Friday, June 5, 2015
Litfuse Review: Hearts Made Whole by:Jody Hedlund
About the Book:
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 been given the post as lighthouse keeper, and the isolation where he can drown in drink and hide from his past is appealing. He’s not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who’s none-too-pleased to be giving up her position. They both quickly realize he’s in no shape to run the lighthouse, but Ryan’s unwilling to let anyone close, ravaged by memories and guilt. Caroline’s 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?
Caroline Taylor would be consider the strongest woman around, especially after her father died, leaving her to take care of Windmill Point Lighthouse. With her siblings being the only ones she can trust, she has learned to do everything on her on, never asking anyone for help. But her life is abruptly turned upside down when the district lighthouse inspector, deems her unfit to manage the light house. All due to the fact that she is a woman. No matter how much she fights and argues, he's decision stays the same, leaving her with a week to vacate before the new lighthouse keeper arrives.
Ryan Chambers needs a new start. With a mangled hand, what job will anyone possibly give to him. But when he hears of a lighthouse position he jumps at the chance coming a few days early. Upon arrival everything seems normal all until he awakens getting beat profusely with a pillow. He learns that the pretty pillow wielding woman, Caroline, only learned of Ryan's arrival that morning. All anguish drips from him when he hears Caroline telling her siblings of their misfortune. He begs them to stay a week only to beg Caroline to be his assistant when the time comes for them to go. Each day when he sees her, he finds himself falling deeper and deeper in love with her.
As their relationship grows more and more, Caroline and Ryan can't seems to keep their eyes off each other. With the idea of the upheaval of the Taylor family staying way to close, they must decide what matter most.
Hearts Made Whole was an amazing book. This book has it all! I was either laughing or just plain enjoying the adventure! This book is a must read, because once you start, you wont be able to stop reading.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.