Monday, June 8, 2015

Hearts Made Whole

Hearts Made Whole
Beacons of Hope
Jody Hedlund
(Bethany House)
ISBN: 978-0764212383
June 2015/384 pages/$14.99

Can she forgive the hurting man who costs her the role she loves?

After her father’s death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse. But in 1865 Michigan, women aren’t supposed to have such roles, so it’s only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper–even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her.

Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still haunted by the horrors of battle. He’s secured the position of lighthouse keeper mostly for the isolation–the chance to hide from his past is appealing. He’s not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who’s angry with him for taking her job and for his inability to properly run the light. When his failings endanger others, he and Caroline realize he’s in no shape to run the lighthouse, but he’s unwilling to let anyone close enough to help. Caroline feels drawn to this wounded soul, but with both of them relying on that single position, can they look past their loss to a future filled with hope…and possibly love?


Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of nine novels, including “Captured By Love,” “Rebellious Heart,” and “A Noble Groom,” winner of the 2014 Carol Award and INSPYs Award. She received a bachelor’s from Taylor University and a master’s from University of Wisconsin, both in social work. Currently she makes her home in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. Find out more about Jody at


I am thoroughly enjoying Jody Hedlund's Beacons of Hope series focusing on lighthouses of the Michigan's Great Lakes. (Click the titles to read my reviews of the the free prequel novella, Out of the Storm, and book 1, Love Unexpected.) Jody Hedlund weaves a compelling story from historical records that pays tribute to the enormous responsibility undertaken by those who faithfully served as lightkeepers of these vital landmarks. I loved Caroline's fortitude and determination to continue her role in the face of strong and equally determined opposition. Her devotion to the lighthouse coupled with her fierce loyalty to her family make her a force to be reckoned with! Tension builds as intrigue, danger, and romance weave together in a tale impossible to put down. A beautiful thread of compassion and grace runs through this story, as well. This not only makes a great summer read but if you are anywhere near the Great Lakes, you will want to visit the area where these magnificent beacons pushed back the darkness. Don't miss this book and this series!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Don't miss Jody Hedlund's new book, Hearts Made Whole, a story of loss, forgiveness, hope, and true love set in 1865 Michigan. When Ryan's failings endanger others, he and Caroline realize he’s in no shape to run the lighthouse, but he’s unwilling to let anyone close enough to help. Can Caroline forgive the hurting man who costs her the role she loves?

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