Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko


About the Book:

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 been given the post as lighthouse keeper, and the isolation where he can drown in drink and hide from his past is appealing. He’s not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who’s none-too-pleased to be giving up her position. They both quickly realize he’s in no shape to run the lighthouse, but Ryan’s unwilling to let anyone close, ravaged by memories and guilt. Caroline’s 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 Review:

Are you looking for a romantic fiction book that is realistic? Look no further. I read one review where this book was cut down for containing info that teen girls should not read. I highly disagree with that. This book is the one that teen girls should be reading. I have never read a book that so deeply shows what real love and romance entails than this lighthouse series.

The characters are flawed. They struggle and have hard things happen. Ryan has severe issues, which are not glossed over. Caroline is focused on self preservation for herself and her sisters, which means she is willing to do anything for them. Love was not a priority.

I found that Ms. Hedlund shows, without being cliche, what you have to work at for a romance to be real. It is not easy or always fun. It also shows true redemption without rushing things.

I loved this book and highly recommend it.

This book was provided for me for an honest review by NetGalley and the publisher. The opinions found herein are my own.


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