With her son’s pending nuptials, Evie Bennett’s world is about to change. Widowed when Cody was 6-years-old, she has dedicated her life to raising Cody at the cost of rebuilding her own. Now, Evie feels even more alone than ever- until she crosses paths once again with an intriguing stranger. Jack Vale lived a wild life before he found Jesus, but now serves as the protective overseer of his reckless brother trying his best to keep him out of jail. Jack has learned to give back where he can and minister to the people God has placed in his path. When Jack is hired as the temporary custodian at the church where Evie is also employed, her heart is reintroduced to love when she is unwittingly drawn into Jack’s chaotic life as he tries to balance being superhero to his niece and the hands and feet of Jesus to those in his community.
While I enjoyed the first book in this series, The Dandelion Field, I did not like Evie’s character at all. Springer has, however, redeemed Evie in The Hearts We Mend creating a character that I endear! Evie’s growth from a sheltered, pampered, and overprotected princess to an open-minded and open-hearted woman was remarkable. Jack’s simple philosophy of ministry- to meet others where they are without judgement- served as a moving contrast to his rough, bad boy image. Loved that Jack’s true character of gentleness with others and his tenderness toward Evie shattered myths and brought to life the “you can’t judge a book by its cover” mantra. Glad that Evie came to realize this truth about him, too! What woman doesn’t want to discover that the rogue wolf is actually a tender teddy bear? :)
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated by the author or publisher in any way.
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 19 books with close to two million copies sold. She lives with her husband and three children in Marinette, Wisconsin. Visit her online at kathrynspringer.com Facebook: Kathrynspringerauthor.