Hearts Made Whole
Jody Hedlund can always be counted on to write riveting reads, and Hearts Made Whole is no exception. Taking the two love interests both with unimaginable personal lost and throw in the hero battling opium and alcohol and you have a heart wrenching tale. Taking place soon after the Civil War, Caroline Taylor has become the keeper of the Windmill Point Lighthouse in Michigan due to the unforeseen sudden death of her father. Now she must be the sole provider for her younger two sisters and two brothers. However, Caroline lives in a world before women’s rights and is told she will be replaced by a returning war veteran by the name of Ryan Chambers. Ryan is not a whole man and lives with the disfigurement the war brought on not only physically but emotionally and spiritually as well. Seeing that his addictions are crippling him to the point that he cannot perform his light keeper duties, he and Caroline make a pact. Basically for her to become his assistant and she and her family will remain living at the lighthouse cottage.
There is an evil however that stalks Caroline and wants her out of the lighthouse for good no matter what the cost. As Ryan and Caroline begin to fall in love with each other they are buffeted by storms on all sides. Just when you think they are so close to their well-deserved HEA, Ms. Hedlund throws in a plot twist that literally felt like it bruised my heart. Oh! The angst of it all! Read this book if you must know. I so look forward to the next in the Beacons of Hope series.
I received a copy for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.