Book Review #100: The Hearts We Mend


Author: Kathryn Springer

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

Language: English

Series, if any: Banister Falls Novels, Book 2

Publisher: Zondervan Fiction

Date of publication: 8 March 2016

No. Of pages: 322


Widowed at the age of 25, Evie Bennett has spent the last 13 years raising her son Cody, encouraging women to boldy pursue God’s plan for their future. She wasn’t happy, as per the dictionary definition, but she was content. But all her organisational skills went up the flames when she meets Jack Vale.

As Evie gets drawn into Jack’s world—a world that isn’t as safe and predictable as the one she’s worked so hard to create—he challenges her to open her eyes to the problems in the community . . . but will Evie open her heart to love again?


Often a good romance is clouded with a haze of lust and overwhelming chemistry. I was so glad when this book thankfully didn’t follow the trend of the usual romatic books. The plot has been wonderfully founded on a very simple and  moral idea – the extent to which an individual can contribute in a society. The plot not only provides a depth to the story, but also helps in character development. Each character has been framed with such basic human traits that helps then in making them more real than fictional. The best part about the whole book is the sweet romance between the two lead characters which has been given plenty of room to grow and bloom outside the shadows of lust. It is not that the characters do not have chemistry, but their relationship is based on things that as a woman and a reader I can relate to since they are the ones that I would expect in my life. Easy flow of narration and the simplicity in tone of narration helps in adding a great amount of richness to the whole book.

The title is quite simple and reflects the plot quite easily. The cover image is quite simple and charming and represents the sweet, romantic relationship of the characters. It definitely looks like a poster advertisement for a Nicholas Sparks book.

My opinion:

In a world where faith is so little, this was a great book to get your hopes on. I loved everything about this book and I will definitely recommend this.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5


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