Friday, December 23, 2011

The Heart Mender... a book review


During my break from reviewing books for the publishers, I choose to read more from Andy Andrews.  I reviewed his book The Final Summit for the publisher and really enjoyed his writing style.

So, if  you enjoy historical fiction and WW II history, this book is for you!  Did you know that German U-boats were in the Gulf of Mexico during 1942 and into 1943?  I didn't.  I loved this book... read it in 5+ hours!  For information about the U-boat (U-166) from the book, click HERE.  Real history!

Publisher's Overview

"A unique blend of historical fact and engaging fiction showing the power of forgiveness.  While digging up a withering wax myrtle tree beside his waterfront home on the Gulf coast, author Andy Andrews unearths a rusted metal container filled with Nazi artifacts and begins an intriguing investigation that unlocks an unspoken past that took place in his backyard . . . literally.

In 1942, as the country gears up for a full-scale commitment to WWII, German subs are dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico to sink U.S. vessels carrying goods and fuel. While taking a late-night walk, Helen Mason-widowed by war-discovers the near-lifeless body of a German sailor. Enraged at the site of Josef Landermann's uniform, Helen is prepared to leave him to die when an unusual phrase, faintly uttered, changes her mind.

Set in a period simmering with anger and suspicion The Heart Mender offers the very real chronicle of a small town preparing itself for the worst the world has to offer. As cargo from torpedoed ships begins to wash up on the beach, Josef and Helen must reconcile their pasts to create a future.

Blending his unique style of historical accuracy with unparalleled storytelling, New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews offers a tale of war, faith, and forgiveness illuminating the one principle that frees the human spirit.  This new edition includes a reader's guide and a "Where Are They Now?" update on the real-life characters."



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