Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews Review & Giveaway



What does forgiveness mean to you? Do you fully comprehend the power you can unleash by choosing to let go of a past hurt? Is it possible to forgive your worse enemy for a hurtful wrong done to you?

These are the questions posed in Andy Andrew’s book The Heart Mender. The story is based on actual events that took place over fifty years ago and were discovered accidentally by the author.

While excavating a stump from his Gulf of Mexico island home, Andrews found a can containing buttons from a Nazi navy uniform, a ring that had obvious German connections and several mysterious photos. Unable to find the genesis of the items, the author begins to question long time residents of the community for answers. He discovers a story that proves the power of forgiveness.

In 1942, Helen was a widow living and working in a small town along the Gulf of Mexico. Embittered by a difficult childhood and the loss of her husband who was killed in a German air raid while training RAF pilots in England, Helen cannot see beyond her own pain. When she finds a wounded German U-boat sailor lying on the beach near her home, her first inclination is to leave him to die—or beat him to death herself.

But somehow she finds it in her heart to reluctantly drag him to her cottage, where for the next few weeks, she allows Josef to recover from his injuries. Over time, he shares with Helen his own story of loss and heartbreak, and together they come to a place of forgiveness that frees them both to discover what joys lie ahead.

But what happens next challenges Helen and Josef in ways neither of them could ever imagine.

Andrews’ writing is easy and appealing, and the story he found quite by mistake makes for an amazing book. He treats his characters with a gentle respect and engages the reader in his own tale of discovery.

The Heart Mender is published by Thomas Nelson and is available at most bookstores.




Tawdra Kandle is stay-at-home, homeschooling mom of four children who range in age from 9 years to 21 years. She and her husband of over 22 years live in central Florida, where he is in seminary. Tawdra spends most of her precious free time writing and reading, and she loves to travel. She is also a resident writer for Taking Time for Mommy. View more of her Articles HERE. You can also follow Tawdra on twitter and her blog, Publishing Quest





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