Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund
Beacons of Hope, Book 2
Bethany House, 2015
It’s pretty obvious that Jody Hedlund is one of my favorite authors, so it should come as no surprise that I enjoyed her latest novel, Hearts Made Whole. We meet Caroline Taylor, a young lady with responsibilities that weigh heavily on her heart. She is always in a state of worry, either taking care of the lighthouse or her siblings, trying to keep it all together.
When Ryan Chambers shows up to take the lighthouse keeper position, he threatens everything she has in the world: her job, her income, and her home. Will Caroline and Ryan ever come to a decision that will benefit both of them? Or will one of them be forced to leave the lighthouse?
For those who have read Love Unexpected, the first book in the Beacons of Hope series, Ryan Chambers is a familiar face. He is Emma’s brother from the first book, but his life has changed a lot between the first and second books. Now he is older, has been through war, and has seen and done things he can never forget. He is wounded both physically and emotionally.
I found myself hesitate to like Ryan, as we are reintroduced to a man who deals with his pain by self-medicating with drinking and pills. His lack of drive or a desire to be present in his own life was disheartening and gave me serious reservations about him. However, there are moments of his old, vibrant self that shine through and make you root for him to get better.
The heart of this novel is about forgiveness, learning to depend on God, and trusting him with the worries of our hearts.
To those of you who have read the book, did anyone else get a Phantom of the Opera vibe from chapter 22? (I’m thinking about the final lair scene). : )
*Thank you to Bethany House and Jody Hedlund for a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own. I am on Jody’s influencer team.*