In Kathryn Springer’s novel, The Hearts We Mend, readers meet Evie who functions best when things are orderly and under control. Widowed at an early age, she raised her young son alone. Her son is getting married and Evie is facing a major life change. But, not in the way she expected. Suddenly, Jack comes into her life and order and planning go out the window. Jack comes with baggage that includes a damaged family that he cares deeply for. It’s not that he wouldn’t welcome a less complicated life than the one he has, but he survives by being flexible and adapting to the life he has.
The story is set in Banister Falls, a close knit community, where people care about each other. Jack is an outsider and people are curious about him. Does he pose a danger to Evie? Evie and Jack are special and realistic characters who know how to love. Can they take that knowledge and make a life together? The back stories of the diverse secondary characters are an important part of the novel. They don’t all come from the same part of the community and there are challenges in bringing them together.
I found this to be a well told story. Written with warmth and sensitivity, the author brings to the reader a beautiful story about memorable people.
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