Kathryn Springer
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback, 352 Pages
January 27th 2015 by Zondervan


This handsome firefighter makes a living coming to the rescue, but Gin doesn’t need a man to fight her battles.

After Raine’s dad walked out, Ginevieve Lightly never lived in one place too long, a rambling lifestyle that defined her daughter’s youth. When their car dies in Banister Falls, Wisconsin, Gin promises Raine they can stay until she finishes her senior year of high school. Gin will do anything to make sure her daughter has a bright future . . . a future that’s compromised when Raine reveals she’s pregnant.

Dan Moretti has only ever called Banister Falls home. After losing his best friend in a tragic accident, Dan devoted himself to responding to fires, rescuing the helpless, and guiding Cody Bennett, his best friend’s son, through life. With Cody being the epitome of the good kid, it was an easy job. Until he says four little words: “The baby is mine.”

Knowing gossip of Raine’s pregnancy will erupt sooner or later in the small town, Gin’s reflex is to grab the suitcase and escape to a new city, a new life. But with each passing day, Gin’s feet stay rooted in Banister Falls, and she falls a little more for this local firefighter who shows her not all men abandon women at the first sign of smoke.

As Gin and Dan do the best they can to guide the two teenagers through their early entry into adulthood, they discover together that romance can bloom in the rockiest of situations. And God can turn the pieces of a broken past into a beautiful new beginning.

You can see my 5-star review here.

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About the Author

Kathryn Springer

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 nineteen books with close to two million copies sold. She lives with her husband and three children in Marinette, Wisconsin.

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