The Hearts We Mend


When I first met Evie in “The Dandelion Field” she came across as a bit uptight. Nothing had changed when I began reading “The Hearts We Mend”. Widowed at a young age, Evie had raised a son virtually on her own and still had not let go of her loss. Now that her son Cody is embarking on a life of his own with a wife and an expected baby, Evie clings to her routines with everything in its place and scheduled time as if by maintaining control she can protect her heart. On the eve of Cody’s wedding Evie’s world is turned upside down by the new substitute janitor at her church where she also works. Jack’s scruffy appearance and casual approach to life make Evie want to stay far, far away from him but she gradually finds herself drawn into a life she never imagined and learns a lot about herself as a result.

I thoroughly enjoyed “The Hearts We Mend”, especially the changes experienced by Evie. The story was so beautifully written that I didn’t want to put it down – even to sleep. My how the housework suffers when I get into a good book! I liked Jack from the beginning and had hopes for him and Evie. The story took some unexpected turns but those helped shape the perfect plot. At risk of revealing too much, I will just encourage readers to pick up a copy of “The Hearts We Mend” as soon as possible. I think they will enjoy it too!

This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.


Planning and Post-It notes are the epitome of Evie’s life. But when she meets Jack, her life gets more than a little complicated.

Thirteen years ago, Evie’s firefighter husband was killed in the line of duty, leaving her to raise their young son, Cody, alone. Now, Cody is marrying the love of his life, and as he packs up his belongings, the house feels as empty as Evie’s heart. But for all her planning and mad organizational skills, Evie could never have anticipated the dramatic shift her life is about to make.

Tattooed, rough-around-the-edges Jack raises quite a few eyebrows in the tight-knit community of Banister Falls. Where Evie’s life is stream-lined, Jack’s approach to living is moment-by-moment. But as Evie gets drawn into Jack’s world—a world that isn’t as safe or predictable as the one she’s worked so hard to create—he challenges her to open her eyes to the problems outside the walls of the church.

Jack doesn’t make Evie feel comfortable, but he definitely makes her feel something. Something she hasn’t felt since Max passed away—or, maybe ever. Because even though Jack isn’t anything like her late husband, he just might be everything she needs.

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Kathryn SpringerKathryn 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 nineteen books with close to two million copies sold. She lives with her husband and three children in Marinette, Wisconsin.

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